May 16, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterDistance runners, hurdlers and relays just about sum up Fremont County's Class 1-A and 2-A contingent at the state track championships in Casper this weekend. You might add a couple of stellar field event competitors from Dubois to the mix as well.
Dubois junior Rachelle Leseberg is favored in four events this three-day weekend in the Oil City with top marks in the high jump and long jump in Class 1-A along with the division's fastest times in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles.
She'll have company in teammate Katherine Finely who also qualified in four events but is the favorite in the pole vault.
The Dubois boys have the fastest 4x100-meter relay in the state and Jesse Hawk is a favorite in the pole vault.
Wyoming Indian brings their familiar distance team to the Kelly Walsh track for another run at domination in events from the 400- to the 3200-meter runs. The Wyoming Indian 4x800-meter relay of Keegan Her Many Horses, Alvin Spoonhunter, Wilson Clifford and Joey Aragon has the fastest time in the state and is always a favorite to take the event.
Spoonhunter and Clifford have battled the Lovell distance team of Collin McArthur and Colin May all season and have a final shot at the Bulldog seniors this weekend.
The Wyoming Indian girls also are traditionally a distance team but his season they are led by sophomore sprinter Jasmine McGill ,who is a contender in the 100-, 200- and 40- meter dashes.
Shoshoni takes an unprecedented six relay teams to the finals this weekend with all three boys and all three girls teams qualifying. The Wranglers send 18 athletes, the most in a very long time, to state/
The Wrangler 4x800-meter relay of Tasha Maddock, Sarah Thompson, Hailey Pince and Olivia Thompson has the fastest time in Class 2-A and could bring the Wranglers their first-ever 4x800 championship at the state level.
Shoshoni freshman Olivia Thompson also is the favorite at 1600 and 3200 meters but will face a strong challenge from the same Lovell Bulldogs.
In their inaugural season on the track Western Heritage Lutheran Academy of Riverton has a freshman who will contend in a pair of events this weekend. Dani Havercamp is a favorite in the 200-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles. She also qualified in the 100 and the 100 hurdles to pace the Badgers.
Wind River's hopes rest on the fleet feet of sophomore hurdler Josee Vogel. Vogel has the top time in both hurdle events and is a contender in 100- and 200-meter dashes. Fellow sophomore Tyler Rupe enters the meet with very competitive times in the 100 -and 400-meter dashes but didn't compete at the regional meet while trying to recover form a muscle pull. If he can recover he has the potential to win both events.
Wind River sends a very young boys team to the meet with a 4x400-meter relay of sophomores and freshmen and sophomore thrower Joe Lupher.
The meet opens Thursday at 11 a.m. with a bevy of Fremont County Class 2-A athletes competing in the 3200-meter run. On the girls side, Olivia Thompson runs for the Wranglers, while Shaylee White, Drew Whiteman and Kiana Wallowing Bull run for Wyoming Indian. In the boys event it's Lawry Johnson for Shoshoni, with Wilson Clifford and Alvin Spoonhunter running for the Chiefs.
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