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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Lady Bobcat breaks 32-year-old record at Worland Invite

Ward places first, Holiday second; Swalstad finishes fourth for Warriors


September 23, 2016


Jules Ward heads toward the finish line to break a 32-year-old Worland Invite course record Thursday afternoon.

WORLAND - Thursday night at the Green Hills Golf Course Thermopolis Lady Bobcat Jules Ward broke a Worland Invite course record set in 1982 by Worland's Francine Faure.

Along with winning the Worland Invite, Ward ran an 18:12.39 beating the original time of 18:31 set by Faure 32 years ago. To make the historic occasion even more unique Faure's niece is Ward's coach, Brenna Abel.

"It was my aunt's record," said coach Abel, "it was really exciting for her. This was also her first official 5K under 19 minutes, so overall it was a great day for Jules."

For Ward's teammates they too also set impressive marks to build on. McKenna Bomengen finished sixth, while Tahja Hunt was 10th. "McKenna (Boomengen) and Tahja (Hunt) ran personal records, senior Stacy Lewis set a personal course PR and Liz Rhodes posted her fastest time since a sophomore at state. And our solo boy Sean Miller ran great as well and I was really excited for him," said coach Abel.

"The kids have been working really hard and we're in the peak training portion of the season. Our freshmen are pushing our upperclassmen and they've been abig asset to our team. They're helping Stacy and Liz while also giving Jules someone to run with," said coach Abel.

Host Worland also had great day out at the Green Hills Golf Course. For the Lady Warriors Kelli Holiday finished second and teammate Brooke Seidel was 13th, while Jadon Swalstad was fourth and Porter Harman was sixth for the Warriors.

WHS cross-country coach Tanya Kienlen was thrilled with her team's performance. "We had a lot of PRs which is super exciting and to get these results midseason is a confidence builder for us as we head into the final portion of the season," said coach Kienlen. "It was also great to have Doug Reachard there today to start the races and to see how strong the program is and continues to be."

"Jadon (Swalstad) a good race and Porter Harman continues to set personal records. Kelli (Holiday) had a great PR finishing second overall and had a strong race. Overall our girl runners three through six have begun to step it up and narrow the gap," said coach Kienlen.

Both coach Kienlen and coach Abel talked about the great weather on the course yesterday and how fun it was to run in the Reachard Race, where the coaches were the runners and the runners were now the coaches.

"It was fun and of course the kids loved giving me the same advice I give them," said coach Kienlen.

"It went pretty well," said coach Abel, "It's always fun to have the kids throw your same coaching tips right back at you."

Full results for the Worland Invite will be in Saturday's edition.


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