Sep 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSenior Beau Green believes the Lander Valley High School boys cross country team is on track to make a run at the Class 3-A state title next month in Douglas.
The Tigers took a big step on Thursday, winning the team title at the Lander Invitational.
LVHS posted 26 points in its only home meet of the season. Worland finished second with 65 points. Wyoming Indian placed third at 69 points. Riverton High School was fourth at 109, points and Lyman came in fifth at 130.
"We have more work to do, because the 3-A West is just a tough conference," said Green after the meet Thursday afternoon. "We just have to go out every day and work hard. I think that we are doing that really well."
Jackson is considered the front-runner for the state title. Jackson has won the 3-A state title the last two years.
"Jackson has been the powerhouse the past couple of years," Green said. "Star Valley, Powell and Wheatland from the East will be up there. It will be interesting this year."
There are five weeks left in the regular season.
"We are going to have five hard weeks, just pushing it every day," Green said. "That last week is what it's going to come down to in Douglas.
Lander's Kade Simonson led the way Thursday with a second-place finish in a time of 17.22.
"We are getting better every week, and we like to see that," coach Kevin Green said. "The kids are running personal records. They are really tired right now, because I'm working them really hard. When we start to taper toward conference and state we will see those times even get better."
Beau Green placed fifth on his home course in a time of 17:41.
"We have a strong team this year," Green said. "It's amazing on how close that we are. We have 10 guys that are competing for varsity spots. We are all close friends."
Green was followed by Drew Gramlich (sixth, 17:42), Micah Whiting (eighth, 17:58) and George Case (ninth, 18:07)
"They are all pretty even," coach Green said. "They are all placing well. They are running together without me harping at them."
The Lander Invitational was held on the Lander Golf Course. The course had a big hill in the early stage of the race.
"The hill starts farther back than you think," Beau Green said. "There is a hill in Douglas. It helps us tremendously to run a hill at our home meet."
Worland and the Lyman Eagles are in the Class 3-A West conference. Wyoming Indian is the top team in the Class 2-A level.
"The competition was good at our home meet," Beau Green said. "It's good to have competition no matter where we go.
The LVHS girls finished third in the four-team field scoring 52 points. Riverton won the meet (41 points), and Lyman came in second (45).
Lander placers from Lander Invitational meet held Thursday
2. Kade Simonson, 17:22; 5. Beau Green, 17:41; 6. Drew Gramlich, 17:42; 8. Micah Whiting, 17:58; 9. George Case, 18:07; 10. Tristan Herr, 18:18; 12. Robbie Coulter, 18:36; 13. Bailey Selley, 18:50; 16. Nate Linton, 19:01.
1. Lander, 26; 2. Worland, 65; 3. Wyoming Indian, 69; 4. Riverton, 109; 5. Lyman, 130.
8. Aspen Hemingway, 23:21; 12. Lindsay Crane, 23:59; 14. April Makeshine, 24:23; 5. Taylor Blasko, 24;39.
1. Riverton High School 41; 2. Lyman, 45; 3. Lander Valley High School, 52; 4. Wyoming Indian, 75.
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