Twomey, Banks top 10 at state cross country

It was a grand way for a pair of Rocky Mountain Grizzlies to finish the cross country season Saturday as Dominic Twomey and Casey Banks earned all-state status with top-10 finishes at the state cross country meet on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Sheridan.

Rocky senior Denice Escalante competes during the state cross country meet Saturday in Sheridan. Escalante placed 31st in her final race.
Rocky senior Denice Escalante competes during the state cross country meet Saturday in Sheridan. Escalante placed 31st in her final race.

It was a picture perfect day Saturday, and both Rocky runners ran strong throughout the race. Twomey, a sophomore, placed sixth with a time of 18:25.82, just five seconds behind Natuin Trosper of Wyoming Indian, and Banks closed out his senior season with a ninth-place finish, covering the course in 18:39.23, two seconds behind Cory LameBear of WIHS but beating Hudson Roling of Thermopolis down the stretch.

Freshman Scott Banks showed promise with a 31st-place performance, recording a time of 21:11.39 and right behind him was sophomore Zach Milbrad in 32nd place at 21:17.64.

Junior Josh McCracken finished 36th at 21:31.38, junior Seth Fuller 38th at 21:46.56 and sophomore Trevan Lytle 48th at 23:31.25.

As a team, the Grizzlies placed a solid fourth place behind Wyoming Indian, Saratoga and Wright and ahead of Lyman, Pine Bluffs/Burns and Tongue River.

In the girls race Burlington sophomore Pacee Garza placed 24th with a time of 24:10.52, a strong sign for the future. Burlington junior Zariah Tolman finished 29th at 24:58.86, and Rocky senior Denice Escalante wrapped up her career with a 31st-place finish in 26:52.16.

David Peck