Gering girls third in Twilight meet
     2011-04-28      By Gering Citizen    news@geringcitizen.com
Scottsbluff senior Aubree Worden scored a season - and career- best time in winning the 3,200 meter run in 11:03:55 at the Twilight Meet last week 
The Gering girls’ track and field team proved last week that it does not need to win a meet championship in order to prove its strength and improvement.

The Bulldogs earned a solid third-place finish against a tough 12-team, four-state field last Thursday at the Western Nebraska Twilight Meet at Scottsbluff’s Bearcat Stadium.

Gering had three victories in compiling 70 points in the meet, which was halted by rain with three events left on the schedule. Rapid City Stevens won the girls’ division with 103-1/2 points and Casper Kelly Walsh was second with 96-1/2.

Laramie finished a distant fourth to the Bulldogs with 50 points, while Sidney followed with 46 and Scottsbluff was sixth at 45-1/2.

"We had a ton of personal records and season bests, and in that regard it turned out great, even though they might not have necessarily turned into points and medals," Gering girls' coach Dave Nash said. "There was a lot of good competition, and we like going to that meet for that reason."

Junior Morgan Greene cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump, and junior Kayleigh Schadwinkel leaped 16 feet, 7-1/2 inches to capture the long jump. Greene was sixth in the long jump and Schadwinkel took sixth in the triple jump.

Senior Tahlia Schmaltz won the 300-meter low hurdles in 47.36 seconds. Schmaltz also took third and junior teammate Morgan Broussard was fourth in the 100 high hurdles for a 10-point event for Gering.

Scottsbluff senior Jen Maag led the Bearcats with a double victory in her throwing specialties and set season-best marks in the process. Maag won the shot put by almost five feet with her best toss of 43-7, and she whipped he discus 138-3-1/2 for a 13-foot-plus victory.

Bearcat senior Aubree Worden scored a season- and career-best time in winning the 3,200 meter run in 11:03.55.

Other area top-three finishers included Alicia Conklin of Bayard, who finished third in the long jump.

In Thursday's Best in the West Classic at Bearcat Stadium, Gering will have girls qualify for 19 individual berths and all three relays, while Scottsbluff will have 12 qualifying spots.

Gering will have Schmaltz, Broussard and junior Chelsea Wickard qualify for both hurdles races, with Green in the high jump and long jump, Schadwinkel in the long jump and triple jump and junior Stephanie Coley in both the shot and discus.

Maag also was in the shot and discus for the Bearcats, who also will have junior NaNessa Reyes as a double individual qualifier 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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The Mitchell girls scored four individual victories in winning the Tigers’George Calvert Invitational last week.

Mitchell had 113 points, edging Bridgeport by four points.

Brianne Arnott cleared a meet record of 8-6 in the pole vault and Taylor Peters ran a meet-record 2:28.9 in the 800 meters to pace the Tigers.

Other Mitchell winners were Havannah Newens in the high jump at 4-10 and Mersades Klein in the 100 hurdles at 16.7 seconds. The Mitchell 4sx800 relay also took first.

Bridgeport had three meet records in pacing the Bulldogs’ runner-up finish.

Nicole Hass had two meet records, hitting 124-11 in the discus and 37-6 in the shot put. And the Bulldogs’ 4x400 relay came home in a meet record of 4:17.8.

Jessica Kildow also had a Bridgeport victory in the 400 dash in 1:02.1, and teammate tara Harding won the 300 hurdles in 52.2 seconds.

Other area victors included Morrill’s Jessica Aratani in the long jump at 14-4 and Amanda Harrison of Banner County in the 3,200 run (13:25.9).

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