GILLETTE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers dominated the field at the 1A East Regional meet Friday and Saturday in Gillette, winning the girls’ title by 125 points and the boys’ title by 106 points.
The Lady Doggers amassed 216 team points to seal the win their 10th regional title in the past 13 years. Guernsey finished second in the team race, picking up 91 points. The LFL boys had 199 points in Gillette for their sixth-straight regional title, with Midwest coming in second, earning 93 points.
“Both the boys and girls teams had outstanding performances,” coach Mike Lashley said. “It is very difficult to score 200 points at any track meet, but we were able to score multiple athletes in many events.”
Georgia Wollert had a stellar day in the hurdles, taking first in both the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 15.85 seconds, and 300-meter hurdles, with a time of 48.51 seconds. Kaylan Maez was not far behind, taking second in both hurdle events (100, 17.99 seconds; 300, 53.23 seconds). Wollert’s day was not done, taking first in the high jump after clearing 5 feet.
The Lady Doggers swept the podium in high jump. Behind Wollert, Shelby Heilbrun and Jordyn Gaspers both cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to take second and third and Kalli Nichol got over 4 feet, 4 inches to finish fourth.
LFL had four of the top-eight girls triple jumpers. Makenna Greenwald snagged first after clearing 31 feet, 4.25 inches. Gaspers took second with a 30-foot, 5-inch effort. Jade Cooper (26 feet, 10 inches) and Jenna Kaufman (26 feet, 7.5 inches) took seventh and eighth.
“I was very pleased with the fact that we tried some athletes in new events and they were able to score well in them,” Lashley said.
Greenwald took the top of the podium again, this time in pole vault, after clearing 7 feet, 6 inches. Maez took third with a vault of 6 feet. Greenwald was less than an inch away from snagging a third gold in the long jump, sliding to second with a jump of 14 feet, 8.25 inches. Gaspers took fourth with a jump of 13 feet, 10.25 inches.
Savannah Mirich had a solid day in the throwing events, taking second in the shot put (33 feet, 11 inches) and third in the discus (85 feet, 4 inches).
In the sprints, Kaylynn Jefferson reached the finals in both the 100 and 200-meter dash. In the shorter sprint, she took third with a time of 13.95 seconds. She clocked a time of 28.52 seconds in the 200, taking second. Cooper took sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 30.60 seconds.
Three Lady Doggers reached the finals of the 400-meter dash. Kaufman snagged fourth (1:08.16), while Heilbrun took sixth (1:11.08) and Cooper finished eighth (1:13.03).
In the distance events, Kaufman was the only Lady Dogger to place in the 800-meter run, recording a time of 2:43.57 to take third. Jenny Manus (6:40.27), Cora Frederick (6:51.41) and Makenna Steely (7:02.03) finished back-to-back-to-back, taking fourth through sixth in the mile. Manus and Frederick took second and third in the 3200-meter run, turning in times of 15:13.28 and 15:17.38. Steely snagged eighth with a time of 17:17.74.
The LFL girls had two relays take first. The 400-meter relay team of Jefferson, Gaspers, Nichol and Cooper finished first with a time of 56.51 seconds. Jefferson, Maez, Greenwald and Wollert took first in the 1600-meter relay, clocking a time of 4:21.75. Manus, Kaufman, Frederick and Heilbrun recorded a time of 12:11.18 in the 3200-meter relay, finishing second.
Landen Fuller had the best day on the track for the LFL boys, picking up first-place finishes in the 200-meter dash (23.14 seconds) and 800-meter dash (2:02.42). His time in the 800 broke the 1A East Regional meet record set by LFL’s Sam Hansen (2:03.31). He also snagged third in the 400-meter dash (51.97 seconds). Also in the 200, Ty Mueller took third with a time of 23.50 seconds.
In the distance events, Kelly Peterson took gold in the 1600-meter run, posting a time of 5:13.21. He also snagged third in the two-mile, with a time of 12:16.90, and fifth in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:13.25.
Gaven Niles finished one slot ahead of Peterson in the 800, clocking a time of 2:11.71, to take fourth. Scott Gilchriest took fifth in both the 1600 (5:27.50) and 3200 (12:29.37). Jackson Gregory took eighth in mile with a time of 5:35.97.
Mueller added to his solid day on the track, finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles (16.20 seconds) and second in the 300-meter hurdles (41.84 seconds). Rhett Greenwald and Cole Shepardson posted times of 45.86 seconds and 46.08 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to finish fifth and sixth. In the longer of the two hurdle events, Shepardson snagged fourth (44.19 seconds) and Greenwald captured sixth (45.44 seconds).
Two LFL boys relay teams stood atop the podium. Shepardson, Niles, Fuller and Taylor Wagner combined for a time of 3:38.24 in the 1600-meter relay to take first. Wagner joined Gilchriest, Peterson and Niles for the 3200-meter relay, finishing first with a time of 9:29.64. Shepardson, Wagner, Niles and Hayden Hill clocked a time of 48.13 seconds in the 400-meter relay, sliding into third.
The Doggers picked up first in all of the field events but one. Justice Madayag captured the top spot in both the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and triple jump (44 feet, 2 inches). The senior’s effort in the triple jump broke the 1A East Regional meet record, which was 43 feet, 5 inches. He also finished second in the long jump, with a jump of 19 feet, 7 inches, just behind Mueller, who took first with a jump of 20 feet, 3.75 inches.
Taylor Wagner took first in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches. Greenwald recorded a vault of 10 feet to take third.
Three Doggers placed in the top-eight in the shot put, with Tyler Hunt taking first (48 feet, 2.5 inches). Dagan Davis took fifth with a throw of 38 feet, 5 inches and Elias Dodson finished eighth with a throw of 35 feet, 2 inches. Hunt and Davis finished back-to-back in the discus, taking third and fourth with throws of 119 feet, 2 inches and 114 feet, 8 inches.
The LFL track athletes that have qualified for the state meet are set to head to Casper. Action starts Thursday and concludes Saturday.
“Both teams have put themselves in a strong position entering the state meet,” Lashley said. “I am confident that our athletes know what is at stake and that they will compete at a high level.”
Other Doggers to compete but not finish in the top-eight include:
100-meter dash prelims – 13, Hayden Hill, LFL, 13.15; 200-meter dash prelims – 10, Cole Shepardson, LFL, 25.07; 13, Hayden Hill, LFL, 26.82; 3200-meter run – 11, Jackson Gregory, LFL, 13:49.53; Shot Put – 13, Rayden Alonzo, LFL, 27-8; 16, Elias Dodson, LFL, 66-11; 19, Rayden Alonzo, LFL, 59-5.
100-meter dash prelims – 10, Kalli Nichol, LFL, 15.97; 200-meter dash prelims – 9, Kalli Nichol, LFL, 33.39; 800-meter run – 9, Jenny Manus, LFL, 2:48.97; 11, Cora Frederick, LFL, 2:52.83; Shot Put – 13, Rhylea Horejs, LFL, 24-8.5; 19, Shelly Ann Sorrick, LFL, 15-1.5; Discus – 13, Rhylea Horejs, LFL, 61-8; 17, Shelly Ann Sorrick, LFL, 47-3.