District track champions, again: Bulldog girls repeat, Bearcat boys return to top
     2012-05-18      By Terry Gaston   
Gering senior hurdlers Morgan Broussard and Chelsea Wickard fly over the hurdles in the April 5 meet in Mitchell. The pair qualified for state taking first and third place, respectively at the District B-6 meet Thursday at Gothenburg High School. 
Get ready Omaha, the track athletes from Gering and Scottsbluff are ready to invade Burke Stadium for the Class B State Track and Field Championships this weekend.

The Bulldog girls and Bearcat boys head into the school year’s final state championship event riding district titles, for Gering its second straight crown and for Scottsbluff its second in three years.

And both teams feature some of the best athletes western Nebraska has produced in one generation in a long time.

For the Gering girls, a star-studded lineup that has dominated in other sports will look to cash in on its District B-6 championship won last Thursday at Gothenburg High School. The Bulldogs totaled 102-1/3 points, outscoring runner-up McCook’s 85 and Sidney’s 83 for third. Scottsbluff was fifth behind Gothenburg’s 66 with 57 points.

The Scottsbluff boys flexed their depth and may be looking for more gold trophies and medals after the Bearcat cross country and basketball teams earned state championships earlier in the school year.

Many of those versatile athletes will take their talents to Omaha after racking up a winning district total of 126 points, with McCook second with 93. Gering placed fifth with 51 points but has a strong contingent for state as well.

Gering senior Morgan Greene, who took sixth at state last year in the high jump, rides into state as the district champion after winning at a height of 4 feet, 11 inches. Greene also was a double runner-up, placing second in the long jump at 16 feet, 4-3/4 inches and the triple jump at 33-5-1/2.

Gering senior Stephanie Coley rose to first in the shot put at districts with a mark of 40-8-1/2, while Scottsbluff junior Zoey Rada was second at 38-7-1/2.

Bulldog seniors Morgan Broussard (15.68 seconds) and Chelsea Wickard (15.96) were first and third in the 100 low hurdles. In the 300 low hurdles, Wickard was second (47.07) and Broussard was third (47.39).

Wickard also qualified for Gering in the 400-meter dash, taking second in 1:01.17.

Senior Kayleigh Schadwinkel added a third-place finish in the triple jump at 32-6-1/2.

“We felt pretty good that we qualified some quality kids and we look forward to see what they can do at state,” Gering girls’ coach Dave Nash said.

“We have a pretty good bunch of kids. They are mostly veterans who have state experience and know what’s going on down there.”

Freshman Taylor Muncie leads the Scottsbluff girls’ district results with her 1,600-meter victory in 5:27.57 and a runner-up finish in the 3,200 meters in 12:14.88.

Bearcat sophomore Kiley Guerue took second, qualifying for state in the 800 run in 2:25.67.

In addition to Rada in the shot put, Scottsbluff has field representation in the state discus throw after senior Taylor Muzzey won with a toss of 121-5 and sophomore SteaVen Becker took second at 117-8.

Mitchell junior Liz Cunningham qualified in the 100 dash with a second-place time of 13.01 seconds and in the 200 sprint in 26.84 seconds.

Tiger junior Havannah Newens joined Gering’s Greene in qualifying for the state high jump with a third-place height of 4-9. Sophomore Taylor Peters earned a state trip with her third-place time of 2:26.22 in the 800.

Scottsbluff boys

The Scottsbluff boys had one returning state medalist in junior Luke Worden, who last year earned a sixth-place finish in the 100 dash. This year, Worden takes a district championship time of 11.34 seconds to state and also earned the district gold in the 200 dash in 22.54 seconds.

Senior Isaiah Castellaw and junior Matt Klein were 1-2 in the 300 intermediate hurdles, with Castellaw winning with the fastest qualifying time in Class B at 40.31 seconds and Klein next in 41.38.
Castellaw was third (50.58) and Warren Eubanks fifth (51.74) in the 400 dash, an event won by Gering senior Danny O’Boyle (49.10).

The Bearcats got a pair of runner-up finishes from junior Jon Maag in the shot put (51-6-3/4) and the discus (145-9).

Members of the Bearcats’ state champion cross country team dominated the distance events. Junior Tayler James was runner-up in the 800 meters in 1:59.25 and sophomore teammate Ben Willis-Teff took fourth and made state in 2:00.39.

Junior Justin Pritchard was second in the 1,600 meters in 4:42.15.
Scottsbluff boys’ three relay teams all qualified for state. The quartet of Matthew D. Klein, Worden, Matthew T. Klein, and Castellaw burned the 4x100 relay field with a Class B-best time of 43.04 seconds.

Scottsbluff won the 4x800 relay in 8:11.41, with James, Pritchard, Taedter and Willis-Teff forming the quartet.

The Bearcats 4x400 relay of Delzer, Klein, Eubanks and Castellaw finished a strong second in 3:27.68, finishing behind Gering’s blazing winning time of 3:22.80.

“These guys are coming into their own at the right time of the season, and they look to make things happen,” Scottsbluff boys’ coach Jim Barker said.

“We have a lot more depth in a lot of events and we have very good athletes, too, so that helps, and I think we can make a major impact down there, and we want to have the best meet of the season.”

Gering senior and 400 meter record holder Danny O’Boyle won the event in 49.10 qualifiying for state. Joining O’Boyle for Gering at state will be senior Ryan Bustinza, whose runner-up finish in the 3,200 meters (10:28.99) earned him a state berth as did his time of 2:03.98 in the 800 meter race.

All three boys’ Bulldog relay teams are also statebound.

The Bulldogs’ winning 4x400 relay team are senior Dillon Wademan, sophomores Ryan Schwartzkopf and Dillon DeMott, with O’Boyle on the anchor. Wademan, seniors Mark Peiper and Zac Smith joined O’Boyle in taking second in the 4x100 in 44:21 seconds.

The Bulldogs’ 4x800 relay of Bustinza, sophomore Aaron Pierce, senior Darrin Gonzales and freshman Michael Mapes finished third to advance in 8:26.04.

Gering junior Zac Bibb was third in the high jump at 6-3 to also qualify for state.

Mitchell junior Robbie Burke’s 400 meter time of 52.03 earned him a state trip as the Tigers’ lone boys’ representative in Omaha.


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