MITCHELL — The Sidney girls and Alliance boys track and field teams captured the titles of the Mitchell Invitational on Thursday at Mitchell High School.
The Sidney girls totaled 102 points to win comfortably ahead of second-place Torrington, who finished with 76. Mitchell followed in third with 75.
Morgan Linneman, who was part of three first-place finishes and a second for the Red Raiders, said her team competed well.
“We performed really well,” the senior said. “We had goals set for each other and we all met them. It went really well for us. This is a great meet. We went in starting off the meet with not very many points and not very many people placing, but we ended really well. That is what matters.”
Sidney’s depth again proved pivotal as the Raiders earned lots of points in a number of different field and running events. But it was the relay events in which Sidney really excelled.
Linneman said the winning 4x100 relay team just missed the meet record. The foursome ran a time of 50.9 seconds. The record is 50.7. Sidney’s 4x400 relay also won in a time of 4:14.0.
“Honestly, we do have a lot of depth,” Linneman said. “We had a couple girls run the open 400 today and realized they are just as fast as the rest of the girls on the team. We could interchange people each week if we wanted to. That is pretty nice because if someone would go down, we would have a backup and an alternate.”
The Raiders finished the meet with plenty of individual top finishers. Kali Robb won the shot put with a mark of 36 feet, 4 ¼ inches and the discus at 126-2, while Alli Ehler blazed to first in the 1,600 meters in a time of 5:40.9.
Linneman won the 400 in a time of 59.6. She also anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Linneman also had a second-place finish to Hemingford’s Kelsy Wood in the 100. Wood ran a personal-best time of 12.7 to win the event, while Linneman also had a personal-best time of 12.9.
Wood won four different events in the meet. In addition to winning the 100, she also swept the two hurdles races and claimed the long jump with a school-record mark of 17-5 ½.
“I am happy with my day,” Wood said. “I wasn’t expecting my long jump mark. So, when they measured it, it was a shock to me because it didn’t feel like it was that far.”
Wood ran a winning time of 15.5 to prevail in the 100 high hurdles and also captured first in the 300 low hurdles in a time of 47.78.
“I thought I could have done better in the 100 hurdles because I hit a lot of them,” Wood said. “In the 300 hurdles, I still have some stutters I need to work out. I still need to improve.”
Wood’s goal for this season is to continue getting better.
“In the long jump, I would like to get a high 17 distance or an 18 even would be nice,” she said. “For my 300 hurdles, I would like to get that under 45. And for the 100 hurdles, I want to be under a 15.5. I definitely think I can get there.”
Other girls winning individual events on Thursday were Chadron’s Jayden Garrett in the 200 (27.59), Mitchell’s Taylor Peters in the 800 (2:25), Potter-Dix’s Regyn Hicks in the high jump (4-11), Potter-Dix’s Kaidee Livingstone in the pole vault (9-6), Torrington’s Avery Madden in the triple jump (35-8 1/2), and Chadron’s Nicky Applegarth in the 3,200 (12:21.0).
Chadron won the 4x800 relay in a time of 10:07.36.
The Alliance boys totaled 131 points with seven first-place finishes to easily win their team title Thursday. Gering finished second with 92 and Sidney was third with 91.
Alliance coach Cassidy Kramer said his team performed well.
“We scored all over the board and that is kind of what we want to do,” Kramer said. “We want to be able to score points in all the events and we really did that today. We did well.”
Mitch Pancost won two individual events by capturing the 100 in a time of 11.43 and the long jump with a mark of 21-7 1/2.
The Bulldogs other first-place finishes individually were Trevor Kamerzell in the 110 high hurdles (15.2), BJ Krantz in the discus (138-0), and Nick Smith in the pole vault (12-6).
Alliance’s 4x100 relay team of Smith, Keagan Hill, Cody Robinson, and Pancost won with a time of 44.5. The Bulldogs also claimed the 4x400 relay as Robinson, Pancost, Hill, and Josh Ellis won in a time of 3:31.2.
“I was really happy with our relays. The 4x100 ran really, really well,” Kramer said. “Our 4x100 ran a really good time. We were in the mid 54s and we haven’t run that fast for a couple years. I am really happy with that.”
Gering’s Ryan Schwartzkopf was a double winner on the day. He won the 200 in a time of 23.79 and also won the 400 in 51.89.
Dillon DeMott and Caleb Geary won individual events for Gering. DeMott won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.85, while Geary won the triple jump with a distance of 42-2 ¾.
Other first-place individual finishers included Mitchell’s Levi Avila in the 800 (2:06.1), Sidney’s Nick Conger in the high jump (6-1), Sidney’s Logan Lewis in the shot put (45- 1/2), Lingle-Ft. Laramie’s Hank Jackson in the 1,600 (4:52.0), and Sidney’s Jachob Wiedeburg in the 3,200 (11:07.5).
Lingle-Ft. Laramie captured the 4x800 relay in 8:31.9.