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Thompson's 12th leads RHS at state cross country

Oct 29, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Olivia Thompson paced the Riverton Wolverines on Saturday with a 12th-place finish at the Class 4-A state cross country meet in Sheridan.

Thompson ran the 3.1-mile course in a time of 20:13.88. The top 10 runners earn all-state honors. Thompson is a past state champion.

Laramie's Hailey Schmidt placed 10th in a time of 20:00.04.

"Olivia had a personal record at the state meet over the last three years," RHS coach Jay Dayton said. "She went out and went for it. She was in the top 10. Then at the two mile, she slipped a few spots. She gave it her all. She tried to make it there. It just didn't happen."

Campbell County High School swept the top three individual places in the girls race on its way to winning the team championship.

Tabitha Simmons won the race in 19:15.05.

"The times are so fast because the quality of the fields is so good this year in boys and girls," Dayton said. "The competition in cross country this year is just outstanding."

Campbell County scored 20 points in the team standings. Laramie was second at 80 points.

"The conditions were great on Saturday," Dayton said. "It was cool weather. There wasn't any wind. It was a perfect fall day."

The Wolverine girls came in eighth with 241 points.

Boys race

Riverton's Dustin Blackburn was 39th in 17:36.55 for the highest finish for the Wolverines.

Gavin Settlemire ended up 56th in 18:14.01.

"I really felt like we took a step forward this year with the boys team because our times were so much better," Dayton said.

Laramie's Jonah Henry took the 4-A individual title (15:22.32) while Ricky Faure from Rock Springs was second (15:35.19). Faure was the defending Class 4-A champion.

"The Laramie runner just went out and took the lead," Dayton said. "He never looked back.

Ricky thought that he could catch him in the last third mile. He just didn't come back to him."

The Wolverines were 11th in the team standings with 274 points.

Laramie finished in the top spot (36 points), and Rock Springs came in second (52).

Class 4-A state cross country results held on Saturday in Sheridan


Team standings

1. Campbell County High School, 20; 2. Laramie, 80; 3. Rock Springs, 93; 4. Cheyenne Central, 112; 5. Kelly Walsh, 117; 6. Casper Natrona, 132; 7. Green River, 173; 8. Riverton, 241; 9. Cheyenne East, 243; 10. Evanston, 257; 11. Sheridan, 274.

Top 10

1. Tabitha Simmons, Campbell County High School, 19:15.05; 2. Sydney Wendt, Campbell County High School, 19:29.45; 3. Quinn DeStefano, Campbell County High School, 19:30.33; 4. Karli Piaia, Rock Springs, 19:33.57; 5. Maria Smith-Lopez, Laramie, 19:36.40; 6. Jessi Jeffries, Campbell County High School, 19:38.37; 7. Ashley Sondag, Casper Natrona, 19:39.65; 8. Abby Phillips, Gillette, 19:51.28; 9. Andee Wilcox, Kelly Walsh, 19:57.84; 10. Hailey Schmidt, Laramie, 20:00.04.

Riverton placers

12. Olivia Thompson,20:13.88; 51. Bailey Broadbent, 22:12.83; 60. Jillian C'Bearing, 22:44.60; 64. Tiana Lopez, 23:05.53; 62. Trinity Goggles, 22:50.11.


1. Laramie, 36; 2. Rock Springs, 52; 3. Kelly Walsh, 102; 4. Campbell County High School, 107; 5. Evanston, 142; 6. Casper Natrona, 153; 7. Cheyenne East, 172; 8. Cheyenne Central, 182; 8. Green River, 203; 10. Sheridan, 250; 11. Riverton, 274.

Top 10

1. Jonah Henry, Laramie, 15:22.32; 2. Ricky Faure, Rock Springs, 15:35.19; 3. Hunter Davila, Kelly Walsh, 15:36.64; 4. Chris Henry, Laramie, 16:04.70; 5. Jacob Morgan, Laramie, 16:12.04; 6. Krey Ramsey, Rock Springs, 16:16.52; 7. Jonathon Freeman, Laramie, 16:17.32; 8. Michael Downey, Cheyenne East, 16:21.10; 9. Elliott Miller, Cheyenne Central,, 16:24.03; 10. Asher Catterall, Rock Springs, 16:24.38.

Riverton placers

39. Dustin Blackburn, 17:36.55; 56. Gavin Settlemire, 18:14.01; 63. Brytan Spoonhunter, 18:36.23; 77. Russell C'Hair, 19:16.75.

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