CASPER — Three county hopefuls took to Casper Friday, as Encampment, Rawlins, and Saratoga high schools put their runners, jumpers and throwers against an array of competition from all classes at the Natrona Invitational.
Both Outlaw squads placed the highest out of all the county teams, with the boys taking sixth and girls taking tenth, spearheaded by two first-place, sophomore Sydney Thorvaldson runs.
Thorvaldson trotted through the finish line alone in the 1600-meter run at 5:02.17, and waited even longer for her opposers to meet her at the end of the 3200-meter run with a 10:32.64 mark, finishing two minutes before second place.
The Outlaws’ charge was ran by senior Larenzo Ebell, lighting up all the dashes.
Ebell glided across the finish line in 23.21 in the 200-meter dash and 53.52 in the 400-meter dash, taking second in both, and finished off with a third-place, 11.42 finish in the 100-meter dash.
The Outlaws scavenged points, placing in all three relays, and got assistance from sophomore Mario Guerrero’s sixth-place 110-meter hurdles (18.20) and eighth-place triple jump (39’0.75”).
While no Panther or Tiger could earn any points for their respective teams, their female partners did just enough to not make the trip a pointless one.
Sophomores Lizzie James and Amber Stubbs kept Encampment from falling behind Saratoga, leaving the Lady Panthers in last place.
Stubbs crawled in behind Thorvaldson in the 3200 with a 13:17.25, and James threw the Lady Tigers ahead of Toga with a fifth-place discus toss.
Saratoga’s points came by way of Taylor Bennett in triple jump (30’11.25”) and sophomore Savannah Wells in the 100-meter hurdles (17.97). Rawlins sophomore Rebekah Hinman cleaned up Carbon’s point totals with a 13:41.58 in the 3200.
The teams are scheduled to run in the Wheatland Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday in Wheatland.