THS cross country teams sweep Bayard meet

Courtesy photo Ada Merrigan (left) and Tyne Stokes compete at the Bayard, Nebraska meet last Thursday.

BAYARD, Neb. – The Torrington High School cross country teams participated in two meets in two days over the weekend.

On Thursday, the Blazers traveled to Bayard, Nebraska for the Mark Matthew’s Memorial Meet as both teams picked up the team titles.

The boys’ team picked up the team title, placing three in the top 10.

Junior Aydan Loya finished second with a time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds, while senior Weston Cronk was fifth in 17:52. Sophomore Myles Wilson was eighth in 18:08. Senior Michael Sandusky placed 12th in 18:36, while senior Kyland Fuller was 16th in 19:26. Junior Collin Taylor was 20th in 19:49, and sophomore Zab Munoz was 26th in 21:21.

As a team, the Blazers scored 26 points. Hemingford, Nebraska was a distant second with 62.

In the girls’ race, senior Tyne Stokes paced the Lady Blazers with a fifth-place finish in 21:20, while sophomore Ada Merrigan finished ninth in 21:48. Freshman Tiffany Krueger was 13th in 22:42, while Amberly Froerer was 17th in 23:08. Freshman Callie Taylor placed 23rd in 23:55.

The Lady Blazers scored 48 points, edging Hemingford by two points.

The next day, Torrington traveled to Scottsbluff, Nebraska for the Bearcat XC Festival.

Both THS teams finished fifth at the Scottsbluff Country Club.

In the girls’ race, Stokes led the team with a 12th-place finish in 21:20.35, while Merrigan was 18th in 21:51.39. Froerer and Taylor finished 24th and 25th, respectively, in 22:44.45 and 22:51.37. Krueger placed 28th in 23:03.78.

The Lady Blazers scored 70 points, while Gering, Nebraska won the team title with 23. Chadron, Nebraska was second with 30.

In the boys’ race, Loya led the way with a fourth-place finish in 16:50.68, while Cronk was 11th in 17:50.40. Wilson finished 15th in 18:05.60, and Sandusky placed 22nd in 18:37.14. Fuller was 32nd in 19:18.17, while Taylor was 36th in 20:02.73.

Torrington finished the day with 52 points to finish fifth. Sidney, Nebraska won the team title with 36, while Scottsbluff was second with 41.

The Blazer teams are entering the home stretch of their season. On Friday, the teams travel to the Cheyenne East meet, and is Torrington’s final regular season meet before the conference and state meets to wrap up the 2021 season.

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