Big Red runners prepare for postseasonOct 12, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Powell provided a last-chance saloon on Friday for the Riverton Wolverines cross country squad to refresh itself before the run for postseason glory begins.
Some took advantage.
Trysta Stingley drank in the waters of replenishment with a seventh-place finish in the girls varsity race in a time of 21:08.85, with Big Red teammate Sydney Chatfield crossing the line just outside the top 10 at 21:16.06, good for 11th.
Other Lady Wolverines included Madi Johnson (20th, 22:53.75), Taliana Shaw (33rd, 24:11.23), Anna Hutchinson (44th, 25;11.34), Raylene Fox (45th, 25;20.00) and Makenzie Daniels (64th, 29:14.94).
On the boys side, Tarryn Whiteplume was 11th in 17:43.01, while team captain Dino Baldes finished 23rd with a time of 18:38.04.
Riverton teammates Drew Shroyer (30th, 19:00.25), Steven Makin (39th, 19:41.00), Caelen Oldman (42nd, 19:47.56), Aquilo Friday (43rd, 19:48.83), Billy Torgerson (47th, 19:56.23), Wyatt Castro (48th, 19:58.66), Sam Perkins (62nd, 20:49.77), Nathaniel Shroyer (63rd, 20:51.43), Don Sharp (67th, 21:11.68), Liam Harms (76th, 21:50.03), Malcolm Spoonhunter (77th, 21:51.36), Matteo Massa (84th, 22:34.03) and Chase Spearman (87th, 22:54.89) also competed.
According to Wolverines head coach Jay Dayton, some good things happened at the meet.
"We had some great races, with a lot of personal records," said Dayton. "Trysta ran a good race with a seventh-place finish, and Tarryn got out a little quicker than what he was ready for. But, that was a good experience for him. We admire the competitiveness of both of them."
The Class 3-A West regional meet will be in Mountain View on Friday. Dayton believes his squad is ready.
"I haven't seen the course yet," he said. "However, we did talk to the Mountain View coach, and from what we understand, this isn't a hilly course.This team is in very good shape right now. I believe they can handle any course."
A combined field in Powell meant the junior varsity runners got a taste of varsity competition, which provided a prelude to their final event of the season, which will be regionals, while the varsity will focus on the sate meet in Sheridan next week, said Dayton.
"For our varsity teams, our workout regimen is focused on the state meet," he said. "For the JV team, this will be their culminating event, so we're reducing part of their volume, along with higher intensity, to reach peak performance."