EVANSTON — It was 28 years in the making, but the Mountain View Buffalos boys’ track and field team claimed their first state championship during the WHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Casper, May 16-18. The Buffs won the Class 3A track and field state crown, perhaps exacting some revenge on runner-up Buffalo, who defeated the Buffs for the 2A state football title last fall. Mountain View scored 129 points en route to the title, besting the Buffalo Bison (102) by 27 points. Then came Powell (98); Lander Valley (79); Lovell (76); Douglas (43.5); Torrington (41); Rawlins (33); Burns (31); Wheatland (17.5); Pinedale (14); Lyman (12); Thermopolis (9); Worland (8); Newcastle (5) and Big Piney (4).
State title performances were turned in by Briggin Bluemel in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32 in shorter race, and 40.79 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.
Travis Harmon came in second in the 1600-meter run, clocking 4:40.07.
The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Ashton Schofield, Bluemel, Tanner Collins and Kimball Madsen placed first, notching a 44.55 time in the finals.
The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Bluemel, Hunter Gross, Trenton Wells and Sam Porter was the state runner-up in Class 3A, with a time of 3:33.37.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team placed third, clocking 8:31.47, in the finals. The team was comprised of Tanner Erickson, Wells, Harmon and Justin Hamblin.
Freshman Conner Micheli cleared 15 feet, two inches, to capture the pole vault title and the “Best of the Best” in the event among all classifications, 1A-4A, at the state championship meet.
Mason Ozuna placed second in both the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 21 feet, 11 inches and a little over 44 feet, respectively.
Colby Rees placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 46 feet and Madsen placed sixth with a 45 feet, 10.5 inch toss. Madsen also placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 150 feet, three inches.
In addition, the Mountain View Lady Buffs placed seventh among the 15 teams, paced by a state title in the 4 x 400-meter relay race, with a time of 4:16.36, for the team of Haylee Hereford, Lyndee Hereford, Kenzy Kellum and Jaynee Hunt.
The Lyman Lady Eagles were fourth as a team, scoring 64 points, led by McKinley Bradshaw’s state championship title defenses in the high jump at five feet, two inches, and discus, with a toss of 129 feet, 10 inches. Bradshaw also placed second in the shot put (39 feet, eight inches) and in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.17 seconds. The Herald will feature a follow-up story after visiting with MVHS track head coach Joel Giorgis.