Thinclads win medals in CasperMay 5, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Alec Richardson won the long jump at the Wyoming Track Classic.
A contingent of Riverton High School track and field athletes traveled to Kelly Walsh High School in Casper on Tuesday for the annual Wyoming Track Classic, reserved for the top runners, jumpers and throwers in the state on the eve of regional competitions leading up to the state championships.
Alec Richardson, the reigning Class 4-A state long jump champion, won the event in Casper with a leap of 23-06.50, exactly 0.25 farther than his winning effort at state last season.
Richardson, on his way to Idaho State University on a track scholarship next year, also finished fifth in the triple jump with a 41-02.50 and fifth in the 100 meters (11.50).
However, the gifted Richardson wasn't the only Wolverine tearing up the track in the Oil City, along with some other notable Fremont County athletes.
Brodie Roden was runner-up in a pair of events, finishing second in both the 100 (11.22) and 200 meters (22.95), while also finishing fourth in the 300 meter hurdles.
Shoshoni's Zac Pickinpaugh represented the small schools well with a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles in a time of 41.60, and Lander's Conrad Swenson was right behind in sixth, in 42.86.
Hunter Lee of Riverton delivered a solid performance in the throwing events, posting a 51-02.50 in the shot put, good for fourth place. He was ninth in the discus with a throw of 119-09.
Big Red's Kylan Shultz competed in a pair of events and produced a seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (16.87) and ninth in the high jump (5-08).
On the girls side of the competition, Lady Wolverine Naya Shime continued her explosive freshman campaign with strong showings in three different events, the highlight of which was a third in the 100-meter hurdles, flashing across the finish line in a time of 16.29.
Shime ended fifth in the high jump (5-02) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (52.21).
Riverton's Trysta Stingley was eighth in the 3200 meters in 13:43.65, right behind Riverton cross country teammate Gaven Murphy, who competes in track for Shoshoni, who finished the race in seventh with an effort of 13:17.43.
Next up for all the Fremont County squads is the Shane Brock Invitational in Lander on Saturday.
Riverton's Richardson competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in California on April 5-8, one of the top high school track meets in the country and represented Riverton in excellent fashion against some of the best athletes in the entire U.S.
Richardson finished eighth in the long jump, his signature event, with an effort of 21-11.25.
Wyoming Track Classic
1. Holiday, Ten Sleep, 12.40.
1. Holiday, Ten Sleep, 25.95.
1. Rafferty, Sheridan, 58.34.
1. Moodry, Campbell County, 2:20.55.
1. Olsen, Natrona, 5:12.98; 7. Murphy, Shoshoni, 13:17.43; 8. Stingley, Riverton, 13:43.65.
1. Grubbs, Upton, 15.49.
1. Doherty, Campbell County, 44.73; 7. Shime, Riverton, 52.21.
1. Bradshaw, Lyman, 5-04; Shime, Riverton, 5-02.
1. Cummings, Cheyenne East, 11-06.
1. Douthit, Campbell County, 16-10.25; 3. Shime, Riverton, 16-08.75.
1. Powell, Encampment, 34-06.50.
1. Dedic, Kelly Walsh, 40-07.
1. Larsen, Cody, 141-10.
1. Frisby, Kelly Walsh, 11.17; 2. Roden, Riverton, 11.22; 5. Richardson, Riverton, 11.50.
1. Frisby, Kelly Walsh, 22.75; 2. Roden, Riverton, 22.95.
1. Myers, Campbell County, 49.83.
1. Myers, Campbell County, 1:58.76.
1. Reichl, Green River, 4:26.96.
1. Condelario, Natrona, 9:46.86.
1. Johnson, Laramie, 14.48; 7. Shultz, Riverton, 16.87.
1. Johnson, Laramie, 37.87; 4. Roden, Riverton, 41.46; 5. Pickinpaugh, Shoshoni, 41.60; 6. Swenson, Lander, 42.86.
1. Lundgren, Cheyenne Central, 6-02; 9. Shultz, Riverton, 5-08.
1. Holeman, Cody, 13-06.
1. Richardson, Riverton, 23-06.50.
1. Nolan, Cheyenne South, 46-07; 5. Richardson, Riverton, 41-02.50.
1. Harris, Torrington, 59-05; 4. Lee, Riverton, 51-02.50.
1. Lundgren, Cody, 161-01; 9. Lee, Riverton, 119-09.