Loya places fourth at state meet

Courtesy photo/ Kirk Miller Torrington High School’s Aydan Loya (left) and Worland’s Jack Bishop kick for the finish of the Wyoming High School Activities Association Class 3A State Cross Country Championships in Ethete on Saturday. Both harriers registered a time of 16 minutes 57.0 seconds for the 5-kilometer course, with Loya edging out Bishop in a photo-finish for fourth place.

Becomes first runner to place in top five in more than 20 years

ETHETE – It was a sprint to the finish, and Torrington High School senior Aydan Loya edged Worland’s Jack Bishop at the finish to finish fourth out of 107 runners at the 3A State Cross Country Championships held at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete on Saturday.

Technically, both Loya and Bishop both crossed the line in 16 minutes, 57 seconds, but it was Loya who claimed fourth in the photo finish.

Loya led a Blazer team who finished eighth in the final team standings with 186 points. Mountain View won the team title with 71, while Evanston was second with 89. Cody placed third with 94.

In addition to Loya, junior Myles Wilson finished 18th in 17:47.30, while his younger brother and freshman Sully Wilson was 36th in 18:22.85. Freshman Cole Keller placed 55th in 18:58.39, while junior Zab Munoz was 73rd in 19:44.75. Freshman Ty Albaugh crossed the finish line 104th in 25:00.02, while freshman Brody Harrison was 106th in 29:23.29.

In the girls’ division, freshman Kaycee Kosmicki finished 26th in 21:43.53, while sophomore Callie Taylor was 39th in 22:12.37. Junior Ada Merrigan finished 51st in 22.58.53, while senior Amberly Froerer placed 60th in 23:30.95. Sophomore Tiffany Krueger crossed the finish line 77th in 25:00.67, while freshman Ellie Froerer was 79th in 25:13.12.

As a team, the Lady Blazers finished ninth with 235 points. Cody won the girls’ state championship with 58 points, while Evanston was second with 71. Powell was third with 109.