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Strong small-school field set for Roy Peck
Wind River's Tayler Gordon worked on the hurdle events Tuesday in practice. The Cougars will take part on Saturday at the annual Roy Peck Invitational at Wolverine Track. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Strong small-school field set for Roy Peck

Mar 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Dubois junior Rachel Leseberg has demonstrated she is one of the top track and field athletes in Class 1-A track and field in her first two years at the high school level.

Leseberg gets to showcase her talents vs. Class 4-A, 3-A, 2-A and 1-A athletes on Saturday at the annual Roy Peck Invitational at Wolverine Track in Riverton.

The field events start at 9 a.m. and the running events go at 9:45 a.m.

The event is named for the late Roy Peck, Ranger co-publisher, state legislator and longtime track enthusiast who once was the head track coach at the University of Wyoming. He died in 1983.

"It's good to see those big schools for some of our better athletes because that is where the competition is at," Dubois coach David Trembly said.

Leseberg is scheduled to participate in the varsity division in Riverton in the high jump, 100-meter hurdles and the 100 meters.

Leseberg opened the season last Saturday at a small meet in Dubois. She had a mark of 16-4 in the long jump and went 5-0 in the high jump.

"I think that Rachel will stack up pretty well," Trembly said. "We weren't pushing her hard in the meet last week."

Wind River, Dubois, Shoshoni, Wyoming Indian and Lander Valley High School all have a good number of athletes in the Roy Peck Field.

"It's not the first time that in track we competed against the bigger schools," Trembly said. "We went to Casper already once, and we will see them in Lander again."

Western Heritage Lutheran Academy and St. Stephen's have a small number competitors.

Shoshoni

"It's wonderful to have the meet so close to home," Shoshoni coach Tim Ervin said. "We are excited to go and see how we do against the bigger schools."

Shoshoni has a total of 28 athletes out for track and field this spring.

"We have a few kids who will be competitive in Riverton," Ervin said.

Freshman Olivia Thompson wants to score team points for the Lady Blue in the 1,600 meters and the 800 meters.

In the fall, Thompson won the Class 4-A state cross county meet for Riverton High School because SHS doesn't have a cross country program.

"Olivia is a talented kid," Ervin said. "She was very busy at the meet last week in Dubois. Her times will be much better this week." Chester Broadbent is going to run the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 400 meters.

"We are looking for some relay help with Chester," Ervin said. "He has been farming a lot with his dad, and he is getting into cross country shape."

Dalton Linnan is in the shot put and in the discus events.

"Dalton throws much better in practice than he does at the meets," Ervin said.

Wind River

The Cougars run into the Roy Peck with momentum after opening the season successfully at a track meet in Greybull.

Wind River's Josee Vogel should stack up well vs. the larger schools in the 100-meter hurdles, 100 meters and the 200 meters.

Shepp Campbell and Tyler Rupp both scored points in Greybull and hope to do the same in Riverton.

Wyoming Indian

The Chiefs had been known in the past to chalk up points in the distance events, and this year shouldn't be any different.

Wilson Clifford and Alvin Spoonhunter are slated for the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters. Joey Aragon, Don Clifford, Greg Long Time Sleeping and Spoonhunter will run the 800 meters. Aragon and Clifford are in the 400 meters.

Aragon, Clifford, Keegan Her Many Horses and Spoonhunter are on the 4x800-meter relay squad.