Bearcat track teams off to good start
     2014-04-17      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering’s Kali Rimington (left) and Scottsbluff’s Taylor Muncie start strong in the 1600 Meter race at the recent Binfield Meet in Scottsbluff. Muncie swept the 1600 race with a 5:34.3 time, and the 3200 race with a 12:06.5 time last weekend at the Broken Bow Invitational. 
Good weather for meets thus far has led to a wide range of favorable early season results for the Scottsbluff track and field team.

The Scottsbluff boys placed fourth Friday in the team standings at the Broken Bow Invitational, while the Scottsbluff girls grabbed fifth place out of seven schools competing in the meet.

Among the Bearcats’ highlights was sophomore Taylor Muncie sweeping the two longest girls’ races – the 1,600 meters in 5:34.3 and the 3,200 in 12:06.5. Both were season-best times for Muncie, the Class B runner-up in the state cross country meet in October.

The Scottsbluff girls’ other first-place finish came from SteaVen Becker, who won the discus throw with a distance of 119 feet, 3 inches.

Chesney Walker turned in runner-up finishes in both hurdles races. Walker posted a career-best time of 14.8 seconds in the 100 highs and ended the 300 lows in 47.09.

Walker was also on the 4x100 relay team that placed second. The quartet of Whitney Kuxhausen, Walker, Avery Krentz and Shanell Primes ended in 52.0 seconds.

Primes added a second-place in the 100 dash in 13.0 seconds. Kyra Willats was fourth in the 300 hurdles at 50.3, and Becker was fifth in the shot put at 38-5.

Placing sixth for the Scottsbluff girls were Shayleigh James in the 800 (2:32.3), Krentz in the 200 (28.6), and the 4x800 relay team of Whitney Riesen, Abby Tygart, Krista Holzworth and Tayler Gipe (11:55.9).

“We’re getting some great results from both our boys’ and girls’ squads,” Bearcats coach Jim Barker said. “Things are coming around, especially in the hurdles and distance events, and the girls’ 4x100 has looked really sharp.”

In the boys’ meet, Scottsbluff junior Matthew Barraza had an outstanding performance by winning the 800 run in a personal-best time of 2:01.3. Barraza also had a stellar effort in the 3,200, recording a career-best time of 9:53.4 and placing second.

Scottsbluff was particularly impressive in the distance events, placing multiple athletes in each of those races. In the 3,200, for example, Scottsbluff went 2-3-4, with Brendan Taedter taking third and Josh Hergenreder grabbing fourth.

In the 800, Shane Burkey added a sixth-place finish in the 800. In the 1,600, Taedter was fifth, and Burkey was fourth.

Scottsbluff’s 4x800 relay added a fourth-place finish.

Also for the Scottsbluff boys, Traceten Halley recorded a third-place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles, and Matthew Holloway was fourth in the 110 high hurdles.

Andrew Aratani added a fourth-place effort in the shot put with a season-best throw, and the Collin Maag was fourth in the 400.

In the relays, Scottsbluff’s 4x400 squad was second, and the 4x100 team was fourth.

“We’re getting better and that’s the name of the game. Of course, it’s still early and we want to get better. We’re looking forward to Alliance on Thursday and then our meet (the West Nebraska Twilight) next Friday. That will get us halfway through the season, so we still have six meets to go after that.”

Tigers’ Vera, Parriott, Indians’ Doty, Ellis win at Tri-State meet

CHAPPELL — Bayard sophomore Miah Vera and Tiger junior Chellani Parriott scored a victory apiece and Vera claimed two second-place finishes Friday at the Tri-State Invitational at Creek Valley High School.

Vera cleared 5 feet, 1 inch to win the girls’ high jump, and she was second in the long jump (15-2) and triple jump 32-11˝) in leading Bayard’s fifth-place, 63-point effort in the girls’ competition.

Parriott won the 100 high hurdles in 16.5 seconds, and she and Vera joined Haley Sauer and Catie Baird in turning in a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay (53.9 seconds).

Other scoring efforts for Bayard included Sauer’s fourth place in the high jump (4-4) and the Tigers’400 relay that took fifth in 4:56.1.

Franki Doty of Minatare won all 10 of the Indian girls’ points with her victory in the 1,600-meter run. Doty completed the four laps in 6:03.5.

Banner County’s Amanda Harrison was fourth in the 1,600 at 6:16.0 and also took second in the 3,200 meters in 13:14.9. The Wildcats finished in 11th with 13 points.

In the boys’ competition, Minatare earned a sixth place, 50-point team finish that Ellis led with his victory in the triple jump at 39-10. Ellis also took third in the 1,600 run (5:22.6) and sixth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.6).

Juan Garfio added a second-place finish for the Indians in the 300 hurdles at 44 seconds flat. Other Minatare boys who scored included Mario Sanchez, who was fourth in the 200 dash (23.9 seconds) and fifth in the 100 at 11.7 seconds.

Tylor Grumbles added a fourth-place mark of 122-1 in the discus, Tyler Koke was sixth in the triple jump 36-9 ˝), and the Indians’ 4x100 relay had a fifth-place finish 48.6 seconds.

Bayard had 26.5 team points for an eighth-place finish, led by the Tigers’ third-place finish in the 4x400 relay. Jacob Hoff, Roger Roach, Phil Schuller and Kalen Krantz were third in 3:53.8.

Bryce Hargens’ fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (45.5 seconds) and fifth-place leap in the long jump (18-9˝) led Bayard’s individual performances. The Tigers also had Henry Schmall place fifth in the pole vault (9-6) and their 4x800 relay team took fifth in 11:56.0.

Banner County had 10 points for 11th place and was paced by Mike McKown’s third-place finish in the 400 dash (56.1) and fifth-place time of 2:19.7 in the 800 meters.

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