Runners head to state; Davidson earns all-conference honors

Burlington senior Nate Davidson won all-conference honors with a seventh-place finish at the 2A West Regional cross-country meet in Thermopolis last Friday.

Rocky Mountain-Burlington (RM-B) Coach John Bernhisel said the weather was almost perfect in Thermopolis.

Casey Banks and his teammates will compete at the State Cross Country Meet in Sheridan Saturday. The 2A boys run at 11:30 a.m David Peck photo
Casey Banks and his teammates will compete at the State Cross Country Meet in Sheridan Saturday. The 2A boys run at 11:30 a.m
David Peck photo

“I was pleased with the performance of all my runners,” Bernhisel said. “The Thermopolis course is quite a test: two massive hills about a mile apart. It eats up runners. My goal for our runners up the hills was to maintain position, recover at the top and then try to pass down the hills. It seemed to work.”

As for team results, Bernhisel said the Lovell and Wyoming Indian teams “are so strong and deep. With freshmen and sophomores accounting for more than half my boys team, it is difficult to compete for the team title.”

Wyoming Indian won the boys title with 17 points followed by Lovell with 31 and RM-B with 45 points.

Davidson, the Grizzlies’ top runner, “ran so strongly. To receive all-conference honors in such a deep field is excellent. He kept moving up, seemed to get stronger toward the end of the race.”

Davidson ran a time of 18:58.81.

Dominic Twomey followed in 13th place with a time of 20:30, and Bernhisel noted, “Another exceptional effort this week was Dominic Twomey. He is only a sophomore and, yet, is showing race strategy and will that you would only expect from older runners.”

Casey Banks was 14th at 20:43, Payton Thomas 15th at 20:55, Jake Loyning 19th at 21:21, Jared Tolman 21st at 21:59 and Zack Milbrad 26th at 24:47. There were 29 runners.

In the girls race, the Lady Chiefs won the title with 23 points, followed by Thermopolis with 32, Lovell in third with 39 points and RM-B in fourth with 63 points.

Burlington’s Zariah Tolman was the Lady Grizzlies’ top runner, finishing in 15th place with a time of 26:21.69. Denice Escalante placed 17th at 26:53.45, Kelly Vezain 19th at 27:19.02 and Cassy Vezain 22nd at 27:56.98.

Next up for the runners is the state meet in Sheridan. Bernhisel said, “The meet this week in Sheridan is a better fit for our team. There are fewer steep hills and more long gradual slopes, more like our home course. I think my seven boys and four girls are in great shape and I’m excited to see how they perform in the state meet.”

The meet starts at 10:30 a.m. with the 4A boys, followed by the 3A boys. The 2A boys race is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The 4A and 3A girls will be next and the 2A girls race will be the final race of the day at 1:20 p.m.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

by Karla Pomeroy