North Platte Valley track teams head to Omaha
     2015-05-21      By Philip Eckerberg   
Members from very team in our coverage area will make a trip to Omaha for the State Track meet at Burke Stadium. Here is who to keep your eye on.

Class B

For girls’ competitors, Scottsbluff by far has the most athletes going to state. Sierra Betancur will be competing in discus. Tiersa Darley will make a try in the pole vault. Mana Garcia will be in the 300 hurdles, she is ranked 9th in class B at 48.55. Shayleigh James will be in the 1600, ranked 9th in class B at 5:32.45. Tenth ranked in the 1600 with a time of 5:33.75, Taylor Muncie will also run the 3200, ranked 9th in that event with a 12:01.09. Taylor Noe will run the 200. Whitney Riesen, ranked 6th in Class B at 11:54.89, will compete in the 3200. Kyra Willets will be in the 100 hurdles.

Scottsbluff girls’ relay is in the 4x100 with Shanell Primes, Taylor Noe, Avery Krentz, and Kyra Willats carrying the baton.
Gering’s McKeltie Imus will compete in the high jump. The Gering girls’ 4x800 relay team of Victoria Schwartz, Kali Rimington, Lauren Shaul, and Rebekah Rawlings are currently 5th in class B at 9:56.64. Rawlings will also be in the 400.

Mitchell girls are Class B favorites with Jori Peters currently the leader of the 400 at 59.21, and second in the 800 at 2:18.54. Celeste Cardona is in 6th place in both of her events, the 1600 at 2:21.7 and the 3200 at 5:25.63. Madison Watson will run the 300 hurdles and is currently seventh in class B at 48.23.

Two Mitchell girls’ relay teams made state. The 4x100 team of Jori Peters, Olivia Armstrong, Celeste Cardona, and Aspen Reifschneider are currently 5th at 50.68. The 4x400 team is in second at 4:02.85 with Madison Watson, Jori Peters, Olivia Armstrong and Celeste Cardona carrying the baton.

Scottsbluff has the largest number of boys going to Omaha. Matt Barraza will be running the 800 and is ranked first in the 1600 at 4:30.91. Shane Burkey will be in the 1600 and 3200, ranking first in the 3200 at 10:02.72 and 5th in the 1600 at 4:39.23. Josh Hergenreder will be in the 1600 and 3200, ranked 5th in the 3200 at 10:09.89. Matt Holloway will be soaring over the 110 hurdles. Matt Richardson is in the 800 and 1600, ranked second in the 800 at 1:59.12, only .17 seconds behind the leader.

The Scottsbluff boys’ 4x800 relay team is in second for Class B with Matthew Richardson, Collin Maag, Jesse Jaramillo and Matthew Barraza.
Gering’s sole boy going to state is Jeff Schmidt, ranked 9th in the Class B 300 hurdles at 40:84.

Mitchell boys will be respected at state with Drew Gilliland going in 300 hurdles where he is the current class B leader at 39.13 and second in 110 hurdles at 14.8. Abe Hernandez will be in the 200 and 400, ranked 7th in the 400 at 51 seconds and 8th in the 200 at 22.66. Christian Perez qualified for the 100 and 200, ranked 5th in the 100 at 11.06 and 7th in the 200 at 22.58. Chase Watson will run the 1600 from his 4th place ranking at 4:38.7.

Mitchell’s 4x100 relay team of Drew Gilliland, Drake Gilliland, Abe Hernandez and Christian Perez is the team to beat in Omaha, ;leading Class B at 43.25.

Class C
Bayard is our lone Class C team. We will be watching Bryce Burry in the 800. Bryce Hargens will be in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Hargens is ranked 4th in the Class C 300 at 40.75 and 7th in the 110 at 15.7.

Among the Bayard girls, Jessi Smith, is the one to beat in Omaha. Challengers had better bring their fastest shoes and lots of energy as Smith is in the 200, 400, and 800 individual events. Smith leads the Class in the 400 at 58.8 and the 800 at 2:17.4, Smith is ranked second in the 200 at 25.88.

Chellani Parriott is second in Class C in the 100 hurdles at 16.1. Miah Vera will compete in long jump, working to better her 10th place ranking of 16-3. The Bayard 4x100 relay team of Jessi Smith, Elisabeth Brown, Chellani Parroitt, and Miah Vera will also be competing at Omaha.

Class D

Banner County’s Tyson Dahlgrin is the only boy going to state from Banner County. Dahlgrin is the Class D leader in 110 hurdles at 15.53 and second in the 300 hurdles at 41.33.
Minatare’s Tyler Koke will represent the Indians in the triple jump.
Morrill boys qualified Matthew Hessler in the shotput and Jorge Lara in the pole vault.

Banner County girls are sending one to state, Makenna Dahlgrin will compete in discus.

Minatare has two girls on the bus with Franki Doty in the 1600 and Maddison Schlosser in the 3200.

Morrill girls will have Jessica Harvey in the 100 and long jump. Kaitlin Howell will compete in the shotput. Shalyn Lackey will compete in the 200. Leanne Sherrod will be in the long jump.
The Morrill’s second ranked 4x100 team will run with Jessica Harvey, Shalyn Lackey, LeAnne Sherrod and Stefani Tarin carrying the baton. This team’s best time was 52.76.

Best wishes to area athletes as they vie for honors in state competition.

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