Broncs freshmen shine
The Jackson Hole High swim and dive team won both of its meets last weekend and also qualified two more swimmers for the 4A state meet in November.
The Broncs topped Cody 116 to 70 and Riverton 127 to 53 at the Cody Quad meet on Friday, then bested Lander Valley High in a thriller 93-92 on Saturday in Lander.
Freshmen Amaya Olivieri and Norah Wilson both qualified for state in four events. Olivieri took first place on Friday in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:20.03, the 500-yard freestyle in 5:46.17 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.30. She also qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle over the weekend by leading the Broncs’ relay team with a time of 57.26.
“This is Amaya’s first meet with the high school team and she showed that she is a force to be reckoned with,” coach Jim Jenkins said.
Wilson, also in her first meet, qualified in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.58, the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.49 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:02.39, all first-place finishes. She also qualified in the 200-yard freestyle with a third-place time of 2:11.68.
“Norah has an incredible amount of talent,” Jenkins said. “I can’t wait to see what she is going to do on the high school team.”
Other Broncs swimmers who had notable weekends included seniors Miranda Ruiz Ayala and Clara McGee and sophomore Shayla Nava Castillo, Jenkins said, all swimming in several events.
“What a great weekend we just had,” Jenkins said. “Lander is one of the top 3A teams in the state. For us to squeeze out a victory was impressive. I’m incredibly impressed with where we are at this point in the season.”
The team’s next meet is at home this weekend for the annual Jackson Invite at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Teton County Recreation Center.
Broncs run in Colorado
The Jackson Hole High cross-country teams had a successful weekend at the Liberty Bell Classic in Littleton, Colorado, on Saturday. Senior Colby Jenks took first place for the boys in their division in a personal-record time of 16:10, and sophomore Maddie Antonino took second for the girls in a time of 19:20, also a PR.
The boys finished second as a team, while the girls finished seventh. Junior Ben Murphy took fourth in 16:45. Sophomore Boomer Weisman finished 11th in 17:01, junior Axel Wogoman finished 42nd with a PR of 18:27 with sophomore Mason Lynch right on his heels in a PR time of 18:30 for 43rd. Sophomore Jack Overbay also had a PR, finishing 46th in 18:34.
Following Antonino for the girls was sophomore Abby Murphy, who had a PR with a time of 19:50, good for 11th place; freshman Kylie Fletcher, 55th with a PR of 22:12; freshman Ellie Wheeler in 57th with a PR in 22:15; and sophomore Cora Koci in 97th with a PR of 24:32.
Tennis team at regionals
The Jackson Hole High boys and girls tennis teams are playing at the 4A West Regional tournament in Powell at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The boys are favored to win and be the top seed at the state tournament Sept. 22-24 in Gillette. The girls team will be vying to advance as many players as possible to state and improve on their ninth place finish there last season.
Volleyball wins opener
The Jackson Hole High volleyball team swept its home opener on Sept. 6 against Big Piney High School, 25-12, 25-17, 25-13.
The Broncs didn’t fare as well at the Star Valley Volleyball Invitational on Friday, losing to Thunder Basin, Kemmerer and Cokeville.
Jackson’s next match is at 6 p.m. today at home.
Local equestrians fare well
Three Jackson residents placed among the top finishers at the annual American Eventing Championships in Kalispell, Montana, that ended Sept. 4 after six days of competition.
Mary Beth Hansen, 49, and her horse Zip Wyatt took fifth place in the Novice division.
Avery Calder, 14, and her horse Lismore finished 10th in the Beginner Novice junior division.
Coco Ramkowsky, 15, and her horse Parque Reparte finished 20th in the Festival Training division.
More than 500 riders and their horses competed in the championships of the English-style equestrian competition where horse-and-rider compete in the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
Old Bill’s top finishers
Jackson’s Seth Rutt, 35, of Jackson, was the overall 10-kilometer winner at Saturday’s Old Bill’s Fun Run, crossing the line in a time of 35:58.0. Samantha Diaz, 30, of Jackson, finished second and was the overall women’s winner in 38:19.2
Other top finishers in the 10K were Abbott Gilbane, 32, of Victor, Idaho, in 39:19.4; Michael Evans, 50, of Jackson, in 40:39.4; and Mike DiPrisco, 39, of Jackson, in 40:59.8
Seth Mulherin, 25, of Jackson, won the 5-kilometer race in 16:55.8, followed by Grant Cameron, 27, of Jackson, in 18:06.3; Dustin Sandbak, 30, of Jackson, in 18:11.10; David Bergart, 43, of Victor, in 18:44.00; and Esteban Barrios, 46, of Jackson, in 19:33.9.