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WIHS boys capture state XC again
Wyoming Indian coach Chico Her Many Horses watched his squad's start at the Wyoming Indian Invitational. From left, Tyler Penatac, Wilson Clifford, Garland Spoonhunter, Tristen Gardner and Keegan Her Many Horses. Clifford, Penatac and Spoonhunter went 1-2-3 at state. Photo by Bruce Tippets

WIHS boys capture state XC again

Oct 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Wyoming Indian High School swept the top three individual spots in the Class 2-A boys cross country race on Saturday afternoon to win its sixth straight team championship.

Wilson Clifford won the individual title for the Chiefs in a time of 17:43.37. Teammate Tyler Penatac finished second in 17:49.70 and Alvin Spoonhunter placed third 17:56.80.

The Chiefs scored 20 points in the team standings for their team title.

"I have been lucky to work with a lot of outstanding young men and ladies and some outstanding family support," Wyoming Indian coach Chico Her Many Horses said. "That is our biggest key right there. We have a lot of competition among our own team."

Moorcroft placed second with 58 points. Pine Bluffs finished third at 64 points, while Rocky Mountain was fourth (69 points).

"We just worked our way up," Her Many Horses said. "At the mile marker, we made our move. They did an outstanding job. They were hugging everybody after the race. They were all excited."

Thermopolis rounded out the top five at 83 points.

"I was surprised that Moorcroft got second," Her Many Horses said. "We haven't seen them all year. We need to see some other teams from the East.

Her Many Horses thanked all the WIHS fans for making the trip to Douglas.

"It was just a real good Chief day," Her Many Horses said. "We had a lot of parents and a lot of family members at the race."

Girls

Her Many Horses had hoped the Lady Chiefs would make it a sweep in the team standings, but it didn't happen.

The WIHS girls finished fourth at 64 points.

"Our girls race ran a good race," Her Many Horses said. "We knew that Pine Bluffs was going to be tough."

Pine Bluffs won the 2-A title scoring 16 points. Wright finished second (62 points) and Thermopolis was third (63).

"It was a very close race for second," Her Many Horses said. "At least we were in it. They needed the experience. We will be back next year. They are hungry."

Wyoming Indian's Kianna WallowingBull paced the Chiefs by crossing the finish line 11th in 24:04.80.

Class 2-A state cross country results Saturday in Douglas

Boys

Team standings

1. Wyoming Indian,, 20; 2. Moorcroft, 58; 3. Pine Bluffs, 64; 4. Rocky Mountain, 69; 5. Thermopolis, 83; 6. Saratoga, 88; 7. Hulett, 94; 8. Lovell, 157; 9. Wright, 161; 10. Normative Services, 216.

Top 10

1. Wilson Clifford, Wyoming Indian, 17:43.37; 2. Tyler Penatac, Wyoming Indian, 17:49.70; 3. Alvin Spoonhunter, Wyoming Indian, 17:56.80; 4. Jorge Garcia, Pine Bluffs, 18:24.49; 5. Harley Rhodes, Thermopolis, 18:41.71; 6. Cameron Collamer, Saratoga, 18:50.27; 7. Jace Walker, Hulett, 18:56.52; 8. AJ Dickson, Lovell, 19:01.30; 9. Michael Bernisel, Rocky Mountain, 19:12.40; 10. Nate Davidson, Rocky Mountain, 19:17.45.

Other WIHS placers

14. Keegan Her Many Horses, 19:40.09; 18. Joseph Howell, 20:02.81; 37. Garland Spoonhunter, 21:33.49; 48. Tristan Gardner, 22:13.23

Girls

Team standings

1. Pine Bluffs, 16; 2. Wright, 62; 3. Thermopolis, 63; 4. Wyoming Indian, 64; 5. Hulett, 65; 6. Lovell, 102; 7. Moorcroft, 122; 8. Rocky Mountain, 130.

Top 10

1. Mikayla Hudgins, Wright, 21:15.54; 2. Austin Asay, Pine Bluffs, 21:40.69; 3. Jessica Phillipe, Pine Bluffs, 22:27.47; 4. Celeste Morales, Pine Bluffs, 22:56.28; 5. Cayla Adams, Hulett, 23:58; 6. Meryk McArthur, Lovell, 23:18.40; 7. Celeste Jackson, Pine Bluffs, 23:41.18; 8. Kylie Murphy, Wright, 23:46.14; 9. Ivy Paris, Thermopolis, 23:50.02; 10. Jennifer Cramer, Thermopolis, 23:53.63.

WIHS placers

11. Kianna Wallowingbull, 24:04.80; 14. Drew Whiteman, 24:40.38; 17. Chelsea Badhawk, 25:16.92; 22. Phyllis Gardner, 26:29.72; 23. Loveeda White, 26:39.76; 34. Ashten Whiteplume, 28:43.45; 38. Chardale Brown, 29:36.84.

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