L-FL’s Riley wins three state titles


CASPER – Lingle-Fort Laramie senior Kaelyn Riley won three individual state championships over the weekend to lead the Lady Dogger track and field team to a third-place finish.

Riley won the 100 and 200-meter dash finals, along with long jump.

In the 100-meter finals, Riley ran the only sub-13 second race in 12.83 seconds, outrunning Taylar Scott of H.E.M., who finished second in 13.29 seconds.

Riley also dominated the 200-meter dash in 26.30 seconds. Miya May of Meeteetse crossed the finish line in 27.75 seconds for second place.

Riley topped the long jump field by six inches, winning the event at a distance of 16 feet, 7.75 inches.

In Riley’s fourth event of the weekend, she finished a close third in triple jump with a leap of 33-4. The top three were separated by only four inches as Tana Teichert of Cokeville won the event with a distance of 33-8.

In relay action, the 4x400-meter team of Tiah Meyer, Cora Frederick, Jordyn Gaspers and Jenna Kaufman placed fourth in 4 minutes, 45.84 seconds, while the 4x800 team of Meyer, Frederick, Kaufman and Kalli Nichol finished sixth in 12:12.66. The 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of Gaspers, Meyer, Nichol and Kaufman, ended their season with a seventh-place finish in 5:00.71.

In field events, Savannah Mirich brought home a fifth-place medal in shot put with a throw of 33-6.5. Mirich missed out making finals of the 1A discus by one spot.

In the distance events, Frederick placed eighth in 13:27.67 to medal in the 3,200-meter run, while Kaufman finished 15th in the 800-meter run in 2:48.64.

As a team, the Lady Doggers finished third with 54 points. Cokeville dominated the team title, scoring 194.5, while Ten Sleep was second with 58.

In the boys’ division, the Dogger relay teams carried L-FL to an eighth-place finish at the state meet.

The 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of Alex Pugsley, Dustin Swartwood, Cooper Hill and Kyland Fuller came home second in 3:51.22, a second behind Upton High School.

Meanwhile, the 4x400 team of Hill, Swartwood, Pugsley, Fuller finished third in 3:45.70, while the 4x100 team of Swartwood, Quirt Lee, Hill and Pugsley placed fifth in 48.52 seconds. The 4x800 team of Swartwood, Lee, Noah Hatch and Jaden Houk crossed the finish line eighth in 11:22.36.

Fuller placed eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:06.87 while just missing out qualifying for the 400-meter dash finals.

Cordell Forkner paced the team’s effort in the field events, finishing seventh in shot put with a throw of 41-11, while Dagan Davis was 10th at 38-11. Rayden Alonzo was 13th at 37-1.

Forkner also placed 10th in discus with a toss of 116-1, while Davis was 17th at 88-11.

Hill medaled in the long jump with an eighth-place finish at 18-10.75, matching Upton’s Reece Barritt’s distance.

As a team, the Doggers finished eighth with 23 points. Upton won the team title with 123.33 points, while Burlington High School was second with 104.08 points.

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