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County teams fill up the field for regional track in Lander

May 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Technology has integrated track and field at a level challenged only by Major League Baseball when it comes to statistics. The weather limited competition during the regular season this year for much of Wyoming and for the teams, particularly in the West

The Class 2-A West regional descends on Lander Friday and Saturday for regional competition with the top eight individuals and the top four relays advancing to the state finals next weekend in Casper.

While Runnercard.com has become the standard for entering and recording track meets another site, Milesplit.com takes those statistics to a new level and has a feature called a "Virtual Meet."

You select the teams you want, and it calculates the order of finish in all 17 events and the final team totals.

This year Milesplit predicts Lovell to win the boys division with 163, points followed by Wind River with 125 and Big Piney in third with 87. Thermopolis rounds out the trophy schools with 82.

Humans, especially young ones, don't always perform to the level a computer expects, but in this case the prevailing thought is that it will be a Lovell Bulldog coronation followed by some exceptional individual efforts from athletes at Wind River, Big Piney, Wyoming Indian and Thermopolis.

For the Chiefs, senior Alvin Spoonhunter has the top times in Class 2-A in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and is a favorite. Running mate Keegan Her Many Horses has posted solid times as well.

Wind River will be paced by Jesse Hawk in the hurdles, sprints and pole vault. Hawk has the potential to score 40 points with four first places in this meet. Teammates Tyler Rupe, Joe Lupher, Shepp Campbell and Dylan Lookingbill should score well.

Thermopolis has a well-rounded team but the star is senior Omar Bridges. Bridges could take the 100, 200, 400 and long jump at the regional this weekend and possibly at state.

Shoshoni has a talented duo in freshman Tristan Parrish in the 400, long jump and high jump, and junior distance runner Lawry Johnson. The Wranglers sport a couple of solid relay teams in the 4x400 and 4x800.

Big Piney has the fastest runner in the west in Jace Marx and balance in most of the other events.

But Lovell should place at least two athletes in every event and could qualify as many as four. The Bulldogs are led by hurdler Dino Collins and jumper / thrower Cody Savage. They also have the best weight man in Class 2-A in Tanner Rohrer.

Girls field

Lovell should be even more dominant on the girls side. On a good day the Bulldogs could double second place. The battle for second will come down to Shoshoni and Thermopolis.

Lovell is paced by the Shumway sisters, who dominated the middle and long distances at state a year ago. As with the Bulldog boys, the girls can place up to four athletes in a single event and should have at least two qualified in all 17 events.

Thermopolis is paced by jumper Emily Lesmeister and thrower Leesa Jensen.

Shoshoni's hopes ride on the swift legs of sophomores Olivia Thompson and Tasha Maddock. Thompson is a favorite in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Maddock plays the same role in the 400 and 800. They join on the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays.

Kolbi Pickinpaugh is a favorite in the 100-meter hurdles and has solid times in the 100-meter dash as well.

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