PINE BLUFFS – The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys track team won its second straight SEWAC championship, while the Lady Doggers finished fourth at the SEWAC Invitational in Pine Bluffs on Saturday.
The Doggers tallied up 123 team points, outdistancing Pine Bluffs, who had 93 points. Southeast just missed second in the boys’ team race, racking up 92 points.
“It was very special for the boys to earn back-to-back SEWAC Conference Championships,” coach Mike Lashley said. “We are a true track and field team, in that we can score quality points in every event. Most schools our size are unable to do that. Our depth also played a big part in our championship.”
In the triple jump, Justice Madayag and Ty Mueller demolished the competition. Madayag took first, clearing 43 feet, 0.5 inches, and Mueller snagged second with a 42-foot, 4.5-inch effort. Both of the Doggers’ jumps were more than a foot and a half further than the third-place finisher.
The two LFL boys continued to prove their success in the field events. Madayag cleared 19 feet, 8.5 inches in the long jump, while Mueller cleared 19 feet, 8 inches. The two took second and third. In the high jump, Madayag took third after getting over 6 feet. Taylor Wagner snagged sixth in the pole vault (11 feet, 5 inches).
Tyler Hunt paced the LFL throwers, capturing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 6 inches. Dagan Davis (13th, 36 feet, 2 inches) and Elias Dodson (15th, 33 feet, 11 inches) both set personal records in the shot put. Davis led the Doggers in the discus with a throw of 120 feet, 11 inches, earning him sixth. Hunt took ninth (106 feet, 10 inches) and Rayden Alonzo slid into 16th (56 feet, 10 inches).
Mueller had the best success on the track for the Doggers, earning gold in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.30 seconds. Hayden Hill (26.53 seconds) and Clay Colton (26.77 seconds) just missed the top-10, finishing 11th and 12th. In the 100-meter dash, Landen Fuller finished third with a time of 12.58 seconds. Hill and Colton finished 10th and 12th.
Rounding out the sprints, Fuller took second in the 400-meter dash, setting a personal record time of 51.41 seconds. Rhett Greenwald finished 12th in the 400 with a time of 1:00.93.
Fuller’s success carried to the 800-meter run, where he took the silver with a time of 2:06.78. Gaven Niles was not far behind, finishing fourth with a time of 2:14.03.
In the mile, Kelly Peterson, Scott Gilchriest and Alex Pugsley finished third through fifth, posting times of 5:23.18, 5:26.58 and 5:27.46. Gilchriest led the way in the 3200-meter run, clocking a time of 12:35.07 to finish fourth. Pugsley (seventh, 13:15.06) and Jackson Gregory (eighth, 13:20.64) also competed in the two-mile.
Mueller took second in the 110-meter hurdles, turning in a time of 17.04 seconds. Greenwald finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (18.64 seconds) and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (46.56 seconds). Shepardson finished just ahead of Greenwald in the 300, finishing fifth with a time of 44.66 seconds.
Shepardson, Wagner, Niles and Fuller linked up for the 1600-meter relay, taking first with a time of 3:35.87. In the 3200-meter relay, Peterson, Gilchriest, Wagner and Niles slid to second, posting a time of 9:03.42. The 400-meter relay team was disqualified for a baton exchange.
In the girls action, the Lady Doggers racked up 93 team points to finish fourth, just behind Niobrara County, who took third with 94 points. Pine Bluffs won the girls’ title with 148 points.
“I was especially proud of the girls’ squad,” Lashley said. “Scoring 93 points against larger competition is a great accomplishment. We got several PR’s and a couple more state qualifying marks on the girls’ side. These ladies just keep getting better and better.”
Georgia Wollert was the only Lady Dogger to reach the top of the podium, capturing the crown in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.59 seconds. Kaylynn Jefferson clocked a time of 29.15 seconds in the 200 to take sixth, while Kalli Nichol finished 12th with a time of 33.11 seconds.
Jefferson paced the LFL girls in the 100-meter dash, snagging third with a time of 13.68 seconds. Jade Cooper took 10th (15.69 seconds) and Nichol finished 12th (15.86 seconds) in the 100.
Jenny Manus had a solid day in the distance events, taking third in the 3200-meter run (15:20.27) and sixth in the 1600-meter run (6:41.46). Cora Frederick was not far behind Manus, clocking a time of 16:05.44 in the two-mile, earning fifth, and finishing the mile in 7:03.79 to take 11th. Jenna Kaufman took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:51.01.
In the hurdles, Wollert took second in both the 100 (17.85 seconds) and 300 (49.43 seconds). Kaylan Maez joined Wollert in both hurdle events, taking fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.96 seconds and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.08 seconds. Makenna Greenwald joined Wollert and Maez in the 300-meter hurdles, sliding into the fourth slot with a time of 51.92 seconds.
The 400-meter relay team of Jefferson, Nichol, Cooper and Jordyn Gaspers finished third with a time of 57.16. Frederick, Kaufman, Manus and Shelby Heilbrun took the same spot in the 3200-meter relay, clocking a time of 11:51.09. Maez, Cooper, Heilbrun and Kaufman linked up for the 1600-meter relay, where they finished in 4:55.83, earning sixth.
In the field events, Wollert snagged second in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. Gaspers cleared 4 feet, 4 inches to earn seventh in the high jump. Greenwald took ninth in the pole vault after a 7-foot, 3-inch effort.
Greenwald reached the top-three in both the long jump and triple jump. She snagged second in the long jump after clearing 14 feet, 11.5 inches and in the triple jump, she cleared 32 feet, 7 inches to take third.
Jefferson took third in the long jump with a jump of 14 feet, 5.5 inches. Also in the long jump, Gaspers captured sixth (14 feet, 1 inch). Gaspers also took sixth in the triple jump, clearing 30 feet, 2.25 inches, and Cooper finished 10th (26 feet, 4.25 inches).
Savannah Mirich was the best thrower for the Lady Doggers, taking eighth in the shot put (30 feet, 10 inches) and 10th in the discus (78 feet, 10 inches). Paige Forkner posted throws to earn 12th in both the shot (27 feet, 5.5 inch) and disc (78 feet, 10 inches). Rhylea Horejs set a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, 5.5 inches and Shelly Ann Sorrick did the same with a throw of 43 feet in the discus.
Madayag (triple jump), Mueller (200-meter dash) and the 1600-meter relay team (Shepardson, Wagner, Niles and Fuller) won all-conference honors for winning their respective events. Wollert also garnered all-conference honors after winning the 200.
The Doggers return to the track for competitive action in the 1A East Regional Invitational on May 12-13 in Gillette.
“I really like where both teams are at right now,” Lashley said. “We seem to be gaining momentum heading into the championship part of our season. We are in a position to make a very strong showing in Gillette next weekend.”
Five Doggers competed in the Wiseman Invitational in Torrington on Friday.
Wagner had the best finish, taking seventh in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, 9 inches. Greenwald tied for 12th in the girls’ pole vault after clearing 6 feet, 9 inches.
In the shot put, Mirich snagged 13th with a throw of 29 feet, 4.5 inches and Forkner was not far behind, taking 15th with a throw of 28 feet, 9 inches. Davis rounded out the LFL competitors, finishing 14th in the discus with a 102-foot, 11-inch effort.