Stoddard, Ekwall win state championships for Southeast

CASPER – Southeast freshman Jordan Stoddard and junior Morgan Ekwall brought home individual state championships during last weekend’s 2A State Track and Field Championships at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

Stoddard cleared a height of 5 feet, 4 inches to top the high jump field, while Ekwall threw 39-1.5 to win shot put.

Stoddard also picked up a trio of second place finishes.

She came in a close second to Mindy Russell of Wind River in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Russell beat out Stoddard by half of a second in the 100 and by two seconds in the 400-meter dash.

Stoddard ran the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay team, which included Marjie Schmitt, Ellie Schmitt and Kelci Lovercheck, who finished second in 4 minutes, 12.97 seconds to Wind River High School.

Meanwhile, the 4x100 team of Emma Short, Marjie and Ellis Schmitt and Joycelynn Hottell placed fifth in 53.73 seconds.

In addition to the win in shot put, Ekwall finished just outside the medals in discus with a toss of 90-9.

In other field events, Mercy McAndrew was seventh in the triple jump at 32 feet, while Hottell finished 14th in the long jump at 14 feet.

In the distance events, senior Kelci Lovercheck brought home two medals, finishing fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:27.48 and eighth in the 1,600-meter run in 6:02.98.

In the hurdle events, junior Kendall Haas placed fifth in 18.28 seconds, while Marjie Schmitt came home fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.68 seconds.

As a team, the Lady Cyclones finished fourth with 66 points. Pine Bluffs dominated the team championship, scoring 120.5 points. Wind River was second with 84.5 points, while Kemmerer was third with 69.

In the boys’ division, the Cyclones brought home five medals.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Brant Fullmer placed fifth in 2:07.89, while sophomore Hayden Anderson finished eighth in 2:10.66.

The other three medalists came in relay action.

The 4x400 team of Hayden Anderson, Sawyer Anderson, Greg Logsdon and Fullmer finished second in 3:36.32, three seconds off Big Horns winning time, while the 4x800 team comprised of the same four individuals placed third in 9:02.93. The 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of D.J. Homer, Reese Robertson, Zander Ramirez and Patrick Swank finished fourth in 3:58.23.

The Cyclones placed eighth with 28 points. Big Horn won the team title with 168.5 points. Glenrock was second with 96.5 points. Rocky Mountain was third with 76.


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