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
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
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
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.”