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All hail the cross country dynasty at Wyoming Indian High
Nov 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Chico Her Many Horses has a dynasty going with the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs cross country program.
The WIHS cross country coach knows how to get the Chiefs fired up when it counts at the most at the CLass 2-A state meet.
Her Many Horses has been a part of seven consecutive Class 2-A boys team titles for WIHS.
The Chiefs always turn it on at the end of the season. This year wasn't any different.
The coach doesn't push the panic button in September when the season is in the early stages.
He doesn't burn out his runners at all during the season.
Her Many Horses paces his team for the three-month schedule. And in the summertime, Her Many Horses lets his runners forget about running.
He has the strategy down.
He makes sure the Chiefs are rested and prepared to run at the conference and state meets.
This year, the state cross country meet was moved to Sheridan after several years of being in Douglas.
Her Many Horses took the Chiefs early in the schedule to a regular season meet in Sheridan to get his team prepared for the state meet.
After the race in Sheridan, Her Many Horses shaped the training by the Chiefs to the layout of the state course.
WIHS probably had every step of the 3.1-mile race memorized.
The planning paid off for WIHS.
The Chiefs had no problem winning the Class 2-A boys team title for yet another year.
WIHS scored 20 points at the state meet. Saratoga finished second with 58 points.
Wyoming Indian senior Wilson Clifford showed he was the best runner on the Class 2-A division for the second straight year.
Team depth was the reason WIHS came up on top on the boys team standings.
WIHS placed four runners in the top 10 for all-state honors.
Tyler Penatac was sixth in the race, Keegan Her Many Horses placed seventh, and Cory LameBear came in ninth.
Those three are all expecting to be back next year to continue the great run for the Chiefs.
Clifford will be graduating in May, but not before we was a part of four team titles and two individual titles.
Not a bad showing for anybody.
Her Many Horses has put the WIHS girls back in the title conversation in the Class 2-A team standings.
The Lady Chiefs were beaten out of the state title spot by just four points. Pine Bluffs won the title with 27 points and WIHS had 31.
During an interview after the race, Her Many Horses said his girls team had Pine Bluffs for most of the way.
Pine Bluffs has now won four straight team titles, but, behind the freshmen tandem of Charlene Brown and Auburn Bell, the Lady Chiefs could be in the No. 1 spot in 2014.
Brown won the individual title as a freshman. If everything goes right, Brown has the opportunity to be a four-time state champion.
My advice to her: Listen to Her Many Horses. He has a dynasty in full gear.