Bearcats, Bulldogs pace their way to state meet
     2011-10-20      By The Gering Citizen   
Photo by Spectrum Photo Gering varsity cross country runners Darrin Gonzales, Michael Mapes, Ryan Bustinza, Sam Leach and Keenean Fogle jump out to a quick start at the season-opening Gering Invitational Meet on Sept. 1 at Mo 
OGALLALA — The Scottsbluff boys and Gering senior Ryan Bustinza proved to be dominant forces Thursday in the District B-4 cross country meet at Ogallala. As a result, a host of Bearcats and Bulldogs will be making the trip to the Class B state meet Friday in Kearney.

The Gering girls and boys were both third-place team finishers to qualify their entire squads for the state meet.

Scottsbluff freshman Matthew Barraza set the pace for the district field and the Bearcat boys’ 17-point, runaway first-place team finish with his time of 16:05.2.

Bustinza was just short of finishing second, settling for third, and thus earned his third state meet berth with a run of 16:10.3.

Scottsbluff sophomore Anthony Parra was fourth in 16:14.1, Bearcat junior Justin Pritchard took fifth in 16:30.0, SHS sophomore Brendan Taedter finished seventh in 16:55.5 and sophomore Ben Wills-Teff took ninth in 17:09.3 in pacing the Bearcats’ dominant team performance. Junior Lucas Parsley (17:29.5) rounded out Scottsbluff’s tight pack with his 11th-place run.

Lexington was the team runner-up with 36 points, led by second-place senior Franklin Ibarra.

Gering had freshman Michael Mapes cross in 12th place as the Bulldogs earned a team berth to state with 54 points. Other state team members for Gering are freshman Jacob Leach (17:58.9), senior Kyle Gaudreault (18:05.7), sophomore Aaron Pierce (18:30.2) and senior Darrin Gonzales (18:51.4).

The Gering girls were third with 55 points, just one point behind runner-up McCook while Lexington took the team title with 46 points. Bulldog junior Damaris Martinez paced GHS with her seventh-place finish in 15:45.1. Freshman Kali Rimington also placed among the top 15 with her 11th-place finish in 16:22.4.

Other Bulldog team members making the trip to state include senior Chelsea Wickard (16:59.7), who twice has run at the state meet for Scottsbluff. Also qualifying for Gering are juniors Megan Upp (17:15.4), Dakota Gellner (17:28.7) and Jackie Hayden (17:39.5).

Scottsbluff had two state girls’ qualifiers in freshmen Taylor Muncie, who finished sixth in 15:35.9, and Atrayana Donohoe, who was 10th in 16:07.8. The Bearcats finished fourth in the team standings, just one point behind Gering.

District B-4 boys’ results
Team scores
1.Scottsbluff, 17
Coach: Jim Barker
Matthew Barraza (9), 16:05; 2 Anthony Parra (10), 16:141; Justin Pritchard (11), 16:30; Brendan Taedter (10), 16:55.5; Ben Willis-Teff (10), 17:09.3; Lucas Parsley (11), 17:29.5.
2. Lexington, 36
Coach: Sam Jilka
Franklin Ibarra (12), 16:08.5; Jalen Grant (11), 16:52.8
Mauricio Calmo-Calmo (12), 16:55.8; Bryan Zepeda-Larrave (11), 18:03.1; Daniel Nguyen (11), 18:29.4; Chandler Flynn (9), 18:33.3.
3. Gering, 54
Coach: Rick Marez
Ryan Bustinza (12), 16:10.3; Michael Mapes (9), 17:33.2; Jacob Leach (9), 17:58.9
Kyle Gaudreault (12), 18:05.7
Aaron Pierce (10), 18:30.2
Darrin Gonzales (12), 18:51.4.
4. Hastings, 62; 5. McCook, 79; 6. Holdrege, 126; 7.Grand Island Northwest, 130; 8.Alliance, 138.

Top 15 Individuals
1.Matthew Barraza (9), Scottsbluff, 16:05.2; 2. Franklin Ibarra (12), Lexington, 16:08.5; 3. Ryan Bustinza (12), Gering, 16:10.3; 4 Anthony Parra (10), Scottsbluff,16:14.1; 5. Justin Pritchard (11), Scottsbluff, 16:30; 6. Jalen Grant (11), Lexington, 16:52.8; 7. Brendan Taedter (10), Scottsbluff, 16:55.5; 8. Mauricio Calmo-Calmo (12), Lexington, 16:55.8; 9. Ben Willis-Teff (10), Scottsbluff, 17:09.3; 10. Trevor Pate (11), McCook, 17:14.5; 11. Lucas Parsley (11), Scottsbluff, 17:29.5; 12. Michael Mapes (9), Gering, 17:33.2; 13. Michel Sturm (12), Hastings, 17:33.9; 14. Ryan Grealish (12), Hastings, 17:38.5; 15. Joshua Raum (11), Alliance, 17:41.5.

District B-4 girls’ results
Team scores
1.Lexington, 46
Coach: Sam Jilka
Odaliz Santoyo-Garcia (10), 15:00.3; Vanessa Ambriz (11), 15:15; 4 Daisy Lopez (11), 16:24; 8. Ana Hernandez-Cruz (9),18:02; 5. Erika Cardoso-Perez (10), 18:23.5.
2.McCook, 54
Coach: Tom Sughroue
Molly Sughroue (10), 15:19.9.Emily Tolliver (12), 15:51.3; Abigail Mohr (10), 17:21;
Emilene Sides (10), 17:21.5;
Andrea Miller (11), 19:48.2;
Veronica Bair (11), 20:22.2;
3.Gering, 55
Coach: Caleigh Barker
Damaris Martinez (11), 15:45.1; Kali Rimington (9), 16:22.4; Chelsea Wickard (12), 16:59.7; Megan Upp (11), 17:15.4;
Dakota Gellner (11), 17:28.7;
Jackie Hayden (11), 17:39.5;
4.Scottsbluff, 56; 5. Holdrege, 56; 6. Hastings, 70; 7. Grand Island Northwest, 85; 8.Alliance, 155.

Top 15 individuals
1 Gabriella Gracia (10), Holdrege, 14:53.1; 2. Odaliz Santoyo-Garcia (10), Lexington, 15:00.3; 3. Vanessa Ambriz (11), Lexington, 15:15.4; 4. Marika Vanbrocklin (10), Hastings, 15:17.9; 5. Molly Sughroue (10), McCook,15:19.9; 6.; Taylor Muncie (9), Scottsbluff, 15:35.9;7.Damaris Martinez (11) Gering, 15:45.1; 8. Emily Tolliver (12), McCook, 15:51.3; 9. Megan Billington (9),Northwest,15:54.2; 10. Atrayana Donohoe (9),Scottsbluff, 16:07.8; 11. Kali Rimington (9), Gering, 16:22.4; 12. Daisy Lopez (11),Lexington, 16:24.8; 13. Maureen Boyd (11), Hastings, 16:26.2; 14. Faith Schleicher (9), Northwest, 16:27.9; 15. Miranda Karn (12), Holdrege, 16:44.9.

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