LFL track teams place well at Burns

Robert Galbreath
Posted 4/16/24

The Lingle-Fort Laramie track teams posted solid performances at the Burns Invitational despite a reduced roster.

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LFL track teams place well at Burns


BURNS – A variety of school activities over the weekend meant the Lingle-Fort Laramie (LFL) High School track team fielded a small roster at the 2024 Burns Invite on April 12.

Regardless of numbers, both the Doggers and Lady Doggers posted strong performances and placed well on the team leaderboard.

The Doggers tied for fifth as a team out of 10 schools with 70 cumulative points. The Lady Doggers placed seventh with 53 points.

Junior Brody Roberts won the boys’ 800-meters by a 17-second margin. Roberts clocked the event in at just 0.09 seconds over 2 minutes to secure the victory.

Timing the boys’ 3200-meters in at 11 minutes, 9.87 seconds, sophomore Sullivan Wilson snagged gold in the event. Wilson beat the runner-up, Cooper Sanchez of Burns, by nearly 40 seconds.

Sophomore Jordynn Speckner punched her state ticket in the 800-meters, posting a prequalifying time of 2:32.59.

Fellow sophomore Brady Cook qualified for state in the 110-hurdles, clinching second place at 16.34 seconds.

Three relay teams captured state berths. The boys’ 4x100-meter team – junior Cooper Smith, freshman Lucas Ingram, junior Ned Nelson and Cook – secured third place with a prequalifying time of 47.77 seconds.

In the girls’ 4x100-meter relay, sophomore Kiera Fleenor, freshman Addi Wilkins, freshman Madison Hatch and junior Grace Gibson punched their state ticket with a fourth-place finish at 54.74 seconds.

Junior Jada Kaufman, Hatch, Gibson and Speckner also placed fourth in the 4x400-meter relay, timing in with a prequalifying mark of 4:34.75.

“We saw some big improvements this week,” coach Mike Lashley said. “It was nice to reach a few more pre-qualifying marks, especially in the relays. This will give us some options when we head to regionals. We had a couple athletes just miss their prequalifying mark, but I am fairly confident they will hit those in the next few weeks.”

Girls top eight

Kaufman snapped up second place in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 17.07 seconds. Wilkins secured eighth place in the event at 19.41 seconds.

In the 300-hurdles, Kaufman placed fifth, at 50.39 seconds, with Wilkins in sixth, at 53.64 seconds.

Sophomore Kaiten Schilreff took sixth place in the long jump, hitting a mark of 15-02 ¼. Schilreff went on to place eighth in the triple jump at 30-02 ¼.

Wilkins came in seventh place in the triple jump with a mark of 30-02 ½.

In throwing events, sophomore Avary Rising garnered fourth place in the shot put at 33-01. 

Senior Izzy Spears led the LFL pack in the discus, finishing fourth at 106-05 ½. Rising placed sixth in the event at 95-03 ½.

Boys top eight

In distance events, Wilson pulled into second place in the 1600-meters with a time of 4:57.60. Freshman Tyler Smith took fifth place in the event at 5:43.69. Tyler Smith secured fourth place in the 3200-meters, clocking in at 12:12.96.

Ingram picked up seventh place in the 300-hurdles with a time of 48.50 seconds.

Representing LFL in the pole vault, junior Nathan Fish finished sixth at 10-00.

In throwing events, Cook garnered bronze in the discus with a toss of 119-10.

Cooper Smith scooped up fifth place in the discus, at 115-11, and placed sixth in the shot put, measuring 40-04.