Arsaga and Farnham Win Titles at State Track Championships
Seniors Taylor Arsaga and Phoenix Farnham capped their high school track and field careers in style last Saturday.
Both won an individual event state title at the 2015 Wyoming State Track Championships in Casper.
Arsaga finished in 15.59 seconds to win the 100 hurdles crown by .09 ahead of junior Abby Moerkerke of Gillette. Arsaga qualified for the finals with the fifth-fastest time in the preliminary round last Thursday.
Farnham crossed the finish line first in the 200 meters with a time of 25.88 seconds. Runner-up Andri Dewey of Green River came in with a time of 26.20. Farnham had posted the best qualifying time in last Friday's prelims.
Both seniors added another top three finish individually and helped a pair of relays out, as well.
Arsaga was second in the 300 hurdles at 46.10 seconds. She was about a second behind the winner, Cali Stewart of Cheyenne South.
Farnham came in third in the 400 meters. Her time was 57.96 seconds. The winner was Siri Christensen of Natrona in 57.63.
They both helped the Lady Plainsmen's 4X100 and 4X400 meter relay teams to third place.
The boys' efforts were highlighted by a pair of runner-up finishes from junior Chris Henry. He came in second in both the 1600 and 3200 meters, respectively. He ended up behind the Kelly Walsh distance runner Hunter Davila in both races. Henry's time in the 1600 was 4:25.15 and in the 3200 was 9:36.17. He was also part of Laramie's third place 4X800 meter relay.
As a team, Laramie's ladies took fourth in the team standings with 63 points. Gillette topped the field with 143.50, followed by Natrona at 95 and Rock Springs at 93.50.
The Laramie Plainsmen finished in the middle of the pack. They took sixth in the team race and scored 49.40 points. Natrona cruised to the boys' team title with 159 points. Central was runner-up, while Kelly Walsh took third.
Overall, the Lady Plainsmen had 12 point-producing top eight finishes, while the Plainsmen had 13.