Mar 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School co-head coach Jorah Griffith believes her girls track and field squad has enough to talent to finish in the top two among the Class 4-A schools in annual Roy Peck Invitational on Saturday at Wolverine Track.
The Wolverines are set to compete against Burlington, Cody, Dubois, Green River, Hanna Elk Mountain, Kemmerer, Lander Valley High School, Little Snake River, Lyman, Meeteetse, Casper Natrona, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Saratoga, Shoshoni High School, St. Stephen's, Ten Sleep, Western Heritage Lutheran Academy (Riverton), Worland and Wyoming Indian.
The field events start at 9 a.m., followed by the running events.
"We are going to get a good mix of 4-A teams," Griffith said. "We also have a good mix of athletes in Class 3-A and 2-A."
Rock Springs, Green River, Casper Natrona join the Wolverines from the Class 4-A West conference.
"Natrona is usually pretty good in the girls side," Griffith said. "They carry a real large team. We are real competitive with Green River and Rock Springs. If we can come out one or two in the 4-A schools, then that will be really great for us to springboard us into the middle of the season."
The Mustangs are the defending Class 4-A boys state title winners.
"We have a large field coming in," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said. "It will be interesting to see what Casper Natrona brings to the meet."
The RHS senior tandem of Hannah Svilar and Hannah Soll will do damage in the shot put and discus events, but the key for the Wolverines will be the underclassmen.
"We will have to have some of the freshman girls that have some good talent step up, and try to get into scoring position for us," Griffith said.
The key freshmen are Jensyn Pettit (high jump, long jump), Kassie Kister (400 meters), Sydnie Neville (800 meters, 1,600 meters) and Jacee Shultz (shot put and discus).
Sophomore Ashtyn Leisy (200 meters) will be asked to score varsity points for the Wolverines.
"This is the first meet Ashtyn will be in some open events," Griffith said. "
RHS sophomore Jillian C'Bearing is focusing on automatic qualifying for the state meet in the 3,200 meters. The Class 4-A qualifying time is 12:02.21.
"We are performing pretty well," Gopp said. "Everybody is pretty healthy.
We will be down a few guys because of spring break. The majority of our team is going to be there."
Gopp said the Wolverines have loaded up on the relays for the home meet.
The 4x800-meter relay squad has seniors Leon Etrich and Ian McDonald along with sophomores Myron Oldman and Brytan Spoonhunter.
"Our 4x800-meter relay should in the top three," Gopp said.
"They seem to be doing pretty well. We are looking for some personal records."
Seniors Kole Stewart and Seth Withers are running with sophomores Logan Hartbank and Dylan Lewis in the 4x100-meter relay.
Freshman Brandon Fullerton, Hartbank and seniors Peter Wilcox and Tyler Graham are on the 4x400-meter relay squad.
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