Plainsmen Win, Ladies Second at Central Track Invite
For the second straight Thursday, it was a successful appearance in Cheyenne for the Laramie High School track teams.
The Plainsmen took first place, while the Lady Plainsmen were second at the Cheyenne Central Invite at Riske Field.
LHS head coach Gil Bradfield was highly pleased with their performance given the conditions.
"The boys and girls did really well, even with the wind. We needed a meet and got a lot of people involved. We were very competitive."
Laramie topped the boys division with 199 points. They had an 11.5 margin over runner-up Cheyenne East and were 50 in front of third place Central.
The Plainsmen won six individual events and one relay.
Senior Tyler Dahl crossed the line first in the 400 meters (50.46) and won by four seconds. Seniors Liam McInroy and Philip Henry led the distance crew. McInroy won the 1600 meters (4:54.50), while Henry captured the 3200 meters (10:13.70). Junior Jason Upton won the 300 meter hurdles (42.50) by nearly a second. The final race win on the track came in the 4x400 meter relay. LHS finished in 3:35.81, which was about eight seconds ahead of the runner-up team.
Two more victories came for the Plainsmen in the field events. Junior Matt Smith won the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet-10 inches. Senior Eric Zafft was tops in the pole vault. He cleared 12 feet-1 inch.
The LHS boys also came through with 20 other top eight finished that added to their team point total.
Laramie came in a distant second in the girls division with 180 points Thursday. That was 81.5 behind team champ Cheyenne Central, but the LHS girls were 105 in front of third place East (75 points).
The Lady Plainsmen won six total events, which includes a pair of relays.
Individually, a pair of freshmen topped two races. Libby Berryhill won the 1600 meters (6:06.02), and Taylor Gardner won the 100 meter hurdles (18.08), though she tied another athlete from Central.
Sophomore Emmy Johnson and Hannah Brin also captured victories. Johnson crossed the finish line first in the 300 meter hurdles (47.62), while Brin topped the field in the triple jump (34 feet-11 inches).
Also on the track, the LHS ladies won the 4x100 meter relay (51.03) and the 4x400 meter relay (4:23.73).
The Lady Plainsmen came through with 24 more top eight finishes that added to their team point total.
Laramie Track is scheduled to compete Saturday at the Poudre Invitational in Fort Collins. That meet is dependent upon the weather.