Cats poised for second straight crown
Jim Barker's Scottsbluff Bearcats are poised to win a second straight Class B State Track and Field Championship this weekend in Omaha. The Cats top the standings entering Saturday's action with 23 points.
They got a 10-point performance in the first event Friday from the 3200 relay team of Matthew Barraza, Ben Willis-Teff, Justin Pritchard and Taylor James.
Barraza added five more points in the 3200 meter run and Jonathan Maag added eight points in the shot put.
Matthew Klein should add points in both hurdles races Saturday. Luke Worden qualified in the 100, and the Cats have Willis-Teff and James in the 800, Brendan Tdaeter, Pritchard and Barraza in the 1600. Also the 1600 relay team will compete along with Maag in the discus.
Bridgeport's Cody Franklin will try to make it a double Saturday. After winning the Class C 3200 Friday he will return to the track for the 1600.
Hemingford's Kelsy Wood will try to continue her outstanding state meet. She had the fastest qualifying time in the Class C 100 hurdles and also qualified in the 300 hurdles. She scored the Bobcats' two points Friday with a seventh place finish in the long jump.
Freshman sensation Chesney Walker of Scottsbluff qualified for both hurdles finals Saturday.
Area performers showed up in All-Class Gold Medal rankings in three events Friday. Scottsbluff's Taylor Muncie was eighth overall in the 3200. The Scottsbluff boys 3200 relay team was fourth overall behind three Class A squads, and Cody Franklin of Bridgeport was 8th overall in the 3200.
Scottsbluff's boys, looking for a second straight title scored 23 first day points. They have a 12 point lead over three other teams. Ogallala sits in seventh place with 10 points. Alliance is 19th with eight points. Gering scored four.
Columbus Scotus leads in Class B girls competition with 18 points. Auburn is second with 16 points. Scottsbluff and Chadron have scored five points each and Gering has scored one point.
Ord leads in Class C boys competition. Bridgeport is tied for fifth with 10 points. Fillmore Central has 22 points to lead the Class C girls. Superior is one point back with 21. Bayard has scored three and one half points and Hemingford two.
Paxton leads the Class D boys field with 22.5 points. Potter-Dix has scored four. St. Mary's is the Class D girls leader with 31 points. Leyton has scored three.
In Class A Kearney leads the boys race with 36 points. Millard West leads a tight girls race with 23.
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