Bearcat track teams earn second place at B-6 District Meet: Mitchell teams take sixth, Gering boys and girls, seventh
     2014-05-22      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - The boys B-6 District 800 M run came down to the wire as Scottsbluff’s Matthew Barraza leads the pack with Mitchell’s Levi Avila and Scottsbluff’s Ben Willis-Teff close behind. Barraza won the race in 1:58.58, then Avila in 1:59.19 followed by Willis-Teff in 1:59.64. 
As luck would have it, the weather forecast was wrong on Thursday as area track teams traveled to Ogallala for the Class B6 district track meet. No local teams won the meet; however, all enjoyed success, qualifying athletes for the stack track meet in Omaha this Friday and Saturday.

Ten teams competed in the district meet. The boys’ team winner was Sidney and the girls’ team winner was McCook. Scottsbluff boys’ and girls’ teams each earned second place. The Mitchell boys’ and girls’ teams took sixth. Both Gering teams were seventh.

Mitchell’s Christian Perez took top honors in the boys 200. Gering’s Ryan Schwartzkopf and Dillon DeMott took gold and silver in the 400 although no records were set this time. Scottsbluff’s Matthew Barraza took first in the 800 followed by Mitchell’s Levi Avila, and Scottsbluff’s Ben Willis-Teff. Barraza and Avila also took first and second in the 1600. The Bearcats swept the top three places in the 3200 with Barraza, Brendan Taedter, and Shane Burkey took gold, silver and bronze.

The boys 4 x 400 team (DeMott, Geary, Pierce, Schwartzkkopf) placed first, remaining undefeated on the year and missing the school record by .01. They are leading the state in Class B.

The 800 meter relay saw Scottsbluff in first with Willis-Teff, Burkey, Barraza and Collin Maag carrying the baton. Scottsbluff’s Andrew Aratani placed fourth in shot put but threw far enough to automatically qualify for state.

On the girls’ side Bearcat Shanell Primes earned silver in the 100 to qualify for state, Mitchell Tiger Taylor Peters and Gering Bulldog Rebekah Rawlings earned second and third in the 800 to qualify. Bearcat Taylor Muncie won the 3200 and earned second in the 1600. Chesney Walker snagged wins in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

The Mitchell girls’ relay team of Madison Watson, Peters, Devin Beaver, and Celeste Cardona took first in the 800 relay and second in the 400 relay.

Bearcat thrower SteaVen Becker flung the discus to first and the shot put to second, although she scratched her first two throws in the preliminary round. The surprise of the day was Gering’s Keltie Imus winning the high jump, her first win of the season.

Gering qualified five boys and five girls for the state tournament. Plummer said the district is the toughest in the state and that several of the fifth and sixth placers would have won in other districts.

“Schwartzkopf and Keltie Imus were our individual winners,” Plummer said. “Ryan in the 400 and Keltie, who won her first meet of the year, in the high jump. Keltie's 5'0 was her career best jump. Our girl's 4 x 800 (Rawlings, Kali Rimington, Jerilyn Laws, Lauren Shaul) placed second and qualified. DeMott also ran a career best in the 400 at 50.40 and qualified second. Rawlings in the 800 and Geary in the 300 hurdles qualified by placing third. Steven Juarez placed fifth in the 3200 but still qualified for state on a wild card.”

Mitchell qualified 10 for state: Avila in the mile and 800, Peters in the 800, Christian Perez in the 200 and 400, Drew Gilliland in 110 hurdles. The boys and girls 4x800 relay teams, and the girls 4x400.

“I thought we performed very well we had a lot of personal bests and because of that we were able to qualify as many as we did for state,” Coach Michelle Peters said. “The kids are very excited. The coaching staff is excited. We think that we can go down there and compete very well down there.”

Team Results

Boys: 1. Sidney 112, 2. Scottsbluff 86, 3. Alliance 66, 4. Gothenburg 54, 5. McCook 51, 6. Mitchell 46, 7. Gering 41, 8. Ogallala 37, 9. Chadron Public Schools 22, 10. Valentine 12.

