Gering expects winning season with deep talent
     2015-03-26      By Kay Grote    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Members of the 2015 Gering High School boys and girls track team are, front row from left Marissa Robles, Berrina Sibal, Taylor Evans, Jerilyn Laws, Kaelyn Shaul, Julia Ybarra, Dakota Wademan, Kali Rimington, Becca Brenner, Brooke Doggett and Brianna Eckerberg. Second Row, Victoria Schwartz, Carlee Brester, Jenna Hastings, Kaetlyn Todd, Sarah Lang, Keltie Imus, Jade Riedel, Erika Farret, Shae Kaus, Kelly Johnson, Migdahi Garcia. Third row, Nicole Patton, Mikayla Brink, Fransheska Plasencio, Mykal Martinez, Lauren Rairigh, Taylor Vance, Karina Clark, Adrianna Billie, Sydney Reed, Kelly Loomis. Fourth row, Alex Closson, Austin Saenz, Christian Arellano, Jaycee Shaul, Xavier Arellano, Christian Rogers, Leanne Lear, Faith Powell, Rebekah Rawlings, Morgan Evans, Hope Able, Letecia Ozuna, Fifth row, Drew Montanez, Esai Hernandez, Joey Godinez, Jeff Schmidt, Dione Contreras, Lance Garcia, Cody Snelling, Tanner Walker. Sixth row, Zac Helt, Wade Blue, Mitchell Marietta, Quintin Timblin, Alex Duncan, Antonio Murillo, Austin Abbott, Riley Grote. Seventh row, Sonny Salazar, Tyler Pszanka, Jacob Rocheleau, Christian Rogers, Nehemiah Palomo, Keaton Ebbers, Keenean Fogle, Spencer Powell, Ramon Villalobos. Eighth row, Tommy Hinze, Kenny Witcofski, Adam Moench, Seth DeBoer, Dylan Radzymski, Skylar Mueller, Cody Ybarra, Carl Case, Alex Brady. Back row, Luciano Palomo, Irvine Reyes, Miguel Ruiz, Noah Vogel, Ocean McGrath. 
With 100 athletes participating on this year’s Gering track and field team, head coach Randy Plummer is anticipating a successful season ripe with depth, dedication and talent. The Bulldog’s first team track action was Saturday at the Chadron Indoor Invitational where Plummer and the GHS track coaching team took an early assessment of athletes and events.

“We are trying to get the kids in the events they can be the most successful right now. Hopefully, we will have quality kids in every event,” Plummer said.

Plummer’s 28-year strategy of identifying the talent and abilities of each athlete and training them to maximize their potential in their respective events has proven to be effective in the past. It was a year ago that Plummer was working to meld the early-season talent of selected sprinters that led to a record-setting and state championship 4x400 boys’ relay team of Dillon DeMott, Aaron Pierce, Caleb Geary and Ryan Schwartzkopf. Losing these leaders to graduation, Plummer and crew will be looking to rebuild relay teams and continue to fine-tune the skills of many capable field event competitors.

“We have a fantastic coaching staff,” Plummer said, listing Roger Schmidt with boys’ sprinters and hurdlers, Jimmie Rhodes with the girls’ sprinters and hurdlers, Rick Marez with boys’ and girls’ distance, Bill Bauer with boys’ and girls’ pole vault, Randy Johnson with boys’ and girls’ long and triple jumpers, Mike Loftsgard with boys’ and girls’ throwers and himself with boys’ and girls’ high jumpers.

Seniors who are expected to lead the team in their respected areas include Kyle Upp, Spencer Powell, Ramon Villalobos, Quentin Timblin, Jheru Montanez, Mitch Marietta, Joey Godinez, Esai Hernandez, Jeff Schmidt, Alex Closson, Austin Rogers, Keenean Fogle, Julia Ybarra, Becca Brenner, Brooke Doggett, Dakota Wademan, Kali Rimington, and Megan Mason. Plummer said there is also a strong group of younger athletes who will do a great job of competing this year.

Competing in the Western Conference, which includes Scottsbluff, Sidney, Mitchell, Chadron, and Alliance, Plummer lists the Bearcats and Red Raiders as always-strong contenders in all events. Gering will be working to improve upon their 7th place team finish in B6 District ranks, which includes Alliance, Chadron, Gering, Gothenburg, McCook, Mitchell, Ogallala, Scottsbluff, Sidney, and Valentine.

“We are looking forward to a great season,” Plummer said. “The kids are working very hard and we are expecting to put very competitive boys and girls teams on the track and in the field.”

Gering track schedule

Saturday, March 21 at Chadron 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 28 at Scottsbluff 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 at North Platte 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 9 at Mitchell 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 16 at Alliance 8:30 a.m.
Friday, April 24 JV at Mitchell TBA
Friday, April 24 V at Scottsbluff 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28 Best in the West at SB 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1 Western Conf. at SB 1 p.m.
Friday, May 8 at Torrington, Wyo. Noon
Thursday, May 14 District at Ogallala TBA
May 22-23 State at Omaha TBA

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