Scottsbluff, Gering in middle of Twilight pack
     2011-04-28      By Gering Citizen    news@geringcitizen.com
Gering\'s Kyle Gaudreault clears 11 feet, 10 inches- his personal best to date at the George Calvert Invitational in Mitchell last week. 
Scottsbluff and Gering were caught behind some salty boys’ track and field competition last week in the four-state, 12-team Western Nebraska Twilight Meet at Bearcat Stadium but emerged with three victories, two for the host Bearcats and one for the Bulldogs.

Senior Reid Schanaman paced the Bearcats with his season-best in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.9 seconds, lowering his region-best mark of 15.3.

Sophomore Luke Worden emerged from a fast 100-meter dash field by winning in 10.9 seconds. Worden also finished third in the 200, just two-tenths behind Laramie’s Josh Morgan.

Gering senior Dylan Wolf paced the Bulldogs with his 300 intermediate hurdle victory in 41.24 seconds. Wolf also finished fifth in the 110 high hurdles.

Bulldog junior Danny O’Boyle had a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash.

Gering’s 4x800 relay team finished third behind Laramie and Rapid City Stevens, which finished tied for first in the boys’ team standings at 83-1/2 points apiece. Scottsbluff finished in fifth with 49 points and Gering was in sixth with 42.

The meet was called because of heavy rain with three events remaining: the 1,600 run and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Members of the Bulldogs’ 4x800 quartet were junior Ryan Bustinza, freshman Christian Groskopf and Gage Winkler and senior Domingo Torres.

Other area top-three finishers included Bayard junior Brandon Stuart in the 300 hurdles.

In Thursday's Best in the West Classic at Bearcat Stadium, Scottsbluff will have 20 individual qualifiers and two relays, while Gering will have 11 individuals and all three relays qualify.

The Bearcats will have four boys competing in two individual events apiece: junior Isaiah Castellaw in the 200 dash and 300 intermediate hurdles; senior Trevor Morgan in the long jump and triple jump; Schanaman in both hurdles; and Worden in the 100 and 200 sprints.

Gering will have Wolf in both hurdles and junior Dillon Wademan in the long jump and triple jump.

Gering and Scottsbluff will then compete in the Western Conference Championships on Saturday in Mitchell starting at 9 a.m. The Bulldogs and Bearcats complete their regular-season schedules on May 6, with Scottsbluff at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference meet in Columbus and Gering going to the Torrington Invitational.

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Mitchell’s Robbie Burke, Richie Burke and Tanner Rien set meet records last Thursday in pacing the host Tigers to a dominating team championship performance in the Goerge Calvert Invitational.

Rien won the shot put with a meet-record distance of 49-8 and took the discus gold at 129-1 to score two of six victories for Mitchell, which amassed 183 points. Morrill was a distant second with 87 points.

Richie Burke won the 400 dash in a meet record of 50.6 seconds and also took first in the 800 run in 2:07.0.

Robbie Burke cleared 6 feet, ¼ inch to break the meet’s high jump record.

Mitchell’s other victory came from Hunter Dittbenner in the 100 dash (11.6 seconds) by a hair over Morrill’s Nathan Rice, who had the same hand-held time.

Rice led a top-three sweep for the Lions in the 200 dash, with Rice’s winning time at 23.2 seconds. Jacob Sokol was second and Taylor Lackey took third. Morrill’s other individual victor was Larry Uttecht in the pole vault at 12-6, while the Lions’ 4x100 relay took first in 45.2 seconds.

Bridgeport had two victories from Cody Franklin, first in the 1,600 run in 4:54.6 and then in the 3,200 run in another meet record of 10:43.7. Bridgeport’s 4x800 relay was victorious in 9:10.1. Minatare’s Andres Mendoza won the triple jump with a mark of 40-6.


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