Scottsbluff boys earn second at state track meet: Bayard’s Jessi Smith wins big with two golds and a silver
     2015-05-28      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Mitchell freshman Jori Peters, flanked by Gering freshman Victoria Schwartz, maneuvers for her winning position in the girls’ 800 M run earlier in the season at the Mitchell Invite. Peters came in fourth with a time of 2:20.84 druing at the state meet. Schwartz, as part of the Gering girls’ 4x800 relay team with Rebekah Rawlings, Lauren Shaul, and Kali Rimington earned fifth place 9:55.66. 
Area schools sent their best track athletes off to Omaha for the state track meet, the big winner was Scottsbluff who earned 40 points for second place, just two points behind B6 foe Sidney.

Bayard girls place sixth

The Bayard girls’ team earned 28 points to place sixth in the class C team rankings. As predicted last week Bayard Tiger Jessi Smith was the big winner from Bayard. Smith won the 800 in 2:17.28 and placed first in the 400 with a time of 57.18. Smith closed her season out with a silver medal in the 200 at 25.78. It was heavy hauling all that hardware back to Bayard but Smith was happy to do it.

The Bayard 4x100 relay team was 12th overall at 52.28, the baton was passed by Miah Vera, Jessi Smith, Chellani Parriott, and Elisabeth Brown. In the long jump Miah Vera was 20th at 14-01. Chellani Parriott ran the 100 hurdles in 17.03 but did not make it to finals.

Bayard Tiger Bryce Burry was 12th in the 800 run at 2:05.57.Bryce Hargens ran the 110 hurdles in 17 seconds but did not qualify for finals.

Scottsbluff, Mitchell boys represent Class B well

The Scottsbluff boys were the highest scoring local team with 42 points for second place. Mitchell boys earned seventh place with 26 points.
Scottsbluff Bearcats kicked off the wins in the boys’ 4x800 relay in a time of 8:08.17 Jesse Jaramillo, Collin Maag, Matthew Richardson, and Matthew Barraza each made two laps for the win. Two Bearcats scored points in the 3200 meter run with Shane Burkey getting fifth in 9:49.06 and Joshua Hergenreder getting sixth in 9:56.05. The 800 run saw two more Bearcats placing with Matthew Richardson in fourth at 2:00.14 and Matthew Barraza right behind in fifth place finishing in 2:00.15.
The Mitchell Tigers boys snagged a gold medal in the 4x100 relay in just 43.7 seconds. Christian Perez, Abraham Hernandez, Drew Gilliland, and Drake Gilliland passed the baton for the honor.

110 meter hurdles saw Drew Gilliland coming in second for a silver in 14.98. Scottsbluff’s Matthew Holloway also ran the 110 hurdles in 16.35 but did not make finals. Mitchell’s Christian Perez ran the 100 dash in 11.429 but did not make finals. Tiger Abraham Hernandez competed in the 400 with a time of 51.41 but it was not quick enough for finals.

Scottsbluff’s Matthew Barraza had to haul another heavy gold medal home in the 1600 with the winning time of 4:30.01. Teammates Shane Burkey won fifth in 4:33.99 and Josh Hergenreder was 20th in 4:46.90.

Drew Gilliland’s name comes up again in the 300 hurdles. Drew won a silver medal with a second place finish at 39.17. Gering Bulldog Jeffery Schmidt also ran the 300 hurdles in 41.39 but did not qualify for finals. Mitchell Tigers Abraham Hernandez and Christian Perez ran the 200, Hernandez in 23.55 and Perez in 23.26, neither runner made it to finals.

Class B girls saw Mitchell in 19th place with 12 points. Scottsbluff was in 27th place with 6 points and Gering was thirtieth with 4 points.
In discus Scottsbluff Bearcat Sierra Betancur was 14th at 101-06. Pole Vault saw Bearcat Tiersa Darley in ninth place at 9-06. McKeltie Imus was entered in the high jump but no measurement was listed for her.

The Gering girls’ 4x800 relay team of Victoria Schwartz, Rebekah Rawlings, Lauren Shaul, and Kali Rimington earned fifth place 9:55.66. The 3200 run saw Mitchell Tiger Celeste Cardona in fourth place at 11:30.84, Scottsbluff’s Whitney Riesen was fifth at 11:33.95 and teammate Taylor Muncie was eighth at 11:43.68. The 800 run had Mitchell Tiger Jori Peters in fourth at 2:20.84.

4x100 relay Scottsbluff was in eighth place with a 51.11 time. Kyra Willats, Avery Krentz, Shanell Primes, and Taylor Noe passed the baton for the Bearcats. Mitchell Tigers Aspen Reifschneider, Celeste Cardona, Olivia Armstrong, and Jori Peters took 11th place in 51.54.

Bearcat Kyra Willats ran in the preliminaries in the 100 hurdles in 17.27 but did not make finals. Scottsbluff Shanell Primes was in the 100 dash and finished in 12.88 but did not qualify for finals. The 400 dash saw Mitchell’s Jori Peters in seventh with a time of 1:00.99. Gering Bulldogs Rebekah Rawlings was also in the 400 but did not make finals with 1:00.39.

The 1600 run had four locals in it. Bearcat Shayleigh James was 11th at 5:27.17. Mitchell Tiger Celeste Cardona was 13th in 5:29.16. Scottsbluff’s Whitney Riesen was fourteenth at 5:29.43. Bearcat Taylor Muncie was 18th in 5:37.48.
The 300 hurdles saw Scottsbluff’s Rosa Garcia and Mitchell’s Madison Watson running. Garcia’s time was 49.35 and Watson’s time was 49.8. Neither runner qualified for finals. Scottsbluff’s Taylor Noe ran in the 200 at 27.41 but did not make finals.
Mitchell’s 4x400 relay team was in 11th place with a time of 4:10.79. Madison Watson, Jori Peters, Olivia Armstrong, and Celeste Cardona each ran the single lap.

Dahlgrin 4th in Class D 110 meter hurdles

In class D there were just a handful of competitors from our section of the valley and here is how they did. On the boys’ side Banner County’s Tyson Dahlgrin showed his Wildcat pride with an overall fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles crossing the line in 15.46. Dahlgrin followed up with a sixth place finish in the 300 hurdles at 41.83.

Tyler Koke represented the Minatare Indians with a 20th place finish in the triple jump at 37-06.75. Morrill Lion Matthew Hessler was 22nd in the shot put at 41-10.25 while teammate Jorge Lara was 19th in the pole vault at 10-06.

On the class D girls’ side Banner County Wildcat Makenna Dahlgrin was 13th in the discus at 101-00. Morrill Lions Jessica Harvey and Leanne Sherrod both competed in the long jump. Harvey was 20th at 14-07 and Sherrod was 22nd at 14-04.25. Harvey also ran the 100 meter dash in 13.79 but did not qualify for finals. Morrill Lion Kaitlin Howell was 16th in the shot put at 35-00.5. Minatare Indian Maddison Schlosser was 23rd in the 3200 at 14:07.45.

The Morrill 4x100 relay team was 13th. Running the baton for Morrill was Leanne Sherrod, Stefani Tarin, Jessica Harvey, and Shalyn Lackey, they crossed the line in 53.59. Minatare Indian Frankie Doty ran the 1600 in 6:21.56 and placed 22nd. Morrill’s Shalyn Lackey ran the 200 dash in 29.18 but did not qualify for finals.
That is it, another track season is in the books. Some of these athletes we will see again next year and sadly some have graduated and will not compete again. There will be new stars next year as teams readjust. Be sure to look here for all the results.

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