May 23, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterCASPER -- Opening day of the state high school track championships at Harry Geldien Stadium in Casper has a tradition of howling winds, rain, hail and even son, but the 2014 edition of the three-day meet featured excellent conditions for much of the afternoon.
Fremont County crowned one individual champion on opening day, with Wind River senior Danielle Giles taking gold in the Class 2-A girls high jump. Giles clear 5-0, a season best, to win the event.
The high jump is one of the more cerebral events in track and field. Wind River coach Malinda Garcia elected to have Giles pass to 4-8 to begin competition. Giles cleared that height easily but struggled at 4-10, missing twice before clearing it on her final attempt.
Meanwhile, Big Horn's Jaydn Mirich cleared 4-10 on her second attempt and advanced with Giles as the only two competitors remaining at 5 feet even.
Mirich missed all three of her attempts.Giles narrowly missed the height on her first jump, then missed again on her second before making a clean jump on her final chance to claim the state championship.
In other action Lander's Jaxon Hedges was third in the Class 3-A boys long jump, and Riverton's Shepp Campbell posted a 21-2.75 effort in the 4-A boys long jump to place sixth.
Wyoming Indian's girls scored in the 3200-meter run, with Charlene Brown placing fourth and Darcia Pingree eighth. They were joined by Morning Gambler and Kiana Wallowingbull for a fourth-place run in the 4x800-meter relay.
The Wyoming Indian boys 4x800-meter team tallied third, with Buell Robinson, Cory Lamebear, Natuin Trosper and Keegan Her Many Horses combining for a time of 8:44.03.
Western Heritage Lutheran academy placed two girls in the 1-A long jump. Dani Haverkamp placed fourth, and Anastasia Strong finished eighth.
Preliminary heats of the 110-meter high hurdles and 200-meter dash placed a plethora of Fremont County athletes in Saturday's finals.
Dylan Lookingbill of Wind River earned the top seed in the Class 2-A 110-meter high hurdle finals, as did Dubois senior Sterling Baker in the 1-A division. Baker is joined by teammates Rowan Hawk, with the second-fastest time, and Kurt Leseberg in the finals.
Haverkamp and Strong both qualified in the 1-A girls 200-meter dash, as did Lander's Drew Deking in the 3-A division. Riverton senior Ashtyn Leisy runs the tight turn in lane one in the 4-A finals Saturday with the seventh seed.
Hawk qualified in the 200 as well for Dubois with a fifth seed, while Shoshoni's Josh Oaks made the finals with a time of 24.33.
Lander Valley placed two sprinters in the 200. Hedges posted the fastest preliminary time in 23.37. Tristan Herr finished fifth in the preliminaries to advance as well.
Riverton's Sean Watts posted a 22.93 time in a blisteringly fast Class 4-A field to hold the fifth seed for Saturday's finals, with the 100 meters still to come.
State track meet
Day 1 results
Class 1-A Girls
4x800-meter Relay. 1. Lingle Ft. Laramie
3200-meter Run: Shyanna McKinnon, COK 13:04.07
Long Jump: 1. Alyssa Barkhurst, ENC 16-2.5, 4. Dani Haverkamp, WH 14-10.5, 8. Anastasia Strong, WH 14-4
Shot Put: Shaylee Rickard, LFL 36-3.75
Class 2-A Girls
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Kemmerer 10:47.70, 4. Wyoming Indian (Charlene Brown, Kiana Wallowingbull, Morning Gambler, Darcia Pingree) 11:10.32
3200-meter Run: 1. Jaclyn Caldwell, LOV 12.22, 4. Charlene Brown, WI 13:02.20, 8. Darcia Pingree, WI, 13:32.0
High Jump: 1. Danielle Giles, WR 5-0
Shot Put: 1. Leesa Jensen, THM 38-6
Class 3-A Girls
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Cody 9:39.54
3200-meter Run 1. Cali Ausmann, NEW 11:17.16
Pole Vault: 1. Taylor Ballek, BUF 11-0
Shot Put: 1. Tori Sleep, POW 41-4.5
Long Jump: 1. Ann Wingeleth, LYM 18-5.75
Class 4-A Girls
4x800-meter Relay: Gillette 9:39.18
3200-meter Run: 1. Quinn DeStefano, GIL 11:19.86
High Jump: 1. Lauren Taubert, NC 5-4
Discus: 1. Olivia L'Ami, KW 120-9
Pole Vault: 1. Chandra Sturtz, GIL 10-6
Class 1-A Boys
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Little Snake River 9:04.31
3200-meter Run: 1. Wes Sturdivant, GS 10:28.26
Long Jump: 1. Joe Jackson, LFL 21-8, 8. West Hagert, DUB 18-11.75
High Jump: 1. Cameron Ray, MID 5-10
Class 2-A Boys
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Burns 8:38.96, 3. Wyoming Indian (Keegan Her Many Horses, Buell Robinson, Cory Lamebear, Natuin Trosper) 8:44.03
3200-meter Run: 1. Tyler Morgan, BRN 10:29.48
Long Jump: 1. Cade Bischoff, LOV 20-2.25, 8. Mason Steffen, SHO 19-1.25
Discus: 1. Martin Fitzwater, LUS 158-3
Class 3-A Boys
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Star Valley 8:20.05, 8. Lander Valley (Scott Jones, Marten Bauer, Colby Irene, Micah Whiting) 8:58.87
3200-meter Run: 1. Nic Demler, SV 9:42.21
Long Jump: 1. Lane George, DOU 21-7, 3. Jaxon Hedges, LAN 21-2.50
Pole Vault: 1. Hayden Cragoe, POW 14-6
Class 4-A Boys
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Rock Springs 7:57.14
3200-meter Run: 1. Hunter Davila, KW 9:21.64
Pole Vault: 1. Dustin Frisman, GIL 14-0
Long Jump: 1. Robert Creager, NC 23-2.75, 6. Shepp Campbell, RIV 21-2.75
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