THS boys fourth; Lady Blazers fifth at state meet

CASPER – The Torrington High School boys’ track and field team went into Saturday’s final day, holding on to the lead in the 3A boys’ team standings, but when the dust settled, the Blazers ended the weekend fourth in the final standings.

The Blazers picked up three individual state championships at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, along with multiple runner-up finishes.

Aydan Loya, Benjamin Fuller and the 4x100-meter relay team picked up state titles.

Loya won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 28.69 seconds, and the senior was third in the 800-meter run in 1:59.59.

Fuller won long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 11 ¾ inches, and he was also seventh in the 300 hurdles in 41.70 seconds.

The other win went to the 4x100 relay team of Brendan Flock, Fuller, Landre Greiman and Dylan Packard. They competed the relay in 44.09 seconds. It was one of three relay teams to score points for the Blazers.

The sprint medley relay team of Benjamin Fuller, Landen Fuller, Loya and Packard was second in 3:40.18, while the 4x800 team of Zab Munoz, Jorey Asmus, Tyler Nicolay and Loya was seventh in 8:51.14.

The Blazers also had a pair of runner-up finishes. Ty Bennick was second in shot put at 49-4, while Ryan Baker was second in discus at 143-7. Bennick was also fifth in discus at 134-11, while Trey Parriott was fourth in shot put at 46-8 and Brayden Frazier was seventh at 44-6 ¼.

In other field events, Bryant DeMott was sixth in high jump at 5-10 and finished just outside the top eight with a nine-place finish in pole vault at 11 feet.

In the other running events, Flock finished eighth in the 100-meter dash after injuring his hamstring during the race. He was scratched from the 200 and 400 finals as a result of the injury.

Packard finished seventh in the 200-meter dash in 24.24 seconds, while Munoz was ninth in the 3,200-meter run.

As a team, the Blazers finished fourth with 81 points. Powell won the state championship with 107.5 points, while Lander Valley was second with 99 points. Mountain View was third with 91.

In the girls’ division, the 4x400 relay team capped off the weekend with the team’s lone state title.

The team of Alyssa Wondercheck, Natalie Long, Trishell Pontarolo and Marissa Moorehouse set a new school record in 4:05.56 en route to the win in the team’s final event of the weekend.

All four Lady Blazer relay teams scored points this weekend. The 4x100 team of Natalie Hawes, Brooklyn Asmus, Pontarolo, and Wondercheck finished third in 50.50 seconds, while the 4x800 team of Amberly Froerer, Tiffany Krueger, Long and Callie Taylor was eighth in 11:12.82. The sprint medley relay team of Hawes, Long, Krueger and Pontarolo also placed eighth in 4:45.28.

The Lady Blazers had one other runner-up finish and a trio of third-place finishes.

Asmus placed second in the 100-meter dash in 12.62 seconds and was third in the 200-meter dash in 26.25 seconds.

Moorehouse had a pair of third-place finishes in long jump and triple jump.

In long jump, she went 16-9, while Wondercheck was sixth at 16-4 ¾. In triple jump, Moorehosue placed third at 35-5 ½, while Pontarolo was fourth at 35-4.

Moorehouse was also fifth in the 400-meter dash in 59.53 seconds.

In addition to the two medals earned in the relays, Hawes added two more after placing fifth in the 100 hurdles in 16.12 seconds and sixth in the 300 hurdles in 47.27 seconds.

The Lady Blazers ended the season with 63 points at state to place fifth. Powell won the team title with 105.5 points, while Worland was second with 103. Lander Valley was third with 85.