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Tiger Tracksters host SEWAC Conference

Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2013


Photos/Barb Rapp & Barb DeGering


Results from SEWAC Conference Track & Field Meet held in Lusk on Sat. May 4, 2013

Last Saturday under some very pleasant weather conditions and for the first time in over a decade, Niobrara County had the privilege in hosting the SEWAC Conference High School and Middle School Track & Field Meet. Led by Grady Penfield with seventeen team points and three All-Conference medals, the Tigers finished in second place with 170 points. Lingle-Ft. Laramie claimed the 2013 Track & Field SEWAC Conference Championship with 192.50 points. Burns finished in third with 150 points, Pine Bluffs claimed the fourth spot with 86.5 points and Southeast was fifth with 36 points. “Although we were disappointed by not winning the conference championship, the boys competed extremely hard and we had a number of outstanding performances,” commented Coach Dennis Zowada. “Lingle just had a little too much firepower, especially with their quality distance crew.”

All-Conference medals were earned by five Tiger tracksters: Dakota Clark, Hunter Dockery, Kolby Eddy, Grady Penfield and Travis Smith.

Individually, Grady Penfield placed first in the High Jump with a leap of 6’ to earn his All-Conference award and Hunter Dockery ran away from the field in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 52.78 to claim his All-Conference award. Hunter’s time in the 400 Meter Dash was a state pre-qualifying time as well as a personal record.

Two relay teams also finished in first place and were awarded All-Conference. The 4 X 100 Relay team of Dakota Clark, Travis Smith, Kolby Eddy and Grady Penfield ran a season’s best time of 46.38. The 4 X 400 Relay (Kolby Eddy, Grady Penfield , Travis Smith and Hunter Dockery) also ran a season’s best time of 3:40.42. The times by both relays were state qualifying times and will automatically qualify them a spot at State Track & Field Champions to be held in Casper in two weeks. “I was very pleased with the way the relay teams competed last Saturday. I hope this gives us some momentum as we head into regionals and the state meet,” said Coach Zowada.

The 4 X 800 Relay team of Justin Robinson, Tyler Harris, Taten Gaukel and Sebastian Ochs also competed well and placed third with a time of 10:17.51.

Some valuable team points were earned by a number of Tiger tracksers including:

Travis Smith - 19 Points - 1st 4 X 100 & 4 X 400 Relay, 2nd 200 Meter Dash (24.37), 3rd High Jump (5’8”).

Hunter Dockery - 18 1/2 Points - 1st 400 Meter Dash, 1st 4 X 400 Relay, 4th Triple Jump (39’9”), 5th 200 Meter Dash (24.86).

Matt VandeBossche- 18 Points - 2nd 110 High Hurdles (17.15), 2nd 300 Hurdles (44.31), 5th Triple Jump (39’3”).

Grady Penfield - 17 Points - 1st 4 X 100 Relay, 1st 4 X 400 Relay, 1st High Jump and 5th 100 Meter Dash (12.5).

Dakota Clark - 12 1/2 - 1st 4 X 100 Relay, 3rd Long Jump (18’10.5”), 4th 100 Meter Dash (12.57).

Derick VandeBossche - 12 Points - 2nd High Jump (5’10”), 4th 110 High Hurdles (18.56).

Kolby Eddy: 8 Points - 1st 4 X 100, 1st 4 X 400, 5th Long Jump (18’) 6th 200 Meter Dash (25.70).

Two freshmen, Brawk Cole and Logan Lamar earned some key team points as well. Brawk placed second in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 13.06 and Logan Larmar placed second in the Long Jump with a leap of 19’4.5”. “Anytime a freshman can place at our SEWAC meet is pretty impressive,” commented Coach Zowada and “we are looking for a lot of the freshmen to step up in the next few years and be a key part of our track program.”

Rounding out the scoring for the Tigers included: Craig Christianson 3rd Pole Vault 11’8”, Martin Fitzwater 4th Shot Put 42’4.25”, Adam Kraft 5th 800 Meter Run 2:23.08, Colter Larson 4th Discus 108’7”.

The Tiger team also competed in the “Race to the Ball” meet in Newcastle on Monday April 30th . Craig Christianson was the lone gold medal winner vaulting a state qualifying mark of 11’8” in the pole vault. The team scored 62 points for sixth place.

This coming weekend the Tigers will be competing in the 2A Regional Track & Field Meet in Gillette. The top eight individuals in each event as well as the top four relay team will earn a spot at the state meet to be held in Casper on May 16-18. The Tiger coaching staff will also like to thank all of the volunteers and Athletic Director Matt VandeBossche for making SEWAC such a success last Saturday. It was great to be able to host a meet in Lusk again, and we love our new facility.

