Apr 25, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe track meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Harry Geldein Stadium in Casper.
Three Riverton High School track and field athletes have qualified for the annual Wyoming Track Classic Friday in Casper.
Lane Savage will be representing RHS in the shot put. Brandon Fullerton has qualified in the high jump, and Ashtyn Leisy will be competing in the long jump.
The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Harry Geldein Stadium at Kelly Walsh High School
"It's fantastic to finally make the track classic in my senior year," Savage said. "It's a pretty amazing feeling."
The event invite athletes in the top 10 in every event, plus all ties, except for those races on the track run in lanes only (100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and both hurdles). Those races will be for the top eight and any ties.
"I think that it's really exciting any time a kid qualifies for this meet," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said. "It's a big deal. It's good preparation for the big meets like regionals and state. It will be great competition."
"The biggest thing that helped me was doing indoor track," Savage said. "I'm throwing about 10 feet farther. The last few track meets haven't been the greatest. You do have your ups and downs. Right now, I'm going on a down point. Hopefully this weekend, I will get back to an up point."
The RHS senior comes into the track classic with the fourth best throw in the state at 49-6.5. Savage launched the throw at the start of the season in Casper.
"It's been kind of different with 40-mile-an-hour winds and snow," Savage said. "It kind of offsets you a little bit."
The Powell tandem of Garrett Lynch (55-3.75) and Vince Sleep (52-6) are the top throwers in the state so far.
Natrona's Ben Pieper is third at 49-9.25, and his teammate Matt Green is fifth (49-5.50).
"I really have to watch out for the Casper Natrona guys," Savage said.
"They can really get out there. I'm kind of surrounded by those guys."
The RHS junior is sitting sixth in the long jump competition with a mark of 16-5.5.
"The top two in the long jump are up there a ways," Griffith said.
Lyman's Anny Wingeleth has the best distance of 18-1.5. Day Timberman on Kelly Walsh is second at 18-0.25.
"Ashtyn is right in there," Griffith said. "If she jumps well, she could land in the top three or four."
Leisy did her qualifying mark at the Rock Springs Invitational.
Leisy didn't compete in the Green River Invitational last Friday because of a hip injury.
"Ashtyn is doing really right now," Griffith said. "She did the full workout on Tuesday. She looks good.
We are expecting great things. She shouldn't skip a beat where she was at in Rock Springs. She should just get better."
Fullerton enters the track classic with a height of 6-2 in the eighth spot.
"It really means a lot to be going," Fullerton said.
"My team and family have been supporting me all year. It will be nice just to go see what I can do."
The RHS sophomore did the height during a Lander-Riverton dual in his first meet of the season at Wolverine Track.
"Everything was clicking right that day," Fullerton said. "Hopefully, I can have another one of those days."
Fullerton said the bad weather at the Green River Invitational made jumping very difficult.
"It started to rain in the afternoon," Fullerton said.
"They finally cancelled the high jump."
The goal for Fullerton Friday is to clear at least 6-1. The RHS-Lander dual wasn't a state-qualifying meet.
"I want to pre-qualify for state and get the pressure off," Fullerton said.
"I just need to stay focused, and make sure that I get warmed up."
Burlington's Ben Mancuso had the best height in the state at 6-7. Tanner Fischer from Kelly Walsh is second at 6-5.
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