THS sweeps T-Town Qualifier


TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School track and field teams hosted the rescheduled T-Town Qualifier on Thursday at Wiseman Field and both the boys’ and girls’ teams came away on top of the team standings.

The boys’ team won seven events, while the girls’ topped 10 events.

Senior Cody Pierce and junior Weston Cronk led the way for the Blazers with a combined five wins on the day.

Pierce won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.35 seconds and ran the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay, which also included Jayden Schlagel, Benjamin Fuller and Brendan Flock, in 46.34 seconds.

Pierce capped off his day with a win in the final event of the day in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:56.38. He was joined in the relay by Schlagel, Aydan Loya and Timothy Randolph.

Loya finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:14.13, and also placed second as a member of the sprint medley relay with Pierce, Randolph and Schlagel in 3:5475.

Randolph also placed third in the 400-meter dash in 57.04 seconds.

In the distance events, Cronk won the 1,600-meter run by a full 30 seconds in 5 minutes, 1.46 seconds, beating out a pair of Morrill, Neb. runners who finished second and third in 5:31, and in the two-mile run, Cronk beat out Lingle-Fort Laramie’s Myles Wilson by eight seconds in 11:26.63.

Senior Rave Rising and junior Bryant DeMott scored the other two wins of the day for the Blazers.

Rising’s throw of 125 feet, 9 inches won discus, beating out six other Blazers, including three who also scored points for THS. Sophomore Ryan Baker was second at 122-11, and freshman Tyler Bennick placed seventh at 96-3. Senior Dylan Dreiling finished eighth at 91-9.

In shot put, the Blazers had four throwers in the top eight, led by Dreiling with a toss of 37-6 1/2. Rising was fourth, while Baker was sixth at 35-6 and Bennick eighth at 34-9.

DeMott won high jump at a height of 5-5, and he also finished second in pole vault at 8-9.

Fuller finished second in long jump at 19-2, and Flock finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24.07 seconds. Fuller was sixth in the same event in 25.92.

In the 100-meter dash, Flock finished fourth in 11.94 seconds, edging Fuller, who placed fifth with a time of 12.44 seconds.

Torrington won the team title with 154 points, beating Lingle-Fort Laramie who finished second with 124 points. Morrill was third with 114.

In the girls’ division, junior Reece Halley and freshman Ada Merrigan won two individual events to pace the Lady Blazers.

Merrigan swept the distance events, winning the 1,600-meter run in 5:55.48 and the 3,200-meter run in 14:05.1.

Meanwhile, Halley also won two events, topping the 100-meter hurdle event in 17.86 seconds and discus with a toss of 98-3. Halley beat out junior teammates Emma Johnson and Sierra Allen, who finished second and third, respectively. Johnson was also the highest finishing Lady Blazer in shot put in fifth at 29-6.

Halley also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and was beaten out by Kyndra Wiford, who finished only .03 seconds ahead of Halley.

The 4x400-meter and sprint medley relay teams won their respective events. The 4x400 team of Hailey Boslau, Sera Glass, Marissa Moorehouse and Tyne Stokes won in 4:23.61, while the same four members won the medley in 4:27.56. The third relay team of Allison Brummell, Alyssa Wondercheck, Wiford and AJ West finished second in 54.58 seconds in the 4x100 race.

Brummell picked up several other top finishes, winning the triple jump with a leap of 34-8 1/2, beating out Moorehouse and West, who placed second and third. Brummell also finished second in the long jump at 16-5 and high jump at 5-1.

Glass, Stokes and Mattie Jones also scored wins for the Lady Blazers.

Glass won the 800-meter run in 2:32.44, while sophomore teammate Amberly Froerer was fifth in 3:02.31. Stokes won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.73, while Jones was sixth in 1:12.11.

In pole vault, Jones won the event with a height of 8-3, while sophomore Gabrielle David was third at 7-3.

In the dashes, Boslau finished second in the 200 in a time of 28.69, while Wondercheck was fourth in 29.74. David finished sixth in 30.56. In the 100-meter dash, Wondercheck was the lone Lady Blazer to score team points with a fifth-place finish in 14.02 seconds.

The Lady Blazers dominated the team standings, scoring 215 points. Pine Bluffs was second with 107.5, and Crawford, Neb. was third with 88.

Torrington is back in action Thursday at the Mitchell (Neb.) Invite. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.

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