It is 4-A West regional time for RHS trackstersMay 9, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The pace is going to pick up for the Riverton High School Wolverines girls and boys track and field teams Friday and Saturday at the Class 4-A West regional meet in Casper.
The postseason starts Friday at Harry Geldien Stadium at Kelly Walsh High School.
RHS will be participating against Evanston, Green River, Casper Kelly Walsh, Casper Natrona and Rock Springs.
"The competition will be a little stiffer in what we have seen over the season," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said. "Right now, in our region we have some pretty tough competitors. Track is a numbers game. We will compete individually. In some events, we will be really strong. We are a little shy in the depth."
The top eight athletes in individual events, along with the top four relays, advance to the Class 4-A state meet next week, also in Casper.
"We are excited for regionals, but I'm also expecting the intensity level to increase in the next couple of days," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said. "The competition will be strong this week as every team puts their very best on the track. At this point there is no holding back."
Ashtyn Leisy has a good chance to score points in the 200 meters, 400 meters and in the long jump for Riverton.
"If she does what she has done all year, she can qualify for state in all three events."
Jensyn Pettit is another top athlete in the 300-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump.
"We expect her also to do well in all of her events," Griffith said.
Jordan Settlemire has been performing at a high level in the shot put and in the pole vault.
Griffith said throwers Jacee Shultz, Stephanie Joy and Haley Snell have the ability to score in the shot and discus.
The top relay is the 4x100 made up of Pettit, Settlemire, Leisy and Kate Gamble.
Gopp said the Natrona boys probably are the strongest team in the Class 4-A West field.
"Rock Springs has a really good distance crew," Gopp said. "Natrona is pretty strong in the weights. They might have four or five guys in the top eight."
Riverton's Lane Savage is in the running to win the shot put title.
Savage also competes in the discus.
Sean Watts should be near the top in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
Watts pre-qualified for state in those events.
Brandon Fullerton (high jump) and Riley Reichert (discus), Trent Yorgason (pole vault) are all expected to score points for the Wolverines.
Riverton's fastest relay is the 4x100. Steven Reinig, Fullerton, Seth Quayle and Watts make up the foursome.
"There is a four-way tie right now within a second of each other for second, third and fourth," Gopp said. "If are handoffs are clean, we should be in the top four.
"It will come down to handoffs in that 4x100."
Quayle, Tristan Smith, TJ Turner and Fullerton are on the 4x400.
Braydon Draper, Thomas Beasley, Ben Zoller and Brytan Spoonhunter will run in the 4x800.