Girls: 1. McCook 125, 2. Scottsbluff 89.5, 3. Gothenburg 85, 4. Sidney 50, 5. Ogallala 49.5, 6. Mitchell 47, 7. Gering 36, 8. Chadron 19, 9. Alliance 18, 10. Valentine 8.

Boys’ Results

100 Meters 1. Logan Lewis 11.16 Sidney, 2. Adam Crandall 11.18 Ogallala, 3. Jackson Dickerson 11.26 Chadron, 4. Wes Orr 11.51 Ogallala, 5. Joe Schlager 11.52 McCook, 6. Ben Heggem 11.60 Scottsbluff, 7. Sam Smith 11.70 McCook, 8. Trevor Matson 11.89 McCook.

200 Meters 1. Logan Lewis 22.55 Sidney, 2. Christian Perez 22.59 Mitchell, 3. Jackson Dickerson 22.77 Chadron, 4. Ben Heggem 23.02 Scottsbluff, 5. Michael Banaszak 23.29 Sidney, 6. Michael Muggli 23.32 Sidney, 7. Josh Ellis 23.80 Alliance.

400 Meters 1. Ryan Schwartzkopf 50.14 Gering, 2. Dillon DeMott 50.30 Gering, Cody Robinson 50.79 Alliance, 3. Lucas Rosenbaum 50.85 Sidney, 4. Brody Brennan 51.88 Alliance, 5. Christian Perez 51.96 Mitchell, 6. Jarod Bryant 52.78 McCook, 7. Dylan Folchert 54.13 Ogallala, 8. Joey Godinez 54.40 Gering.

800 Meters 1. Matthew Barraza 1:58.58 Scottsbluff, 2. Levi Avila 1:59.19 Mitchell, 3. Ben Willis-Teff 1:59.64 Scottsbluff, 4. Skyler Smith 1:59.73 Ogallala, 5. Hayden Lienemann 2:00.41 Sidney, 6. Hunter Felker 2:02.52 McCook, 7. Aaron Pierce 2:06.58 Gering.

1600 Meters 1. Matthew Barraza 4:33.65 Scottsbluff, 2. Levi Avila 4:34.33 Mitchell, 3. Collin Hahn 4:38.95 Gothenburg, 4. Shane Burkey 4:42.85 Scottsbluff, 5. Jachob Wiedeburg 4:44.67 Sidney, 6. Jaco Henning 4:45.79 Ogallala, 7. Brendan Taedter 4:46.44 Scottsbluff, 8. Steven Juarez 4:49.95 Gering.

3200 Meters 1. Matthew Barraza 10:08.43 Scottsbluff, 2. Brendan Taedter 10:10.76 Scottsbluff, 3. Shane Burkey 10:10.90 Scottsbluff, 4. Phillip Duncan 10:11.00 Chadron, 5. Steven Juarez 10:12.46 Gering, 6. Tate Harvey 10:50.78 Mitchell, 7. Edward Grentz 10:52.29 Mitchell.

110 Meter 1. Trevor Kamerzell 14.78 Alliance, 2. Blake Ristine 14.96 Gothenburg, 3. Drew Gilliland 15.53 Mitchell, 4. Trent Zink 15.63 Ogallala, 5. Nick Conger 15.85 Sidney, 6. Logan Hammond 16.47 Ogallala, 7. Matthew Holloway 16.71 Scottsbluff.

300 Meter Hurdles 1. Trevor Kamerzell 39.76 Alliance, 2. Trent Zink 41.23 Ogallala, 3. Caleb Geary 41.77 Gering, 4. Kalen Hollopeter 42.31 Valentine, 5. Tristan Stephenson 42.44 Alliance, 6. Traceten Halley 42.52 Scottsbluff.

4x100 Relay 1. Alex Linneman, Lucas Rosenbaum, Chance Anglin, Logan Lewis 43.81 Sidney; 2. Klayton Nordeen, Brody Brennan, Trevor Kamerzell, Cody Robinson, 43.93 Alliance; 3. Bryce Lyons, Joe Schlager, Trevor Matson, Sam Smith, 44.07 McCook; 4. Blake Ristine, Ross Ostendorf, Zach Wolf, Dawson Graham, 45.76 Gothenburg; 5. Trevor Garcia, Ben Heggem, Traceten Halley, Brian Johnston 45.90 Scottsbluff; 6. Austin Dolberg, Joey Godinez, Deion Contreras, Quentin Timblin 47.88 Gering.

