Bayard returns strong for track season
     2015-03-26      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Bayard Boys Track Front Row (freshmen): Cole Kramer, Bryce Burry, Mitch McKibbin, Alex Araujo. 2nd Row (sophomores): Sky Miller, Joe Ferrero, Kalen Krantz, Aiden Harimon. 3rd Row (juniors): Conrad Kildow, Jake Hoff, Lucas Jones. Back Row (seniors): Loren Haase, Felipe Palomo, Tristan Hunter, Bryce Hargens, Roger Roach, Robert Niezwaag. 
Although several members of the team have graduated, the Bayard Tigers returns much of its strong competition for the 2015 track season. The team is in District C11 and plays in both Western Trails and Minuteman Activities Conferences.

In 2014, Bayard took second in the Early Bird Meet in Morrill, won the Class C-D Invite and placed fifth at the Creek Valley Invite. They also placed second in the WTC meet, won the MAC conference, placed third at districts and fourth at state.

“One of my goals is always to place in the upper half of every meet and we generally do that,” said head coach Randy McKibbin. “We want to always compete for that championship in both conferences and qualify as many kids as possible for state.”
He added that after graduating several good athletes last year, he’s looking forward to seeing the freshman class will bring to the team.

“The one thing about track is the stop watch and the tape measure is they don’t lie,” he said. “But if what I’ve see of the kids coming out of junior high is true, they should make a good contribution.”

McKibbin said the makeup of this year’s 20 team member is such that the bigger the meet, the better they’ll place. “To win the smaller meets, you need a lot of kids place fourth, fifth and sixth. But we have the kids who place first or second. We have some very talented athletes which should make us tough in large meets.”

Some of Bayard’s top returners for the girls include senior Chellani Parriot, who McKibbin said “I would have a hard time finding someone who would outwork Chellani.” She qualified for state in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay.
Jessi Smith was a four-event state qualifier, placing first in both the 400 and 800 meter events, and second in the 4x100 relay.

Miah Vera joined Smith and Parriot for second on the 4x100 relay, and also qualified in he long jump, high jump and triple jump.

Bayard returns four letter winners, along with six girls for the top newcomers.
McKibbin have coaching for 30 years, the last 16 at Bayard. His assistants include Jordan Harriger, Micki McKibbin and Wade Kniss.

Bayard Track Schedule

Saturday, March 21 at Chadron Invite – TBA
Saturday, March 28 Early Bird Meet at Morrill – 9 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 Home CD meet – TBA
Friday, April 10 at Chappell Tri-State Tournament – 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 18 Home for Western Trail Conference tournament – 1 p.m.
Friday, April 24 at Mitchell/Morrill Invite or Scottsbluff Twilight meet
Tuesday, April 28 at Scottsbluff Best of the West – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 Home for MAC Conference meet – 9 a.m.
Friday, May 8 Home BCD meet – 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 14 Home District Tournament – TBA
Friday, May 22 State Tournament at Omaha – TBA

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