THS tracksters capture six all-state awards

Robert Galbreath
Posted 5/21/24

The Torrington High School track teams went above and beyond at the 2024 state track and field championships.

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THS tracksters capture six all-state awards


CASPER – Both the Torrington girls and boys track teams pulled out all the stops at the 2024 Wyoming State Track and Field Championships in Casper from May 16-18, filling their bag with hardware, new PRs, school records and six all-state awards.

The Lady Blazers took sixth place out of 15 schools as a team, netting 68 points. The Blazer boys, fielding a smaller roster, placed ninth with 34 points.

Sophomore Brooklyn Asmus swept girls’ sprinting events, setting three new school records, breaking two Wyoming 3A class records and garnering three all-state awards.

Asmus qualified for the finals in both the 100- and 200-meters, breaking the state 3A record in both of the preliminary races. In the 200-meters, Asmus clocked the prelims in at 24.45 seconds and went on to snag gold in the finals for the event with a new 3A class record of 24.24 seconds.

Kereston Thomas of Rawlins set the previous 3A record in the 200-meters of 25.03 seconds in 2011.

Asmus went on to post a 3A-class record-breaking time of 11.91 seconds in the 100-meter prelims. The sophomore also tied for the Wyoming all-classification record in the event. Kereston Thomas held the original 3A record in the event of 12.11 seconds, set in 2011.

Advancing to the finals in the 100-meters, Asmus struck gold and all-state accolades with a time of 12.26 seconds, beating Wheatland’s Desirae Iacovetto by a 0.12-second margin.

Rounding out an epic weekend, Asmus won the finals for the 400-meters, crossing the finish line 0.83 seconds ahead of Powell’s Waycee Harvey at 57.51 seconds.

In each of the three events listed above, Asmus secured a new PR and a Torrington High School record.

The girls’ 4x100-relay team bagged gold, setting a new 3A class record and clinching all-state recognition in the process. Sophomore Natalie Hawes, junior Jaycee Hurley, senior Alyssa Wondercheck and Asmus timed the event in at 48.81 seconds. Worland set the previous record of 49.97 seconds in 2023.

Sophomore Trishell Pontarolo scooped up all-state honors in the girls’ triple jump, earning second place with a leap and a PR of 36 feet, 5 inches.

In the boys’ shot put, senior Tyler Bennick secured an all-state award with a second place finish. Bennick’s throw cleared 55-00 ¾.

“I was very impressed with the way all of our athletes responded to performing on the big stage,” coach Russell Stienmetz said. “Everyone handled the pressure really well, from freshmen to upperclassmen. Some athletes exceeded excpectations. We will miss the seniors, but are excited to bring back the underclassmen and a new class of freshmen.”

Girls top eight

Hurley scooped up hardware in two sprinting events. Progressing to the 100-meter finals, Hurley picked up seventh place with a time of 13.08 seconds. In the 200-meter finals, Hurley came in eighth place at 26.41 seconds.

Hawes pulled into sixth place in the finals for the 100-meter hurdles, posting a time of 16.61 seconds. The sophomore went on to clinch seventh place in the finals for the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 48.08 seconds.

In the long jump, Wondercheck snapped up sixth place, hitting a mark of 17-00. Pontarolo finished eighth in the event at 16-09 ¾.

Junior Teryn Stokes led the THS pack in the shot put, securing fourth place with a toss of 38-06.

Relay highlights consisted of a sixth-place finish by Hawes, Pontarolo, Wondercheck and sophomore Natalie Long in the 1600-sprint medley relay at 4:32.98.

Boys top eight

Junior Evan Hellus snagged hardware in two jumping events. Hitting a mark of 21-03 in the long jump, Hellus bagged fourth place. In the triple jump, Hellus garnered fifth place, clearing 42-05 ¾.

Throwers posted solid marks as well. Senior Trey Parriott clinched bronze in the discus, reaching a huge 22-foot PR of 142-01. Parriott also earned fourth place in the shot put at 50-04 ¼.

Bennick snapped up fifth place in the discus, clearing 139-07.

Fellow senior Brayden Frazier finished seventh in the shot put, hitting a mark of 45-07 ¼.

Additional girls results

• 100-meter prelims: Wondercheck in 12th place at 12.80 seconds.

• 200-meter prelims: Pontarolo in 15th place at 26.79 seconds.

• 1600-meters: Callie Taylor in 16th place at 6:08.70.

• 3200-meters: Taylor in 13th place at 13:24.92.

• 300-hurdles prelims: Hurley in 12th place at 49.58 seconds.

• 4x800-relay: Taylor, Ava Mattis, Long and Tiffany Krueger in 10th place at 11:22.34.

• Shot put: Katie Reimer in 16th place at 27-11 ½.

• Discus: Kaia Jacobson in 15th place at 83-09 and Reimer in 18th at 72-00.

Additional boys results

• 800-meters: Zabdiel Munoz in 10th place at 2:04.13.

• 3200-meters: Munoz in 14th place at 11:02.31.

• Pole vault: Tyler Nicolay in 13th place at 11-00.

• Triple jump: Drew Kramer in ninth place at 41-11 ½.