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Shoshoni Wrangler track teams hitting top form
Apr 22, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Shoshoni High School Wranglers boys track and field team is starting to find the right formula under coach Brady Slack.
SHS is fresh off winning the Wind River Invitational last Thursday in Pavillion.
The Wranglers won the title by seven points over Big Piney.
SHS tallied up 98 points, while Big Piney had 91.
"It's always nice to get a win," SHS coach Brady Slack said. "It helps the athletes understand that the are working hard enough to improve, and that work is paying off."
SHS's Triston Parrish captured the 400 meters in a time of 51.91 at Pavillion.
Teammate Mason Steffen won the long jump title in 19-5.5.
"Obviously, our athletes are improving, and that helps with keeping them motivated," Slack said.
Parrish added another first in the high jump at 5-10.
"Our boys are a group that really enjoys track and in workouts. They push other," Slack said. "The expectations rise as you try to outwork each other, and naturally you become closer."
Slack said his lineup changes from week to week.
"We have a group of boys willing to help out regardless of the event," Slack said. "That makes it fun as a coach in knowing when I sign kids up for events, they will give it their all."
The top relay for Shoshoni has been the 4x400-meters.
"Our relays are finally coming together," Slack said. "Everybody is healthy and eligible. They should be getting faster once our handoff work becomes better."
"Our girls team improves every day because of their mental toughness and overall just being a bunch that cares about each other," Slack said.
Olivia Thompson, Raine Pingetzer, Tammy Maddock and Katelyn Jennings are the top SHS girls.
"They work so hard. It would be nice if we had a few more numbers to help fill events. With so few, they really have to make the best of their events," Slack said.
SHS, Big Piney, Lander, Riverton and Wyoming Indian all competed Tuesday at the Riverton Twilight meet.