Boys’ team finishes fourth in Saturday’s opener
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It was windy and cold, so times and marks may not be representative of what the boys’ track team has in store.
But, Head Coach Marc Mroczek said Saturday’s meet in Cambridge has identified a lot of areas that need work, mostly in the area of condition.
“We have a lot of work ahead on conditioning to get into shape,” Mroczek said.
He also said the team needs to develop its mental focus on competing in individual events, and make the decision “to do our best no matter what.”
Technique in some of the events, especially the jumps, are also on the work schedule, he said.
Chase County finished fourth in team totals at the Don Stine Invitational, which as in most years, greeted the track athletes with more winter than spring-like conditions.
Temperatures were in the 30’s when they arrived Saturday morning. It warmed up a little in the afternoon, but the wind continued.
The Longhorn boys placed in 12 events, and collected just one first place finish overall, from senior Alex Sharp in the shot put.
What was also great about that first place mark of 46’2”, Mroczek said, was that it was Sharp’s personal best.
Two other Longhorns also placed in the shot, making it the most fruitful of the day in points from one event. Tyler Roenfeldt was fourth and Alex Strand, fifth.
Chase County also picked up two places in the discus, second and third, from Sharp and Roenfeldt. Sharp’s second was just four inches off the first place mark.
Chase County, which took 22 boys to the meet, also placed in 11 other events Saturday.
The Longhorn 3200 meter relay team collected second on the efforts of Preston Bernhardt, Kyle Bottom, Jake Burke and Tom Sullivan.
While their times were off due to the conditions and lack of outside practice time, Tyler Talbott and Bernhardt took third and fourth in the 3200.
Talbott also picked up fourth place in the 1600.
A pleasant surprise was Joel Fisher’s fifth in the 300 meter hurdles, Mroczek noted.
Senior Schyler Heathers, who underwent ACL surgery four months ago, was cleared for the meet by his doctor, and competed in both the 800 and high jump Saturday.
Sullivan was fifth in the 800, followed by a sixth place from Heathers, who ran that event for the first time.
Heathers, who competed in the hurdles in the past, won’t be able to run those this season, Mroczek said. In addition to his high jumping and the 800, Heathers may be used to spell one of the 3200 meter relay runners as the season progresses, according to Mroczek.
Team scoring was Cambridge 167, Elm Creek 157, Alma 84, Chase County 74, Wauneta/Palisade 27, Cambridge JV 16, Chase County JV 1.
Saturday’s meet awarded medals to the top six finishers. For this week only, the story will include all of the Longhorns’ times and marks from Saturday.
Those results are as follows.
Don Stine invitational
100 meter dash—7th, Steven Way, 11.97; 8th, Misael Lopez, CC JV, 12.33; 11th, Jeremiah Lueth, CC JV, 12.60; 14th, Jacob Pankonin, 12.80. Winning time—Cody Fanning, WP, 11.30.
200 meter dash—8th, Steven Way, 25.22; 13th, Jeremiah Lueth, 26.75; 14th, Jacob Pankonin, CC JV, 27.50; 16th, Alex Strand, CC JV, 29.57. Winning time—Derek Foster, EC, 23.78.
400 meter dash—4th, Daniel Regier, 1:01.03; 5th, Misael Lopez, 1:01.62. Winning time—Andrew Carpenter, Cam., 55.40.
800 meter run—5th, Tom Sullivan, 2:18.70; 6th, Schyler Heathers, CC JV, 2:25.41; 7th, Kyle Bottom, 2:28.33; 9th, Jacob Burke, 2:42. Winning time—Hayden Ekberg, Cam., 2:15.
1600 meter run—4th, Tyler Talbott, 5:06.25; 7th, Shane German, 5:40.80. Winning time—Hayden Ekberg, Cam., 4:58.20.
3200 meter run—3rd, Tyler Talbott, 11:45.04; 4th, Preston Bernhardt, 11:54.32. Winning time—Brian Custer, Cam., 11:19.94.
110 meter hurdles—7th, Joel Fisher, 19.33; 8th, Paul Gaschler, 19.59. Winning time—Brian Hubbert, EC, 15.56.
300 meter hurdles—5th, Joel Fisher, 48.77; 11th, Paul Gaschler, 51.69. Winning time—Gus Petersen, Cam., 43.80.
400 meter relay—5th, Chase County, Misael Lopez, Jeremiah Lueth, Jacob Pankonin, Steven Way, 49.76. Winning time—Alma, 46.72.
1600 meter relay—5th, Chase County, Daniel Regier, Misael Lopez, Kyle Bottom, Tom Sullivan, 4:00.28. Winning time—Cambridge, 3:46.68.
3200 meter relay—2nd, Chase County, Preston Bernhardt, Kyle Bottom, Jakob Burke, Tom Sullivan, 9:19.30. Winning time—Cambridge, 8:41.70.
High jump—3rd, Daniel Regier, 5’4”; 7th, Schyler Heathers, 5’2”. Winning mark—Brian Hubbert, EC, 6’.
Pole vault—1st, Carson Farr, Camb., 11’.
Long jump—8th, Seven Way, 17’; 11th, Jeremiah Lueth, CC JV, 15’7”. Winning mark—Brian Hubbert, EC, 20’6”.
Triple jump—5th, Daniel Regier, 37’9.5”. Winning mark—Brian Hubbert, EC, 42’.5”.
Shot put—1st, Alex Sharp, 46’2”; 4th, Tyler Roenfeldt, 38’10.5”; 5th, Alex Strand, 38’4.5”; 9th, Lucas Bauerle, CC JV, 35’3”; 13th, Nathan Hinojosa, CC JV, 33’10.5”; 14th, Grant Lenners, CC JV, 31’4”.
Discus—2nd, Alex Sharp, 120’4”; 3rd, Tyler Roenfeldt, 117’10”; 8th, Lucas Bauerle, CC JV, 100’5”; 11th, Nathan Hinojosa, CC JV, 95’5”; 12th, Alex Strand, 94’5”; 13th, Grant Lenners, CC JV, 92’. Winning mark—Jake Myers, EC, 120’8”.
800—Schyler Heathers, 2:25.4.
Shot put—Alex Sharp, 46’2”; Lucas Bauerle, 35’3”; Nathan Hinojosa, 33’10.5”; Grant Lenners, 31’4”; Alex Strand, 38’4.5”.
100—Steven Way, 12.0; Jeremiah Lueth, 12.6.
200—Steven Way, 25.2; Jeremiah Lueth, 26.8; Alex Strand, 29.6.
Long jump—Steven Way, 17’; Jeremiah Lueth, 15’7”.
Discus—Lucas Bauerle, 100’5”; Grant Lenners, 92’; Alex Strand, 94’5”.
1600—Shane German, 5:40.8.
Meet at Ogallala moved to Friday
Chase County coaches received word Wednesday the Ogallala meet this week will be moved to Friday. It was scheduled for Saturday, but weather forecasts aren’t good for the weekend, so Ogallala officials moved it a day earlier.
The new schedule has the meet starting at 12:30 p.m. with the field events, and running events will start at 1:45 p.m. All running events will be finals.
Chase County won’t be going to Gothenburg’s meet this season, so Coach Mroczek said Friday’s Ogallala Invitational will be their toughest meet this year.
The meet will include four Class B schools with good track programs, and four from Class C, including Chase County.
Class B schools scheduled to compete are Ogallala, Sidney, Gothenburg and Cozad. Other Class C schools expected are Ainsworth, Perkins County and Hershey.