Chiefs' all-state runner signs with Rustlers

May 2, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Wyoming Indian's Natuin Trosper has signed a national letter of intent to attend and compete in cross country for Central Wyoming College.

No place like home.

For Natuin Trosper, it's where the heart is and where the Wyoming Indian cross country runner will be competing next season after signing a national letter of intent with Central Wyoming College.

Trosper, who competes in basketball and track for the Chiefs, has been one of the top performers in Fremont County during his time in Ethete, finishing off his senior season with an eighth-place finish at the Class 2-A West cross country regionals in a time of 18:59, followed by eighth again at the state meet in Sheridan, flashing across the finish line with a time of 18:37.32.

According to Rustlers head coach Al Lara, Trosper will fit right in.

"My feeling about Natuin is he's really going to bring a lot to our team," said Lara. "He's a very hard worker, and he was really well-coached by (former Wyoming Indian head coach) Chico Her Many Horses."

However, coaching only goes so far with any athlete.

Along with proper tutelage, one needs not only work ethic, but natural ability, which the bulky Trosper has -- not your prototypical runner, but efficient nevertheless, said Lara.

"Natuin has good upper body strength and excellent endurance," he said. "Runners use their arms to help them go up hills."

The fact Trosper is a Fremont County athlete is a bonus, said Lara.

"Natuin's a local runner, and we want to keep our local runners here," he said. "After two years with us, then they can move on and better themselves athletically, as well as academically."

However, despite his three-time all-state status as a Chief, Trosper will have to make the adjustment from the 5-kilometer high school distance up to 8K at the college level. The transition can be made with the proper training regimen, said Lara.

"It's about two miles longer than a high school race, so it's a big step up," he said, "which is why I give my freshmen a program for over the summer, so when they get here on Aug. 1, they're ready to work."