May 11, 2012 - Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton sophomore ran a personal best time of 2:22.71, which is best mark posted in the event by a Wyoming high school athlete this season.Riverton High School sophomore Jillian C'Bearing had the lead from start to finish in the Class 4-A West regional 800-meter finals Friday morning on her way to the title at Wolverine Track.
In the meet's opening C'Bearing pulled away from the pack on the second lap to be clocked in personal-best time of 2:22.71.
Brooke Smothers of Casper Kelly Walsh finished second at 2:26.97, and Kelly Walsh's Effie Oates came in third (2:27.54).
Riverton is hosting the Class 4-a, 2-A and 1-A West regionals this weekend.
"I thought that I did pretty good," C'Bearing said. "I had a personal record by four seconds. I had a good feeling because I have been working hard. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my team, coaches or family. They all supported me."
The top eight athletes qualify for the state meet. The meet ends Saturday afternoon.
"I just went out fast and tried to keep the pace," C'Bearing said. "Then I picked it up the last last lap. The last 200 meters I picked it up again."
C'Bearing enjoyed hearing the fans in the stands at Wolverine Track yelling her on.
"I had some good competition," C'Bearing said. "I heard the crowd. I heard the girl behind me. That kind of pushed me a little more."
C'Bearing wasn't feeling 100 percent when the race started
"I have a cold," C'Bearing said. "It's hard to breathe with my chest, but I'm pushing through it."
C'Bearing will now try to win the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters in the next two days. C'Bearing is also on the RHS 4x800-meter relay squad.
"It will be tough to run the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters, because I have some good competition," C'Bearing said.
In the Class 2-A boys 800 meters, the Wyoming Indian Chiefs placed four runners in the top eight.
Alvin Spoonhunter paced the WIHS squad, crossing second in a time of 2:04.41.
"I was really impressed with the boys," WIHS coach Chico Her Many Horses said. "That is probably how it's going to play out in the state meet."
Wilson Clifford finished fourth (2:06.47), Joey Aragon was sixth (2:08.81) and Keegan Her Many Horses finished eighth (2:10.10).
"They did a good job and went after it," coach Her Many Horses said. "We ran excellent."
Lovell's Collin McArthur won the 800 meters title in 2:02.96.
"We have another weekend to go," Her Many Horses said. "This gets us to the big race. Once, you get to the big race that is what counts."
Her Many Horses said Aragon's main event is the 400 meters.
"Joey is our 400 meters and 200 meters guy," Her Many Horses said. "We kind of over stretch him for the 800 meters. He is the anchor on the 4x800-meter relay squad because he has that wicked speed."
Clifford was right in the mix in the final lap in the 800 meters.
"Wilson was really hanging in there," Her Many Horses said. "I was impressed with Keegan. He was out in the front and got the lead and qualified for state."
The four WIHS qualifiers were on the Class 2-A state cross country championship team last fall.
"This is our cross country team," Her Many Horses said. "They have been in this situation before."
Shoshoni's Casey LaGois qualified for state with a fifth-place finish (2:08.11).
In the Class 1-A boys race, John Bartlett of Dubois placed eighth (2:12.40). Cokeville's Jonathan Fiscus won the race (2:03.11).
The SHS girls qualified three runners in the Class 2-A girls field in the 800 meters.
Shoshoni's Hailey Pince jumped out with an early lead and settled for a third-place finish (2:34.01).
Pince's teammate Tasha Maddock finished sixth (2:38.14) and Sarah Thompson was seventh (2:38.43).
Lovell's Susie Robertson won the race in a time of 2:23.59.
In the girls 1-A 800 meters, Kaylle Moyer of Cokeville won the title in 2:32.03.
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