4x400 Relay 1. Dillon DeMott, Caleb Geary, Aaron Pierce, Ryan Schwartzkopf 3:22.81 Gering; 2. Michael Banaszak, Lucas Rosenbaum, Hayden Lienemann, Hunter Secrest, 3:26.44 Sidney; 3. Brody Brennan, Klayton Nordeen, Cody Robinson, Trevor Kamerzell 3:27.64 Alliance; 4. Dakota McBride, Hunter Felker, Joe Schlager, Jarod Bryant 3:32.65 McCook, 5. Levi Avila, Drew Gilliland, Abe Hernandez, Christian Perez 3:37.65 Mitchell

4x800 Relay 1. Ben Willis-Teff, Shane Burkey, Collin Maag, Matthew Barraza 8:18.71 Scottsbluff; 2. Jachob Wiedeburg, Brody McKnight, Hayden Lienemann, Logan Uhlir 8:22.08 Sidney; 3. Chase Watson, Edward Grentz, Tate Harvey, Levi Avila 8:27.27 Mitchell; 4. Jeffery Heusman, Kolton Dubs, Brendan Brehmer, DJ Weare 8:32.38 Alliance; 5. Aaron Pierce, Steven Juarez, Jacey Shaul, Arich Knaub 8:36.37 Gering.

Shot Put 1. Tanner Borchardt 58-01.50 Gothenburg, 2. Logan Lewis 55-08.75 Sidney, 3. Jake Heeren 55-01.75 Sidney, 4. Andrew Aratani 53-11.00 Scottsbluff, 5. Kolton Stone 49-01.50 McCook, 6. Roy Slack 48-07.00 Gothenburg, 7. Dalton Goodenberger 45-04.50 McCook, 8. Esai Hernandez 44-04.50 Gering.

Discus 1. Kyle Krantz 156-01 Alliance, 2. Tanner Borchardt 155-08 Gothenburg, 3. Cole Beckius 151-06 Ogallala, 4. Tucker Wintholtz 147-08 Sidney, 5. Roy Slack 144-09 Gothenburg, 6. Esai Hernandez 141-08 Gering.

High Jump 1. Nick Conger 6-04.00 Sidney, 2. Quin Conner 6-02.00 Valentine, 3. Seth Eggleston 6-00.00 Gothenburg, 4. Brendan Holly 6-00.00 Sidney, 5. Jacob Clark 5-10.00 Gothenburg, 6. Garret Braman 5-10.00 Mitchell.

Pole Vault 1. Spencer Powell 14-05.00 McCook, 2. Lucas Rosenbaum 14-01.00 Sidney, 3. Jesse Detty 13-07.00 McCook, 4. Blake Ristine 13-01.00 Gothenburg, 5. Brady Shimp 13-01.00 Alliance, 6. Skyler Kottwitz 12-07.00 Gothenburg, 7. Mitchell Reitz 12-07.00 McCook, 8. Trevor Garcia 12-01.00 Scottsbluff.

Long Jump 1. Alex Linneman 20-07.25 Sidney, 2. Bryce Lyons 20-06.25 McCook, 3. Jackson Dickerson 20-06.00 Chadron, 4. Brian Johnston 20-06.00 Scottsbluff, 5. Dawson Graham 20-03.00 Gothenburg, 6. Chance Anglin 19-01.50 Sidney, 7. Ross Ostendorf 19-00.00 Gothenburg, 8. Quentin Timblin 18-11.00 Gering.

Triple Jump 1. Jason Berglund 43-01.00 Alliance, 2. Bryce Lyons 42-09.00 McCook, 3. Brian Johnston 42-02.50 Scottsbluff, 4. Adam Schlotthauer 41-09.50 Mitchell, 5. Darius Williams 41-03.50 McCook, 6. Quentin Timblin 39-02.75 Gering.

