First meet nets state qualifiers 1

Bulletin photo by Jonny Clinton

Bindi Hill attempts to clear the bar in the high jump Friday morning at Natrona County High School in Casper during the Natrona County Invite. Hill was one of two freshmen for the Kaycee track and field team who cleared 4-06 against 3A and 4A girls from around the state. Hill and Arlette Ortega are one inch away from prequalifying for state in the event.

It may have taken an extra week to get out and compete thanks to the uncooperative spring weather, but during their first outing, the Kaycee High School track and field girls team prequalified for state in three events.

During Friday’s Natrona County Invite, the 4x800 relay team of Shelly Ramirez, Bindi Hill, Jackie Ramirez and Jade Maya qualified for state by over a minute and were two seconds off a school record. They finished second overall.

 “It went really well,” coach Dustin Sipe said. “We didn’t quite have everybody travel down there, and it would be nice to see what some of those girls who were missing could do. But we are pretty happy with how things went for the first meet.”

The medley relay team of Mary Cleveland, Hill, Tara Elmer and Maya qualified as well.

“We had a few miscues in some events that we need to clean up, but to have those relay teams qualify so early is fantastic,” Sipe said.

Pierson’s vault of 7-06 was good enough for fourth and got the sophomore prequalified. She was also close to her time at regionals last year in the 100-meter hurdles.

“That was a good way for her to start the year,” Sipe said.

Arlette Ortega and Hill matched their best jumps ever in the high jump. The freshmen finished last year with jumps of 4-06 and started this year at the same height.

“Those girls are both an inch away from prequalifying, and we’d only practiced high jump about twice this year, plus the weather wasn’t terribly warm,” Sipe said. “For the first weekend we are pretty happy about that. Another great performance was Jade Maya in the 400 dash. She is a lot stronger this year and doesn’t have to deal with that broken leg from last year.”

Maya finished fifth in the 400 dash in 1:07.98. Jackie Ramirez finished 12th in 1:12.64, and Gosney clocked in at 1:15.45.

“We’d been trying to talk Madison Gosney into coming out for track,” Sipe said. “She is a strong athlete and is going to be a good addition to this team.”

Chesney Malson finished with a PR in discus with a 73-05 and should be on pace to qualify for state. Colesea Elwood set a personal best in the discus with a 56-10.

Chelsea Elwood took 30 seconds off her practice time in the mile.

“It’s a great sign when the kids are taking so much time off their practice times already,” Sipe said. “We are pretty happy with how things went in Casper.”

Kaycee will head to Buffalo Saturday for the Jerry Campbell Invite.

“The way things are looking we may be a little short of bodies again with all the things going on,” Sipe said. “But we’ll just have to head up there and see what we can do.”

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