Scottsbluff continues to build lead in B

As first day action at the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships in Omaha wound down Scottsbuff senior Jonathan Maag added to the Bearcats point total with a second place finish in the shot put.

Maag's effort of 54-1 1/4 was just over six inches out of first. He got eight points for his team. Sidney's Logan Lewis got one for the Red Raiders by finishing eighth in the shot put.

Also in the field, Steven Knigge of Potter-Dix finished fifth in the Class D pole vault. He cleared 13-0.

In the Class B boys triple jump Jason Berglund of Alliance captured second with a jump of 44-6. Gering's Caleb Geary was close to placing for the Bulldogs. He ended up 11th with an effort that was just a foot out of eighth.

To start the day the Scottsbluff boys won the 3200 Relay. They scored more points in the 3200 run. Matthew Barraza picked them up with a fourth place finish. Shane Burkey settled for ninth and Brendan Taedter was 11th.

District winner James McKeag of Ogallala captured the Class B gold medal.

Two Scottsbluff hurdlers continued their good performances. Freshman Chesney Walker, who qualified in the 100 hurdles, did so as well in the 300 hurdles. She won her heat and qualified fourth overall.

Meanwhile senior Matt Klein was second in his 300 hurdle heat and qualified fourth. He is in the finals of both hurdles races Saturday, as is Trevor Kamerzell of Alliance. He was first in his heat and qualified second overall. Daniel Rohrer of Scottsbluff and Dillon De Mott of Gering failed to advance.

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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