Mar 15, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterNearly a third of Shoshoni High School turned out for track this spring with 32 athletes vying for positions on the squad. First-year head coach Brian Tucker has 14 girls and 18 boys on the roster this season.
"Numbers are up, and the kids are working hard, looking good, and making a lot of progress in the season," Tucker said.
The Wranglers have a handful of state placers returning from the 2012 Class 2-A state meet led by defending 1,600-meter champion Olivia Thompson. Thompson placed in the 3,200- and 4x800-meter relay as well.
Joining Thompson as returning state placers on the girls team are Sarah Thompson and Tasha Maddock, who both earned medals in the 800-meter run and ran legs on the Wranglers school record setting and state champion 4x800-meter relay.
Kolbi Pickinpaugh placed in the 100--meter hurdles a season ago and should be a contender in both hurdle races this season.
On the boys side Lawry Johnson is the only individual returning medal winner from last season placing in the 1,600-meter run. Johnson also placed in the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays.
Johnson is joined by Mason Steffen and Casey Lagois, who ran legs in Shoshoni's medal winning 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays.
This season the Wranglers have depth and should field athletes in every event except the pole vault.
Tucker listed all three relays as strengths for the boys team, along with individuals in the 100, 400, long jump, high jump and 1,600-meter runs.
The girls should compete well in the 400, 800, hurdle events, high jump and in the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays.
Tucker has an entirely new coaching staff to work with this year in Nicole Biltoft, Max Mills and Christina Mills.
The Wranglers compete for the first time Saturday at the Glen Legler Invitational at Casper Natrona High School.
"We're looking forward to getting some of our relay teams out there and competing against the bigger schools," Tucker said.
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