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Chief runners dominate XC regional; state on Saturday

Oct 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Wilson Clifford and Charlene Brown ran to individual cross country titles Friday at the Class 2-A West conference meet for the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs.

The victories helped the Chiefs swept the team titles in Thermopolis to begin the postseason.

In the boys team standings, WIHS scored 17 points. Lovell finished second with 31 points, and Rocky Mountain finished third (45 points).

"I'm really happy with what we did in Thermopolis," WIHS coach Chico Her Many Horses said. "I was worried about how we were going to fit in there because we haven't done any hills at all. There are two big hills. Our guys did really well. It was a pretty challenging course."

The WIHS girls put together 23 points for the team championship.

Thermopolis was second at 32 points. Lovell finished third (39 points) and Rock Mountain was fourth (63).

Individual placers

Clifford finished the 3.1-mile course in a time of 18:01. A.J. Dickson from Lovell was second in 18:16.

"Wilson sat in the back until they started the second lap," Her Many Horses said. "He took control at the halfway point. He was running really relaxed.

Teammate Tyler Penatac was fifth in 18:50. Cory Lamebear placed sixth (18:58), Keegan Her Many Horses checked in eighth (19:06), Buell Robinson added a ninth (19:31), and Tristan Gardner was 10th (19:45).

For the girls, Brown had a winning time of 20:22.42. Auburn Bell ended fifth in 22:10.13.

"Charlene runs uphill tougher than she runs downhill," Her Many Horses said.

Rounding out the top 10 placers were Gambler Morning (eighth, 23:34.70), Mikayla Littleshield (ninth, 23:50.72) and Kianna Wallowingbull (10th, 24:17.54).

The top 10 runners made the all-conference honors.

"I thought that we had a real good day," Her Many Horses said.

State next

The WIHS boys will gunning for its seventh straight Class 2-A team title on Saturday in Sheridan.

"I'm really excited about it because for the first time both of our teams are contenders," Her Many Horses said.

"The boys have a big target on their backs. They kind of thrive on that.The girls are in the hunt. It's exciting to have a lot of young kids in there."

Her Many Horses said Moorcroft and Pine Bluffs are two teams that might challenge the boys team for the 2-A title.

"We can't overlook the teams that we have been running against," Her Many Horses said.

Pine Bluffs is the favorite for the 2-A girls team title.

"They have been the state champion for the last few years," Her Many Horses said.

Results from the Class 2-A West cross conference meet held in Thermopolis

Boys

Team standings

1. Wyoming Indian, 17; 2. Lovell, 31; 3. Rocky Mountain, 45.

Top 10

1. Wilson Clifford, Wyoming Indian, 18:01; 2. AJ Dickson, Lovell, 18:16; 3. Jacob Newman, Lovell, 18:18; 4. Harley Rhodes, Thermopolis, 18:36; 5. Tyler Penatac, Wyoming Indian, 18:50; 6. Cory Lamebear, Wyoming Indian, 18:58; 7. Nate Davidson, Rocky Mountain, 18:58.81; 8. Keegan Her Many Horses, Wyoming Indian, 19:06; 9. Buell Robinson, Wyoming Indian, 19:31; 10. Tristan Gardner, Wyoming Indian, 19:45.

Other WIHS placers

12. Thomas Clifford, 20:05; 17. Aaron Birdchief, 21:06; 18. Natiun Trosper, 21:19; 22. Noah Valdez, 23:08; 23. Derek Aragon, 23:09; 25. Jeremiah Howell, 23:53.

Girls

Team standings

1. Wyoming Indian, 23; 2. Thermopolis, 32; 3. Lovell, 39; 4. Rocky Mountain, 63.

Top 10

1. Charlene Brown, Wyoming Indian, 20:22.42; 2. Jules Ward, Thermopolis, 21:07.09; 3. Jaclyn Caldwell, Lovell, 21:28.53; 4. Kim Shumway, Lovell, 22:07.93; 5. Auburn Bell, Wyoming Indian, 22:10.33; 6. Stacy Lewis, Thermopolis, 22:54.36; 7. Ivy Paris, Thermopolis, 23:08.94; 8. Gambler Morning, Wyoming Indian, 23:34.70; 9. Mikayla Littleshield, Wyoming Indian, 23:50.72; 10. Kianna Wallowingbull, Wyoming Indian, 24:17.54.

Other WIHS placers

11. Amryn Brown, 24:30. 22; 12. Phyllis Gardner, 24:43.45; 13. Joely Trosper, 24:59.35; 14. Loveeda White, 26:12.98,

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