Feb 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School indoor track coach Tawn Gopp is taking a team of 11 to the annual Simplot Games Thursday through Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho.
The meet is held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena.
RHS athletes will compete against some of the best track athletes from the West.
The first day is for preliminaries. The second and third days are for the finals.
"We have some kids that should make the finals," RHS coach Tawn Gopp said. "It's a big deal to make the finals. There will be more than 3,000 athletes there this weekend."
The Wolverines were scheduled to participate in a meet in Cheyenne last weekend, but RHS did not travel due to snow.
Gopp said Lane Savage could make the finals in the shot put.
"Lane is staying healthy," Gopp said. "He is working pretty hard in practice. In practice, he has been throwing farther than he has been throwing in meets."
Gopp wants Savage be close to the 50-foot mark in his event.
"Lane is going to have some great competition," Gopp said. "I'm looking for Lane to step it up a little bit."
Shepp Campbell is scheduled to be in the high jump for the Wolverines The qualifying mark at the Simplot Games is 6-1. Campbell has gone 6-4.
"Shepp should make it into the finals," Gopp said. "The 6-1 will win it in Wyoming."
Jesse Hawk will compete in the pole vault. The qualifying mark for the pole vault is 13-0. Hawk went 13-6 during camp this summer and vaulted 12-6 during a competition this winter.
"We had Jesse in the pool during some pole vault drills on Tuesday, and he looked pretty good," Gopp said.
Riverton's 4x200-meter relay team is sitting third in the state.
"We moved a faster kid on to the relay," Gopp said.
"We are hoping that down at the Simplot Games, they can make the finals."
Hawk, Sean Watts, Dylan Lewis and Tyler Rupp run the relay, with Campbell the alternate.
The fastest time the four have done this winter is 1:39.
"We are hoping that they are going to go closer to 1:35 this weekend," Gopp said.
"Their handoffs were really good the last time they ran it. They are all pretty strong runners."
After the Simplot Games, the Wolverines will be at the Wyoming Open Feb. 22 in Laramie.
The state meet is March 1-2 in Gillette.
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