State XC Results
Beautiful weather graced the runners in Douglas for the 2011 State Cross Country Championships. Among the highlights were repeat title wins by the Wyoming Indian boys (who have won five in a row, 9 of the last 10), Jackson's Boys, and the Pine Bluffs girls. Oliver Schofield of Jackson and Hailey Ricks of Star Valley have each won two XC titles. See details below.
Alejandro Garcia of Pine Bluffs would win the 2A boys race in Douglas. The Senior edged out Wyoming Indian Junior Alvin Spoonhunter by 11 seconds. Last year's champion, Colin May of Lovell, would finish 12th. Wyoming Indian again dominated the team standings. The Chiefs would see finishers in 2-4-5-6-8-9. They scored 17 points to runner up Pine Bluffs' 44.
Wright Junior Mikayla Hudgins beat a pair of sophomores for the 2A girls crown. She would cross the line thirteen seconds ahead of last year's champion Austin Asay of Pine Bluffs. Kim Shumway of Lovell was third. In the team standings, Pine Bluffs would win their 2nd straight XC title. Saratoga was second.
Jackson's Oliver Schofield repeated as the 3A Champion. The Senior held off Glenrock's Nelson Raider by 12 seconds to win his second in a row. In fact, the top three were the exact same as they finished a year ago with Schofield, Raider, and Jackson's Lars Schou. Team wise Jackson won their second title in a row. The Broncs were followed by Star Valley.
Last year, Star Valley's Hailey Ricks won the 4A girls race. This year, the junior wins the 3A race. She edged out Cody's Anne Brinegar by 15 seconds for her second straight crown. The Lady Braves would put girls 1-3-5 but finished second in the team standings to Cody.
Rock Springs sophomore Ricky Faure would take first. He ran a 16:43 to win. Michael Kesy of East and Michael Nelson of Central were 2nd and third. The team standings were very close. Rock Springs won it with a 70 . Central was second at 75.
4A knew they'd have a new champion with last year's winner coming back in the 3A division. Riverton Freshman Olivia Thompson would shock the field winning the title by two seconds over Gillette's Abby Phillips. Thompson, by the way, attends Shoshoni High School and runs for Riverton as the Wranglers don't have an XC program. Riverton would put three girls in the top four places but would finish 6th team wise as their fourth and fifth runners were 69th and 71st. Laramie would score a 52 to narrowly beat Gillette for the team title.