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Strong showing by RHS seniors at state track meet

May 28, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Four seniors capped their Riverton Wolverines track and field careers Saturday at the Class 4-A state meet, finding their way to the podium in Casper.

Shepp Campbell, Ashtyn Leisy, Sean Watts and Joe Lupher all scored for RHS. "We did have solid performances from our seniors," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said.

RHS sent 16 athletes to state.

Boys

Campbell was in the running for the state triple jump title until Robert Creager from Casper Natrona posted a distance of 44-11. Campbell finished second.

"Shepp received the most-improved award on the team," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said. "At the start of the year, he was scoring a few points. At the end, he was one of our top scorers. He just really stepped it up."

Campbell was sixth in the long jump (21-2.75) and fifth in the high jump (6-0).

Watts sprinted to third in the 100 meters (10.91).

"Sean ran his personal record there," Gopp said. "We are happy with his time."

Carlos Salcido from Rock Springs was first in 10.66.

"It was a tough field," Gopp said. "Everybody was running hard and had some great times."

Watts crossed the finish line sixth the 200 meters (22.47).

Gopp said Watts is now going to University of Colorado to study engineering.

"He is going to try to walk on the track team," Gopp said.

The best event for RHS turned out to be the discus, where Riley Reichert was fifth (149-6) and Bo Patterson came in eighth (147-10).

"We knew that we had some potential," Gopp said. "That was outstanding to get two on the podium."

Taylor DeVries finished eighth in the pole vault (11-6).

"Taylor vaulted really clean all the way through," Gopp said. "It was enough to get him on the podium."

Girls

Leisy placed in three individual events for the RHS girls.

Her highest finish was fifth in the 100 meters in 12.74.

"Ashtyn had a tremendous final meet," Griffith said. "We couldn't have asked more from her."

Leisy added a fifth in the 200 meters (26.44).

"It's definitely a difficult task to compete three days in a row in four events," Griffith said. "Not many kids go to state and compete in four events," Griffith said.

She was seventh in the long jump at 16-9.5.

"When you add in preliminary heats, she competed six times," Griffith said. "I think that took a bit of a toll on her," Griffith said. "Despite all that, she was able to score nine of our 11 team points and ran the anchor leg on our 4x100-meter relay. That says a lot about her mental toughness."

What's next

"I'm really excited about our future," Griffith said. "We lettered nearly double the kids that we did last season, with the majority coming back."

RHS has 13 state qualifiers returning for next season.

"With those kind of numbers, you can't help but be excited," said Gopp.

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