For the first time in school history, Jackson boasts a pair of cross-country state champions.
The Lady Broncs dominated Saturday’s 3A state meet in Sheridan with a 48-point win over runner-up Cody, and the Broncs boys got revenge on 3A West champ Star Valley with a 12-point win over their rivals.
One week after Star Valley beat Jackson by less than one second to take the 3A West conference title, the Broncs boys saw all five of their point-scorers finish in the top 16 to beat the six-time defending state champion Braves. Star Valley edged out Jackson at the conference meet after the teams tied for first place at 53 points. The Braves took the tiebreaker because their sixth runner beat Jackson’s sixth by 0.78 seconds.
“It really does not get much closer than that,” Jackson coach Jeff Brazil said after losing the conference meet. “I have been coaching over 20 years and have never seen a race that close.”
On Saturday, Jackson had four runners break the 17-minute mark to help the Broncs end Star Valley’s dominant 3A reign.
Senior Mac Staryk (16:00) placed second, six seconds ahead of teammate Wyatt Sullivan (16:06) in third. Star Valley had the first-, fourth- and ninth-place runners Saturday, but Jackson nearly had four runners in the top 10 to counter Star Valley’s talent at the top.
Jackson sophomore Ben Williams placed 10th with a time of 16:42, and freshman teammate Mason Wheeler (16:50) finished 11th to give Jackson the lead over the Braves. The next Brave crossed the finish line in 15th and right behind him was Jackson’s Kade Hatten (17:26) in 16th to secure the Broncs’ first state title since 2011.
Staryk, Sullivan and Williams earned All-State honors for their finishes. The championship was Jackson’s fifth in school history.
The Lady Broncs won their sixth state title Saturday in dominant fashion. Jackson finished with 45 points, 48 ahead of runner-up Cody (93).
Jackson had four All-State selections as sophomore Parker Smith (19:33), senior Rosalie Daval (19:43), freshman Kate Brigham (19:53) and senior Andie Cornish (20:00) all placed in the top 10. Smith led the Broncs in fourth. Daval placed sixth, Brigham finished eighth and Cornish earned her third All-State selection with a 10th-place result. Jackson freshman Jacie Chatham (20:32) was Jackson’s fifth and final point scorer. She placed 17th in the 103-runner field.
The Lady broncs continued an era of dominance, making this their fourth state title in the past five years.
See Wednesday’s Jackson Hole News&Guide for more coverage of the Broncs’ cross-country state titles.