ROCK SPRINGS – Now all the celebration of a successful winter sports season is over, it was back to work for the Rock Springs Lady Tigers outdoor track and field squad. The team opened the season with several solid finishes in both Utah and at Big Piney.
On March 22, the team opened in Kaysville, Utah, with a few of the neighboring state’s best competing. The Lady Tigers used top ten finishes in several events to bring home eighth overall.
Utah’s Davis High School took the team title with 175.9 followed by Herriman High with 122.9. Bingham, Weber and Lehi rounded out the top five. Evanston was the top Wyoming school finishing in seventh with 29 points. The Lady Tiger were right behind in eighth with 26.
Individually, Bobbi Parker led the way. Her top finish came in the 100 meters as she raced to a third-place finish. Her time of 12.91 trailed Herriman’s Kaysha Love’s top time of 12.08. She was not done yet as she crossed the line in fourth in the 200 meters. Her time of 27.28 was approximately two seconds behind Love’s top time.
The ladies had a strong 100 meters with five in the top 20. Lyndzie Kroupa followed her seventh-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles to finish ninth in the 100 meters. Emma Lapp finished in 14th, Makenzie Kroupa crossed in 17th and Selena Cudney finished in 19th. Lapp, Makenzie K. and Cudney also had top 20 finishes in the 200 meters. Lapp finished in 12th with Kroupa in 18th and Cudney in 19th.
In the 400 meters, it was Jenae Ramirez who crossed in tenth for the Lady Tigers while Ashley Dewey and Izzy Hills both just missed top 20 finishes in the 800 meters. In the 1600 meters, Sheridan Klingensmith would lead the way with an 11th-place finish while Hannah Hampton and Brittany Atkinson would have top 20 finishes in the 3200. Hampton would finish 16th with Atkinson coming in 20th. Scarlett Sisemore would just miss with a 21st-place finish.
In the field events, the Lady Tigers would be led by Courtney Smith. She would have a fifth-place throw in the shot put with a distance of 32-09. Herriman’s Sierra Freeland paced the field with a 42-04.5.
In the discus, Smith’s throw of 90-05 would put her in sixth. Sara Thompson would have come in 10th in the discus and 15th in the shot. Emily Quigley would also finish in the top 20 in both, 11th in the shot and 14th in the discus. Devyn Williams finished 16th in the shot put while Kylee Lapp came in 19th in the discus.
Pete Olson Memorial
While some of the ladies were in Utah, the others traveled to Big Piney to compete in the Pete Olson Memorial. Overall, those competing placed eighth.
Individually, Rock Springs had several strong finishes. Janae Ramirez ran a 17.75 to finish in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Big Piney’s Grace Tanner took the top shot with a 16.06. In the 100 meters Lady Tiger Makayla Rice posted a time of 13.40 to finish in third. Green River’s Andre Dewey took home the top medal with a 12.37. Lady Tiger Kyla Henry finished in 20th.
In the 200 meters, it would again be Rice leading the way. Rice would post a time of 29.58 which put her in fifth. Henry would improve in the 200 with a 13th-place finish while Bailee Radakovich would come in 15th.
Rock Springs had a strong showing in the 400 meters with five in the top 15. Radakovich would lead the way with a third-place finish. Her time of 1:06.93 was about a second off the top time set by Kemmerer’s Rexanna Kelly. Isabelle Shields was right behind in the sixth spot followed by Emma Lapp and Abigayle Bledsoe in eighth and ninth. Lady Tigers Sydney Shannon finished in the 14th position.
Radakovich was only getting started. She would line-up in the 800 and at the end would have her first title. She ran a 2:38.75 to lead the field. Shields would finish in third with a 3:00.44 while teammates Brinlee MacFarlane and Shannon would finish in fifth and sixth.