Plainsmen Repeat as State Champs, Jonah Henry Wins Individual Title
For the second straight year, the Laramie Plainsmen are the kings of Wyoming 4A high school cross country. Led by Senior Jonah Henry's win in the 5K race, the Plainsmen captured their second consecutive team crown at the Wyoming State High School Cross Country Championships Saturday in Sheridan.
Jonah Henry won the boys 5K race by 13 seconds over Ricky Faure of Rock Springs. Henry finished with a time of 15:22.32 on the course at the Sheridan V.A. Hospital grounds.
The Plainsmen placed four runners in the top seven and their five scorers ended up in the top 19. Sophomore Chris Henry was fourth, sophomore Jacob Morgan followed in fifth, with junior Johnathon Freeman in seventh place and senior Kevin Baldwin was 19th.
As a team, Laramie finished with 36 points en route to the school's second ever and second straight team crown. Rock Springs came in second, 16 points back. Kelly Walsh, Gillette and Evanston rounded out the top five in the 4A boys team race.
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen finished second for the second straight year behind Gillette in the 4A girls team standings. The LHS girls ended up with 80 points, which was 60 behind the Lady Camels.
Gillette put runners in first, second, third, sixth and eighth. Natrona, Central and Kelly Walsh went three, four and five in the 4A girls team rankings.
For the Lady Plainsmen freshman Maria Smith-Lopez led the charge with a four place finish. Her time was 19:36.40. Freshman Hailey Schmidt was 10th, and freshman Allison McElwee came in 18th place.
This is the third straight year a team from LHS has won a 4A team championship. The Plainsmen have taken two straight in the 4A boys division, while the Lady Plainsmen won their first ever title two years ago (2011).