Around 50 Laramie High School track and field student-athletes will be competing Friday and Saturday at the 4A East Conference Regional Track Meet in Cheyenne.

The Laramie Plainsmen will be contending with Cheyenne East, Sheridan and Thunder Basin for the boys’ team title, while the Laramie Lady Plainsmen face tough competition from Cheyenne Central and Sheridan according to LHS head track coach Gil Bradfield.

Bradfield says they’ve been dealing with injury issues, which could affect the outcome in certain situations. He also knows the weather might play a role.

“I think we’ll be able to compete no matter what weather’s out there. Obviously, we’ve trained in everything here. We’ll just see what happens Friday and Saturday. I think our kids will compete, and I think what it’s really going to come down to is whether we can get those six and seven place people in.”

The top eight in individual events and top four in relays will qualify for next week’s state track championships in Casper.

Bradfield said the staff’s been working well together to get these athletes as prepared as possible.

“Really trying to make sure we have the right people in the right events. Trying to get some open times to help with some relays and see how they fit in the relays and fit in open events. I think we have a pretty good plan. Whether we can produce it this weekend, we’ll see.”

Laramie has eight boys and seven girls already pre-qualified in individual events for state track. They also have two relays on each team that has met the state qualifying standard.

The competition begins at 1 p.m. Friday and will continue Saturday at 10 a.m. from Cheyenne Central's Riske Field.

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