Ann Wingeleth sports her medals at the Region 11 meet for the USATF last weekend in Boise, Idaho. COURTESY PHOTOS/Lori Wingeleth

Drive and determination has propelled a 14-year-old Lyman girl to the front of the pack in the nation when it comes to the long jump, triple jump and high jump.

Coming off of a winning meet and setting two records at the USA Track and Field regionals last weekend at Nazarene University in Boise, Idaho, Wingeleth is heading to nationals in Wichita, Kan. on July 28-31.

A slip of a girl, with long legs, Wingeleth has propelled herself to the front of the competition. Originally competing in track in the fourth grade at Lyman during the school's field day, the competition stroked Wingeleth's desire to compete. She competed in the sixth grade and then three Wyoming meets during her seventh grade year. Then, during the last school year, Wingeleth set records at Lyman Intermediate School.

Wingeleth said she loves to run, was very competitive and just want to be my best.

She competed at the Best of the Best in Lander earlier this year. She holds the record in the long jump, 15-5.; triple jump, 33-11.75; and the 100M dash, 13.06. She also helped set the LIS 4x100M relay record as a seventh grader in 2010 in a meet against eighth graders at a meet in Mountain View.

Stoking Wingeleth's desire for more competition, her mother, Lori, contacted the University of Utah track coach for information on how to get her daughter into more competitions as she hadn't been able to find much access to more competition in this area. The coach referred the Wingeleths to the Central City Cheetahs in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In order to be able to compete in track with the Cheetahs, Wingeleth needed a waiver as there are teams in Riverton, Cheyenne and Casper. The proximity of the Cheetahs made the team more enticing, and with a waiver, Wingeleth is now a Cheetah. She competes in the youth girls division, which is for 13 and 14 year olds.

This is the second year she has competed in the USATF meets as a Cheetah. Limited to three events plus one relay, Wingeleth has focused on the jumping events. However, according to her mother, if one of the jumping events is not at a meet, then her daughter will compete in one of the running events.

At the Region 11 meet last weekend, Wingeleth was the number one seed going into the meet. She now holds the USATF records for the state of Utah with a 5-1 in the high jump and a 35-11.75 in the triple jump. She broke the record for the triple jump by six feet, according to her mother. While at the regional meet, Wingeleth also took first place in the long jump and was a member of the first place 4x100M relay team.

In order to train with the Cheetahs, Wingeleth spends the week in Salt Lake City then returns home for the weekend. She spends approximately two and a half hours a day training, three to four days a week to stay in shape.

Wingeleth moves into Lyman High School in the fall. She plans on continuing her track career as a freshman for the LHS team. Her plans. To compete my hardest against everyone. I want to go to state and place.(Maybe she meant win?)

In addition to Wingeleth, another Uinta County girl has taken to competing at the USATF events. Brinae Sanders of Evanston also placed at the event. She competes without a team as an unattached competitor in the youth girls division. She took third place in the 200M dash with a time of 14.20 and was a member of the 4x400M relay youth girls team which took third place.

For the complete article see the 07-01-2011 issue.