Mar 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo state qualifiers return, and a promising group of freshmen excites coach Jorah Griffith.
Jensyn Pettit and Ashtyn Leisy are the top returning Riverton High School girls track and field athletes this year.
Pettit was a Class 4-A state qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles last year as a freshman. Pettit has a goal of breaking 49 seconds this Saturday at the Cody meet.
Her career best is 49.81.
The state-qualifying mark for the 300-meter hurdles is 48.07
Jorah Griffith coaches the RHS girls team.
"Jensyn is looking to hit the pre-qualifying time in that event early in the season," Griffith said. "If she can get down in the 48-second range, then that would be a good start."
Pettit also is training to be in the in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump and triple jump, and she will run the relays for the Wolverines as well.
"The biggest thing with her is limit to four events," Griffith said. "We just need to find out where she is going to be the most competitive."
Griffith said Pettit will start in Cody in the 300-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump.
"We will just kind of shift and rotate around during the season," Griffith said.
Leisy, a junior, is a returning state qualifier in the 400 meters.
Her best time is 1:01.72.
"Anytime girls are under 62 seconds, that is a really good time," Griffith said.
Leisy will be on the 4x100-meter relay in Cody and in the long jump.
"We are just trying to keep her healthy," Griffith said.
Riverton has 25 girls on the roster. Pettit and Leisy missed the season opener in Casper last weekend.
"I have a really strong incoming class of freshmen," Griffith said.
"They have a lot of talent. I'm just seeing what they can do right now and in the future."
Freshman Kate Gamble finished seventh in the long jump with a distance of 15-3.50 last Saturday in Casper.
"That is a big deal, to be able to place as a freshman," Griffith said.
Griffith knows Gamble will only get better this spring.
"She has a good, solid chance to qualify for state by the end of the year," Griffith said.
Gamble had the highest finish for the RHS girls in Casper.
"We were missing some of main performers," Griffith said. "I thought the younger kids that did compete stepped up and did really well."
Tawn Gopp is head coach for the boys. Randy Weber coaches the pole vault and high jump.
Bob Cogdill work with the shot put and discus athletes.
Samantha Miller and Matt Mason are in charge of the sprints and the relays. Kim Krieger coaches the hurdlers
Mason was the head track and field coach last year at Thermopolis. The RHS graduate was a track standout for the Wolverines.
"We are really excited about Matt joining our staff," Griffith said.
RHS competes Wednesday in a track dual vs. Lander Valley High School for its home opener at Wolverine Track.
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