Laramie High School Indoor Track Wins Two Events in Debut
Laramie competed in all five other sports of the winter season for the first time last weekend, as teams were in Casper, Green River, and at home.
Indoor track and Alpine skiing made their season debuts, while Nordic skiing, boys’ swimming, and wrestling continued with their competitions.
Laramie HS Indoor Track
The Plainsmen took fourth place, while the Lady Plainsmen were seventh at the Natrona Invite in Casper last Saturday.
LHS won two events. Junior Meyer Smith captured the only individual event with his victory in the 800 meters. He ran the race in 2:03.87. The other win came from the Laramie girls, who crossed the line first in the 4x200 meter relay. Their time was 1:54.87.
John Rose took second in the high jump. Adrien Calderon finished second in the pole vault. The Plainsmen also came in second in both the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays.
The girls took second in both the Sprint Medley Relay and the 4x400 meter relay.
LHS Indoor Track competes in Gillette at the Campbell County Invite on Saturday.
Laramie HS Nordic Skiing
Laramie’s Tristan Smith won both the high school division races on Casper Mountain last weekend.
Smith finished first in the classic race last Friday with a time of 21:09.97. He followed that up with a victory in the freestyle race last Saturday. Smith’s time was 16:08.
Isa Naschold was the top skier for the LHS girls. She placed third in the classic race (25:27.08) and fourth in the freestyle race (20:24.30).
Some competitors opted to ski in the Junior Nationals Qualifier, which was based on age division versus just the high school race.
Laramie will host the Nordic races this Friday and Saturday on the Happy Jack Trails at the Tie City Trailhead just east of town.
Laramie HS Alpine Skiing
LHS made their 2022 season debut and hosted the Laramie Invite at Snowy Range Ski Area last Thursday and Friday.
The meet was postponed a week due to closed roads around Laramie that prevented teams from coming to the Gem City.
Jackson swept the team titles and won all four individual races, as well.
The Laramie boys came in fourth place in the team standings, while the girls were fifth.
Senior Ashton Ford was the top skier for the boys. He took fifth place in the Slalom last Thursday and was ninth in the Giant Slalom last Friday.
For the ladies, Lina Woelk finished in eighth in the Slalom. McCrea Doyle was the top finisher in the Giant Slalom, as she placed 17th.
Laramie heads to Casper for the KWHS Bruce Studer Invitational Alpine Ski race on Friday and Saturday at Hogadon Basin Ski Area.
Laramie HS Boys Swimming & Diving
The Plainsmen swam twice at home last weekend after two meets were moved to Laramie.
Last Friday was the non-scored Cheyenne Pre-Invite that involved six teams.
LHS hosted the 12-team Cheyenne Invite on Saturday. It featured ten Class 4A schools and two from Class 3A.
The Lander Tigers won the meet with 315 team points. They also won eight of the 12 events in the meet.
Laramie came in second place with 282.5 team points. They won two events, diving, and the 500-freestyle race.
Dylan Bressler and Ronan Robinson finished first and second in diving. Lowden Ewers touched the wall first in the 500-freestyle.
Laramie hosts the three Cheyenne schools for a quad dual on Tuesday at 2 p.m. They stay at home on Friday and Saturday with the 4A Duals. LHS will swim Campbell County, Kelly Walsh, and Thunder Basin over the course of two days. Friday starts at 4 p.m. and Saturday is at 9 a.m.
Laramie went 2-3 in their five duals at the Thoman-Jackman Dual Tournament in Green River last Friday and Saturday.
In Pool A, the Plainsmen went 1-2. They beat Wheatland 45-30 in their first dual. They lost to Green River, 61-12 in their second dual. Finally, against unattached or extra wrestlers that combined for a “Renegades” team, LHS fell 36-24.
That put Laramie in the third or Silver bracket last Saturday. In the semifinal, the Plainsmen lost to Riverton by a score of 42-36. Laramie beat Buffalo for third in the bracket, 46-30.
Two LHS wrestlers, Liam Knerr (113) and Dakota Ledford (132) finished the weekend with the best individual marks of 4-1. Their only losses came in the Green River match.
The Plainsmen are at Cheyenne Central for a dual on Wednesday at 6 p.m. They head to the Lander Invite on Friday and Saturday.