CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – High school track and field athletes are doing their best to peak at the right time ahead of next weekend’s state meet in Casper. This weekend, Natrona County High School was the site of the 4A West Track Regionals.
Despite very windy conditions, it didn’t hold up too well to the competition. Natrona County hosted Riverton and other schools on the west side of the state for a chance to secure a spot at next weekend’s state meet at Kelly Walsh High School.
One athlete who wasn’t bothered too much by Friday’s gusts was Natrona County junior Jackson Dutcher. Mustang won the men’s 800m and finished fourth in the 3200m. The finish in 1:58.90 in the 800m was a personal best for Dutcher.
“I just knew I wanted this PR, and I think it’s just the desire,” Dutcher said of how he coped in the windy weather. “I’ve gained so much momentum over the past few weeks that I’m peaking at the right time.”
Dutcher received two medals for his finishes on Friday and he won an all-conference medal. It meant he carried a little extra weight around his neck for the car ride home, and he said “it’s a great feeling” when they drape that medal over your shoulders.
“You will remember [that feeling] probably for the rest of your life, and you know, I want to feel it again in the state.
A couple of Natrona County fillies also had great days on Friday. Alesha Lane won the women’s discus and Delilah Baedke won the women’s 3200m.
For full day one results, go here.
The second day, where many finals will take place, will resume on Saturday at 9 am.
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