BROKEN BOW — Scottsbluff senior Luke Worden tied a school record in the 100-meter dash Friday, and the Bearcat boys put together another stellar performance as a team en route to winning the championship in the Broken Bow Invite.
The Scottsbluff boys piled up 157.5 points, while McCook ended second with 113.
“It was a great meet for us,” Scottsbluff coach Jim Barker said. “We used our depth very well today and got a lot of kids involved in the meet. They really stepped up and performed well.”
Worden provided one of the top highlights in the meet, claiming the 100 with a blistering time of 10.6 seconds.
Shelby Aaberg, the sprint coach at Scottsbluff, praised Worden’s execution.
“He really had a phenomenal race,” Aaberg said. “He looked pretty sharp out of the blocks. That’s a credit to the work he’s been putting in this winter in the weight room.”
Although Worden was a standout sprinter last year, too, Aaberg said Worden has elevated his performance even more this season.
“Luke has been working hard in practice, and he’s definitely improved as a sprinter over last year,” Aaberg said. “If you compare his times early this season to what he was running last year, he’s night and day improved.”
In addition to Worden, a number of other Scottsbluff athletes enjoyed a big day on the track. The Bearcats enjoyed a 1-2-3 finish in the 800. Tayler James topped the field with a time of 2 minutes, 1 second, and Matthew Barraza took second in 2:02. Ben Willis-Teff was third in 2:03.
Scottsbluff also had three top-six finishers in the 300 intermediate hurdles, the 1,600, and the 3,200. In the 300 hurdles, Matthew D. Klein placed second, Daniel Rohrer was third, and Ray Cerda was sixth. In the 1,600, Barraza was first, Justin Pritchard was second, and Shane Burkey was sixth. In the 3,200, Brendan Taedter grabbed second place, Nathan Pritchard came in third, and Burkey placed fourth.
Scottsbluff also posted a victory in the 4x100 relay, which consisted of Jake Delzer, Rohrer, Matthew D. Klein, and Ben Heggem. Scottsbluff’s 4x400 relay took second place, and the Bearcats’ 4x800 relay was fourth.
In the 400, Heggem earned a runner-up finish, and Stetson Anderson placed third. In the 200, Delzer was third and Anderson was fourth.
Rohrer added a runner-up finish in the 110 high hurdles, and Delzer was fifth in the 100.
In field events, Brian Johnston was fourth in the triple jump, and Traceton Halley ended sixth. In the shot put, Jon Maag was second and Andrew Aratani was sixth. Maag also took fifth in the discus.
In the girls’ meet, Scottsbluff had another solid outing as it claimed third place with 94 points. Holdrege was second with 109 points, and McCook won the title with 128.
Barker said the Bearcat girls continue to make big strides.
“Our girls team has been a pleasant surprise. They are working hard, and we cover many events extremely well,” he said. “We’re having fun, and they’re stepping up to the plate. We’re very excited about our girls team. We just seem to get better and more confident each week.”
Chesney Walker was a big part of Scottsbluff’s success, earning four runner-up finishes. Her efforts came in the 100 high hurdles, 300 low hurdles, triple jump, and as a member of the 4x100 relay.
Also excelling for the Bearcat girls was Taylor Muncie, who recorded runner-up performances in the 1,600 and 3,200. Liz Cunningham was second in the 100, and she added a third-place finish in the 200.
Zoe Rada and SteaVen Becker both registered two top-five finishes. Becker tied for second in the discus, and she was fourth in the shot put. Rada was third in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
Shanell Trimes was third in the 100, Kyra Willats was fifth in the 300 hurdles, and Kiley Guerue was sixth in the 400. Scottsbluff also received a fourth-place finish from the 4x400 relay.