State track meet this week in CasperMay 20, 2014 By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
Fremont County's small schools packed with event contenders
Track and field, more than other high school sports, often is considered predictable. The fastest runner always wins, the best thrower takes first and the highest jumper always gets the gold.
But if that were true the state track meet would have been cancelled a long time ago.
The unpredictable, the intangible and the often fickle nature of fate make this sport one that can defy logic.
On paper, the Class 2-A track meet comes down to a battle between Lovell and Thermopolis on the boys side of the ledger and a coronation for the Lovell girls on the other.
Anyone who counts on points in hurdle race, the 4x100-meter relay, the high jump, pole vault or either of the horizontal jumps is ill advised. Fremont County has the chance to produce many individual champions and possibly two relay championships in the 2-A boys division.
Wind River's Dylan Lookingbill is the favorite in both hurdle races, while Shoshoni's Triston Parrish could be a four-event winner.
Parrish is favored in the 400 and high jump and has the best regular-season leap in the triple jump. He and teammates Josh Oaks, Mason Steffen and Anthony Cousineau the Wranglers have the best 4x400 relay time in the division.
Wyoming Indian junior Keegan Her Many Horses is favored in the 800-meter run and is a top contender in the 1600-meter run as well. The Chief 4x800-meter relay team of Her Many Horses, Cory Lamebear, Buell Robinson and Natuin Trosper has the fastest time in the event entering the meet.
The girls from Fremont County have fewer top contenders. Only Raine Pingetzer of Shoshoni has a regional championship, that coming in the triple jump.
Pingetzer's leap of 33-9 is second by half an inch to Morgan Nance of Big Horn in the event.
The Class 1-A boys contest comes down to how well Sterling Baker, Rowan Hawk and Kurt Leseberg fare for the Dubois Rams.
Baker is the favorite in both hurdle events and the discus, while Hawk is a contender in each hurdle event as well, along with a top-four time in the 200-meter dash.
Leseberg didn't clear his opening height in the pole vault at the regional meet, but his regular-season vault of 12-6 ties him with the best the east has to offer.
In 1-A girls, Dani Havercamp of Western Heritage Lutheran Academy has the potential to win the 300-meter hurdles and could add another title in the 200-meter dash.