It’s a shame we’re not able to be in two places at once, let alone four.
Carbon County’s schools were running in every direction Wednesday and Thursday, and local athletes did some incredible things.
From new personal bests to first place victories, the achievements seemed as if they were endless.
Ring the ‘Ebell’
DOUGLAS — It’s almost becoming scary watching how fast Rawlins High School senior Larenzo Ebell’s times are dropping, and his latest sprint in the 200-meter dash may be the most frightening.
Zipping down the track at the Douglas Invitational Thursday, the veteran sprinter cracked the 23-second mark — something he has never done before — finishing second with a jaw dropping 22.23.
He found himself in second in the 100-meter dash as well, crossing the line in a 11.18 — another personal best.
While Ebell did things that some may have thought to be unfathomable heading into the season, it was sophomore Mario Guerrero who brought in the Outlaws’ lone victory, bounding further than anyone else to take triple jump.
Sophomore distance runner Caleb Johansson almost matched Ebell’s finishes taking second in the 3200-meter, but falling shy of a second silver with a third-place 1600-meter run. The points, however, were made up by fellow sophomore Nathan Schweisberger, who trotted right behind Johansson at third place in the two-mile.
It’s something in the air in RHS’ Class of 2021, because they can all run long distances.
Sophomore Rebekah Hinman took third in the 1600 and 3200 in 6:31.22 and and 14:08.71 respectively.
The boys had more top three finishes; however, the Lady Outlaws did enough to put themselves in the fourth-place spot on the girls side — one spot ahead of the boys’ placing.
Douglas High School girls protected their home track, winning it all, while the Bearcats boys fell short, looking up at Buffalo High School taking the title.
Too much to track
PINE BLUFFS — When Saratoga High School senior Sam Schneider and HEM juniors Conor and Shane McGraw are at the same meet at the same time, there is not an event they’re in that you want to miss.
Schneider completed the triple crown in jumps.
He glided 6’4” over the bar to win high jump (no surprise), but it was in the long and triple jumps that dazzled the crowd.
The senior hopped, skipped and jumped to a new personal best in triple jump, taking the event at 42’8.75”. He’d edge Shane’s second-place, 39’3.5” landing.
If you thought his legs were tired after all of that, you better wake up.
The Panther set a new standard for himself, finding himself 19’11” from the board to win long jump.
Conor wouldn’t let Schneider still all the glory.
With more elegant leaps, hurdling down the track, the junior caught fire in the 110-meter hurdles, streaking 15.05 seconds to victory — a new best for the Miner. He also won the 300-meter hurdles at 45.55
Shane didn’t have a record-breaking day, but he’ll definitely have bragging rights in the McGraw household for some time.
Challenging Conor in the 200, Shane’ 23.70 left his brother behind him in second place, walking away from the faster McGraw… at least that day. Conor finished 25.14. Shane also took the 400-meter dash (53.72).
The Lady Miners wouldn’t just let the boys have the fun; their sophomores always come ready to compete.
Carbon’s quickest, sophomore Taylar Scott, found her way in front of the pack in the 200, winning in 28.19. She fell back a spot with a 13.15 in the 100; however, she wasn’t alone at the top in this race, as classmate Amy Campbell dashed in right behind her at 13.46. Scott also placed third in triple jump (31’7”).
Like the McGraws, when you see one Campbell, expect to see the other.
Sophomore Madison Campbell finished the 1600 as the runner-up, running a 6:54.96. Classmate Sabrina Geller stuck close behind her, taking third at 6:55.97.
Schneider had to represent Toga solo, but the Miners were deep and dug into the competition.
So fresh, so speed
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Little Snake River Valley High School Track and Field got out of Wyoming (once again) for another day on the track, and the Rattlers freshmen were zipping across the track.
LSRV took over the hurdles in the boys and girls’ races between freshmen Zander Risner and Katelynn Englehart.
Englehart dominated both hurdles winning the 100-meter hurdles in 18.67, and following it with a 56.16 to take the 300-meter hurdles. Risner, on the other side of the spectrum, took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at 19.40; however, he’d join Englehart as a champion, dashing across the line at the 46.78-mark to take the 300s.
There were no hurdles in front of freshman Skylynn Ready, but she was pitted with longer distances.
Ready came in hot down the stretch in the 400-meter dash, grabbing second place at 1:07.23. She fell to an honorable third place in the 800-meter run.
Junior Ian Stocks put together an impressive day, sprinting his way to a second-place finish in the 100 (11.80) and third in the 200 (25.11). He also sprang 18’ through the air to a fourth-place landing in long jump.
A third-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay and a sophomore Joey Weeks fourth-place finish in the 400 to lead the Rattlers to a third-place finish with 48 points. Steamboat Springs High School (Colorado) won with 260 points for the boys.
Sophomore Cylee Matheson added the final points to the Lady Rattlers’ 37, fourth-place points with a 25’1.5” triple jump, finishing sixth. Steamboat won the girls meet as well with 242 points.
Little Snake River’s next contest will be at the Clint Wells Invitational at 10 a.m. Friday at Moffat County High School (Craig, Colo.).
A pair of talented Tigers
CHEYENNE — Encampment High School was overpowered Thursday at the Cheyenne Central invitational, but it didn’t stop two Tigers from rising to the top.
Junior Jarom Herring is one of the most dominant mid- and long-distance runners in class 1A, and he showed all three Cheyenne schools he could hang with the state’s largest class, 4A, placing third in the 800 (2:20.57) and the mile (4:58.84).
Herring’s pair of bronze’s were topped by teammate senior Kyler Miller’s 2nd-place finish in the 300 hurdles at 47.70
The duo did most of the work earning the Tigers’ 28 points. Cheyenne Central High School won with 236.83 points. The Lady Tigers tallied 17 points, seeing Central take their home invitational with 271 points.