JHHS Cross Country Meet

Runners from the Jackson Hole High School boys varsity cross country team take off during Saturday’s cross country meet at Jackson Hole High School.

With a regular season of cross-country races behind them, the Jackson Broncs took to Laramie on Friday for the 4A West regional championships.

On the girls side, a season of unbeaten team performances continued, with the Broncs taking the conference title with 41 points against Natrona’s 48.

And for the boys, despite a 1-2 finish from the top Broncs pair, it was Evanston claiming victory, 46 points against Jackson’s 57.

Kate Brigham led the way for the Broncs girls, finishing fourth in 19 minutes, 36.31 seconds. Parker Smith followed in 19:49.19 for fifth place. Sarah Tallerico finished ninth in 20:24.88, Zaidee Smith was 11th in 20:36.9 and Jacie Chatham rounded out the Jackson scorers in 12th in 20:50.79.

Natrona’s Delilah Baedke secured the individual title in 19:17.

For the boys, usual No. 2 Mason Wheeler caught teammate Ben Williams just before the tape, taking the conference championship in 16:30.51. Williams finished second in 16:31.55.

After those two, Jackson’s remaining scorers cruised through the course to finish in successive positions. Brandon Brazil was 17th in 17:53.18, Roman Goralski was 18th in 17:53.79 and Alex Klomparens finished 19th in 17:54.43.

Evanston’s top runner finished third, but its middle scorers were able to upend Jackson’s trailing pack. Evanston secured eighth, ninth, 10th and 16th to lay claim to the regional team title.

Both Jackson teams will close out their seasons next week at the 4A state championship race in Casper. The girls will be looking to complete their unbeaten season, while the boys will be seeking a measure of redemption. Both squads finished third at state a year ago.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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