Girls’ Results

100Meters 1. Sarah VonSeggern 12.90 Sidney, 2. Shanell Primes 12.92 Scottsbluff, 3. Danica Liess 12.95 McCook, 4. Mackenzie Brennan 13.13 Alliance, 5. Emily Mika 13.15 Sidney, 6. Madi Gilg 13.22 Gothenburg.

200 Meters Varsity 1. Tiani Reeves 25.42 Gothenburg, 2. Danica Liess 26.57 McCook, 3. Tresann Waites 27.09 Ogallala, 4. Mackenzie Brennan 27.41 Alliance, 5. Aspen Reifschneider 27.58 Mitchell, 6. Maaryn Davis 27.64 Chadron Public Schools, 7. Abbey Jacobs 27.98 Valentine, 8. McKenna Zulkoski 28.56 Mitchell.

400 Meters 1. Molly Sughroue 56.29 McCook, 2. Preslie Allen 59.83 Sidney, 3. Andie Geiken 1:02.47 Gothenburg, 4. Regan Geiken 1:02.60 Gothenburg, 5. Hannah Swanson 1:02.92 Alliance, 6. Genessa Schilz 1:03.16 Sidney, 7. Caitlin Leitner 1:03.86 McCook, 8. McKenna Zulkoski 1:04.37 Mitchell.

800 Meters 1. Molly Sughroue 2:12.52 McCook, 2. Taylor Peters 2:19.97 Mitchell, 3. Rebekah Rawlings 2:20.59 Gering, 4. Preslie Allen 2:23.31 Sidney, 5. Kylie Rosno 2:34.10 Ogallala. 6. Julia Ybarra 2:37.53 Gering.

1600 Meters 1. Molly Sughroue 5:17.77 McCook, 2. Celeste Cardona 5:27.45 Mitchell, 3. Taylor Muncie 5:28.89 Scottsbluff, 4. Shayleigh James 5:33.79 Scottsbluff, 5. Kali Rimington 5:37.13 Gering, 6. Whitney Riesen 5:54.96 Scottsbluff, 7. Mia Hernandez 6:19.67 Sidney, 8. Kaelyn Shaul 6:21.34 Gering.

3200 Meters 1. Taylor Muncie 11:44.30 Scottsbluff, 2. Celeste Cardona 11:44.33 Mitchell, 3. Kiya Passero 12:14.59 Chadron, 4. Kelsey Crymble 12:40.71 Ogallala, 5. Erin Lindeman 12:52.88 Sidney, 6. Allison Witcofski 13:12.91 Gering.

100 Meter Hurdles 1. Chesney Walker 15.30 Scottsbluff, 2. Abigail Mohr 15.96 McCook, 3. Kyra Willats 16.64 Scottsbluff, 4. Taylor Mroczek 17.05 Gothenburg, 5. Gabbie Addleman 17.06 Sidney, 6. Madison Reiber 17.24 Alliance.

300 Meters Hurdles 1. Chesney Walker 47.33 Scottsbluff, 2. Brittney O’Kief 49.23 Valentine, 3. Jensen Geisert 49.25 Ogallala, 4. Chandler Hageman 49.71 Chadron, 5. Rylee Trout 49.96 Alliance, 6. Kyra Willats 50.65 Scottsbluff.

4x100 Relay 1. Abigail Mohr, Caitlin Leitner, Madison Shepherd, Danica Liess 50.98 McCook; 2. Whitney Kuxhausen, Chesney Walker, Avery Krentz, Shanell Primes 51.27 Scottsbluff; 3. Emily Mika, Gabbie Addleman, Sarah VonSeggern, Abby Heller 51.80 Sidney, 4. Rylee Trout, Madison Hiemstra, Jennifer Figueroa, Mackenzie Brennan 51.85 Alliance; 5. McKenna Peterson, Madi Gilg, Taylor Mroczek, Haley Cline 52.45 Gothenburg; 6. Maaryn Davis, Kianna Wright, Kaci Waugh, Chandler Hageman 54.38 Chadron.

