Aug 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School cross country runners Olivia Thompson and Jillian C'Bearing are working at becoming the best one-two tandem in the Class 4-A ranks.
As a freshman, Thompson won the Class 4-A state title in Douglas. Thompson attends Shoshoni High School but runs for the Wolverines because her school doesn't offer cross country.
"Olivia has been active over the summer," Riverton High School coach Jay Dayton said. "She has been busy with University of Wyoming with the science school she went to. She went to a lot of basketball camps. We still have a ways to go. We have to get her used to doing 5K runs every week."
C'Bearing placed third at the state meet as a sophomore.
"Jillian is in good shape right now," Dayton said. "I would say that Jillian ran a 5k about every two to three weeks in the summer."
The Wolverines have a total of 22 runners out for the season.
"We are pretty fired up," Dayton said. "We are ready to go. We have some really good returning runners on both the girls and boys side. Our numbers are up in the first week. We are happy about that."
The big question for Dayton is who will be the No. 3 , No. 4 and No. 5 runners on the girls team.
"I do have some kids like Jillian that have run numerous 5Ks during the summer," Dayton said.
The other juniors on the RHS girls are Aisha Durfey and Valarie Murrafo.
Sophomores are Ainur Zhuldybaeva, Camille Whiteman, Abby Masheimer, Justina Kraft and Mercedes Nanamkin. Bailey Broadbent is the lone freshman on the team.
The most experienced runners for the Wolverines are juniors Sean Watts and Eion Meyers.
"Sean and Eion both look good, Dayton said.
The seniors for the RHS boys are Andrew Dayton and Cole Boyd.
The other RHS juniors are Myron Oldman, Tyler Allen, Dalton Perkins, Tyler Stice and Zach Miller. Matt Amos is a sophomore.
"We have some incoming freshman that look promising right now," Dayton said. "I have four of them that ran in middle school," referring to Russell C'Bearing, Ben Zoller, Thomas Beasley and Caleb C'Bearing.
"We are not in any kind of shape right now," Dayton said. "That is what we are working on. We are trying to work on getting their legs under them. That is going to be our focus for the next couple of weeks."
The Wolverines are holding two-a-day practices for the first two weeks of practice.
"It depends on the runner, but we do anywhere from two to four miles," Dayton said.
Two nights a week, the Wolverines do pool work in the Riverton Aquatic Center.
The Wolverines open the season at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Douglas Invitational.
"The first week of the season, we just want to get a race under our belt and experience of a 5K (3.1 miles)," Dayton said. "Some of these guys haven't run a 5K in some time.
RHS will compete on Friday, Aug. 31, at the Rawlins Invitational. The third meet of the season is on Sept. 7 at the Rock Springs Invitational.
"We try to move around from east to west," Dayton said. "That way, we can know what everybody has."
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