The Laramie High track and field teams competed Friday at the Wiseman Invitational in Torrington, which feature many schools from southeastern Wyoming.
It was the final meet of the spring outdoor regular season and the athletes made their final push for qualification at the state meet in their respective classifications.
The Plainsmen and Lady Plainsmen finished third in the team standings. Cheyenne East won the boys title with 159 points, followed by Cheyenne Central at 130 and Laramie at 106. Central claimed the girls win with 144, followed by East at 121 and Laramie at 97.33.
The Lady Plainsmen had a pair of mid- long-distance runners finish first and second in the 800 meters. Senior Libby Berryhill won in 2 minutes, 21.09 seconds with freshman Addie Forry right behind her in 2:22.68.
The LHS girls also won the 4x100 relay with senior Taylor Gardner, juniors Mischa Yurista and Cassie Wulff and sophomore Kodi Johnson crossing the line in 50.53. Cheyenne South was second at 51.70.
The Lady Plainsmen and Lady Bison then swapped finishes for the 4x400 relay with South winning in 4:08.93 and Laramie second at 4:15.63. The Lady Plainsmen team was Wulff, Yurista, sophomore Emily Gardner and Forry.
The LHS girls were also second 4x800 relay in 10:16.05 with Central winning at 10:06.37. That LHS relay was juniors Cary Berendsen and Ilysa Soule, freshman Leah Schabron and Forry.
Johnson was also runner-up in the 200 in 26.86 and Yurista was third in the 100 in 13.39. Both races were won by East’s Taliah Morris, who clocked in at 25.98 in 200 and 12.69 in the 100.
The Plainsmen also had a good outing in the relays finishing first in the 1,600 sprint medley and second in the 4x100.
The LHS sprint medley team of junior Quail Perkins, seniors Austin Dahl and Garrett Dodd and sophomore Meyer Smith turned in a time of 3:40.51 for the win. East was a close second at 3:40.79.
The LHS 4x100 relay team of senior Aidan Morris, Perkins, senior Travis Judd and Dodd was runner-up in 44.11, just behind East at 43.74.
Morris also won the pole vault clearing a height of 14 feet with Wheatland’s Rodee Brown second at 13-9.
LHS sophomore Nathan Martin paced himself to a win in the 3,200 in 10:41.99 with Central’s Will Barrington second at 10:43.86. LHS sophomore Cooper Kaligis was third in the event in 10:50.10.
Dodd was also third in the long jump at 20-3 and sophomore Mahlon Morris was third in the triple jump at 40-7½.
The Class 4A East Regional meet next Friday and Saturday will be hosted by Kelly Walsh in Casper.
The LHS softball team has been on a roll as of late, and it showed Friday during a split doubleheader on the road against the top two teams in the East Conference in Gillette.
The Lady Plainsmen upset No. 3-ranked and second place Campbell County 5-2 in the first game to win four of its last five games to that point. It was also the first win in extra innings for LHS in program history as it was not decided until the ninth inning.
The LHS girls then had a quick turnaround before giving No. 2-ranked and first place Thunder Basin a challenge before losing 4-3.
Behind the complete game effort of Laramie starting pitcher, junior Janey Adair, the Lady Plainsmen got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth tied at 2-2. After seven innings of regulation, each team begins with a runner on second base.
The Lady Plainsmen (4-5 overall, 4-5 East) started the ninth with freshman Brooklyn McKinney on second. Adair laid down a bunt, but the Campbell County committed the only error (and it was costly) in the game with an errant throw to third base to score McKinney and Adair advanced to third. Laramie tacked on two insurance runs when freshman Emilee Sidoreus recorded an RBI with a bases-loaded walk and freshman Marisol Gomez came home on a passed ball.
Earlier in the game Gomez knocked a double to the fence to score Adair for a run in the top of the third before Campbell County (13-5, 9-3) countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The two players were also key for the tying run in the fifth inning. Adair lead off with a one-out triple and Gomez brought her home with a single.
The Lady Plainsmen had eight hits. The Lady Camels had five.
Against Thunder Basin (14-3, 9-2), Laramie scored three unearned runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings — taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of third before the Lady Bolts scored three and then tying the game 3-3 in top of the fourth.
Thunder Basin scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning with three straight singles after two earlier outs. On a 1-2 count from Adair, junior Logan Brown singled in sophomore Caitline Kaul.
The Lady Plainsmen nearly put together another late rally by loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but left them stranded.
Senior Colby Stickelman was 2-for-4 with a run, Adair had a double, Sidoreous and sophomore Izabella Pacheco had an RBI each.
Adair also pitched the complete game against Thunder Basin. She threw a total of 256 pitches during the day — 131 against Campbell County and 125 against Thunder Basin.
For the win against the Lady Camels, she gave up five hits, two runs and two walks (both intentional) and tied her career high for a third time this season with 15 strikeouts.
In the loss against Thunder Basin, Adair gave up nine hits, four earned runs, with five walks (one intentional), with nine more strikeouts. She now has 98 strikeouts for the season.