Keith Bauder Discusses Putting Together State Cross Country
For the 2nd consecutive year Wyoming Indian High School hosted the Wyoming state Cross Country across all classification today and their athletic and activities director took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Duke and Dahl about how important it has been to the school to turn the competition into an event and a showcase for what the school is all about. “The big thing we want to do is showcase Wyoming Indian High School and we added a lot of our culture into it so people could see and maybe understand the school and what we really stand for”
The weekend featured a whole host of events and special attractions in honor of the state-wide competition including the head chef of the Wind River Casino showing up to prepare meals for the 500+ student pre-competition banquet that took place last night in the Wyoming Indian gymnasium. It also included a performance from dancers that Wyoming Indian brought in for the banquet, and the school performed a ceremony honoring previous state champions from the reservation all leading up to the races which took place earlier today.
The school also decided to select one student from each school and gave them a blanket ceremony honoring the student and during the ceremony it would be explained to the athletes what the ceremony really means. The blanket the athletes received would come with a patch saying “2022 State Cross Country Honoree” and would be sent home with the honored students.
Approximately 110 volunteers also came out to assist the school from the neighborhood and some surrounding towns as well, they came out to help put together the course and set up for the banquet and Bauder was very pleased with how the community has responded to the school’s involvement in hosting state, “The nice thing about it is it has really brought our community together.”
The event ended up as a huge success as well as every event was a hit with those who attended and some of the results for team state champions are listed here:
2a boys: Rocky mt./Burlington 28 points
2a girls: Saratoga 17 points
3a boys: Mountain View 71 points
3a girls: Cody 58 points
4a boys: Star Valley 50 points
4a girls: Cheyenne Central 40 points