Mar 28, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorA new era for the Wind River track and field program is arriving for the 2014 season.
Longtime coach Dirk Gosnell has been replaced by Kiley Chatfield. He worked under Gosnell for six years as an assistant coach.
In their time together, the Wind River boys won Class 2-A team titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"Coach Gosnell was very competitive," Chatfield said. "He has that intensity to push the kids to that next level. He is just a wealth of knowledge. He has been doing it for 30 years."
He said it wasn't luck that the Cougars were on top of Class 2-A for three years.
"We had a good coaching staff and a good team," Chatfield said.
"This year is a chance to grow," Chatfield said. "We have some returning athletes that are great athletes."
Danielle Giles and Dylan Lookingbill are top returners for Wind River. Giles is scheduled to compete in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
She placed fifth in the high jump last year at the Class 2-A state meet with a height of 4-10.
"She will be the leader on the girls team," Chatfield said.
Lookingbill runs the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. As a junior, Lookingbill crossed the finish line sixth in the Class 2-A state meet in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.57.
He came in sixth in the 300-meter hurdles at 42.86,
"They are both looking good," Chatfield.
Wind River has seven girls on the team. There are 16 boys.
Megan Longtine and Michaun Yellowplume should score points in the shot put and discus.
Longtine finished 11th in the state field in the shot put with a throw of 30-0.50. Yellowplume placed ninth in the discus (98-11).
"We also have some long-distance runners that should be able to compete," Chatfield.
The top distance man is Robert Buline.
Wind River opened the season Friday at the Big Piney Invitational.
"I would like my seniors to pick up where they finished last year and get a good foundation to work from," Chatfield said. "We would like to see what the underclassmen can do."
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