WHEATLAND – Torrington Trailblazer William Fluckiger took second in boys race Friday at the Wheatland Invitational, while Sera Glass took third in the girls race.
Fluckiger paced the Blazers with a time of 18:02.5. Pake Haun was not far behind, finishing fourth with a time of 18:36.1. Quentin Meyer cracked into the top-10, posting a time of 19:12.5 for 10th place. Cameron Juma rounded out Torrington’s boys, finishing 16th after a time of 19:32.
Glass clocked the third-best time among the girls, less than a minute behind the top finisher, with a time of 21:21.8. Jaiden Hopkins snagged 11th after clocking a time of 22:36.4. Brittany Schalger (23:47.3) and Shelby Schainost (24:03.1) finished back-to-back, taking 19th and 20th.
Torrington also had three boys compete in the JV ranks, including another top-three finisher. Jesse Lay turned in a time of 20:01.8 to capture second. Angel Alsides (ninth) and Nick Sherbeyn (11th) also ran in the JV race, finishing with times of 22:26.7 and 23:09.6.
Bayard, Neb. Invite
Fluckiger turned in the top time for the Blazers at the Bayard Invite on Thursday, taking fifth after an 18:00 performance. Torrington then had three runners cross back-to-back-to-back, finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. Haun turned in a time of 18:52, with Jacob Polkowske (18:53) and Juma (18:58) coming in just behind him.
Meyer was the next Blazer to cross the line, finishing 17th with a time of 19:15. Tristen Kingsley and Lay rounded out the top seven for the Torrington boys, finishing 24th and 25th, respectively, with times of 20:02 and 20:05.
Alsides and Sherbeyn also competed in Bayard. Alsides took 46th with a time of 22:00 and Sherbeyn snagged 56th, clocking a time of 24:01.
The boys finished second as a team, tallying 48 team points. Bridgeport, Neb. took the top spot with 39 points, while Bayard rounded out the top-three, putting up 98 points.
Freshman Glass paced the Torrington girls in Bayard, finishing fifth with a time of 21:46. Hopkins was not far behind, turning in a time of 22:51 to finish eighth. Schlager stepped into the 17th slot (24:28), while Schainost captured 19th (24:34).
Because the race happened in Nebraska, the Torrington girls took third. Only four runners are needed for a team score in Nebraska.
The Blazers return to action Friday for the Cheyenne Invitational at the Prairie View Golf Course. The first gun is set to shoot off at 1 p.m.