The Laramie High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams had a disappointing finish at the state competition on Saturday, October 27th in Sheridan. Finishing third and fourth in the state respectively, both teams fell short of lofty expectations following previous success.

The boys team has won the last five state championships but this year they ended up placing third behind first place, Evanston and second place, Central.

The girls finished behind first  place Natrona, second place Central, and third place Evanston, earning fourth place.

Laramie Senior Derk Lyford finished sixth in the boys race, with junior Mason Swingholm finishing eleventh and senior Jordan Tangeman finishing fourteenth.

“No one performed as we expected, and unfortunately, that happens sometimes.” Tangeman said.

Junior Abigail Whitman finished fourth in the girls race, with Junior Emmy Johnson finishing in sixth place.

“We do our best to stay prepared by staying hydrated, eating well, and getting sufficient rest, but it comes down to what happens during the race. We just didn’t have it going for us on Saturday.” Tangeman said.

Despite the disappointing finish at state, Laramie’s teams still have a lot to look forward to. With just four Varsity seniors between the two teams, Laramie has a strong, young core. Graduating seniors include Derk Lyford, Carter Sell, Jordan Tangeman, and Allison Dodds. Senior Derk Lyford is confident that Laramie will bounce back.

“I think we have one of the best programs in the state, so the future is bright,” Lyford said.

Junior Mason Swingholm will return next year for the boys, while Juniors Abigail Whitman and Emmy Johnson will return for the girls team next year.

The boys will also welcome the return of three varsity underclassmen.

“Laramie consistently places well at state, if not winning it, and we have plenty of talent coming into the program.” Lyford said.

In addition to a strong young core, Lyford believes that Laramie has another advantage.

“Personally, I think we have the best coaches in the state, and that gives us a major edge over other teams.” Lyford said.

Laramie runners will now move into the indoor track season in January as the cross country season draws to a close.