By Sam Smith
The Riverside Rebel track and field competed with the best of the best in their conference at the Wyoming State Track and Field Meet over the weekend in Casper. The Rebels brought home four state placers and state placing relay team from the state meet.
“State Track was good for us in that we had students get experience and even some with some success,” coach Jared Collingwood said. “I felt like a couple other athletes could have placed if things would have went right for them, but all in all I felt like they worked hard and did well. It definitely sets the stage with us only losing a few senior members to come back even stronger and encourage more students and younger incoming freshman to come out. If Riverside can continue to participate and be involved, the results will show in all events and athletics.”
In the boys division, senior James DesRosier finished his senior year strong as he placed sixth in the 400-meter prelims, finishing the oval with a personal-best time of 53.73 seconds and qualifying for the finals. In the finals, DesRosier set another personal best in the event with a seventh-place time of 53.31 seconds. He also placed 11th in the 110-meter hurdle prelims with a time of 18.22 seconds, setting another personal best, and 16th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.82 seconds, a personal best.
The 2A State meet was the last contest for DesRosier.
Freshman Nathaniel Boreen placed eighth in the pole vault, clearing 10-6.
The 3,200-meter relay team of DesRosier, Garret Ellis-Rudd, Cash Duncan and Jordan Mautz placed eighth with a time of 9:44.27, beating Kemmerer by 29 seconds.
Ellis-Rudd placed ninth in the 110-meter hurdle prelims with a time of 17.34 seconds, missing the finals by 33/100ths of a second. Ellis-Rudd placed 10th in the high jump, clearing 5-6.
Duncan placed 15th in the 3,200-meter run, finishing the event in 12:26.77.
In the girls division, sophomore Breanna Riley placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdle prelims with a personal-best time of 18.31 seconds to qualify for the finals. In the finals, Riley placed sixth with a time of 18.59 seconds. She also placed 13th in the 300-meter hurdle prelims with a time of 54.13 seconds.
Freshman Eva Stone placed 13th in the 200-meter dash prelims, coming in with a personal-best time of 28.56 seconds.
Freshman Jersey Streitz placed 15th in the 100-meter hurdle prelims with a time of 20.49 seconds.
In the field events, sophomore Alexis Garay placed seventh in the discus with a personal-best toss of 94-6.
Junior Summer Riley placed 11th in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 30-8.
Senior Emmy Reid placed 16th in the high jump, clearing 4-2. The 2A State Meet was the last contest for Reid.
Collingwood was pleased with how the season went this year.
“I was very happy with the way the season went,” Collingwood said. “Having 12 qualifiers is huge for us and a great motivator for more kids to participate in track in the future. I believe that we all had fun and worked hard and in those regards it was a successful season.”
Along with the seniors, this is the last year Collingwood will be coaching the Rebels as he prepares to make the move to Massachusetts.
“I am hopeful and will watch from afar as the athletes participate next year without me,” the coach said. “I have high expectations for all those that qualified and will be returning to do even better next year. I am also happy that so many came out because they will see results and improvements in their other activities. Track and Swimming are the two sports that I always preach have a direct affect on the other sports people do and are the best to help them.”
Collingwood said he will miss all the friendships he has made with the students at Riverside.
“Riverside has a special place in my heart and I feel as if I made real connections with the students and athletes and I truly enjoyed my time here,” the coach said. “I will miss the time spent with students on the bus rides, in practice, between and in classes and the general nature of the interaction I had with the students. I felt as if we got along real well and it was a good thing for both myself and the students. I am hopeful that the basketball and track teams continue to grow and have more and more success because our student athletes deserve it and need to know that they are great and do belong in the conversation with anyone in the state if they put the work in and have the mind set.”