Gering girls team up for district title - Worden double champ
     2011-05-19      By Terry Gaston   
Track and field season has been a team effort for the Gering girls, and the Bulldogs rode their team philosophy to the District B-6 title last Friday with hopes for a strong showing this week at state in Omaha.

Gering had multiple state qualifiers in three events, had a double hurdles champion in junior Morgan Broussard and won the girls' B-6 title with 113-1/3 points, with meet host McCook second at 103.

Scottsbluff rode senior Aubree Worden's double distance victories to third place with 57 points. Mitchell had one district champion in sophomore sprinter Liz Cunningham and finished eighth with 33 points.

On the boys' side, McCook won with 123 points while Gering finished third with 63, Scottsbluff was sixth with 43 and Mitchell was seventh at 42.

The day for Scotts Bluff County -- postponed after last Thursday's stormy weather throughout the western half of Nebraska -- belonged to the Gering girls along with Worden.

Worden had not attempted both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs on the same day this season until Friday, and she dominated even while running conservative times for her. The Class B state record-holder in the 1,600 won the district title in 5 minutes, 29.2 seconds -- almost 34 seconds off her state record run at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships a week earlier.

Worden won the 3,200 meters in 11:47.4, again well off her 10:55.1 clip in her last 2-mile run at the Western Conference Championships on May 2. Undoubtedly, come Friday and Saturday in Omaha, Worden will be a crowd favorite as she bids to become a three-time Class B and All-Class gold medalist in both events on her way to Florida State University in the fall.

Broussard powered the Gering girls with her twin victories in the hurdles, in which both races the Bulldogs qualified two or more state competitors. Broussard led a top-three Gering sweep in the 300 low hurdles, winning in 48.5 seconds. Classmate Chelsea Wickard secured her return to state with a second-place time of 48.9 seconds, while Bulldog senior Tahlia Schmaltz was third in 49.1 seconds.

Broussard won the 100 low hurdles in 15.4 seconds, while Schmaltz was a tenth behind in second and Mitchell senior Mersades Klein placed third in 15.8 seconds.

Broussard picked up another gold medal as the anchor leg on the Bulldogs' winning 4x100 relay team. Freshman Aubrey Gonzales, Wickard, Schmaltz and Broussard completed their lap in 51.4 seconds.

Gering junior Morgan Greene was second in the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch and third in the long jump at 16-4-1/2. Classmate Kayleigh Schadwinkel was second in the long jump at 16-11-1/2 and also third in the triple jump with a state-qualifying leap of 34-4-1/4. Bulldog sophomore Damaris Martinez earned third-place finishes behind Worden in both the distance races. Martinez qualified for state in the 1,600 with a time of 5:45.5 and in the 3,200 in 12:11.8.

Gering's other two relays had third-place finishes and qualified for state. Juniors Bryana Larsen, Kenzie Duncan and Wickard joined senior Erin Kautz for third in the 4x400 relay in 4:17.3. The quartet of sophomore Rachel Huffman, Duncan, Kautz and sophomore Dakota Gellner took third in the 4x800 relay in 10:16.3.

Scottsbluff senior Jen Maag had second-place finishes in the shot put (42-9) and discus (141-10) to make state as a double qualifier.

The Bearcats also posted fourth-place finishes in scoring state berths in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Junior Nanessa Reyes and freshmen Toni Rosado, Savannah Menghini and Kiley Guerue formed the 400-meter relay (53.2 seconds), and Guerue, sophomore Tylii Muncie, Worden and junior Ashley Hall qualified in the 1,600 relay in 4:17.6.

Mitchell was paced by Cunningham's 12.6-second victory in the 100-meter dash. Sophomore Havannah Newens earned a state berth in the high jump with her third-place mark of 4-9, and Tiger junior Andee Grentz was third in the triple jump at 33-7-3/4.

In the boys' district competition, Gering junior Dillon Wademan won the triple jump (43-9-1/4) and Mitchell sophomore Robbie Burke was the 800-meter champion (2:03.4).

Among county second-place finishers, Mitchell had two in seniors Tanner Rein in the shot put at 51 feet and Richard Burke in the 400-meter dash in 51.1 seconds -- three-tenths ahead of third-place Gering junior Danny O'Boyle.

Scottsbluff junior Isaiah Castellaw led a 2-3-4 finish for county qualifiers in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Castellaw was second in 40.7 seconds, while Gering senior Dylan Wolf (42.5) was third and Bearcat senior Kasey Kampbell (42.7) took fourth. Bearcat senior Reid Schanaman was third in the 110 high hurdles (15.2).

Gering senior Domingo Torres had two third-place finishes. In the 1,600 run, Torres (4:47.1) was just 0.7 second behind the victor and two-tenths behind the runner-up. In the 3,200, Torres (10:32.8) and Bulldog junior Ryan Bustinza (fourth in 10:34.6) both made state, and Bustinza and Torres ran on the Bulldogs' third-place 3,200 relay (8:42.9) that included freshman Christian Groskopf and junior anchor Darrin Gonzales.

Bearcat sophomore Luke Worden had a pair of third-place medals after his 10.9-second finish in the 100 dash and with his leg on Scottsbluff's 4x100 relay (44.8) that included Castellaw and seniors Trevor Morgan and Sam Harvey.

Scottsbluff also qualified its 4x400 relay team of freshman Jacob Delzer, junior Warren Eubanks, senior Tyler Brandt and Harvey, which finished fifth in 3:37.0.

Gering scored state berths in the two other relays with fourth-place finishes. Bulldog juniors Wademan, Zach Smith, Mark Pieper and O'Boyle were fourth in the 4x100 relay in 44.9 seconds, and freshman Ryan Schwartzkopf joined Wademan, Wolf and O'Boyle for fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:34.2).


Smith also qualified in the long jump with a fourth-place mark of 21-1/4.

Mitchell had two qualifiers in the 200 dash, with senior Hunter Dittbenner (22.9) taking third and junior Bryce Wiedeman (24.3) coming in fourth. The Tigers' 4x400 relay of sophomore Tyler Golden, Richard and Robbie Burke, and Dittbenner finished third in 3:31.2.

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