From left, Bridger Anderson, Brett Gifford, Kevin Hoff, Kaiden Lee, James Munari and Coach Bob Cogdill at Monday night's Natrona County School District Board of Trustees meeting. They represented the Natrona County High School Boys Track Team, which clinched the State 4A Championship in both indoor and outdoor track. (Stew Dyer, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County High School’s Boys Track Team was celebrated at the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, following its outstanding achievement in clinching both indoor and outdoor state championships for the 2022–23 school year.

First-year head coach Bob Cogdill expressed immense pride in his team’s stellar performance. “We did win both the indoor and the outdoor state championship for both seasons,” Cogdill said. “It’s an incredible accomplishment and speaks to the hard work these boys have put in.”

He highlighted the performance of the students that were there to represent the team:

  • Kaiden Lee, a rising senior, shone at the state tournament, placing second in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump. He had been a state champion during the indoor season.
  • Kavin Hoff, currently a junior, broke records by clearing 15 feet, 3 inches in pole vault, securing the school’s pole vault record and the Wyoming sophomore-level pole vault record. “The sky’s the limit for him,” Cogdill remarked.
  • Bridger Anderson contributed significantly by participating in the state championship relay (four by one) and taking fifth place in the long jump. He also ran in the hurdles, securing placements in the 100-meter hurdles and the 900-meter dash.
  • Brett Gifford, another senior, sprinted his way to victory on the state championship four by one team and competed in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.
  • Jameson Munari also made headlines as a state champion in the four-by-eight relay, both in the indoor and outdoor seasons, and now holds a school record alongside some of last year’s graduates.

With many returning juniors and seniors, Coach Cogdill is confident about the upcoming season. “We’ve got a target on our back this season, but I think we’re putting in the work to follow in our own footsteps,” he stated.

The board concluded the recognition by thanking Coach Cogdill and congratulating the team. “Thank you for joining us, and thanks for letting us have the opportunity to recognize these boys for all their hard work,” board chair Ray Catellier said.

The achievements of the Natrona County High School Boys Track Team have set a high bar, and the Casper community looks forward to cheering them on in the next season.