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Five RHS athletes to Wyoming Track Classic
Apr 25, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Riverton High School sophomore Jillian C'Bearing has posted the second-fastest time in the state on any level this season in both the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters.
C'Bearing has spent this week preparing to cut more time off the distance races on Friday at the annual Wyoming Track Classic in Casper.
"It's just a good feeling knowing that you have qualified, because it means that you are one of the top runners in the state," C'Bearing said.
"It means that you have worked hard to get there."
The track classic starts at 4 p.m. at Harry Geldien Stadium.
The top eight performers are invited for the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 300-meter hurdles, and the 110-meter hurdles (boys) and 100-meter hurdles (girls).
The rest of the events invite the 10 times or distances.
Other RHS athletes qualified for the meet are Hannah Svilar (discus and shot put), Hannah Soll (discus), Sheridan Smith (triple jump) and Tyler Graham (300-meter hurdles and long jump).
C'Bearing comes into the WTC on the strength of a 11:53.92 time in the 3,200 meters.
She has a goal of 11:40. Gillette's Abby Phillips is No. 1 in the 3,200 meters (11:39.42).
"I just need to take down a couple of seconds each lap and not give up," C'Bearing said.
C'Bearing has a personal best in the 800 meters at 5:22.94, and wants to cut it down to 5:15.
Anne Brinegar of Cody will be the favorite in the 800 meters (5:19.73).
"It's really tough running those two events because you don't get a break," C'Bearing said.
C'Bearing believes the WTC will be a good measuring stick for her in the final weeks of the season.
"The track classic will show me how hard that I need to work, and the competition that I need to run against for state," C'Bearing said.
Svilar is ranked No. 1 in the state in the discus with a throw of 131-8.
She is No. 2 in shot put (40-8.50).
Cody's Kiara Skinner is in the No. 1 slot (42-11) in the shot.
Soll landed a spot in the WTC with a seventh best throw in the discus (115-9).
"It's a pretty good opportunity," Soll said.
"I have never done it before. It's good that I have a chance to do it my senior year."
Soll just missed qualifying in the shot put. Her 36-6 best is 11th-best.
"I want to get up to 125 in the discus," Soll said.
"Hannah (Svilar) is the top thrower in the state.
The rest of us are right below her."
Smith is No. 9 in the triple jump at a distance of 33-11.75. Smith has never made the WTC before.
"It's pretty special that I qualified," Smith said.
Graham in two events
Graham will be right in the mix for a title at the WTC in the long jump.
Graham is third in the state in his jumping event (21-9.75).
Lander's Tanner Simpson has the best jump (22-1).
"Tanner is a really good athlete," Graham said.
"Tanner has the potential to go 23-0.
It will be really tough to beat him. I will have to jump at least 21-0 to get in the top three spots."
Graham has the fifth best time in the 300-meter hurdles (41.91).
"I will have to step it up and go in the mid 40s to even compete," Graham said.
"I need to pick it up a little."
Rex Stanley from Little Snake River is the favorite in the race at 39.95.
Editor's note: Top times and distances for Wyoming boys will be published Thursday.