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September 12, 2013 7:50 am

Powell girls kick it into gear at Sheridan

Written by Tom Lawrence

Bailey Sanders picked up the pace in the Powell High School cross country teams’ second meet of the year Saturday in Sheridan.

Sanders, a junior, finished 30th in the Michelle Ludwig Invite, sponsored by Sheridan High School. Her time was 22:30.47.

“She improved by a half minute from last week,” said coach Cliff Boos. “That was very impressive.”

The other Panther runners came in close to one another. Freshman Teo Faulkner was 64th at 24:32. Senior Sierra Morrow finished 81st at 26:34.16. Freshman Kiley Cannon finished 84th at 26:00.16, while senior Carly Klein claimed 90th at 27 minutes flat and freshman Monse Morales was 94th at 27:26.47.

“Some of our girls are still nursing injuries,” Boos said.

The Panther girls were 11th overall with 301 points, but third between Cody and Jackson Hole amongst 3A schools. Campbell County, which recorded 46 points, won the meet, with Cody second with 60.

The PHS boys finished 14th overall with 337 points, sixth among 3A schools. Rock Springs High School, led by stars Ricky Faure and Asher Catterall, who finished first and second, won the meet with 30 points.

PHS senior Zander Andreason claimed 43rd place at 18:47.78 to be Powell’s top finisher.

“I was so impressed with Zander,” Boos said. “He really came out and had a good race and a had a real good time of it.”

Fellow seniors Matt Abraham finished in 64th place at 19:24.20 while Grant Nickles took 81st at 19:51.50.

Sophomore Tyson Wages also made a “nice improvement,” according to Boos. Wages finished 82nd at 19:52.16.

Senior Quin Wetzel was 101st at 20:52.95 while sophomore Robert Burke was 115th in 23:14.66. Freshman Matthew Waite, who was 113th at 22:24.33, improved rather well, Boos said. Junior Michael Steiner was 116th in 23:55.92 and sophomore Alex Aguirre was 117th at 24:07.

Ben Wetzel, who is dealing with a leg issue, was unable to run and is swimming to try to loosen his legs up to run again, Boos said.

The team has more than two weeks between meets, with its next competition set for Monday, Sept. 23, at the Lovell Golf Course. Boos said they will use the time to get in better condition.

The runners started by taking on a steep hill by Powell Municipal Airport, he said, which serves as a “great conditioner” for the athletes.

“It’s a fun adventure. We always look forward to it,” Boos said. “And we have popsicles when they get down to the bottom.”

For complete Sheridan meet results, go to http://wy.milesplit.com/meets/150214/results/257694

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