Herder athletes thrive at Camel Qualifier

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Erica Dority thrusts up and over the bar during the pole vaulting event May 4 competing for a spot at state track and field.

RJ Morgan

Chasing state qualifications is more important than placements in the final two weeks of the season and that is why Glenrock High School track & field coach Peter Fenster welcomed the abundance of 4A competition his athletes faced at the Camel Qualifier. These were not the first places achieved at the May 5 event in Gillette but it gave the team the push it needed entering regionals this week.
The meet was loaded with bigger schools from two states. The stiff competition included Big Horn, Buffalo, Campbell County, Douglas, Hulett, Kelly Walsh, Moorcroft, Natrona County, Newcastle, Sheridan, Thunder Basin, Tongue River; out-of-state: Rapid City Central (SD), Rapid City Christian (SD), Rapid City Stevens (SD), Spearfish (SD) and Sturgis Brown (SD).
The GHS boys had a small contingency make the trip to Gillette where the 1600 sprint medley relay team captured fifth place. The foursome of Brady Dona, Charlie Schowengerdt, Ayden Moulton and Brigham Partridge nailed a season-best time of 3 minutes, 58.49 seconds.
The Herders also had a couple of quality runs in the 800 meters. Moulton led the way for GHS when he was clocked at 2:17.64, beating his season-best time by three seconds. Teammate Mason O’Brien was not far back at 2:22.71.
The Herders thrived with a pair of top-three finishes and a half dozen season-best times. Gracie Sixbey was one of several to reach a new marks when she ran her way to third place in triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 8.75 inches.
Also locking down third place was the 4x800 relay team. The quartet of Gillian Holman, Peyton Phillips, Lucy Ticknor and Annika Klauenberg inked a season-best time of 11:53.41.
Klauenberg also reached a new person mark in discus with a launch of 85-4. Zhane Johnson was GHS’ best in shot put with a heave of 28-5.5.
Glenrock standout Isabella Taylor was among the best in 100 meters. She earned eighth place and had the fastest 3A time when she crossed the finish line in 13.72 seconds.
Taylor wasn’t finished. She also had the ninth fastest time of nearly three dozen runners  in the 200 at 28.39 seconds.
The Herders also ran their way to eighth in the 4x100 relay. The squad of Erica Dority, Kyrie Tiensvold, Megann Farley and Taylor were clocked at a season-best time of 55.70 seconds.
GHS’ Makenzi Partridge also set a new personal mark for the season in 100 hurdles with a time of 18.87 seconds. She also posted a 54.41 in 300 hurdles.
Glenrock’s two quickest freshmen led the team in the 800 meters. Ticknor beat her best time by 16 seconds at 2:50.25, while Holman set a new personal mark by 12 seconds at 2:55.94.
The championship stretch of the season has arrived. The Herders will compete at regionals this weekend in Rawlins for one last shot at qualifying for the big event.
The season will conclude with the state championships May 18-20 in Casper.


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