By Cynthia Shroyer
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Great deal of talent on Lady Broncs track team


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Shana Wilcoxson soars above onlookers and the bar last season for the Burns Lady Bronc track team. Wilcoxson will reprise her role on the team in hopes of lifting them to state championship form.

Brooks Hoffman is in his seventh year coaching the Burns Lady Broncs track team. With a first place conference placing last year and taking second at state, he encouraged all observers to “look for a talented group of seniors to perform well” this season.

“I am very excited about the team this year,” Hoffman said. “There is a great deal of talent and I think that we have an amazing opportunity to capitalize off of last year and continue to compete well.”

Returning to the field is Shana Wilcoxson. The senior spent the winter participating in indoor track at Cheyenne. Keeping her skills sharp should maintain her top spot at state. Last year she placed first in the triple jump, long jump and pole vault and tied for second in the high jump.

“We had a large number of personal records at the end of last season and I feel that we will have the same opportunity this year,” Hoffman said. “We have a team that has a number of strengths in all areas of competition. That should make for a well-rounded team performance. The large number of returning upperclassmen is a great situation to be in. They compete well and push themselves to reach lofty goals.”

Those other upperclassmen Hoffman speaks of includes nine state qualifiers in addition to Wilcoxson. Senior Megan Smith tied for third in pole vault, was on the third place 4x100 team, was 10th in the 200 meter and second in the 100 meter. Classmate Jessica Phillippe ran a leg on the fourth place 4x800 team, was fifth in the 3200 and 1600 meter runs, and ninth in the 800 m. Maddie Cowles is another senior team leader, having run on the third place 4x100 team, placed 11th in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 100H. Junior Rylee Anderson was also on the 4x800 team at state, and placed 15th in the 800 M.

Five sophomores round out the state performers returning to the team. Mardi O’Neal ran on the 4x100 team, took 13th in the 200M and 16th in the 100M. Mckenzie Ward competed on the 4x800 team and was 14th in the 800M. Alex McCart was fifth in the high jump and 13th in the 300H. Ashley Turner was on the 4x100 team and placed sixth in the 200M, and Mckayla Ward ran for 13th in the 100H and 14th in the 300H.

Other returning letter winners are junior Chelsa Engel who competes in the shot and discus, Jasmine McCart (Soph.) in the sprints and middle distance run, Holbey Oakley (Soph.) running distance races, and classmate Tamara McCart, who runs middle and distance races.

Hoffman lists that experience as their team strength.

“That should help our younger girls to pick up some points in areas that we were not as strong in last year,” he said. “The upperclassmen have experienced close meets and events. I look to those previous situations to help make this a great year.”

The team’s goal is to “capitalize off of last year’s top performances and compete for the state title,” Hoffman said. “It will be difficult, there are some solid teams, but I feel that our girls can compete with anyone.”

The team begins the season Thursday, March 28 with the Bayard C&D meet.


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