THS girls fourth, boys fifth at Cheyenne

Robert Galbreath
Posted 4/9/24

The Torrington High School track teams put in strong performances against larger teams at Cheyenne East.

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THS girls fourth, boys fifth at Cheyenne


CHEYENNE – The Torrington High School girls and boys track teams rose to the challenge at the annual Okie Blanchard Invite hosted by Cheyenne East High School on April 5. 

Going head-to-head against opponents from significantly larger schools, the Lady Blazers secured fourth place as a team with 79 points. The other schools in the top three consisted of Cheyenne East, Cheyenne Central and Laramie – all 4A programs.

Posting 56 team points, the Blazer boys earned fifth place, beating Wheatland, Burns, Cheyenne South and Pine Bluffs. 

The girls 4x100-meter team snagged gold and broke the Torrington High School record that they set the previous week. Junior Jaycee Hurley, sophomore Brooklyn Asmus, sophomore Natalie Hawes and senior Alyssa Wondercheck clocked the event in with a state-qualifying time of 49.05 seconds, beating the runner-up Wheatland by 1.39 seconds.

Hurley, Hawes, Wondercheck and sophomore Trishell Pontarolo went on to win the 4x400-meter relay, posting a time of 4 minutes, 19.07 seconds – 0.27 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Cheyenne Central.

Asmus garnered first place in the 200-meter finals, crossing the finish line in 25.70 seconds. Asmus won by a margin of 0.54 seconds over the runner-up, Wheatland’s Desirae Iacovetto. 

In the 100-meter finals, Asmus clinched second place, timing in at 12.48 seconds. 

Senior Tyler Bennick once again dominated varsity boys throwing events. Bennick snagged gold in the discus with a toss measuring 143 feet, 3 inches. The senior won the shot put, hitting a mark of 55-02. 

Fellow senior Trey Parriott picked up second place in both the boys’ discus, at 131-06, and the shot put, with a toss of 48-07 ½.

Wondercheck prequalified for state in the girls’ long jump, scooping up second place in the event with a mark of 17-01 ¼.

In the varsity boys’ triple jump, junior Evan Hellus punched his ticket to state with a third-place finish, leaping 41-06.

“Cheyenne East was another great outing by our boys’ and girls’ teams,” coach Russell Stienmetz said. “The weather was surprisingly good, and our athletes were able to take advantage of that. We had big improvements from both our boys and girls in jumping. It was great to have a junior varsity division at the meet, allowing our underclassmen to compete against other freshmen and sophomores from across the state.”

Varsity girls top eight

The Lady Blazers posted solid performances in hurdles. Hawes captured third place in the 300-meters, with a time of 49.31 seconds, and achieved fourth place in the 100-meters, at 16.92 seconds.

Hurley secured fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles, posting a time of 50.67 seconds. Hurley also earned seventh place in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 13.37 seconds.

Wondercheck pulled into eighth place in the finals for the 100-meters, crossing the finish line in 13.39 seconds.

In jumping events, Pontarolo garnered third place in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 36-03. Pontarolo went on to snap up fourth place in the long jump, clearing 15-10 ½. 

Junior Teryn Stokes snagged fifth place in the shot put at 32-08 ¼.

Varsity boys top eight

Representing Torrington in long-distance events, senior Zabdiel Munoz earned seventh place in the 1600-meters, posting a time of 5:10.55.

In the shot put, senior Brayden Frazier came in fifth place, reaching a mark of 45-02.

Junior Tyler Nicolay, sophomore Brady Dagen, senior Jorey Asmus and Munoz clinched third place in the 4x800-meter relay, clocking in at 9:40.33.

Hellus finished seventh in the long jump, hitting a mark of 19-05 ½.

Varsity girls ñ additional results

• 800-meters: Natalie Long in 14th place at 2:44.13 and Tiffany Krueger in 19th at 2:52.58.

• 1600-meters: Callie Taylor in 10th place at 6:16.79 and Krueger in 12th at 6:30.82.

• Pole vault: Sophia Wilson in 13th place at 6-00.

• Discus: Wittni Bugher in ninth place at 90-07, Stokes in 10th at 90-02 and Karlee Mathson in 19th at 67-04.

• Shot put: Bugher in 18th place at 25-09 and Mathson in 22nd at 23-01.

Varsity boys ñ additional results

• 200-meters: Hellus in 15th place at 25.50 seconds.

• 400-meters: Asmus in 15th place at 1:01.82.

• Discus: Frazier in 22nd place at 87-06.

• Shot put: Kaden Romig in 22nd place at 34-01.