4x400 Relay 1. Andie Geiken, Regan Geiken, Aryn Meisinger, Tiani Reeves 4:04.40 Gothenburg; 2. Madison Watson, Taylor Peters, Devin Beaver, Celeste Cardona 4:06.97 Mitchell; 3. Danica Liess, Ashton Harpham, Molly Sughroue, Caitlin Leitner, 4:07.87 McCook; 4. Preslie Allen, Abby Heller, Abi Fraas, Savanna Rosenbaum 4:09.59 Sidney, 5. Aubrey Gonzales, Shae Kaus, Kaylee Bohnsack, Rebekah Rawlings 4:11.75 Gering, 6. Chesney Walker, Shayleigh James, Kyra Willats, Taylor Muncie 4:13.17 Scottsbluff.

4x800 Relay 1. Taylor Peters, Devin Beaver, Madison Watson, Celeste Cardona 9:59.17 Mitchell; 2. Kali Rimington, Jerilyn Laws, Lauren Shaul, Rebekah Rawlings 10:12.43 Gering; 3. Alli Ehler, Madisen Stafford, Genessa Schilz, Abi Fraas 10:51.15 Sidney; 4. Kasey Wellmann, Jaci Teahon, Keely Lecher, Destiny McVay 10:58.16 Gothenburg; 5. EmIlene Sides, Hannah Esch, Kelsey Kilpatrick, Hannah Goss 11:07.58 McCook; 6. Whitney Riesen, Tayler Gipe, Abby Tygart, Krista Holzworth, 11:19.19 Scottsbluff.

Shot Put 1. Madison Elder 42-10.50 McCook, 2. SteaVen Becker 38-09.75 Scottsbluff, 3. Tiara Schmidt 38-04.50 McCook, 4. Emily Franzen 37-09.00 Gothenburg, 5. Danea Ray 36-08.00 Chadron, 6. Ashley Eskew 36-05.25 Gothenburg, 7. Sierra Betancur 35-02.50 Scottsbluff.

Discus 1. SteaVen Becker 132-08 Scottsbluff, 2. Madison Elder 125-01 McCook, 3. Alex Lurz 122-10 Ogallala, 4. Aly Camacho 113-05 Scottsbluff, 5. Emily Franzen 107-11 Gothenburg, 6. Ashley Hills 107-04 Chadron, 7. Brooke Doggett 105-09 Gering, 8. Sierra Betancur 104-04 Scottsbluff.

High Jump 1. Keltie Imus 5-00.00 Gering, 2. Kendall Schroer 5-00.00 Ogallala, 3. Blaire Gibbens 4-10.00 Gothenburg, 3. Savanna Rosenbaum 4-10.00 Sidney, 5. Brenleigh Daum 4-10.00 McCook, 6. Kennedy Cyza 4-10.00 Alliance, 7. Inka Hasmann 4-10.00 Valentine

Pole Vault 1. Abigail Mohr 11-05.00 McCook, 2. Aryn Meisinger 10-01.00 Gothenburg, 3. Becca Sehnert 8-07.00 McCook, 4. Kassidy Kottwitz 8-07.00 Gothenburg, 5. Jayme Commins 8-01.00 Ogallala, 5. Alexis Lynn 8-01.00 Scottsbluff, 6. Tiersa Darley 8-01.00 Scottsbluff.

Long Jump 1. Tiani Reeves 17-07.00 Gothenburg, 2. Sidney Mell 16-00.50 Ogallala, 3. Tiara Schmidt 16-00.00 McCook, 4. Kianna Wright 15-05.00 Chadron, 5. Holly Grote 15-03.75 Gering, 6. Aspen Reifschneider 15-03.00 Mitchell.

Triple Jump 1. Tiani Reeves 36-07.50 Gothenburg, 2. Sidney Mell 34-07.50 Ogallala, 3. Madison Shepherd 33-08.50 McCook, 4. Holly Grote 33-02.00 Gering, 5. Aspen Reifschneider 31-07.75 Mitchell, 6. Brenleigh Daum 31-07.00 McCook.

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