Junior Emmy Johnson and Senior Jason Upton attend select meets to showcase their skills and to prepare for leading their teams to a state title.

Upton and Johnson attended a track and field meet in Colorado Springs at the Air Force academy on Feb. 1-2.

“Seeing different competition and a bunch of talented athletes in a great track environment is always good,” Upton said.

“I had personal bests in the 60 and the 200 and competed very well in the long jump and the 400 so you can’t really ask for much more than that,” Upton said.

Johnson ran the 60, 200 and 400 meter dash. She got a personal best in all of her events.

“My sophomore year of track the whole track team would go to the Air Force Open and in my experience, I really enjoyed it and understood that it was a really big meet with a lot of competitors and really good competition,” Upton said.

When Laramie High School ceased to go to the Air Force High School Open in Upton’s Junior year he decided he still wanted to be part of that track meet and to compete with some of the best athletes in the surrounding states. So he has ran unattached at this event the past two years.

A select few LHS track athletes will also be competing at Simplot which will be held at Idaho State University Holt Arena Feb. 14 -16. Johnson is going to compete in the 400 meter dash. Upton is competing in long jump, triple jump, and the 200 meter dash.

“I am going to run the 400 meter dash and hope to get some big time drop because I want to run 58’s or 57’s due to college offers,” Johnson said.

“I feel like I have been drafted as one of the leaders because of the way I perform and since I am a junior so I have to be an example,” Johnson said.

The LHS boys and girls are predicted to do well at the State competition which will be held at Thunder Basin May 16 -18.

“I think the boys will finish top 3. We have been very consistent at our latest meets and could have some younger guys getting some points for us by the end of the season for the team,” Upton said.

“The girls have been doing really well since Sydney Thorvaldson from Rawlins wins all of her events and I win most of my events and we have really good jumpers and Taylor Gardner wins hurdles every time so I think we are pretty set,” Johnson said.

Upton plans to attend the University of Montana next fall for track and field and is going to compete in the multi events which include the heptathlon and decathlon.

“I would like to run in college I don’t know exactly where I would wanna go but I would have to see what colleges offer me and how visits go,” Johnson said.