LFL track teams garner trophies at state

Robert Galbreath
Posted 5/21/24

The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys and girls teams brought home two state trophies, along with a bag full of hardware and new PRs.

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LFL track teams garner trophies at state


CASPER – Three full days of blood, sweat and tears by Lingle-Fort Laramie High School tracksters culminated in six gold medals and seven all-state awards at the 2024 Wyoming State Track and Field Championships in Casper from May 16-18.

The boys advanced to second place as a team in a field of 14 squads, tallying 106.50 points. The Lady Doggers captured fourth place, posting 50 points.

Sophomore Sullivan Wilson left the competition in the dust to capture all-state honors in both the boys’ 1600- and 3200-meters. Wilson struck gold in the 1600-meters, posting a huge PR of 4 minutes, 42.41 seconds and beating the runner-up, Tongue River’s Isaiah Cotes, by more than four seconds. Wilson won the 3200-meters by a six--second margin over Wyoming Indian High School’s Colton SunRhodes at 10:28.55.

Junior Brody Roberts bagged gold and all-state accolades in the boys’ 800-meters, clocking in with a new PR of 1:59.51. Roberts crossed the finish line with more than three seconds to spare over Niobrara County’s David West.

Roberts also earned all-state honors in the 400-meters, finishing second in the finals with a PR of 51.38 seconds.

In the finals for the boys’ 300-meter hurdles, junior Louden Bremer pulled into first place and received all-state recognition with a PR of 41.39 seconds. Bremer finished by a 0.36-second margin over Burns’ Ethan Norris.

Two boys’ relay teams struck gold and all-state honors. Bremer, senior Nolan Spears, senior Wyatt Sylvester and Roberts won the 4x800-relay with a time of 3:30.53, pulling ahead of Big Horn by a 0.47-second margin.

The boys’ 1600-sprint medley team – sophomore Brady Cook, Spears, Bremer and Roberts – snagged gold and an all-state award with a time of 3:39.50. The team won by more than three seconds over Sundance.

Timing the finals for the girls’ 100-hurdles in at 17.30 seconds, junior Jada Kaufman scooped up silver and all-state accolades in the event.

“I felt both teams performed extremely well at state,” coach Mike Lashley said. “Bringing home two trophies is never easy, especially in 2A. This was a great way to wrap up a successful season.”

LFL’s performance at state followed wins by both the girls and boys at the SEWAC championships and a first-place finish by the girls at regionals, while the boys placed second.

“Our athletes worked very hard all season long. Our team motto was ‘finish strong’ and this team certainly did that this season,” Lashley added. “I could not be prouder of this group of kids and the resolve they showed.”

Top eight – girls

Sophomore Jordynn Speckner scooped up hardware in two mid-distance events. Speckner finished fourth in the 800-meters, timing in at 2:28.91 and went on to place seventh in the  400-meters at 1:03.40.

In hurdling events, Kaufman advanced to fourth place in the finals for the 300-meters, posting a time of 50.23 seconds. Freshman Addi Wilkins took seventh place in the event at 51.84 seconds.

Junior Grace Gibson captured fifth place in the finals for the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.57 seconds.

Freshman Charlotte Speckner garnered bronze in the shot put, clearing 34 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Senior Izzy Spears broke into the top eight in the discus, bagging fifth place with a toss of 110-10.

Relay highlights included a third-place finish by Kaufman, junior Kenzie Wilkins, Addi Wilkins and Jordynn Speckner in the 4x400-relay at 4:22.56.

Gibson, Kenzie Wilkins, Kaufman and Jordynn Speckner also came in third place in the 1600-sprint medley relay, timing in at 4:32.07.

The 4x100-relay team – freshman Kiera Fleenor, Addi Wilkins, Kenzie Wilkins and Gibson – placed seventh at 54.43 seconds.

Top eight – boys

Sylvester placed sixth in the finals for the 400-meters with a time of 53.38 seconds.

In hurdling events, Bremer finished fourth in the 110-meter finals, posting a time of 16.28 seconds. Cook finished sixth in the event, timing in at 16.52 seconds.

Junior Cooper Smith snagged bronze in the shot put, clearing 41-10.

Cook snapped up third place in the discus, hitting a mark of 138-08.

Junior Nathan Fish secured seventh place in the pole vault, clearing 10-00.

The 4x100-relay team – Cooper Smith, Spears, Sylvester and Cook – captured bronze, crossing the finish line in 45.80 seconds.

Fish, sophomore Brayden Posten, Spears and Wilson earned silver in the 4x800-meter relay, timing in at 8:55.42.

Additional results – girls

• 800-meters: Holly Leiseth in 13th place at 2:45.16.

• 3200-meters: Anna Frederick in 12th place at 14:15.49.

• 100-hurdles prelims: Gibson in 11th place at 53.05 seconds.

• Triple jump: Kaiten Schilreff in ninth place at 31-05 ¾.

• Shot put: Avary Rising in 15th place at 30-02.

• Discus: Charlotte Speckner in 11th place at 103-01.

Additional results – boys

• 100-meter prelims: Cooper Smith in 13th place at 11.80 seconds.

• 1600-meters: Tyler Smith in 10th place at 5:15.58.

• Discus: Cooper Smith in 14th place at 116-08.