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Natrona County dominates 4A West track and field regionals

Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 11:52 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - While Kelly Walsh hosted the 4A East track and field regionals in Casper this past weekend, crosstown rivals Natrona County participated in the 4A West track and field regionals in Riverton.

Along with hosts Riverton, Jackson, Green River, Rock Springs, Star Valley, Evanston, and Cody joined Natrona County in the regional.

The meet wrapped up on Saturday, and individual athletes needed to place in the top eight and relay teams in the top four to qualify for the state championships in Casper this upcoming weekend.

Natrona County found plenty of success in Riverton, and some of its individual athletes really shined.

In particular, senior Robert Douglas won all four events he entered over the weekend. He was the fastest man in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.43 seconds, and he did not slow down for the 110 or 300-meter hurdles either.

He won both of the hurdles in 15.07 seconds and 38.85 seconds, and he was a part of the boys 4x100 first-place relay team. In addition to Douglas, Bridger Anderson, Mason Weickum and Avery Cox helped push the team across the finish line first.

Douglas’ teammate Nolan Valdez was not messing around either. Valdez took home first place in the boys 400 meter with a time of 51.05 and won the triple jump with a 43-04.25.

Valdez also came in second in the boys long jump.

Valdez and Douglas were not alone in their impressive performances. Several Natrona County girls found themselves atop the podium in multiple events.

Senior Breonna Beckley won the long jump with a 17-01 and the triple jump with a 36-04.75. Natrona County girls took the top four spots in the triple jump.

Junior Delilah Baedke won the girls 3200 meter with NC senior Caitlyn Daniels not far behind her in second place. The two combined to help win NC the girls 4x800 with Reagan Lake and Kiana Hiser.

Junior Alesha Lane also had a nice day. She finished first in the girls shot put and second in discus.

As a team, Natrona County didn’t even let it get close on either the boys or girls side. The girls finished first with 174.50 points with Star Valley in second at 116 points.

The boys finished with 194 points while Evanston lagged behind in second place at 128 points.

Both Natrona County teams and its individuals will look to build on the momentum from the regionals at the state championships this weekend back home in Casper.

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