LUSK – The Lingle-Fort Laramie track and field teams earned a trio of first-place finishes at the annual Dennis Zowada Invite hosted by Niobrara County High School on Saturday in Lusk.
Junior Kyland Fuller, freshman Natalie Speckner and the boys’ 4x400-meter relay team scored wins for the Doggers.
Speckner won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 30.7 seconds, beating freshman teammate Holly Leiseth, who placed fifth in 2:52.42.
The 4x400 relay team of Maddy Saul, Emma Walker, Leiseth and Speckner finished second in 4:48.59, and the 4x800-meter relay team of Maddie Heilbrun, Hailey Smith, Morgan Cornelius and Izzy Spears also finished second in 13:27.46.
The sprint medley relay team of Heilbrun, M’Lynn Hill, Ashlee Hattan and Smith finished fourth in 5:21.79, and the 4x100 team of Saul, Abigail Frederick, Walker and Hattan finished fifth in 56.15 seconds.
In the other running events, Walker finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.49 seconds, while freshman Josie Houk placed 10th in 1:01.68. In the 1,600-meter run, Smith came home third in 7:13.45.
In field events, Heilbrun paced the Lady Doggers with a fifth-place finish in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.
Spears was the only other placer in the field events with a seventh place throw of 86-4 in discus. Freshman Leah Foster finished 12th at 73-4, while junior Sarah Searle placed 28th at 53 feet.
In shot put, it was Foster who topped the trio of Lady Dogger throwers with a toss of 27-5 1/2, which was good for 11th. Spears was 12th at 27-3 1/2, while Searle was 23rd at 23-0 1/2.
In pole vault, Hattan and Smith cleared 6 feet to place tied for 13th, while Hattan also finished 11th in long jump at 13-6.
As a team, the Lady Doggers finished fifth with 59 points. Burns won the team title with 153 points, while Wheatland was second at 106.5 points.
In the boys’ division, Fuller picked up one of the two wins on the day. His time of 51.73 seconds won the 400-meter dash. Freshman Nolan Spears was seventh in the race in 56.8 seconds.
Fuller also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 23.01 seconds, edging senior Cooper Hill, who finished fourth in 23.79. Hill also finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.37 seconds.
Fuller was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team, along with Wyatt Sylvester, Spears and Hill, who picked up a win in 3:44.88.
Spears also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.26 seconds, while freshman Aidan Mattheus was ninth in 51.03. In the 110-meter hurdles, senior Dustin Swartwood led a trio of Doggers who placed in the top eight. Swartwood finished fifth in 20.66 seconds, while Mattheus was sixth in 21.91. Sophomore Kyle Gutierrez was seventh in 22.52.
The 4x800 team of Myles Wilson, Sylvester, Noah Hatch and Remington Bremer finished second in 9:55.54.
In the distance event, Wilson was second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:22.47, while Bremer was 10th at 5:54.06. Gutierrez was 12th.
In the field events, Hill was second in long jump with a leap of 20-9, while Sylvester was eighth in pole vault at a height of 9-3. Sophomore Corey Ducheneaux was ninth in both high jump (4-9) and triple jump (37-7).
The Doggers finished third with 86 points. Burns won the team title with 123 points, while Wheatland was second with 95.
L-FL travels to Pine Bluffs on Saturday for the annual SEWAC championships. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.