Wolverines hosting West 4-A regional trackMay 10, 2012 By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor
Qualifying athletes for the state track and field meet is the focus for Riverton High School Friday and Saturday at the Class 4-A West regionals at Wolverine Track.
The top eight athletes in each individual event and the top four relays will earn a trip to state May 17-19 in Casper.
The Wolverines last hosted regionals three years ago. The Class 2-A and 1-A West regionals also are at Wolverine Track this weekend.
"They always perform better in front of their home crowd," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said of his competitors.
The meet will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, ending Saturday afternoon.
Ticket prices for the regional meet are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Two-day passes are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
"We want to get as many as we can to state," Gopp said. "We have adjusted some of our events and moved some kids around to increase our chances to getting them to state.
We have a few that are sitting on the bubble that we are hoping between the adjustments and the home crowd they will make it in."
Casper Natrona, Rock Springs, Evanston and Green River and the Wolverines are in the Class 4-A West field.
Casper Natrona is the heavy favorite to win the boys and girls team titles.
Rock Springs and Riverton should be in a tight battle for second in the girls standings.
"Even though our numbers are small with the girls, they score very high in a lot of individual events," Gopp said.
Gopp said the RHS boys want to be in at least fourth-place.
"We have a lot of kids that are on the bubble," Gopp said.
Hannah Svilar and Jillian C'Bearing are in the running to bring home regional titles for the Wolverines.
"I'm pretty excited about being at home for regionals," Svilar said. "We are just familiar with the track."
Svilar comes into the meet as a favorite in the shot put and the discus.
"All I have been working on is my technique," Svilar said. "Everybody has built up their strength. It's all about technique now."
Svilar has pre-qualified for state in the shot put (37-7) and in the discus (115-9).
Teammate Hannah Soll also has state marks in the shot put (36-6) and the discus (115-9).
"There are a lot of people that are really close to each other in the shot and discus," Svilar said.
C'Bearing has an eye for the top spot in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters. C'Bearing has qualifying times in the 1,600 meters (5:28.04) and the 3,200 meters (11:53.93).
Sheridan Smith has an opportunity to compete for a high finish in the long jump and the triple jump.
Tyler Graham moved into the spotlight for the RHS boys in the long jump, 300-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles. Graham pre-qualified in the long jump (21-9.75).
Kole Stewart (400 meters) and Logan Hartbank (200 meters) are likely to qualify for state in their events.
Svilar, Jensyn Pettit, Smith and C'Bearing make up a solid 4x400-meter girls relay squad.
"The girls 4x400 is looking really strong," Gopp said.
Another good relay is the RHS boys 4x100-meter squad. The members are Hartbank, Stewart, Dylan Lewis and Sean Watts.
"Our boys 4x100-meter relay has been strong all season long," Gopp said.
Sydnie Neville, Pettit, Kassi Kister and Jordan Settlemire will be running in the 4x800-meter RHS girls squad. The boys team has Leon Etrich, Watts, Brandon Fullerton and Ian McDonald.