Lady Rangers win 2A West Regional track meet

The Kemmerer Lady Rangers stand on the podium to celebrate their first-place finish at the 2A West Regional track and field meet. (COURTESY PHOTOS/Camille Plowman)

SHOSHONE — For the first time in 35 years, the Lady Ranger track squad won the team title at regionals. The girls arrived in Shoshone last Friday with the pressure of being the favorite to win and succeeded at every level to maintain that goal, scoring 141 points and leading the event wire to wire. Their point total is the highest scored by the Lady Rangers since 1984.

The boys’ squad also had a phenomenal meet, scoring 108 points to finish second only to Rocky Mountain High School. The boys’ point total is the highest scored by the Rangers since 1995. Both squads have a ton of momentum heading into the state meet in Casper this weekend.

Friday

The Lady Rangers got an early lead in the meet when their premier jumpers, Teryn Thatcher and Kenley Plowman, placed third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Jillian Tibbetts added a second place finish in the discus and the Lady Rangers had 19 points on the board.

The boys started out fast as well in the shotput event, qualifying two throwers to state. Jeydon Boyd threw a personal best 45 feet 9.75 inches to claim second place honors. Aaron Ortiz finished in seventh place. Tanner Plowman added another second place medal in the triple jump with his leap of 40 feet 5 inches and the Ranger boys had 18 points on the board.

The first running event was the 800-meter dash and the race provided another boost for the Lady Rangers. Kenley Plowman ran a personal record time of 2 minutes 24.32 seconds, finishing in second place by a mere half a second. Sydnie Julander also ran a personal record time and qualified for the state meet in seventh place.

The girls’ 3200-meter run was very competitive as Sammi Butler and Sophie Failoni ran with two Lady Chiefs from Wyoming Indian the entire race. Butler pulled away with 200 meters remaining to place first with a personal record time of 13 minutes 19.65 seconds. Failoni took 30 seconds off her previous best time in the event, finishing fourth in 13 minutes 37.05 seconds.

The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Brooklynn Hagler, Thatcher, Laurel Clarke and Marisa Orcutt placed first. The boys’ 4x100-meter relay team of Cameron Adams, Quinten Rosas, Austin Quin Martinez and Tanner Plowman also finished first with a season’s best time of 45.92 seconds.

Cyndi Ashliman missed eighth place qualification in the 100-meter hurdles by a mere four hundredths of a second and in the 100-meter dash by a tenth of a second. Other near misses included Michael Kahre in the shotput and Sophie Failoni in the 800 meter dash.

Saturday

The Lady Rangers got another boost in the field events on Saturday morning with Teryn Thatcher adding almost 2 feet to her personal record when she triple-jumped 35 feet 6 inches for first place. Kenley Plowman also jumped a personal record of 34 feet 6 inches for second place. For the boys, Cameron Adams long jumped his way to a third-place finish.

Three Ranger boys made it to state in the discus. Jeydon Boyd finished third, Aaron Ortiz finished fourth and Aiden Runnion finished eighth. Cameron Adams finished fifth in the high jump to qualify for state.

In the day’s first running event, the girls’ 4x800-meter relay team of Sammi Butler, Jillian Tibbetts, Sophie Failoni and Sydnie Julander took first place honors. The boys’ 4x800-meter relay team of Aiden Runnion, Nate Pinkerton, Trayven Hayes and Tommy Skidmore placed third to punch their ticket to the state meet.

Brooklynn Hagler took first in the 100-meter hurdles with Laurel Clarke close behind in second place. The boys’ squad qualified three Rangers to the state meet with Tyson McKane in fifth, Zach Jackson in sixth and Tommy Skidmore in eighth place.

Freshman Quinten Rosas scorched the track with an 11.82 second 100-meter dash for second place honors. Marisa Orcutt placed fifth for the Lady Rangers in the same event.

Tanner Plowman bested the field in the 400-meter dash for first place in 52.44 seconds. Austin Quin Martinez ran a personal best time in the prelims of 53.64 seconds and placed fourth in the finals.

The 1600 meter run was very competitive but Sammi Butler finished in fifth and Sophie Failoni finished in seventh to qualify for state.

The girls’ 1600-meter medley relay team of Sammi Butler, Laurel Clarke, Marisa Orcutt and Kenley Plowman ran away from the field for first place with a time of 4 minutes 38.09 seconds. Their time is just 4 seconds shy of the school record set last year in the event.

Brooklynn Hagler and Laurel Clarke had another great run in the 300-meter hurdles to finish in second and fourth, respectively. Clarke ran a personal best time of 51.05 seconds. The boys’ trio of Tyson McKane, Zach Zackson and Tommy Skidmore finished in fifth, sixth and seventh to qualify for state.

Austin Quin Martinez and Quentin Rosas both had great runs in the 200-meter dash to finish in third and fourth, respectively. Martinez ran a personal best 23.95 seconds and Rosas ran a personal best 24.20 seconds. Marisa Orcutt placed fifth for the Lady Rangers.

The boys’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jeydon Boyd, Trayven Hayes, Aiden Runnion and Tyson McKane placed third. The girls’ team of Brooklynn Hagler, Teryn Thatcher, Sydnie Julander and Jillian Tibbetts placed fourth.

Near misses on Saturday included: Trayven Hayes in the long jump, Sydnie Julander in the 400-meter dash, and Nate Pinkerton in the 1600-meter run.

The state track meet begins in Casper on Thursday, May 16, with the 3200-meter run at 3 p.m.

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