NCHS quartet earns SEWAC titles

Jim Lyons, contributing writer
Posted 5/7/24

A successful weekend at the SEWAC Meet culminated in four NCHS athletes earning championships at the meet.

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NCHS quartet earns SEWAC titles


GLENROCK ñ On Saturday, May 4, the Tigers competed at SEWAC in Glenrock. Both Tiger teams placed fourth, with the boys scoring 103.5 points and the girls 101 points.

The Tigers had many outstanding performances highlighted by four athletes earning nine SEWAC all-conference titles.

Leading the way with four gold medals was senior Melody ZumBrunnen. She won the 100-, 200- and 400-meters and the long jump with a season’s best time in three of those events.

ZumBrunnen ran the 400-meters in 1 minute, 0.39 seconds, which is a new school record, beating the previous one held by Staci Reed from 2006.

Melody ZumBrunnen also ran the 100-meters in 12.69 seconds and the 200-meters in 26.67 seconds. In the long jump, she cleared 16 feet, 2 inches.

Senior Cory Bruegger earned three all-conference nods. He ran the 400-meters in 51.48 seconds, long jumped just over 20 feet and then triple jumped a career best of 44-05. Bruegger’s triple jump mark moved him to the No. 2 spot on the all-time Niobrara County High School list behind  Bret Zowada.

David West, also a senior, repeated as the 800-meters SEWAC champion with a time of 2:06.73. He also earned bronze in the pole vault, clearing 11-06.

The final all-conference selection was Nathan Miller in the high jump with a leap of 6-02 to win the event. Miller was also the runner-up in the long jump, going 19-05 ½. 

SEWAC highlights

Junior Gracie ZumBrunnen had three runner-up finishes on the day. She ran the 100-meters in 13.23 seconds, triple jumped nearly 33 feet and ran the 800-meters in a season’s best time of 2:32.81 to prequalify for state. 

Gracie ZumBrunnen also placed fourth in the high jump at 4-08.

Hurdler and sophomore Isaac Assman had a great day. He ran personal best times in the 110-hurdles at 16.14 seconds to place second and crossed the finish line for the 300-hurdles in third place at 44.62 seconds. Assman went on to place fifth in the high jump, hitting a mark of 5-04.

Freshman Marleigh Smith was the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 4-10. Smith ran a prequalifying time of 18.04 seconds in the 100-hurdles to place third. She also placed fifth in the pole vault at 7-00.

Freshman thrower Raynce Brott placed third in both throws. He threw a career best of 132-10 in the discus and cleared over 40 feet in the shot put.

Fellow thrower and senior Phoebe Allbright placed sixth in the shot put, clearing 32-03 ½.

Senior Taci Bartschi had a great day in pole vaulting, clearing 8-00 for the first time this year to be conference runner-up.

Sophomore Abby Glavan captured fifth place in the long jump, going 13-04 ½. Freshman Addisyn Bauersachs took fifth place in the high jump at  4-04.

Tiger relay teams also placed. The 1600-meter sprint medley relay team of West, Bruegger, Assman and freshman Brady Swisher came in only one second below the school record to place third with a time of 3:49.80.

The boys’ 4x100-meter team of freshman Connor Luker, Brott, Swisher and Miller ran 49.81 seconds to place fourth.

The 4x400-meter relay team of senior Gabe Matthews, sophomore Corbin Matthews, Luker and Swisher ran 4:06 for fifth place.

The girls’ 4x100-relay team of Glavan, Bauersachs, Smith and freshman Heidi DesEnfants placed fourth at 57.09 seconds.

Additional SEWAC results – boys

• 100-meters: Tim Engelhardt in 12th place at 13.16 seconds.

• 200-meters: Gabe Matthews in 12th place at 27.74 seconds and Engelhardt in 13th at 27.94.

• 400-meters: Luker in 11th place at 1:05.74.

• 800-meters: Corbin Matthews in seventh place at 2:25.64.

• High jump: Swisher in eighth place at 5-02 and Charlie Gaukel in ninth at 5-00.

• Pole vault: Gaukel in 10th place at 9-00.

• Long jump: Corbin Matthews in seventh place at 14-06 ½.

• Shot put: Cian Kimes in 13th place at 28-00 11/4, Ron Krueger in 15th at 26-04 ¾ and Clay Willey in 16th at 25-08 ¼.

• Discus: Kimes in 16th place at 78-06, Willey in 17th at 76-06 and Krueger in 19th at 71-00.

Additional SEWAC results – girls

• 100-meteers: Glavan in seventh place at 14.29 seconds and Bauersachs in ninth at 14.93.

• 200-meters: Glavan in 11th place at 30.55 seconds.

• 100-hurdles: DesEnfants in eighth place at 21.61 seconds.

• Long jump: Bauersachs in eighth place at 13-00 ¼.

• Shot put: Sarah Krein in 13th place at 26-07, Kyra Willey in 15th at 24-07 ½ and Royal Kremers in 19th at 20-09.

• Discus: Allbright in 10th place at 91-04, Willey in 11th at 89-09, Kremers in 17th at 71-06 and Krein in 19th at 65-10.

Wiseman Invite

A small group of Tigers headed to Torrington on Friday to compete in the Wiseman Invite.

Smith was the highest placer on the windy day, clearing 4-11 in the high jump to place third.

The other placers were throwers. Kyra Willey threw a person best in the discus to place seventh with a toss of 92-00 while Brott threw 122-04 in the discus to place eighth.