Laramie Indoor Track Excels in Casper
Laramie High School’s indoor track squads enjoyed a good day last Saturday in Casper with a team title and second-place finish.
A weekend recap of indoor track, wrestling, Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, boys’ swimming & diving, and basketball is included in this story.
Laramie Indoor Track
The Plainsmen won the boys’ team crown at the Mustang Invite last Saturday. They won three events and scored 100 points.
Laramie had 14 top-eight finishes that produced points.
Quail Perkins won the 200-meters in 23.16 seconds. He added a third-place in the 55-meter dash.
The other wins came from Adrien Calderon in the pole vault. Calderon cleared 12-00 in the fewest attempts. Teammate Carson Diedrich tied for second. The Plainsmen also won the 4x800 meter relay at a time of 8:41.85.
They also had runner-up finishes from Will McCrae in the 400-meters, Seth Meyer in the 800 meters, Dominic Eberle in the 3200 meters, and the 4x200 meter relay.
The Laramie girls took second place with two victories and scored 71 points.
Mallorie Hamel won the 400-meters in 1:02.33. LHS also crossed the line first in the 4x200 meter relay in 1:51.31.
A second-place finish came in the sprint medley relay. It was all part of 14 top-eight performances by the LHS girls.
Laramie will attend the NC Elite Meet on Friday at 11 a.m. Only certain athletes can compete based upon qualifying standards.
Normally, LHS sends some athletes to the Simplot Games in Pocatello, ID during this weekend of the season, but for the second straight year, the Simplot Games were canceled due to the pandemic. A rise in Covid cases in Idaho prompted the cancellation.
The Plainsmen wrapped up the regular season with a blowout of Cheyenne South on Senior Night. LHS beat the Bison 69-12.
Laramie finished with a dual record of 8-9 this season.
LHS will host the 4A West Regional Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Laramie hosts teams from Evanston, Jackson, Kelly Walsh, Natrona County, and Rock Springs.
Laramie Nordic Skiing
Laramie competed at the Johnny Curtis Memorial Junior National Qualifier outside of Jackson.
Numerous skiers from around the region competed over two days.
Last Friday was a classic sprint race. The top finisher from LHS was Eliza Fay, who came in 20th place in the U16 Women’s division. Jack Voos had the best finish on the boys’ side. He placed 15th in the U16 Men’s division.
Saturday featured a freestyle race. Fay took 21st place in the junior women’s 14-15 division. Tristan Smith was seventh in the Jr. Men’s 18-19 division.
Next, LHS heads to the Nordic State Championships next weekend at Pinedale.
Laramie Alpine Skiing
The Cody Invite at Red Lodge, MT was shortened to one day thanks to too much snow last Friday that made for unsafe racing conditions.
The decision was made to add the slalom race to this weekend’s Pinedale Invitational, which is being held at Hogadon Basin Ski Area on Casper Mountain due to poor snow conditions at Pinedale.
In the GS race last Saturday, Laramie’s Lina Woelk placed ninth to pace the Laramie girls. The top finisher for the boys was Cade Nyquist, who was 20th.
It’s back to Casper for skiing Thursday through Saturday this weekend.
Laramie Boys’ Swimming & Diving
The Plainsmen competed in a pair of last chance meets last week.
LHS picked up one more state qualifier to reach 17 on the season. They’ll compete with that group at this week’s state championships on Friday and Saturday in Gillette.
The Laramie girls went 2-0 on their road trip to Casper and Sheridan, while the boys finished 0-2.
The Lady Plainsmen won at Kelly Walsh last Friday night, 65-55. An 18-2 run in the third quarter put Laramie ahead 47-28. The lead reached 26 in the fourth quarter before the subs went in the game. Kylin Shipman had 16 points to lead three players in double figures. LHS shot 47 percent in the victory.
Last Saturday, Laramie rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter for a 59-52 win at Sheridan. The Lady Plainsmen scored 25 points in the fourth quarter. They shot 54 percent from the field and limited the Broncs to 31 percent in the game.
Morgann Jensen led four players in double figures with 15 points.
Laramie is now 12-6 on the season and 5-2 in conference games.
The Plainsmen lost at third-ranked Kelly Walsh, 64-46, last Friday night. LHS scored only four points in the fourth quarter, as the Trojans pulled away. Mahlon Morris led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Laramie dropped their second game at No. 4 Sheridan last Saturday, 74-53. Turnovers and second-chance points helped the Broncs pull away. Morris had 16 points and six rebounds for LHS.
The Plainsmen are 10-8 overall and 2-5 in conference action.
Both teams play at Cheyenne East on Thursday and at Cheyenne Central on Friday.