May 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterFremont County's Class 1-A girls are limited in number this season. Dubois, Western Heritage Lutheran Academy and St. Stephen's not fielding enough girls to have any relay teams.
The Little Snake River Rattlers should run away with the 1-A West regional crown this weekend, but Hanna Elk Mountain could top100 points as well.
Dubois is paced by senior phenom Rachelle Leseberg, is multiple state champion and returning for her final season as a favorite in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and the long and triple jumps. She is ranked first in all four events in Class 1-A.
Teammate Katherine Finley is the best pole vaulter in all of the division and one of just a handful of girls statewide in all four divisions to clear 10-0. She also will compete in the long and high jump.
Western Heritage is paced by freshman Anastasia Strong, who has one of the best efforts in all divisions in the high jump at 5-0. She is also a favorite in the sprints.Â Teammate Dani Havercamp is ranked at the top in both hurdle races and is a favorite to win the 300-meter hurdles at state.
The boys are much like the girls with Dubois paced by junior Sterling Baker and sophomore Rowan Hawk. Baker hopes to find a fourth event and attempt to win four first places at the state meet. The junior brings the fastest time in the region in both hurdle events and is a favorite in the discus as well.
Hawk is a solid hurdler as well and along with Kurt Leseberg could place high in the pole vault.
Western Heritage's Seth Siebersma has steadily improved in the high jump and should contend for a top-four finish in the region.
Burlington is favored to run away with the meet behind the talent of senior Ben Mancuso, but Little Snake River will be right behind. Mancuso has the best high jump and triple jump in the division and may be on the stand for Best of the Best in all classes several times next weekend in Casper.
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