Gering girls big winners in conference meet
     2011-05-05      By Terry Gaston   
Gering's Kayleigh Schadwinkel  
Had the Western Conference Track and Field Championships taken place on Saturday as scheduled, the competitors would have been forced to overcome some of the strongest consistent winds they have faced this spring.

With the meet postponed to much better conditions on Monday, the Gering girls and two Scottsbluff standouts were among the ones blowing away the competition at Mitchell High School.

Gering had six victories, with three coming in top-two sweeps, to amass 176 points. Scottsbluff, which had three victories, was a distant second with 96 points.

Bulldog junior Morgan Greene leaped a season-best 15 feet, 10-3/4 inches to win the long jump, and classmate Kayleigh Schadwinkel was 1-1/4 inch behind in second place.

Schadwinkel got her own gold medal by bounding a season-best 34-3-1/2 to win the triple jump. Scottsbluff sophomore Maggie VanAmburg also had a season best in taking second.

Also in the field competition, Gering senior Molly Bueide cleared 9-6 to win the pole vault. Greene, who had cleared 5-2 in the high jump the past two meets, came up two inches short to finish second.

While Scottsbluff senior Jen Maag won the discus at 132-2, Gering junior Stephanie Coley and senior Jordan Plummer were second and third for another Bulldog double score of 14 points. Maag won the shot put as well with a mark of 39-5, and Coley was second.

On the track, Gering senior Tahlia Schmaltz won the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.4 seconds and Bulldog junior Morgan Broussard took second at 16.0.

Broussard and Schmaltz then went 1-2 in the 300 low hurdles, with Broussard taking the gold in 47.7 seconds and Schmaltz just a tenth back.

Gering's other victory came in the 4x100 relay, in which Broussard, Schmaltz, freshman Aubrey Gonzales and junior Chelsea Wickard ran a season-best 51.9 seconds.

Gering's 4x400 relay finished second but posted a season-low time of 4:17.9. The Bulldogs' 4x800 relay also finished second.

The day's outstanding performance belonged to Scottsbluff senior Aubree Worden, who broke the Western Conference meet record in the 1,600-meter run with a school-record time of 10:55.1. The meet record of 11:07.0, set by Scottsbluff alumna Morgan Hartman, had stood since 1999, as had Hartman’s school record time of 10:57.

Worden also has the conference meet record in the 1,600 meters but did not compete in that race Monday. Gering sophomore Damaris Martinez finished a strong third in the metric mile with a season-best 5:51.1

Mitchell was fifth among the six teams and had victories from a pair of sophomores. Havannah Newens had a winning high jump at 5-2 for a season-best height, and Liz Cunningham won the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds.

Gering finishes its regular-season schedule Friday at Torrington, while Scottsbluff competes in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at Columbus. District B-6 competition follows for the Bulldogs and Bearcats on May 12 in McCook.

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