Feb 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorSeven Riverton High School indoor track athletes will be at the Simplot Games Thursday through Saturday in the indoor track complex at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
Preparing this week for the meet are Alexis Oaks (1,600 meters), Jillian C'Bearing (3,200 meters), Janis Lawson (200 meters and long jump), Ashley Lynott (60 meters and long jump), Hailey Snell (60 meters and shot put), Sean Watts (200 meters) and Rhett Rogge (60 meters).
The Simplot Games bring in nearly 3,000 high school track athletes from the region.
"They will get to run against competition that will be tougher than state," RHS indoor track coach Tawn Gopp said. "It's pretty steep competition in Idaho."
All the indoor teams from Wyoming will be in attendance, plus schools from Idaho, Montana, Canada, Washington, Oregon and Arizona.
"We take about seven athletes every year," Gopp said.
Gopp said Oaks and C'Bearing are in good shape to place high in Idaho.
"Alexis and Jillian will have to run what they have been running or better to place," Gopp said.
RHS took a small number of athletes to an indoor track meet last Saturday in Cheyenne.
Lawson led the way with an eighth-place finish in the long jump at 13-0.
Lawson was the only RHS athlete to place in the meet.
"We did OK in the meet," Gopp said. "We didn't perform as well as I would like them to do."
C'Bearing won the 3,200-meter run on Jan. 27 at the Stadium Sports Grill High School Open at Black Hills State University, crossing the finish line in a time of 12:22.27 in Spearfish, S.D.
"Her splits were really even," Gopp said. "She was coming through right at 47 seconds. She stayed on that for all 16 laps. Her last two laps were her fastest laps. She ran a smart race. She finished hard at the end."
Oaks finished the race eighth in a time of 12:34.61. Laramie's Kyrsha Brisendine was second in 12:31.65, and Kimberly Holiday from Cody placed third (12:32.64).
The meet in South Dakota was made up of teams from Wyoming.
In the 1,600-meter run, Oaks was fifth (5:39.76) and C'Bearing ended sixth (5:47.25).
Watts placed 17th in 200-meter run at 25.55. There were 40 athletes in the multi-heat field.
"Sean is really impressive in the 200," Gopp said. "He has done a great job. This early in the season the time is pretty good.
He hasn't been training for sprints. He is in starting blocks for the first time."
In the 55-meter hurdles, sophomore Trent Yorgason was 15th at 9.93 seconds. The top 16 athletes made the finals.
"He was real smooth through the hurdles,' Gopp said. "We are going to work on getting power down to the track. He should be able to bring it down more."
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