Wolverines open cross country campaignAug 30, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
On Friday in Casper, the Riverton Wolverines hit the cross country trails for the first time this new season at the Kelly Walsh Beartrap Invitational and although Big Red has strong runners returning, it was a freshman who stole the show.
Brady Stingley finished 14th in his first-ever high school race, completing the 5-kilometer course at Casper Mountain in a time of 19:18.50.
Only one other freshman finished higher than Stingley in the entire field, Sheridan's David Standish, who was fifth in 18:22.78.
Stingley has burst onto the scene much like older sister Trysta, now a junior, who began blazing trails as a freshman herself two years ago.
Speaking of which, Trysta Stingley was the only Lady Wolverine in the girls varsity race, finishing 20th in 23:13.02.
Overall, the Wolverine boys were seventh in the team standings, with 152 points, behind winners Sheridan, who scored 46.
Laramie's Albert Steiner won the boys varsity event in a time of 17:05.55, while Rawlins' Sydney Thorvaldson took home honors in the girls varsity contest, crossing the finish line nearly two minutes ahead of her closest pursuer, in 18:18.37.
Laramie won the girls team event with 30 points, while the Lady Wolverines failed to score, as Trysta Stingley was the only Riverton runner in the field.
Other Wolverines finishers in the boys' race were Tarryn Whiteplume (23rd, 19:34.67), Dino Baldes (28th, 19:44.04), Billy Torgerson (53rd, 21:28.02) and Steven Makin (57th, 22:21.84).
Wyoming Indian and St. Stephens also competed in Casper, with the Chiefs' Keilyn Bell the highest finisher from either school, finishing the boys race in 39th with a time of 20:26.48, with teammate Jared White in 41st with 20:33.02.
Other Chiefs included Maurice Gardner (52nd, 21:20.66) and Jerry McGill (63rd, 23:29.45).
The Eagles were represented by Xavier Hubbard (48th, 20:49.68), Julian Hubbard, 54th, 21:47.12), Darrien Barraza (55th, 22:04.72) and Antonio Divers (65th, 25:01.37.)
Riverton will next compete at the Rawlins Invitational, while the Chiefs will host the Wyoming Indian Invitational, both on Friday.