WHS girls sixth, boys 10th at state meet

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Posted 5/31/23

Bulldogs end season at State Meet

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WHS girls sixth, boys 10th at state meet


CASPER – The Wheatland High School track and field teams wrapped up the season last weekend at the 3A State Track and Field Championships at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

The Lady Bulldogs finished sixth with 55 points, while the boys’ team placed 10th with 28 points.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Lily Nichols and Desirae Iacovetto, who picked up the team’s only individual state championships on the weekend. Both earned multiple medals at state.

Nichols won long jump at 17 feet, while Iacovetto won the 100-meter dash in 12.43 seconds.

Iacovetto also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 26.04 seconds.

Nichols set two new school records in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 18.07 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles in 46 seconds. She finished second and third in those events, respectively.

“Lily Nichols won girls long jump on the first day of state track in the cooler temps and rain. She jumped 17 feet and sealed her spot as the 3A state champion for the event. She also earned all-state honors for girls’ long jump,” Hazen said. “Lily also ran well in the girls 300-meter hurdles. She broke her own record during prelims and again during the finals with a new record time of 46.00, almost a full second of improvement from her final regitonal time last week.”

The other highlight of the weekend went to the girls’ 4x100 relay team of Laynie Goertz, Grace Battershell, Kacey Otero and Iacovetto. They set a new school record in the race in 50.60 seconds to place fifth overall.

Tyler Bohen led the Bulldog boys with a pair of third-place finishes. He finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds and was third in the 200-meter dash in 23.30 seconds.

Ethan Jackson ended the season with an all-state honor, finishing second in pole vault, clearing 12 feet.

“I am so very proud of the group of athletes we had this year. We had huge setbacks with rough weather that plagued us all season, including one day at state track. We had multiple meets get canceled including the last meet before regionals. We had to end a few practices early this last week leading up to state due to lightning as well,” coach Matt Hazen said. “It all takes its toll on the athletes and can make it difficult to stay in the right frame of mind going into the state competitions. Despite the setbacks, we still had records get broken and some high placers at state.”

Complete state results:

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

Grace Battershell – 12th place – 17.03

Girls Long Jump

Lily Nichols – 1st place – 17’ – 00”

Grace Battershell – 15th place – 14’ – 05”

Girls 100 Meter Dash

Desirae Iacovetto – 1st place – 12.43

Laynie Goertz – 11th place – 13.30

Boys 100 Meter dash

Tyler Bohen – 3rd place – 11.33

Cole Goertz – 14th place – 11.91

Girls 200 Meter dash

Desirae Iacovetto – 2nd place – 26.04

Grace Battershell – 12th place – 27.70

Boys 200 Meter dash

Tyler Bohen – 3rd place – 23.30

Girls 400 Meter dash

Lily Nichols – 3rd – 58.75

Girls 800 Meter run

Lily Nichols – 2nd place – 2:18.07

Girls 300 Meter hurdles

Lily Nichols – 3rd place – 46.00

Boys 300 Meter hurdles

Tagg Mickelsen – 15th place – 45.85

Girls 4x100 Meter relay

Laynie Goertz, Grace Battershell, Kacey Otero, Desirae Iacovetto – 5th place – 50.60

Boys 4x100 Meter relay

Bryce Stenson, Cole Goertz, Tagg Mickelsen, Tyler Bohnen – 4th place – 44.93

Girls High Jump

Desirae Iacovetto – 7th place – 4’ – 10”

Kacey Otero – No Height

Boys High Jump

Bryce Stenson – 7th place – 5’ – 8”

Girls Pole Vault

Kacey Otero – 8th place – 8’ – 6”

Paige Fredericks – 10th place – 8’ – 0”

Mylie Benson – 12th place – 8’ – 0”

Boys Pole Vault

Ethan Jackson – 2nd place – 12’ – 0”

Clayton Dahlstedt – No Height

Wyatt Weber – No Height

Boys Long Jump

Abad Luna – 16th place – 17’ – 11”

Bryce Stenson – 18th place – 17’ – 6.25”

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

Cole Goertz, Simon May, Tagg Mickelsen, Tyler Bohnen – 7th place – 3:38.13