More than 50 athletes from the Panhandle were place winners at the recent Nebraska High School Track and Field Meet in Omaha. Several of them finished among the top eight in their events more than once.
The Panhandle standouts included three gold medal winners in individual events and the members of two first place 4x100 relay teams. Another relay team placed second and five individuals from the 11-county area also were runners-up.
The gold medalist were Scottsbluff sprinter Chris Busby, who won the Class B boys’ 100 meters in 10.90 seconds; Banner County’s MaKenna Dahlgrin, winner of the Class D girls’ shot put; and Trinity Langley of Potter-Dix, who cleared 5 foot, 2 inches to capture the Class D girls’ high jump.
Busby also finished fifth in the 200 meters and wasn’t the only Scottsbluff speedster to do well in Omaha. The Bearcats’ Jeremiah Delzer was third in the 100 finals and moved up to second in the 200. Both are juniors and also ran on the first place 4x100 relay.
After rushing for more than 1,500 yards last fall and winning the 100 at the state meet, Busby is sure to be a red hot football recruit this fall.
Mitchell also won the boys’ Class C 4x100 relay in 44.02 seconds. It was the fourth consecutive year that the Tigers have won a 4x100 relay at the state meet. The first was in Class B in 2015 and the last three in Class C.
The Mitchell girls repeated as the runner-up in the Class C 4x400 relay at state this year.
Individuals from the Panhandle winning silver medals were Crawford’s Aaron Alcorn, who tied for second in the Class D high jump; Wade Blue of Gering in the Class B shot put; Jack Linders of Bridgeport in the Class C 800; and Brady Kilgore of Kimball in the Class C 110 high hurdles, along with Delzer in the Class B 200.
Crawford freshman Jillian Brennan was among the Panhandle entries who placed in two races. She was fourth in the Class D 1600 and fifth in the 3200. Her 1600 time of 5:35.95 was nearly 20 seconds faster than her previous best.
Besides Brennan, another young distance runner from the area also excelled in Omaha.
Sophomore Rylan Cheyney of Cody-Kilgore was second in the boys’ Class D 3200 and third in the 1600.
Chadron had a proud moment at state when junior True Thorne placed sixth in the Class B discus with a throw of 126-8, her career-best by 2 1/2 feet and nearly 18 feet beyond her best of a year ago.
While Beatrice won the boys’ Class B team title with 55 points, Scottsbluff tied with Boys Town for second with 39 points. Sidney scored 19 points, Gering 17 and Alliance 2.
Syracuse won the Class B girls’ crown with 72 points and Elkhorn was second with 67.
Scottsbluff led the Panhandle with 21, Sidney garnered 5.5 and Chadron 3.
Hartington-Newcastle was the Class C boys’ state champion with 52 points, six more than runner-up Norfolk Catholic. Mitchell tied for 13th with 17 points while Bridgeport scored 9 points, Kimball 8 and Bayard 7.
David City Aquinas won the girls’ Class C title with 67 points and Lincoln Lutheran was next with 51. Mitchell accumulated 18 points and Bayard 1.
In Class D, Axtell won the boys’ top honors with 65 points and Giltner was second with 42. Alcorn garnered 7 points for Crawford by placing in the high jump for the third straight year and Minatare and Creek Valley at Chappell both scored 3.
Giltner ran away with the girls’ title with 89.5 points, more than double runner-up Elm Creek’s 40.5. Dahlgrin, who was fourth in the discus besides winning the shot, earned 15 points for Banner County, Brennan tallied 9 points for Crawford and Leyton had 2 points and Creek Valley 1.
The Panhandle placings and marks follow:
Class B Girls’ Placings
400—5, Rosa Garcia, Scottsbluff, 1:00.68.
1600—4, Kaylee Bentley, Scottsbluff, 5:21.23.
3200—3, Kaylee, Bentley, Scottsbluff, 11:53.65.
100 high hurdles—5, Rosa Garcia, Scottsbluff, 5:21.23.
Discus—6, True Thorne, Chadron, 126-8.
Pole vault—3-4 tie, M.J. Johnstone, Sidney, 10-6; 5, Beretta Coates, Scottsbluff, 10-6.
Class B Boys’ Placings
100—1, Chris Busby, Scottsbluff, 10.90; 3, Jeremiah Delzer, Scottsbluff, 11.15; 8, Cade
Lewis, Sidney, 11.22.
200—2, Jeremiah Delzer, Scottsbluff, 22.57; 5, Chris Busby, Scottsbluff, 22.84.
1600—4, Xavier Arellano, Gering, 4:28.61.
3200—7, Xavier Arellano, Gering, 10:10.86; 8, Jesse Jaramillo, Scottsbluff, 10:11.45.
4x100 relay—1, Scottsbluff ( Hunter Drake, Jeremiah Delzer, Kevin Price, Chris Busby),
4x400 relay—3, Sidney, 3:28.25; 7, Alliance, 3:32.50.
4x800 relay—7, Gering, 8:20.45.
Shot put—2, Wade Blue, Gering, 53-7; 5, Jordan Hort, Scottsbluff, 51-4.
Triple jump—8, Mitch Porter, Sidney, 42-9 3/4.
High jump—4, Connor McCracken, Scottsbluff, 6-6; 6, Mitch Porter, Sidney, 6-4.
Class C Girls’ Placings
400—8, Jori Peters, Mitchell, 1:02.35.
800—4, Jori Peters, Mitchell, 2:23.55.
3200—5, Regan Hodsden, Mitchell, 11:53.96.
100 high hurdles—8, Kylee Stuart, Bayard, 17:23.
4x400 relay—2, Mitchell, 4:10.60.
Class C Boys’ Placings
100—8, Kaden Perez, Mitchell, 11.73.
200—8, Kaden Perez, Mitchell, 23.59.
400—4, Bryce Barry, Bayard, 51.71.
800—2, Jack Linders, Bridgeport, 2:01.44; 8, Declan Jeffries, Bridgeport, 2:03.78.
110 high hurdles—2, Brady Kilgore, Kimball, 15.17.
300 intermediate hurdles—6, Mitch McKibbin, Bayard, 40.86.
4x100 relay—1, Mitchell (Rylan Aquallo, Drake Gilliland, Jacob Flowers, Kaden Perez),
Pole vault—4, Justin Spencer, Mitchell, 14-0.
Class D Girls’ Placings
100 high hurdlers—7, Madelyn Watchorn, Leyton, 16.84; 8, Caitlyn Mueller, Creek
1600—4, Jillian Brennan, Crawford, 5:35.95.
3200—5, Jillian Brennan, Crawford, 12:16.41.
Shot put—1, MaKenna Dahlgrin, Banner County, 39-9.
Discus—4, MaKenna Dahlgrin, Banner County, 121-4.
High jump—1, Trinity Langley, Potter-Dix, 5-2.
Class D Boys’ Placings
4x100 relay—7-8 tie, Creek Valley, 46.45.
Shot put—6, Ephroen Lovato, Minatare, 47-11.
High jump—2-3 tie, Aaron Alcorn, Crawford, 6-4.
Pole vault—7-9 tie—Pierce Leef, Creek Valley, 12-6.