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Two meets in five days put WP track teams to the test PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 April 2011 16:07

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


A slew of exciting performances yielded personal records and electrifying finishes last week, as the Bronco boys and girls track teams competed in a pair of area invites.

A strong showing in the 3200 meter relay helped the WP boys to a seventh place overall finish at the Dundy County-Stratton Invite on Tuesday, while individual bests by a pair of Bronco girls powered their team to fifth.

Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Hayden Pollmann and Wes Anderjaska took the track by storm en route to a first place finish on Tuesday. Pollmann sparked the come-from-behind win for the Broncs.

Bronco distance runner Jacob Maris, at left, works his way around Dalton McCormick of Perkins County and cruises into a fourth place finish in the 3200 meter run last Saturday in Grant. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


“Hayden just came out of nowhere,” said Head Coach Dawn Doetker. “He ran the last leg and passed several runners to get the win.” The long distance relay victory also helped the 3200 meter team set a personal best.

The Bronco boys racked up a number of distance running medals on the day, as Maris placed fifth in the 3200 meter run, followed by Anderjaska’s eighth place 2-mile jaunt. Bartels placed fifth in the 1-mile, while Maris earned seventh with a time of 5:10.9 — good enough for a personal best.

On the short track, Colby Skelton, Logan Bischoff, Will Werner and Weylin Davis took seventh in the 400 meter relay.

Meanwhile in Benkelman, Shelby Hamilton and Abbie Fanning set personal marks on their way to top finishes.

Colby Skelton is caught mid-throw as he prepares to fling the discus at Grant. Skelton’s throw of 100’ 7” placed him in the middle of the pack of the preliminary round, as he finished 17th out of 34.


Hamilton set a personal record and topped the field in the shot put with a throw just over 37-and-a-half feet. She also took third in the discus throw.

Fanning placed second in the 400 meter dash, setting a new personal record with a time of 1:04 flat, just two seconds off the winning mark. She also placed seventh in the 200 meter dash, and was a member of the second place-winning 1600 meter relay team, which included Bethany Riener, Jonee Maris and Emma Skelton.

Skelton had a strong day, racking up a total of four medals at the event. The athletic sophomore placed third in the 300 meter hurdles, fifth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump, in addition to being on the aforementioned relay squad.

Other medal winners at DCS included Bethany Riener, who notched third and sixth place finishes in the triple jump and long jump, respectively. Jonee Maris took seventh in the high jump, while the 400 meter relay squad of Riener, Maris, Rebecca Strand and Brooklyn Nordhausen placed eighth.

Jonee Maris, above, receives the baton on a hand-off from teammate Emma Skelton during the Wau-Pal girls’ sixth place run in the 1600 meter relay at Grant. The girls 1600 meter relay team placed second just four days prior at the Dundy County-Stratton Invite. Maris placed fifth in the high jump at the Perkins County Invite with a jump of 4’ 8”.


The Bronco boys finished seventh overall at the DCS meet, while the girls placed fifth.

Four days later the WP track teams headed north to Grant for a tough track meet that included several large schools from around the area.

The WP girls took eight medals and an eighth place team finish at the Perkins County Invite, while the boys were only able to gather three medals and a ninth place finish among the stiff competition.

Top performers for the girls team were underclassmen Emma Skelton — who took three medals and set two new personal bests — and Abbie Fanning — who earned two medals and also set a pair of personal records.

Skelton placed third in the triple jump, setting a new individual mark, then earned a fourth place medal in the long jump — also good enough for a personal best. Skelton also took fifth in the 300 meter hurdles.

Landon Jutten clears the opening height at last weekend’s Perkins County Invite, however he couldn’t manage to to medal in the event.  Jutten, a freshman, has already shown progress in the event as this season goes on, according to his coaches.


For Fanning, it was her first time running in the 800 meter event, but it didn’t stop her from taking third place and setting a personal mark. She also topped her best time in 400 meter run, which was good enough for a second place finish.

Other medal winners for the WP girls team at the Perkins County Invite include Jonee Maris, who placed fifth in the high jump, and thrower Shelby Hamilton, who took fourth in discus and fifth in shot put. Maris was also joined by Skelton, Fanning and Tailor Lee — who also qualified for the discus finals with a new personal best toss — for a sixth place finish in the 1600 meter relay.

It was a tougher day on the boy’s side of things, as the Broncs were only able to gather three medals at the Saturday meet.

The 3200 meter relay team that had set a personal mark and won the DCS Invite just a few days earlier struggled, as anchor Hayden Pollmann was absent from the meet. Reese West filled in for Pollmann and ran well to help the boys to a fourth place finish in the event.

Also medaling for the boys was Bartels in the 1600 meter run and Maris in the 3200 meter run.

Next up for the Broncos track and field teams is their second Sutherland visit of the season on Saturday. Saturday’s Sutherland Invite begins at 9 a.m. MT/10 a.m. CT.


