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Chief XC team eager for better weather
Wyoming Indian Cross Country runners Phyllis Gardner, Auburn Bell, Charlene Brown, Mikayla Littleshield and Kianna Wallowingbull left the finish line at the Riverton Invitational cross country meet. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Chief XC team eager for better weather

Oct 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Wyoming Indian is chasing its seventh straight Class 2-A state championship.

Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs cross country coach Chico Her Many Horses is frustrated.

Not with how his team is performing -- but with the weather.

Her Many Horses is tired of the winter-like conditions his team has had to deal with this cross country season.

"You are trying to get some things done and have a goal of each week," Her Many Horses said.

No Lakota race

The annual trip to the Lakota Invitational in South Dakota set for Saturday was called off due to a snowstorm.

"The kids were disappointed," Her Many Horses said. "Both the boys and girls team teams could have won it."

The Wyoming Indian boys team is gunning for its seventh straight Class 2-A state team championship.

"We are on track. I think that we are a little bit ahead," Her Many Horses said. "We are right where we need to be."

Training

"Our kids don't run in the summer," Her Many Horses said. "They play basketball and do all the other things."

WIHS has been in races this fall in Sheridan, Ethete, Riverton and Lander.

"We have caught up with the other runners," Her Many Horses said. "We are on the same pace in times."

The Chiefs were second in the Riverton race behind Lander.

"We just have to make little better decisions on how we are running," Her Many Horses said.

Wyoming Indian's top runner is Wilson Clifford.

He won the Class 2-A state individual title last year as a junior in Douglas.

"Wilson has been working really hard in practice," Her Many Horses said. "He just needs to keep on doing that."

Tyler Penatac and Keegan Her Many Horses are after Clifford.

"We have some young freshman who are making some moves," coach Her Many Horses said.

"The sophomores are fighting really hard for spots. When you have that many kids, the competition is tough."

Charlene Brown and Auburn Bell are the top two runners for the WIHS girls.

"They have been working hard," Her Many Horses said. "They push each other."

Kianna Wallowingbull and Joley Trosper are in the lineup for the WIHS girls.

"We will be up there for the girls," Her Many Horses said.

"The only one that counts is the one at the end of the year."

WIHS is scheduled to participate in the Rock Springs Invitational on Friday.

"It will be an excellent meet for us," Her Many Horses said.

"We will see all the 4-A schools. You only get better if you run against good competition."

Wyoming Indian's conference meet is Friday, Oct. 18, in Thermopolis.

The Class 2-A state meet is Saturday, Oct. 26, in Sheridan.

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