Tiger track teams glad for extra time early in season

Mar 22, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School track and field coach Bob Harms is using some extra practice time to figure out where to put his athletes in the lineup.

Harms said 50 athletes are preparing to represent the LVHS Tigers this year in the Class 3-A West division.

LVHS started practice on March 11.

Lander's first competition of the season comes Wednesday, March 27, in a dual vs. Riverton High School at Wolverine Track.

"The numbers aren't as good as I would have liked, but it will get us by," Harms said. "They have gotten after it pretty good. They are getting right into things. They are starting to get into shape."

Saturday's scheduled meet in Cody has been postponed due to the weather.

"The extra time is helping us get things lined out," Harms said. "It's a little hard to determine what events they are going to be in. We are trying to be careful that we get them into the right spots."

Young lineup

"We are pretty young," Harms said. "We don't have many old guys."

The most-experienced part of the team will come in the distance events.

Beau Green, Kade Simonson and George Case are the senior leaders.

The trio will compete in the 3,200 meters and in the 1,600 meters.

"I don't know if we will run them in the 800 meters, because it comes in at the wrong time of the meet for them," Harms said.

Harms said the Tigers are looking for a fourth runner to round out a 4x800-meter relay team.

"They are going to be a solid group at the start," Harms said.

Sophomore Jaxon Hedges is an up and coming athlete. Harms is working on putting Hedges into the sprints.

Hedges is getting his form down for the 300-meter hurdles and the 400 meters.

He also might compete in the long jump and on the 4x400-meter relay.

"He can do all that stuff pretty good," Harms said. "We will just have to play around a little bit on where we are going to get the best production."

Senior Shanda Post is the LVHS top runner on the girls team.

"She will fit in somebody place for us," Harms said.

Post is working on the sprints and the 300-meter hurdles.

"We are pretty short-handed in the girls part," Harms said.

Harms said LVHS has somewhere between 12 to 15 girls on the team.

"We will just have to keep playing it by year for the girls," Harms said.

Senior Cherikie Tillman should score points in the discus and shot put.

"She has some potential to be pretty good down the road," Harms said.

Coaching staff

After Harms, Kevin Green coaches the distance runners.

"We are the same unit," Harms said.

Doug Hughes coaches the shot put and discus throwers.

Ben Gose teaches the sprints at LVHS.

Steve Simpson works with the hurdle and high jump athletes.

Harms coaches the long jump, triple jump and the pole vault events.

"We all work together pretty good," Harms said. "We are trying to help one another. We are trying to share kids."

After the Riverton dual, LVHS will go on spring break the following week.

LVHS participates in the annual Roy Peck Invitational Saturday, April 6, at Wolverine Track.

"We will probably be short-handed for the Roy Peck because of spring break," Harms said.

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