Gering boys off and running with youth, experience
     2011-03-24      By Terry Gaston    news@geringcitizen.com
Track and field season is a long process of determining which student-athletes will succeed.
"We should have a decent track team," Gering boys' coach Randy Plummer said Friday. "I have a good feeling, but you never know. We're not projecting who is going to be doing what come April and May. We will develop meet by meet and get them into race shape."
One Bulldog runner who seemingly has hit his stride early is senior Domingo Torres, who tried cross country for the first time in the fall and ran away from the Class B state meet with a silver medal.
Torres began his spring season with victories at the Chadron State College High School Invitational meet on Saturday in the 1,600 run (4:59.19) and 3,200 meters (10:38.47). He returns to the track after qualifying for state last year in the 3,200 relay and the 3,200-meter run.
Senior Nick Brady also came out a winner at Chadron State, taking first in the 400-meter dash in 56.32 seconds. Brady returns after qualifying for state as a junior in the 200 dash and on the 1,600 relay team.
Junior Danny O'Boyle returns from the state-qualifying 1,600 relay as well as the 400 relay. O'Boyle finished seventh in the 400 dash at state last year.
Junior Zach Smith also was on the state-qualifying 400-meter relay.
Other early-season impact runners from Gering, based on the CSC Indoor meet, include junior Ryan Bustinza, who finished second in the 800 run, and senior Dylan Wolf with a second-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles.
Wolf, junior Mark Pieper, senior Dillon Wademan and O'Boyle turned in a runner-up finish in the 4x170 relay, and the Gering quartet of junior Darrin Gonzales, senior Alex Lopez, freshman Christian Groskopf and freshman Gage Winkler was second in the 3,200 relay.
Two Bulldogs scored runner-up finishes in field events. Wademan was second in the triple jump and junior Kyle Gaudreault was runner-up in the pole vault.
The Bulldogs begin their outdoor season Saturday at the Binfield Invitational at Scottsbluff's Bearcat Stadium -- weather pending, of course.
"We kind of get hosed in western Nebraska with the weather," Plummer said. "It's more of a survival test out here as opposed to being a chance to thrive like schools back east might have."
But Panhandle students have learned to adapt to adverse conditions, and Plummer likes the results he sees in spite of weather lapses.
"Gering kids just keep coming, no matter how bad the weather is," Plummer said. "They take a lot of pride in track on both the boys' and girls' side."


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