Bearcats' Worden sets state standard
     2011-05-12      By Terry Gaston   
Aubree Worden 
Scottsbluff senior Aubree Worden has dominated Class B distance running for three years, and Friday she put herself among the state's best ever.

Worden ran to a Nebraska Class B record in the girls' 1,600-meter run in winning the race at Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships in Columbus.

Worden's time of 4 minutes, 55.65 seconds broke the Class B mark held by Gering's Sara Enstrud of 4:58.14 since 1993. Worden's time shattered the GNAC meet record of 5:12.7 held by Scottsbluff's Morgan Hartman since 2000.

Worden now ranks No. 4 statewide in the girls' 1,600, with the record of 4:49.3 set by Elizabeth Lange of Lincoln Pius X in 2003. She is just .05 second off the third-best mark.

Worden wasn't the only GNAC champion for the Bearcat girls, who finished fifth with 48 points. Senior Jen Maag was a double victor in her throwing specialties, winning the shot put at 42 feet, 3 inches and the discus with a toss of 134-4.

Sophomore Zoey Rada had a third-place finish in the shot at 37 feet.

Another Worden scored victory for the Scottsbluff boys, with sophomore Luke Worden taking victory in the 100-meter dash in 11.16 seconds. Bearcat junior Isaiah Castellaw was a double medalist, winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 40.63 seconds and taking third in the 400 dash in 52.01 seconds.

Senior Trevor Morgan finished third in the triple jump at 42 feet, 5-1/2 inches for the Bearcats' other top-three finish.

Scottsbluff was sixth with 37 points in a division won by Kearney with 146-1/2 points. Kearney thus won its 24th straight conference championship and 129th consecutive invitational title. McCook, the host for Thursday's District B-6 meet where Scottsbluff will compete, was a distant second with 96 points.

The Kearney girls waltzed to their sixth GNAC title in seven years with 152 points after having its streak snapped last year by McCook. Lexington was second with 97 points.

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Several area teams also competed Friday at the Bayard BCD Meet and in the Cheyenne County Invitational at Sidney. At Bayard, Mitchell won the boys' team title and the Bayard girls taking second.

Mitchell senior Tanner Rien scored victories in the shot put and discus to pace the Tigers' 105-point victory over Class B foes Alliance (99-1/2) and Sidney (64).

Rien hit 50-1-1/2 in the shot put and 145-4 in the discus, while senior teammate Richie Burke won the 800 run in 2:05.6 and finished second in the 400.

Bridgeport Cody Franklin also was a double winner, taking the 1,600 meters in 4:49.6 and the 3,200 in 10:19.5.

Bayard, which finished fourth with 59 points, had strong 1-2 performances from senior Spencer Jobman and junior Brandon Stuart. Jobman won the 200 dash in 23.6 seconds and was second in the 100 sprint in 11.2 seconds.

Stuart won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.9 seconds and was second in the pole vault. Morrill junior Larry Utecht cleared 12-6 for the win and Stuart was next at 12 feet.

Stuart's freshman sister, Megan, took the girls' pole vault at 9 feet, and the Tigers' 4x100 relay was victorious in pacing Bayard's second-place finish of 90 points that trailed only Sidney's 105.

Members of the Bayard sprint relay that won in 51.9 seconds were junior Katie Fibelstad, senior Amanda Dechant, sophomore Alicia Conklin and freshman Breanna Korell. Fibelstad also had a second-place finish in the 200 dash and Dechant was runner-up in the long jump -- both behind Hays Springs standout Aria Hughes, who also won the 100 and triple jump.

Mitchell had high finishers in senior Mersades Klein winning the 100 hurdles in 15.9 seconds and sophomore Havannah Newens taking the high jump at 5 feet. Freshman Taylor Peters was second in the 800 run.

Bridgeport had a pair of second-place finishes, with sophomore Jessica Kildow the runner-up in the 400 dash and the Bulldogs' 4x400 relay second to Sidney.

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Minatare finished third in the boys' division at the Cheyenne County meet, with sophomore Andres Mendoza pacing the Indians with one win and a pair of second-place finishes and Bradley Metcalf winning the high jump.

Mendoza led a Minatare 1-2 finish in the triple jump, in which he hit 40-6-3/4 and teammate Dakin Rummel was second at 40-2. Mendoza finished second in the long jump and 100 dash.

Metcalf won the high jump at 5-8 on fewer misses to a Paxton jumper. Paxton dominated the meet by scoring 210 points, with Potter-Dix second (111) and Minatare next with 78. Minatare also finished second in the 4x800 relay.

In the girls' division, Banner County freshman Amanda Harrison won the 3,200 (13:21.70) and was second in the 1,600 in pacing the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish. Senior Kaylea Stoddard also had a victory for Banner County, winning the 800 in 2:40.20.

Wildcat junior Lindsey Soule was second in the shot put, and the Wildcats' 4x800 relay was also a runner-up.

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