Huskies are back-to-back state champs

Stephanie Tolman

The Huskies have wrapped up their track and field season with another state championship. This is a back-to-back win for the Huskies and their third title in the last four years. “I was really happy with the way the boys performed. The wind made some events pretty challenging, but the kids came through,” said Coach Ryan Olson.
Kyler Winters and Weston Gotfredson took the top two spots in the pole vault. “This was Kyler’s second individual state championship, to go along with his first place finish in indoor track and Weston also took the runner-up spot in the high jump, which gave him all-state status,” said Olson.
Three Huskies recorded their season best times to earn points for the team. Jordan Michaels took off two seconds in the 400 meters and one second in the 800 meters, Paul McNiven got his season best times in the 3,200 meters, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Jordan Casey got his personal best in the long jump.  “It seemed like everyone contributed this year, which made this year special,” said Olson. “Most championships have a star athlete that finishes first in his events. This year was much more of a team effort. I thought our distance kids did a great job. Cokeville is always strong in the longer runs, but our boys were able to break them up, giving us a chance to outscore them in other events.”
The Lady Huskies finished in fourth place. “The girls also had a season they can be very proud of. Finishing fourth gave them their first track trophy in 14 years. They were led by seniors, Joey Chatwin and Linnie McNiven. Jessie Michaels, another senior, was last year’s leading scorer but could not compete this year due to injury, but she was still the heart and soul of this girls’ team, coming to every workout on crutches and encouraging the team in every way. This is a young team that will continue to see some great things in the next few years.”
A few of the girls also recorded their best times this year in Casper. L. McNiven took 15 seconds off her 3,200 meters time to finish second, Chatwin trimmed a second in the mile to finish in eighth and Paxton Philpott improved her 300-meter hurdle time by a second to secure fourth place.
The Huskies will be losing four senior boys and one senior girl. “I’m going to miss these seniors. They provided great leadership and set the example during every practice of what it takes to perform well. This is the eighth state championship that these seniors have seen while they have been in high school. That’s a lot of banners on the wall and something they can be very proud of,” ended Olson.
400 METER – 5, Brynn Preator, 1:02.67. 7, Naomi McNiven, 1:03.86.
800 METER – 6, Linnie McNiven, 2:36.00.
1600 METER – 2, L. McNiven, 5:59.40. 8, Joey Chatwin, 6:32.12.
3200 METER – 2, L. McNiven, 13:22.21. 3, Chatwin, 14:21.30.
100 HURDLES – 8, Paxton Philpott, 19.92.
300 HURDLES – 4, Philpott, 49.59.
4X100 RELAY – 6, Chatwin, Adison Haslam, Eve McNulty, Dalley Bassett, 57.64.
4X400 RELAY – 5, Mackenzie Mehr, Sky Olsen, Sarah McNiven, Philpott, 4:34.05.
SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY – 3, Haslam, Chatwin, N. McNiven, L. McNiven, 4:45.48.
HIGH JUMP – 3, Sarah McNiven, 5-0. 4, Breanne Walker, 4-10. 5,  Preator, 4-8, 8, Philpott, 4-6.
TRIPLE JUMP – 9,  Preator, 30-9.
POLE VAULT – 4, Walker, 8-6. 9, Olsen, 7-0.
DISCUS – 15, Hailee Winterholler, 84-6. 18, Dalley Bassett, 79-8.
SHOT PUT – 15, Winterholler, 26-4.75.
400 METER – 4, Jordan Michaels, 52.74.
800 METER – 5, Michaels, 2:04.08. 6, Howard McNiven, 2:05.46.
1600 METER – 4, H. McNiven, 4:48.05. 6, Paul McNiven, 4:50.39. 8, Connor Hoyt, 4:55.91.
3200 METER – 2, H. McNiven, 10:33.76. 3, P. McNiven, 10:53.54. 5, Hoyt, 10:58.06.
13, James McNiven, 12:19.26.
110 HURDLES – 2, P. McNiven, 17.15. 4, Bruce McNiven, 17.50.
300 HURDLES – 2, P. McNiven, 42.18.
4X400 RELAY – 3, Joe Bassett, Colt Haslam, B. McNiven, Michaels, 3:46.98.
SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY – 3, Brikton Wardell, Jordan Casey, Michaels, Bassett, 3:52.89.
HIGH JUMP – 2, Weston Gotfredson, 5-8. 6, Joe Bassett, 5-4, 9, Casey, 5-4. 8, Colt Haslam, 38-7.
LONG JUMP – 7, Casey, 29-01.25.
TRIPLE JUMP – 6, Casey, 39-11. 7, Haslam, 38-7.
POLE VAULT – 1, Kyler Winters, 13-6. 2, Gotfredson, 12-0. 9, Levi Wardell, 10-6. 12, Joseph Stanworth, 9-6.
DISCUS – 8, Hunter Aagard, 111-9. 11, Mickey Maroni, 102-6.
SHOT PUT – 8, Aagard, 40-9.75. 11, Maroni, 38-2.75.