The Bobcats boys and girls track and field teams were among 13 teams competing Thursday, April 1 in the Sutherland Booster Club Invite in Sutherland, Nebraska.
The lady Cats earned six team points on the day and finished 12th as a team.
“We are proud of the girls’ efforts,” Bobcat coach Joshua Dean said. “Many girls set new personal records (PRs), but more importantly, we were able to use the meet as another competitive workout.
Among the top lady Cats were Elizabeth Mayer in the 200m finishing sixth with a time of 29.23. Carlye Kresl finished sixth in the 3200m with a time of 14:08.79.
The 4x400mm relay of Destiny Hanson, Elizabeth Mayer, Chloe Soester, and Catherine Bryner finished fourth with a time of 4:42.80.
“Our girls continue to compete with one another for relay spots. It’s healthy competition, and we’ve witnessed our girls benefit from it,” Dean said. “They are not complacent in practice, because they know there is someone in practice willing and ready to push them! This team is tough. They do not shy away from work. We’ve already seen a lot of growth because of this! We can’t wait to see what they do as their conditioning continues to improve.”
On the men’s side the Bobcats earned 30 team points on the day and finished 8th as a team.
“We had a strong showing from the seven boys that made the trip to Sutherland,” Dean said. “Multiple PRs were increased and others were maintained even through the difficult week of workouts. Our conditioning and running technique is improving. The work in practice is paying off.”
The Cats’ Brian Turek finished first in the 200m with a time of 24. Ethan Specht finished second in the 400m with a time of 56.65 and third in pole vault clearing a height of 10 feet six inches. Hunter Wyland finished third in the shot put throwing 39 feet, 1-inch.
“Good things are happening,” Dean said. “We are still a little rough around the edges with our field events, but we’re trending in the right direction. Our conditioning is improving, and we are starting to utilize the power from our foot-strike more efficiently.”
Next meet Thursday, April 8 at the Mitchell Invite, followed closely by the Bayard CD on Saturday, April 10.
Junior High’s first meet of the season is Saturday, April 10 at the Chadron Invite.