Jackson Hole High School’s track and field team claimed a number of individual and team champion placements at the Wyoming State Championship track meet over the weekend.
Coach Bill Wiley said the state titles were especially exciting for the team, as last year’s state meet was canceled at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Missing the state track meet last year certainly made us ... getting off the bus, grateful that we were even there. But then to see the performances of the kids was pretty amazing.”
Kate Brigham won first place in two individual events with a time of 2:14.18 in the girls 800-meter run, and 5:01.84 in the girls 1,600-meter. Both mere seconds away from the state records.
Parker Smith took sixth place in the girls 800 with a time of 5:26.35.
Mason Wheeler took second place in the boys 3,200-meter run in 9:53.22, and placed third in the boys 1600 in 4:36.78.
Brandon Brazil was fourth in the boys 800-meter with a time of 2:01.23.
Jackson’s 1,600 sprint medley relay team of Kate Brigham, Rebecca Griebel, Parker Smith and Carey Ritter took first at the state meet in an impressive 4:11.53, while the girls 3,200-meter relay team of Jacie Chatham, Kate Brigham, Zaidee Smith and Parker Smith finished in first place against nine other teams with a time of 9:57.87.
Jackson’s boys 3,200-meter relay squad of Ben Williams, Mason Wheeler, Roman Goralski and Brandon Brazil took first place with a time of 8:13.46. All four runners were part of the Broncs cross-country team that secured the team a state championship back in the fall, and this win meant a final state title for Senior Ben Williams.
Wiley was proud of the team: “Our girls from medley got the state record as well as the best time of the meet and were state champs, then we had a sweep of the boys and girls 4-by-800 meter, which was incredible.”
Finally competing in a state championship event again after more than a year was an emotional experience for everyone
“It was your typical state track meet in Wyoming, where one day was beautiful, one day was awful and one day was in between,” Wiley said. “You could just tell that everybody at the event was just absolutely beyond words, happy to be there. It was pretty impressive.”
After the weekend’s successes, Wiley had a positive outlook on the future of the team.
“The future is very, very bright for Jackson Hole Lady Broncs,” he said. “They can rock track and field, and the kids that will be seniors next year are big in numbers, huge in talent and good kids. And you know our sophomore and freshman classes produced pretty well as well.”