Broncs take Nordic title
By Miller N. Resor, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
February 25, 2013
The Nordic skiers of Jackson Hole High School captured the boys and girls state championships Saturday in Lander, continuing the school’s long tradition of cross-country dominance.
The Broncs boys overcame an eight-point Laramie lead going into day two to take home their 13th state championship. The title was their fourth in four years and 10th of the century.
The Lady Broncs, led by senior Luna Wasson, who won Friday’s freestyle race and Saturday’s classic race, skied away with their eighth state championship. It was Wasson’s second championship in two years.
“Overall, the team was phenomenal and a lot of fun to be around this weekend,” said first-year head coach Scotty McClelland. “It was a great way to end the season.” Friday’s 8-kilometer skate-skiing race was held at the Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Trails south of Lander.
The girls jumped to a comfortable lead Friday, placing eight skiers in the top 20.
Wasson won the race with a time of 28 minutes, 13.5 seconds. Junior Sara McCandless took sixth, sophomore Reily Gibson took seventh, junior Anna Tara Shlim finished 11th, freshman Sydney Wiswell came in 14th, sophomores Emma MacEachern and Kelly Krause finished back-to-back in 16th and 17th, and junior Charlotte Pierce finished 19th.
McClelland said that first-year racer Maggie Carruth’s 24th place finish was admirable for the junior, who raced junior varsity much of the year.
The girls emerged from the first day of the state competition with 66 points, leading second-place Lander and Natrona by 19 points.
Despite seeing senior Riis Wilbrecht finish in first place in Friday’s race and placing six boys in the top 20, Jackson was edged in the first day of competition by Laramie, which took 72 points to the Broncs’ 66.
After Wilbrecht, who finished the race in 25:23.3, the next Jackson racer across the line was senior Sawyer Gordon in seventh place. He was followed by sophomore Wilton Springer in ninth, senior Eric Brecheen in 11th, freshman Bjorn Schou in 13th and freshman Luke Brecheen in 20th.
The boys overcame the eight-point deficit Saturday without taking first or second place, but instead stacking boys in third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
Wilbrecht again led the Broncs, finishing the 8.25-k race in 28:53.8. The next three Jackson skiers finished in a Jackson cascade over the next 30 seconds.
In fourth was Springer. Eric Brecheen skied to fifth, and Gordon glided across the finish line in sixth.
Along with points added by Schou, who finished 13th, the boys scored 74 points Saturday to defeat Laramie 140 to 122 over the weekend.
The girls continued to win easily Saturday, placing six girls in the top 10.
Wasson again took first, finishing the classic race in 32:23.0.
Gibson was seven seconds behind her to take second.
McCandless and Shlim finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth, as did freshmen Mariah Bredal and Wiswell in eight and ninth.
The girls received 83 points for their performance Saturday and went on to win the title easily with 149 points. Lander took second with 85 points; Laramie was third with 84.
Coach McClelland also credited the team’s coaching staff. He mentioned Ali Sehnert, the intermountain division coach who worked with many of the team’s athletes throughout the season, as well as Sevi Hagen, Lindsey Love and Tony Chambers.