Oh, so close but no gold medal. The Burlington boys scored 82.5 points at the State 1A Track and Field Championships in Casper last weekend, just one-half point less than Farson’s first place 83.
The Huskies did all they could, posting personal bests in multiple events, but Farson held on to take the title.
Individual champions included Tallon Wiles in the pole vault. Seeded in at 11-0, the senior cleared a
personal best 13-feet, while junior Dontae Garza was a double-winner with first places in the long jump at 20-11.25, and the triple jump, marking 42-3.75.
Garza added a second place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet.
Jarom Davidson had success in the distance races, as he has had all year. The sophomore took second in the 1,600 meters (4:39.39), third in the 3,200 meters (10:24) and fourth in the 800 meters at 2:03.35. All three times were personal bests.
Sydney Olson was the top finisher for the Lady Huskies with a third place in the high jump, clearing 4-8. The sophomore finished sixth in the event at the state meet just a year ago.
Callen Preator took sixth in the pole vault; her 8-0 mark was a personal best.
All three Lady Husky relay teams — the 4×400, 4×800 and 1600 medley — placed. Coach Ryan Olson said personal bests were set by individual runners in their splits.
“I was impressed with my seniors (Torey Wardell, Wiles, Preator), with my main point-getters (Wiles, Garza, Davidson) and with all the kids on both teams. They have a lot to be proud of.”
Some last-minute injuries left both teams short, but Olson said, “There is a lot of luck involved, whether it’s football, basketball or track; things happen.”
Olson also praised Wiles and fellow senior Callee Catlin for their dedication to athletics throughout their high school careers. “Both are 12-sport athletes; they have played three sports, all four years, and were recognized as such.
“Callee has been a great leader, and she finished strong with personal best times.”
The Huskies lose Wiles, Wardell, Catlin and Preator to graduation, but there are strong underclassman to carry on the winning tradition.
Top 10 named in order of finish: Farson, Burlington, Midwest, Hanna Elk Mountain, Saratoga, (three way tie for 6th) Lingle-Fort Laramie, Cokeville; Snake River, Encampment.
100-meters: 7th Dontae Garza 12.56.
800-meters: 4th Jarom Davidson 2.04.35.
1600-meters: 2nd Davidson 5:39.39.
3200-meters: 3rd Davidson 10:24.93.
110-hurdles: 10th Kolby Broederlow 20.21.
300-hurdles: 7th: Tallon Wiles 44.53.
4×100 relay: 6th Burlington (Kody Gotfredson, Tanner Trujillo, Jacob Cook, Broederlow).
High jump: 2nd Garza 6-00; 3rd Torey Wardell 5-08.
Pole vault: 1st Wiles, 13-00; 6th T. Wardell 10-06.
Long jump: 1st Garza 20-11.25; 5th Wiles 19-05.
Triple jump: 1st Garza 42-03.75; 4th Wiles 40-03.
Top 12, named in order of finish: Cokeville 157.5; Ten Sleep 94; Encampment; Lingle-Fort Laramie; Dubois, Saratoga, Kaycee, Snake River, Meeteetse, Farson, HEM, Burlington (19).
4×400-relay: 6th Burlington (Callee Catlin, Cheri Henderson, Kristen Wiles, Kara Henderson) 4:59.62.
4×800-relay: 6th Burlington (K. Henderson, C. Henderson, Sydney Olson, Maddie Preator) 12:33.27.
1600-sprint medley: 5th Burlington (Olson, Catlin, K. Henderson, C. Henderson) 5:05.79.
High jump: 3rd Olson 4-08.
Pole vault: 6th Callin Preator 8-00.
By Marlys Good