CASPER - The Wheatland Bulldogs started up their 2017 Spring Season in Casper over the weekend, heading to the Natrona Invite on Saturday.
Wheatland Junior Rachel Battershell led the girls in event scoring, with a first place in the Girls’ 200 meter dash, taking the event with a time of 26.65 in the finals. Battershell also took first in the 400 meter dash, with a final time of 1:01.68. In the 100 meter hurdles, she took second place, with 16.42 for her final time.
Lexi Hernandez took first in the girls’ long jump, with 16-08.75 for her final jump. In the girls’ high jump, she took third, with 4-10.00 in the final.
In the 800 meter run, freshman Jodie Stevenson took tenth place, with 2:58.55.
In the girls’ 4X100, Wheatland took fifth place, with Lexi Hernandez, Haylee Kenison, Hollie Kenison, and Natalie Iacovetto making up the team and taking a time of 56.58.
As a team, the girls took 51 points to take fourth overall.
For the boys, Roman Smith took a second place in the 200 meter dash, with a time of 23.24 in the final.
Dylan Pearson took second in the high jump event, with a 6-02.00 for his final jump.
The boys also did well in the 4x800 relay, with Trig Peasley, Kobey Preuit, Ryan Pollock, and Zac Gunter making up the team, with a 10:20.38 time.
The boys took eighth overall, with a score of 27.50.
Track Coach Tera Kostelecky said that the 2017 season for Wheatland High School will be an exciting one. The program for the year will focus on team unity, and leadership within each event for the team members.
Additionally, Wheatland’s nearly-60- student team has participants in almost every event at track meets, including 3 boys’ 4x800 relay teams.
Kostelecky said that the new techniques being practiced by the team in practice are getting great results in time and distance improvements, and the team expects to continue to gain momentum as the season continues.
Wheatland hosts its own Invite on Saturday, at the Wheatland Track. The event begins at 10 a.m.