There’s a new 5-kilometer record holder for the Jackson Hole High School cross-country program.
The record belongs to junior Ben Williams, who blitzed to a 15-minute, 23-second finish Saturday at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Colorado for fifth place.
Williams’ mark upends 2019 graduate Wyatt Sullivan’s mark by 15 seconds.
According to head coach Jeff Brazil, Williams executed his race plan nearly perfectly. He went out with a 5:05 first mile and closed with a 4:50.
“Ben continued to move up, catching those that went out too fast,” Brazil said.
Jackson finished 14th of 23 in the Sweepstakes race, the highest-level, invitation-only category of races on the weekend.
Williams was followed by Kade Hatten (38th), Mason Wheeler (59th), Joe Goodrich (106th) and Axel Klomparens (111th).
Meanwhile, the girls team claimed the Division 1 (large schools) title on the strength of two top-10 finishes.
Kate Brigham led the way, finishing sixth with a new personal record of 19:21. Sienna Taylor was ninth in 19:36, followed by Muriel Jones (11th), Jacie Chatham (29th) and Parker Smith (44th).
“We spend a lot of our time in these huge national-caliber races, so to get a win in an event that features the largest schools from Colorado was impressive,” Brazil said.
Golfers perform in match play
In a short season where postseason play comes almost as quickly as the campaign starts, the Jackson Broncs got a break from the traditional round of golf.
Jackson participated in the Riverton Match Play tournament last week, where players were divided into brackets based on team positioning to compete one on one — winners advancing, losers sent back.
Senior Oliver Orchard was Jackson’s top performer, going 4-0 in the tournament to win the Tiger Woods “C” flight.
“It was definitely a highlight of our tournament,” Broncs coach Ryan Allen said. “Seeing Oliver, our senior captain, come out and perform well, it was great to see.”
Ridge Kling was Jackson’s next-highest finisher, placing third in the Jordan Spieth “B” flight.
All three of the girls — Jacqueline Neishabouri, Sara White and Martha Olson — went 2-2 on the day.
“I liked watching the kids in a different format,” Allen said of competing in match play. “And it just builds confidence for them to know they can hang, they can compete.”
There’s a quick turnaround for the Broncs before they’re right back into standard stroke play. They are hosting their home tournament beginning today. Teams from around the state tee off from Shooting Star today and finish at Snake River Sporting Club on Thursday.
Both days begin at 11 a.m.
“The kids are pumped to play our home tournament, and we’re excited to be hosting four other teams,” Allen said. “When I took this job it was a goal of mine” to bring a home tournament back to Jackson.
Diver qualifies for state
Junior diver Olivia Roberts clipped the state qualifying mark at the Green River Invite on Saturday, scoring 175.10 points for third place at the 10-team meet.
Meanwhile, senior Kahlan Wilson added more events to her growing list of state qualifying marks. In the team’s dual with Sublette in Pinedale on Friday, Wilson took the 200 freestyle in 2:13.92 to hit the mark. She returned Saturday, placing fourth in the 500 freestyle in 6:09.40 to clip the mark in that event as well.
As a team Jackson dropped the dual in Pinedale, 99-81, and placed sixth at the Green River Invite.
“Invites always have a different atmosphere because there are more athletes and competition,” head coach Colleen Rossetti said. “I was very proud with how well the girls represented themselves, the team and Jackson.”
The Broncs are back in action Friday in Cody.
Boys tennis blanks Natrona
The Jackson boys tennis team went 1-1 last week, sweeping Natrona, 5-0, and falling to Kelly Walsh, 5-0.
In the win over Natrona, Jackson got three clean sweeps in the match. Steven Ashurst won at second singles, 6-0, 6-0. George Gervais and Campbell Gervais won at first doubles, 6-0,6-0 and the second doubles side of Oliver Jost and Elliot Sanchez won, 6-0, 6-0.
Jackson Santomauro won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to lead the way.
On the girls side Jackson fell 5-0 to Kelly Walsh. The results of the contest with Natrona were not available by press time.