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Chiefs win seventh straight state XC title

Oct 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The championship streak has reached seven straight Class 2-A boys cross country titles for the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs.

WIHS kept its dynasty going by scoring 20 points for the Class 2-A boys team title on Saturday in Sheridan.

The team with the fewest points wins in cross country.

All the team titles have been won under the direction of coach Chico Her Many Horses.

"Winning seven in a row means being awfully lucky or working really hard," WIHS coach Chico Her Many Horses. "We have just outworked everybody."

Individual sweep

It was a clean sweep for WIHS in the boys and girls individual races.

Wyoming Indian's Wilson Clifford won the boys individual race, and Charlene Brown took the girls title.

Clifford is a senior, Brown a freshman.

Clifford also won the title last year.

"Wilson ran smart," Her Many Horses said. "At the start of the year, he was running too much out in front. At the back end of the races, he was putting everything together. He put together a really good race."

Team race

After WIHS in the boys standings, Saratoga placed second with 59 points.

"The boys did really good job," Her Many Horses said. "It kind of came out the way that I was figuring. We sat back a little bit longer than I wanted to. After about 1,000 meters they took off."

Lovell was third at 62 points. Rocky Mountain ended fourth with 70 points.

"If you relax you get beat," Her Many Horses said. "We respect all the other programs. At the same time, we think that we outwork everybody."

Her Many Horses said he was humbled by the many WIHS fans who made the trip to Sheridan to watch the race.

"We had great support for the race," Her Many Horses said.

Dominant

Four WIHS boys runners placed in the top 10 to earn all-state honors.

"I was trying to get more guys into the top 10," Her Many Horses said.

Fowling Clifford's winning performance, teammate Tyler Penatac was sixth in a time of 17:54.94.

Clifford set the early pace in the 3.1-mile race on Saturday afternoon and never looked back.

"He brought it home strong," Her Many Horses said.

Keegan Her Many Horses crossed the finish line seventh in 18:01.07, while Cory LameBear was ninth in 18:09.89.

"The conditions were excellent," Her Many Horses said. "It was a great day."

Girls race

The race for the girls 2-A title came down to four points between Pine Bluffs and WIHS.

Pine Bluffs won the team with 27 points. The Lady Chiefs were second at 31 points.

"Pine Bluffs's third and fourth got our third and fourth runners," Her Many Horses said. "We had them for 800 meters. It came down to a sprint. We ended up losing in a sprint."

It was the fourth team Class 2-A title in a row by PIne Bluffs.

Thermopolis came in third (58 points), Lovell was fourth (62 points) and Wright placed fifth (69 points).

Brown covered the race in a time of 19:43.

"The Thermopolis runner kept on challenging Charlene during the race," Her Many Horses said. "At the 2-mile mark, Charlene put a 20-yard lead on her."

Wyoming Indian's Auburn Bell was seventh in 21:34.25.

"All the girls did a great job," Her Many Horses said. "I was very happy for them because they worked very hard for that."

Class 2-A state cross country results Saturday in Sheridan

Boys

Team standings

1. Wyoming Indian, 20' 2. Saratoga, 58; 3. Lovell, 62; 4. Rocky Mountain, 70; 5. Pine Bluffs, 78; 6. Moorcroft, 99; 7. Wright, 118; 8. Hulett, 135; 9. Normative Services, 203.

Top 10

1. Wilson Clifford, Wyoming Indian, 17:12.12; 2. Jace Walker, Hulett, 17:25.13; 3. AJ Dickson, Lovell, 17:29.03; 4. Tyler Penatac, Wyoming Indian, 17:54.94; 5. Cameron Collamer, Saratoga, 17:50.42; 6. Tyler Penatac, Wyoming Indian, 17:54.94; 8. Jacob Newman, Lovell, 18:09.89; 9. Cory LameBear, 19:09.89; 10. Ben Falk, Saratoga, 18:10.21

Other WIHS placers

15. Buell Robinson, 18:57.72; 17. Thomas Clifford, 19:05.32; 19. Tristan Gardner, 19:12.96.

Girls

Team standings

1. Pine Bluffs, 27; 2. Wyoming Indian, 31; 3. Thermopolis, 58; 4. Lovell, 62; 5. Wright, 109; 6. Rocky Mountain, 112; 7. Moorcroft, 118; 8. Normative Services, 144.

Top 10

1. Charlene Brown, Wyoming Indan, 19:43.80; 2. Julies Ward, Thermopolis, 19:51.29; 3. Austin Asay, Pine Bluffs, 20:49.24; 4. Cayla Adams, Hulett, 21:06.82; 5. Jaclyn Caldwell, Lovell, 21:30.58; 6. Celesete Morales, Pine Bluffs, 21:33.23; 7. Auburn Bell, Wyoming Indian, 21:34.25; 8. Kim Shumway, Lovell, 21:59.38; 9. Matison Mikesell, Pine Bluffs, 22:17.34; 10. Ivy Parla, Thermopolis, 22:28.42.

Other WIHS placers

11. Morning Gambler, 22:52.49; 16. Joely Trosper, 23:14.74; 19. Amryn Brown, 23:32.89; 21. Mikayla Littleshield, 23:59.75; 22. Kianna WallowingBull, 24:55.34.

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