Plainsmen Enjoy Big Weekend at State Track Meet
The Laramie Plainsmen track team won five titles and placed second at the Wyoming State Track Championships in Casper.
Senior McCade Johnson and junior Albert Steiner each won two individual events, while Laramie also captured the 4x400 meter relay, which Johnson was a part of.
Johnson won both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He crossed the tape first in the 110’s at 14.57 seconds to better last year’s runner-up finish in that event. He then defended his title in the 300 hurdles on Saturday with a time of 37.68 seconds.
Steiner topped the field in a pair of distance races. He won the 3200 meters last Thursday in the snow in 9:41.78, nearly five seconds faster than junior teammate Philip Henry, who came in second. Steiner came back Saturday with his second victory, this time in the 1600 meters (4:21.46). He won by almost two seconds over Garrett Condelario of Natrona. Steiner also added a fifth place effort in the 800 meters on Friday.
Laramie topped the field in the 4x400 meter relay by over three seconds. Their winning time was 3:20.29. The team included Johnson, junior Tyler Dahl, senior Reid Baty and sophomore Jason Upton.
Those five wins and several other top performances helped the Plainsmen finish second in the men’s team standings with 94 points. Kelly Walsh defended their title with 109.
Other notable performances included Upton and junior Reece Shannon, who finished second and third, respectively, in the triple jump on Friday. Upton’s best leap was 43-10.50, while Shannon went 43-8.50. Dahl took third in the 400 meters, while the 4x800 meter relay placed third last Thursday. Henry added a fourth place finish in the 1600.
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen began the meet with some strong efforts last Thursday, but slipped back and placed seventh in the team rankings with 49 total points. Gillette won it with 126.50 points, which was 48.5 points better than second place Sheridan.
Freshman Abigail Whitman was the biggest star of the weekend. She was runner-up in the 3200 meters in 11:18.33 behind Jackson star Anna Gibson. She took third place in the 1600 meters (5:06.82) and added a fourth in the 800 meters (2:20.52). Whitman was also part of a fifth place 4x800 meter relay.
Fellow freshman Emmy Johnson came in sixth place in both the 3200 meters and 800 meters. Junior Caely Pickerd added a fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.85 seconds. The Lady Plainsmen also took fifth in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.