Asked which senior stars he would like to shout out, track and field coach Bill Wiley said there were too many to count. Nearly all of his 26 high school near-grads are four-year competitors who have proven themselves each season.
“They’re incredible,” Wiley said. “They competed against seniors as freshmen, lost their sophomore year to COVID, then came back and battled — we had 16 All-State awards last year, several Gatorade performers, and about half are going on to compete at the college level.”
Thursday’s Lynn Williams Memorial meet, the sole home meet of the season, was a chance to honor those seniors in front of fellow Broncs, friends and family members.
Moments after surprising fans with a 41-foot triple jump, sophomore Thomas May joined his sister Shilah with a bouquet of flowers as Activities Director Mike Hansen read her accolades and plans over the loudspeaker.
“Shilah’s accomplishments include 3.9 GPA and four years of high school volleyball,” Hansen announced. “She would like to thank ‘My awesome coach Yantzi and all my friends who’ve made track unforgettable.’”
Next to her, senior Sam Crabtree posed for a photo at center field with his parents, Tiffany and Justin, before bopping back to more familiar terrain in the discus arena.
Coach Wiley described Crabtree as “the smallest human being I’ve ever seen throw the discus consistently over 100 feet.” On Friday Crabtree threw 101 feet, just shy of a top-15 finish.
Seniors Audrey Fouras, Caroline Fouras and Lizzie Robinson all topped the girls’ discus leaderboard with throws above 100 feet. Audrey Fouras took second with 115 feet and also launched a season long shot put throw for 30 feet, 7.5 inches.
Outside the arena, Wiley celebrated his athletes for their leadership and poise.
“True to form, they helped out all day Saturday at the middle school track meet, right up until prom,” the coach said. “They’re just rock stars.”
Other athletes had to miss both the home meet and prom to represent their school at Saturday’s BYU High School Invitational. Senior Brandon Brazil ran a 53.13 second 400-meter, his best of the season, while freshman Jack Joyce won his 200-meter heat in 23:55.
Senior Mason Wheeler narrowly edged out North Fremont High School’s Corbin Johnston to take ninth place in the boys’ 3,200-meter run, while senior Roman Goralski put up a solid time (2:05.78) at the 800-meter distance. For the girls, senior Kate Brigham dazzled the crowd with a sub-five minute 1,600-meter, snatching first place, with more than 20 seconds between her and the second-place finisher.
Senior Jacie Chatham also had a good meet, nearly tying two other experienced runners for 15th in the 400-meter event before earning sixth with a time of 2:22.7 in the 800-meter run.
The Wyoming 4A West Regionals are this Friday in Casper.