Jones makes All-State in cross-country

Jeff Brazil photo Muriel Jones, No. 242, starts the 5-kilometer race at State Cross Country Championships with her Jackson teammates in Afton.

Snow covered the hills above the

golf course where the top harriers raced at the

Wyoming State Cross Country Championships

in Afton on Saturday, Oct. 26. Add temperatures

in the high 20s, snow flurries and wind to

the mix – not exactly ideal racing conditions.

The foul weather did not stop the Jackson

cross-country team, including Big Piney junior

Muriel Jones, from performing well. The girls’

team placed third overall in the 4A competition,

behind Natrona County High School and

Cheyenne Central.

Jones made the 2019 All-State roster with

a fifth-place finish on the 5-kilometer course,

clocking in at 19 minutes, 53.46 seconds.

“The girls’ team on the start-line seemed to

be ignoring (the bad weather),” said Jackson

Head Cross-Country Coach Jeff Brazil. “They

were focused on their race plans and the effort

ahead. Like the boys, they positioned themselves

well off the start and into the first mile.”

Jones, who placed second at last week’s

regional meet, fought hard to stay up with the

top-ranked runner from Laramie, Abigail Whitman.

The two were nearly shoulder to shoulder

for the first 2 miles, Brazil said. At the 800-

meter uphill portion of the final mile, Whitman

surged ahead of the pack.

“Whitman responded with a crushing move

and had now built a big lead,” he added. “Muriel

is a fighter, though, and she was doing her

best to hold on to second as she worked through

the hills.”

Several runners from Casper and Cheyenne

also edged up by just a few seconds at the end.

Jones finished the race less than a second behind

the fourth-place runner from Cheyenne.

Kursty Day photo

Members of the Sublette County girls’ swim team that competed at the 3A

Conference Championships in Riverton on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 are pictured,

in front, from left, Rhonda Auradou, Lilly Joseph, Morgan Grossman, Madelynn

Deeds, Emily Fox, Rachael Essington, Rayne Wheeler, Sierra Hattan

and Mia Buchanan; back row, from left, Caterina Lione, Emma Rogers, Adalyn

Bennett, Natalie Hunt, Paige Nielson, Jennifer Wheeler, Rosie Corlett and

Autumn Wright.

Girls’ swim team wins 4th at conference

The spread between the second-place racer

from Casper and Jones was less than 12 seconds.

“At the finishing straightaway, Muriel was

gritting out a tough race,” said Brazil. “She

learned a lot about racing and herself in this

one and as always can finish proudly knowing

she put everything she had into the race. A firstyear

cross-country runner and fifth in 4A state

is really awesome.”

The season is not quite over for Jackson’s

top varsity runners. Jones will have another

chance to beat her personal record at the Nike

Cross Regionals on Nov. 16 in Boise, Idaho.

After a brief break on Monday, the runners will

be back at practice, said Coach Brazil.

“Now we have three weeks to get excited

for the fun in Boise.”


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