CASPER — The LHS girls track team took fourth place at the state meet, making the expectations of head coach Loren Huntsman last week materialize.
Last week Huntsman said he hoped the girls would finish in the top four. And finish in the top four, they did.
“Everyone contributed to the girl's trophy. Eight of the nine girls that were competing brought home a medal,” Huntsman said Monday afternoon. “A few of the athletes were disappointments, but all-in-all, it was a good weekend of track.”
In the girls division, Douglas High captured first place with 94.5 points. They were followed by Powell with 85 and Pinedale in third with 73. The LHS Lady Eagles took fourth with 64 points.
The weather over the state meet proved to be cold, blustery with some rain and snow in the mix. It was reported the temperatures on Saturday were in the low 40s with a steady rain that sometimes turned to snow.
“Joseph (Turner) and McKinley (Bradshaw) had an outstanding weekend. It is great to have a state champion or two,” Huntsman said.
These two athletes earned All State status following the state tournament last week.
The Eagles power thrower Joseph Turner again proved his worth. He took first in the discus with a throw for 164-08, which was almost 10 feet further than the second place throw by Lovell. In addition, Turner took seventh in the shot with a throw for 45-06.25 feet.
Bradshaw again was a power player for the Lady Eagles and LHS. She won her fourth consecutive high jump title and back-to-back discus championships at the state meet. In the high jump Bradshaw cleared 5-02.00 feet, which was her seed. The second place jumper from Douglas turned in a distance, which was two inches shorter.
In the discus, threw the discus for 129-10 feet, besting her seed by a foot and eight inches. She was followed in the event by teammate Brice Hansen in fifth place.
She took two second places, one in the shot and in the 300 M hurdles with a time of 47.17, .09 of a second off of the first place finish.
Nicole Peden scored in both the 100 M dash and the 200. She took fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.80 and seventh in the 100 M with a 13.51. In the 100, the first place was claimed by a runner from Worland with 12.98.