DCS Invite Girls Results

Team standings: 1. Southwest, 107; 2. Hitchcock County, 92; 3. Dundy County-Stratton, 90.5; 4. Cambridge, 78.5; 5. Wauneta-Palisade, 61; 6. Maywood, 60; 7. Arapahoe, 51; 8. Hayes Center, 42; 9. St. Francis, 38; 10. Medicine Valley, 24.

400 meter dash — 1. Kate Kelley, Southwest, 1:02.2; 2. Abbie Fanning, WP, 1:04.

300 meter hurdles — 1. Nicole Hearon, Dundy County-Stratton, 51.0; 3. Emma Skelton, WP, 53.1.

1600 meter relay — 1. Southwest, 4:27.6; 2. WP (Abbie Fanning, Jonee Maris, Bethany Riener, Emma Skelton), 4:39.6.

Long jump — 1. Jordin Wasson, Cambridge, 15’3”; 5. Emma Skelton, WP, 13’10”; 6. Bethany Riener, WP, 13’3-1/2”.

Triple jump — 1. Alexa Whipple, Arapahoe, 31’5-1/2”; 3. Bethany Riener, WP, 29’6”; 5. Emma Skelton, 29’1-1/2”.

High jump — 1. Kate Kelley, Southwest, 4’10”; 7. Jonee Maris, WP, 4’6”.

Shot put — 1. Shelby Hamilton, WP, 35’7-1/4”.

Discus — 1. Emily Whipple, Cambridge, 112’5”; 3. Shelby Hamilton, WP, 97’6”.


Boys Results

Team standings: 1. Cambridge, 171; 2. Dundy County-Stratton, 159; 3. Medicine Valley, 74; 4. St. Francis, 67; 4. Arapahoe, 67; 6. Hitchcock County, 37; 7. Wauneta-Palisade, 26; 8. Maywood, 25; 9. Southwest, 18; 10. Hayes Center, 12.

1600 meter run — 1. Brian Custer, Cambridge, 4:53; 5. Chris Bartels, WP, 5:04.6; 7. Jacob Maris, WP, 5:10.9.

3200 meter run — 1. Brian Custer, Cambridge, 10:58.9; 5. Jacob Maris, WP, 11:21.6; 8. Wes Anderjaska, WP, 12:16.6.

3200 meter relay — 1. WP (Chris Bartels, Hayden Pollmann, Wes Anderjaska, Jacob Maris), 9:17.9.

400 meter relay — 1. Cambridge, 45.0; 7. WP (Colby Skelton, Logan Bischoff, Will Werner, Weylin Davis), 53.2.


Perkins County Invite Girls Results

Team standings: 1. Chase County, 100; 2. North Platte St. Patrick’s (NPSP), 88; 3. Southwest, 65; 4. Hershey, 63; 5. Gordon-Rushville, 59; 6. Ogallala, 53; 7. Perkins County, 42; 8. Wauneta-Palisade, 35; 9. Sutherland, 23; 10. Garden County, 18; 11. Chase County JV, 4.

400 meter dash — 1. Kate Kelley, Southwest, 1:01.6; 2. Abbie Fanning, WP, 1:02.7.

800 meter run — 1. Ashley Kemling, Perkins County, 2:29.2; 3. Abbie Fanning, WP, 2:32.6.

300 meter hurdles — 1. Kristen Jussell, Chase County, 48.4; 5. Emma Skelton, WP, 54.0.

1600 meter relay — 1. Hershey, 4:36.9; 6. WP (Jonee Maris, Emma Skelton, Abbie Fanning, Tailor Lee).

Long jump — 1. Sidney Mell, Ogallala, 15’8”; 4. Emma Skelton, 14’7”.

Triple jump — 1. Sidney Mell, Ogallala, 33’9”; 3. Emma Skelton, 30’9”.

High jump — 1. Kate Kelley, Southwest, 5’0”; 5. Jonee Maris, WP, 4’8”.

Shot put — 1. Jessica Payne, Hershey, 44’5-1/4”; 5. Shelby Hamilton, WP, 32’7-1/4”.

Discus — 1. Jessica Day, Perkins County, 109’7”; 4. Shelby Hamilton, WP, 105’2”.


Boys Results

Team standings: 1. Gordon-Rushville, 97; 2. North Platte St. Patrick’s (NPSP), 91; 3. Ogallala, 76; 4. Chase County, 70; 5. Sutherland, 60; 6. Garden County, 59; 7. Perkins County, 57; 8. Hershey, 34; 9. Wauneta-Palisade, 10; 10. Southwest, 2; 11. NPSP JV, 1; 11: Chase County JV, 1.

1600 meter run — 1. Cole Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushville, 4:50.2; 5. Chris Bartels, WP, 5:06.2.

3200 meter run — 1. Cole Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushviile, 10:22; 4. Jacob Maris, WP, 11:08.5.

3200 meter relay — 1. NPSP, 8:43.6; 4. WP (Chris Bartels, Reese West, Jacob Maris, Wes Anderjaska), 9:21.3.