LSRV track and field teams looking to repeat as champions

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Rex Stanley, a Little Snake River Valley School (Baggs, Wyo.) senior, runs the 110-meter hurdles at last year’s 1A state track and field championships in Casper, Wyo. In the Rattlers’ first meet of this season March 23 in Casper, Stanley ran a personal- and Wyoming-best time of 39.96 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles as he sets sights on an individual state title.

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LSRV (Baggs, Wyo.) track and field individual state qualifiers through April 7:

(Name — year — event)

• Kailee Adams — sophomore — discus

• Kailee Adams — sophomore — shot put

• Rex Stanley — senior — 110-meter hurdles

• Rex Stanley — senior — 300-meter hurdles

• Daniel Wille — senior — 100-meter dash

• Daniel Wille — senior — 200-meter dash

• Daniel Wille — senior — 400-meter dash

• Daniel Wille — senior — shot put

• Morgan Wille — senior — 400-meter dash

Both the Little Snake River Valley School boys and girls varsity basketball teams brought home state titles in March to Baggs, Wyo.

Neither team lost a game all season as the boys repeated as champions and the girls team got retribution for a third-place finish in 2011.

But, the celebration couldn’t last too long, as both sets of athletes had another state title to aim for.

The LSRV track and field team got under way March 23 at the Natrona Invite in Casper.

The boys won the track state title last season and have won five consecutive state titles spanning football, basketball and track since 2010.

The girls won a share of last year’s track state title, sharing the honor with Cokeville.

Head coach Mike Bates said both teams are in a good position to repeat.

“This early in the season, we are doing really well,” Bates said. “The kids came out to participate, so we have about 28 or 29 kids and they are in better shape than I thought they would be. We have been able to be outside more than last year at this time, so I think that has helped a lot.”

Both the boys and girls got an early jump on their state title hopes, qualifying for the state meet in multiple events in the first two weeks of competition.

Senior Daniel Wille qualified in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes as well as shot put, breaking the school record with a throw of 43 feet.

Fellow senior Rex Stanley qualified in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, posting the fastest time in the 300-meter hurdles of any class in Wyoming with a time of 39.96 seconds.

On the girls side, sophomore Kailee Adams qualified in shot put and discus while senior Morgan Wille qualified in the 400-meter dash.

“We gave some kids some time off after long football, volleyball and basketball seasons, so we don’t even have everyone competing,” Bates said. “We’ve got a good break with the holidays that kids can use to rest up and I think we will get about 23 kids qualified by the time the state meet comes around.”

Bates said both Daniel and Morgan would continue to improve off of solid competition — Daniel competing against junior teammate Manuel Quinteros and Morgan chasing a Rawlins runner for the best time in the state.

Stanley, however, is feeding off his own maturation as a runner and an athlete, Bates said.

“Other than just competing, we didn’t do much extra for Rex,” he said. “You can tell he has matured as he has continued to compete, and as a senior he’s competing differently than he was as a sophomore. He has taken it upon himself this season to finish strong.”

The Rattlers are off until April 13 when they compete in Rock Springs.

Bates said the state title is the boys to lose this year, and while the girls lost a few key athletes from last year, they are in a good position as well.

“The boys are definitely in the driver’s seat and we all have a good feeling about this season,” he said. “The girls lost a few good athletes, but we also got some new girls who didn’t compete last year.

“Last year they split the title and I know the girls want to win it alone this season.”

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