Hosting their first track meet in nearly seven years, the Tiger track teams were proud to host the SEWAC Conference track meet on Saturday. The new facility proved to be a fast track for the meet. The Lady Tiger track team scored 106.5 points to place 3rd in the conference. Two Lady Tiger tracksters earned all-conference honors in their events. Senior Sami Starkey vaulted to the gold medal in the pole vault with a vault of 9’6”. Jessica Bruegger earned her all-conference gold medal in the 300 hurdles running them in a time of 49.08. Cousin Hailey Bruegger was right behind Jessica finishing 2nd with a time of 50.09, which is her personal best for the event. Jessica finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.68.

Throwers for Lady Tigers had some personal bests and point getting throws. Sophomore Megan Mason prequalified for the state track meet in a couple weeks with a toss of 33’3.5”, which is a personal best for Mason. Teammate Kassidy Miller also had a personal best in the shot put with a 34’2” throw to place her 2nd in the event. Discus throwers Kassidy Miller and Lexie Dockery both qualified for the finals in that event. Kassidy placed 5th with a toss of 89’4.5” and Lexi placed 8th with a toss of 74’6.5”. Freshman Rachel Lashmett threw 70’6.5” in the discus for a personal best and 25’10.75” in the shot put. Throws coach Ron Nelson commented, “My girl throwers really took advantage of being at home, where they practice every night by all of them having a personal best in at least one of their events.” “I am really proud of their efforts today.”

Junior distance runner Kristy DeGering ran three distance events on Saturday, placing in all three. First up for Kristy was the 4X800 relay with team members freshmen Lexi Blackburn, Lexie Dockery and Junior Jessica Bruegger. This relay team finished in 2nd place with their best time of the season of a 4:30. Kristy ran in the 1600 placing 6th with a time of 6:19 and in the 3200 running a time of 14:17 to place 4th. Lexie Dockery also ran an 800.

Senior sprinter Christine Brenner placed 4th in the 100m dash with a time of 14.37 and 6th in the 200 with a time of 29.71. Christine also long jumped, but struggled by not getting a mark. Brenner was also a member of the 4X100 relay team. Fellow Senior Sami Starkey, Freshman Lexi Blackburn, and Junior Hailey Bruegger ran to a 3rd place finished in a time of 54.77. Freshman Rachel Lashmett ran a 200m dash in a time of 38.01. Junior Jayci Shoults ran a 100m dash in 14.68 to place 8th. Shoults pole vaulted and long jumped. In the long jump event Jayci jumped 13’6.5” to place 6th. Freshman Lexi Blackburn placed 6th in the pole vault with a vault of 6’0”.

High jumping for the Lady Tigers were Sami Starkey, Hailey Bruegger, and Lexi Blackburn. Sami and Hailey tied for 5th place both clearing 4’8”. Lexi jumped 4’2” to place 9th.

In the last event of the day the 4X400 relay team ran to their best time of the season with a time of 4:30 finishing in 2nd place. Senior Sami Starkey, Juniors Jessica Bruegger, Hailey Bruegger, and Jayci Shoults are members of this relay. The Lady Tiger Track team would like to thank everyone who came out to the conference track meet to help with the smooth running of this event. Next up for the Lady Tigers is the Regional Track Meet in Gillette on May 10-11.

Results from Newcastle Race to the Ball Track Meet April 30, 2013

Christine Brenner

8th place 100m dash 14.04

4th place 200m dash 29.68

11th place long jump 13’10”

4X100 relay 6th place 56.62

Sami Starkey

High jump 6th place 4’8”

Pole vault 2nd place 9’6”

4X100 relay 6th place 56.62

4X400 relay 3rd place 4:36.64

Hailey Bruegger

300m Hurdles 3rd place 52.21

High Jump 2nd place 4’8”

4X100 relay 6th place 56.62

4X400 relay 3rd place 4:36.64

Jessica Bruegger

100m Hurdles 2nd place 17.66

300m Hurdles 2nd place 49.40

4X400 relay 3rd place 4:36.64

4X800 relay 6th place 12:04

Kristy DeGering

4X800 relay 6th place 12:04

3200m run 1st place 13:53.67

Kassidy Miller

Shot Put 3rd place 33’1.5”

Discus 6th place 92’6”

Weightman’s Relay 3rd place 1:08.58

Jayci Shoults

4X400 relay 3rd place 4:36.64

100m dash 11th place 14.41

Pole Vault 5th place 7’0”

Long jump ND

Rishell Lizasuain

Long jump 11’6.5”

100m dash 16.33

High jump NH

Megan Mason

Shot put 7th place 31’1.5”

Discus ND

Weightman’s Relay 3rd place 1:08.58

Lexi Blackburn

4X800 relay 6th place 12:04

4X100 relay 6th place 56.62

Pole Vault 6’0”

High Jump NH

Lexie Dockery

Shot put 7th place 31’1.5”

Discus 70’10”

4X800 relay 6th place 12:04

Weightman’s Relay 3rd place 1:08.58

Rachel Lashmett

Weightman’s Relay 3rd place 1:08.58

Discus ND

Shot put 25’10”

200m dash 35.75



For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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