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Snowy forecast puts Riverton cross country race in jeopardy
Sep 26, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
A fall snowstorm in the forecast for Friday in Riverton has put the annual Berry Bryant/Kyle Johnson Memorial cross country in jeopardy.
"I'm just hoping that the weather will cooperate so that we can pull this thing off," Riverton High School coach Jay Dayton said. "Anything can happen after Sept. 15 with the weather."
The meet is scheduled to take place Friday at the Wind River Golf Course. RHS officials will decide Friday morning whether to move forward with the race or cancel it due to weather.
If the golf course is unusable, Dayton said the race could take place on local roads, starting and ending at Wolverine Field. But he added that traffic issues are likely to arise during a road race.
Teams coming to the Riverton race are Green River, Lander, Lyman, Mountain View, Casper Natrona and Wyoming Indian. The varsity girls will go off at 4:15 p.m. followed by the varsity boys.
Runners will compete in a 3-1-mile course.
This is the only home meet of the season for the Riverton Wolverines.
"We always enjoy having our home meet and being able to have our home crowd around," Dayton said. "We are very excited about that."
He said he has been happy with his team's performance so far this year.
"We have dropped a lot of time," Dayton said. "We have had some tough competition."
RHS has competed against some of the best 3-A teams in the state in the first month of the season.
"We have run against the Mountain View girls and the Cody girls," Dayton said. "We think they are some of the best runners even in 4-A. We have had some great competition to push our athletes."
RHS runner Dustin Blackburn crossed the finish line at 18:55.5 at the Lander Invitational last week, and Olivia Thompson is running in the 21-minute mark for the RHS girls. Dayton said Thompson is competitive statewide.
"If you look right around in the state, she is in the thick of things with all of the top competition," Dayton said.
Three RHS freshmen have made good strides in the first month of the season, he continued.
The two boys are freshmen Gavin Settlemire and Dane Lupher.
"Gavin is really showing some great potential," Dayton said.
He said freshman Tina Lopez has stood out on the girls' side.
Riverton's lineup for home race on Friday
Bailey Broadbent, Jillian C' Bearing, Trinity Goggles, Tiana Lopez, Olivia Thompson, Lena Wammer.
Thomas Beasley, Russell C' Hair, Dane Lupher, Gavin Settlemire, Brytan Spoonhunter, Sean Watts, Ben Zoller.