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Eight Wolverines head to state track in Casper
May 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The three Riverton girls will compete in a combined five events.
The Riverton Wolverines are sending eight track and field athletes to the Class 4-A state meet Thursday through Saturday in Casper.
Lane Savage, Sean Watts, Dylan Lewis, Trent Yorgason and Brandon Fullerton are in the boys field for the Wolverines.
Savage is the only senior in the group for RHS.
"It was kind of the ones that we thought that were going to go," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said of his team's qualifiers.
Ashtyn Leisy, Jensyn Pettit and Jordan Settlemire are in the girls state meet.
"It's always great when you have underclassmen do well for the team," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said. "I'm beyond proud of each of those girls. It gives our program a lot of promise for the future. And even though we only have three girls representing Riverton at the state meet, those three will together compete in five events."
The state meet starts Thursday at Harry Geldien Stadium at Casper Kelly Walsh high School.
The meet concludes Saturday afternoon.
"All three girls are healthy and ready to compete," Griffith said.
Leisy competes in the 200 meters, 400 meters and long jump.
"Ashtyn has an opportunity to do well in all three of her events," Griffith said. "Right now, she has the highest seed in the long jump, but at the state meet rankings don't mean everything. If she comes ready to compete and focuses on what she can control, she will do great."
Pettit is in the field in the 300-meter hurdles.
"The fact that both Ashtyn and Jensyn have competed at state will give them that edge," Griffith said. "They will need to focus on each event as it comes."
Settlemire qualified in the shot put with a throw of 31-6.50.
'I'm looking for Jordan to better her mark from regionals," Griffith said. "She has the ability to throw in the 32-33 range. With one event to concentrate on, I'm expecting her to get those kind of results. She has a great opportunity to fly under the radar and surprise some people."
Savage finished third at the Class 4-A West regional meet last weekend of 49-8.25.
"Lane is going to be in the top five," Gopp said.
"We are hoping this week that he will have his personal record. That will move him up."
Lewis qualified for state in the discus at 139-0.
Watts is running in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Fullerton made the high jump with a height of 5-9.
Trent Yorgason qualified in the pole vault in 11-10. Yorgason's best is 12-6.
"We expect Trent to go even higher this weekend," Gopp said.