Guernsey-Sunrise High School track team looking toward state

Mark DeLap
Posted 5/17/23

Vikings qualify for state

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Guernsey-Sunrise High School track team looking toward state


TORRINGTON – It was a good end of the week as far as the Guernsey-Sunrise track program went as 19 athletes qualified to participate at state.

"As coaches, we never changed our expectations for the kids:  show up every day with a good attitude and give good effort, and do what you're told,” coach Troy Reichert said. “Most of the kids bought in, and the results showed at regionals. For the girls, our goal was to get as many to state as we could and let them taste some success. I shocked some girls the day entries were due by telling them I put them in some different events, but they bought in and did extremely well.”

On the boys’ side, Caleb Christensen, heading for the track program at Chadron State College in the fall, medaled in both the shot put and the discus.

"The boys were hungry all year, and it showed in the work they put in during practice. We set an expectation of finishing top three at regionals, with a goal of second. The boys not only accomplished a runner-up finish, but almost took down Southeast for the championship in the process,” Reichert said. “With state looming, it's vital that the kids stay hungry and keep working. We didn't have a lot of first, second and third place finishes at regionals, so they're going to have to work extremely hard to get on the podium and win a medal at state. It was great seeing the boys team title come down to the final race on Saturday. We needed a third-place finish in the 4x1, and those four boys battled Hulett each lap. All four boys took control on the final 75 yards of their laps and made sure they brought home some hardware.”

Boys Team Results:

Southeast 121.5

Guernsey-Sunrise 115 (Runner-Up). 11 state qualifiers

Boys team members:  15 participants (11 of 15 scored points at regionals)

Seniors:  Caleb Christensen, Jacob Roper, Kolten Weinkauf

Juniors:  Aidan Noggle, Dom Ramirez

Sophomores:  Nathan VanNatter, Philyp Morales, Julian Rodriguez

Freshmen:  Taylor Sterner, Conner Bristow, Mason Coller, Korbin Weinkauf, Lukas Rotz, Roman Ramirez, Kaiser Edwards

Girls Team Results:

Guernsey-Sunrise 38  (5th place). 8 state qualifiers

Girls team members:  10 participants (8 of 10 participants scored points at regionals)

Juniors:  Rylie Thompson, Juliana Schiele, Berkleigh Pafford, Shelbie Bowen, Chloe Holbrook

Sophomores:  Liberty Whitebird, Lashea Dimas, Layla Noggle, Tracy Chamberlain

Freshman:  Alyssa Nyquist


Qualifying for state in 4 events:

Alyssa Nyquist (freshman):  1600m (7th), 3200m (4th), Long Jump (6th), Pole Vault (4th)

Qualifying for state in 2 events:

Rylie Thompson (junior):  4x1 (3rd), Shot (5th)

Juliana Schiele (junior):  4x1 (3rd), Pole Vault (2nd)

Qualifying for state in 1 event:

Shelbie Bowen (junior):  Pole Vault (7th)

Berkleigh Pafford (junior):  Long Jump (7th)

Chloe Holbrook (junior):  Long Jump (8th)

Libery Whitebird (sophomore):  4x1 (3rd)

Lashea Dimas (sophomore):  4x1 (3rd)



Qualifying for state in 4 events:

Kolten Weinkauf (senior):  100m (7th), 200m (8th), 400m (3rd), 4x1 (4th)

Domonic Ramirez (junior):  800m (6th), 1600m (5th), 3200m (3rd), 4x4 (3rd)

Aidan Noggle (junior):  800m (7th), 1600m (7th), 3200m (4th), 4x4 (3rd)

Nathan VanNatter (sophomore): 110H (3rd), 300H (3rd), Long Jump (6th), Triple Jump (3rd)

Taylor Sterner (freshman):  100m (5th), High Jump (8th), 4x1 (4th), 4x4 (3rd)

Qualifying for state in 3 events:

Caleb Christensen (senior):  Discus (1st), Shot (1st), 4x1 (4th)

Conner Bristow (freshman):  Long Jump (4th), 4x1 (4th), 4x4 (3rd)

Qualifying for state in 2 events:

Jacob Roper (senior):  Shot (3rd), Discus (3rd)

Philyp Morales (sophomore):  3200m (7th), 300H (5th)

Qualifying for state in 1 event:

Kaiser Edwards (freshman): 3200m (6th)

Mason Collar (freshman):  Triple Jump (8th)