Strong turnout for indoor track; Gillette first up

Jan 16, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Numbers for the Riverton Wolverines indoor track team have risen to 48 for head coach Tawn Gopp.

The Wolverines have been practicing for the coming season since Monday, Jan. 6.

Last year, RHS had 35 athletes on the team.

"The kids are starting to see the benefits of working out over the winter months if they are not doing basketball, wrestling or boys swimming," Gopp said. "They know that it helps them to get them in shape for the spring sports."

The Wolverines are balanced across all four classes.

"We have a good mixture all the way through," Gopp said.

Practice time

The first week, Gopp and his coaching staff focused on conditioning. This week, the athletes worked on event skills.

"We have worked on starting blocks," Gopp said. "The pole vaulters have been doing a lot of drills."

The Wolverines also have hit the swimming pool at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

RHS has practiced both inside and outside.

"The weather is starting to clear a little bit where we can get out safely," Gopp said.

Season opener

The Wolverines begin the season Friday at the Gillette Invitational.

"I just want to build our base when we see good competition," Gopp said.

No team scores will be kept in the meet.

The Casper and Cheyenne schools make up some of the field.

"Some of the other teams are sitting at 100 kids," Gopp said. "We are better numbers-wise, but we still aren't up to the Class 4-A level that I would like to see."

Specific events indoor track offers include the 55-meter run and the 55-meter hurdles.

"Everything else is pretty much the same," Gopp said.

The runners have the opportunity to be in the 4x200-meter relay.

"For the 4x100-meter relay, the corners are just to tight," Gopp said.

The most popular events are the 55- and 200-meter runs.

There are more than 100 runners entered in both the events in Gillette.

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