Laramie High School swept the team titles at the 4A East Conference Cross Country Championships Friday in Cheyenne for a second consecutive year.

Head coach Greg Schabron said they did a great job.

“They set themselves up very well for state this week, just running as a team.”

The Laramie Plainsmen took the top three spots in the men’s 5K race in route the conference crown. They scored 25 points as a team and beat runner-up Cheyenne Central by 30 points. Sheridan finished third with 75 points.

This is the sixth consecutive conference title for the Laramie boys. They've won eight of the last nine.

Junior Albert Steiner won the race in a time of 16:30.24. He beat junior teammate Philip Henry by seven seconds. Junior Liam McInroy came in third place. His time was 16:51.81. Senior Adrian Johnson and freshman Mason Swingholm came in ninth and tenth, respectively.

Schabron said, “Those guys, Albert, Philip and Liam from the get go, they were in the front pack and just ran their race.”

The Lady Plainsmen won their second straight conference championship with 37 points. They topped Cheyenne Central by eight points. Sheridan came in third in the ladies division, as well. They scored 73 points.

Freshman Emmy Johnson led the Laramie girls with a fourth-place finish at 19:10.02 in the women’s 5K race. Fellow freshman Abigail Whitman came in sixth at 19:27.50. She was right in front of senior Maria Smith-Lopez and freshman Jayla Wulff, who came in seventh and eighth, respectively. Senior Paige Trent was 12th.

Schabron added, “Emmy’s done a great job. She’s always been right there. She had some soreness earlier last week, and we made some adjustments. I think now she can see she can race very fast even if she’s not feeling 100 percent.”

Laramie heads to the Wyoming State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Sheridan. The Plainsmen have won four straight 4A boys team titles, while the Lady Plainsmen are vying for their first since 2011.

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