Tracksters perform well at Glenrock

Jim Lyons
Posted 4/9/24

The Niobrara County High School girls' and boys' track teams both placed well at the Glenrock Invitational on April 5.

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Tracksters perform well at Glenrock


GLENROCK – Both of the Tiger track teams were extremely competitive at the Finch Lehner Invite in Glenrock on Friday. The girls’ team scored 76.5 points to place fourth while the boys scored 72 to place fifth.

The girls were led by the ZumBrunnen sisters. Melody ZumBrunnen had a great day placing in all four of her events. She won the 400-meters in 1 minute, 3.18 seconds, was second in the 200-meters, at 27.74 seconds, and won a pair of bronzes in the long jump and 100-meters. Her time in the 100-meters was 13.15 seconds and her long jump was 16 feet, 6 inches.

All of Melody ZumBrunnen’s marks were prequalifying marks for state track.

Gracie ZumBrunnen also had a great day with two silvers, a bronze and two prequalifying marks. She was second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:47.22 and went just over 33 feet in the triple jump. She also cleared 4-09 in the high jump for third place.

Senior Phoebe Allbright had a career day in the discus placing second with a prequalifying throw of 101-09. She also was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 31-09.

Freshman Marleigh Smith continued to perform well with a runner-up placing in the high jump, with a career best of 4-11, and a third-place finish in pole vault, clearing 7-00.

On the boys’ side, Cory Bruegger performed well. He ran a personal best of 53.08 seconds in the 400-meters to place second. He also won silver in the triple jump at just over 42 feet. He had a personal best of 11-06 in pole vault to place fourth.

Senior David West also had a career day in pole vault, clearing 12-00 to win silver.

Nathan Miller improved his all-time best in high jump, clearing an impressive 6-06 to win that event. He also had great attempts at the school record in that event.

Hurdler Isaac Assman continues to impress, winning runner-up in both hurdle races. He ran 16.78 seconds in the 110-hurdles to prequalify for state, along with a mark of 46.75 seconds in the 300-hurdles.

Freshman thrower Rance Brott placed in both events. He hit a personal best in the discus of 121-07 to place sixth, along with mark of just shy of 40 feet to bring home fifth in the shot put.

All three relay teams scored points for the Tigers and ran season-best times.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Assman, Miller, Brady Swisher and Cody Himes placed sixth at 49.34 seconds. The 4x400-relay team of West, Bruegger, Swisher and Gabe Matthews ran just under 4 minutes for fourth place.

The 1600-meter sprint medley relay team of Corbin Matthews, Charlie Gaukel, Connor Luker and Tim Engelhardt ran 4:31 for seventh place.

Boys results

• 100-meters: West in 12th place at 12.09 seconds, Himes in 46th at 13.29, Connor Luker in 54th at 13.68, Engelhardt in 57th at 13.85 and Corben Emerson in 63rd at 15.26.

• 200-meters: Himes in 25th at 26.66 seconds, Gabe Matthews in 33rd at 27.70, Luker in 36th at 28.29 and Engelhardt in 37th at 28.87.

• 400-meters: Bruegger in second place at 53.08 seconds and Emerson in 20th at 1:13.97.

• 800-meters: Corbin Matthews in 10th place at 2:31.19.

• 1600-meters: Gaukel in 11th place at 6:04.83.

• 110-hurdles: Assman in second place at 16.78 seconds.

• 300-hurdles: Assman in second place at 46.75 seconds.

• 4x100-relay: Assman, Swisher, Himes and Miller in sixth place at 49.34 seconds.

• 4x400-relay: West, Gabe Matthews, Bruegger and Swisher in fourth place at 3:57.27.

• 1600-sprint medley relay: Engelhardt, Gaukel, Luker and Corbin Matthews in seventh place at 4:31.69.

• High jump: Miller in first place at 6-06, Assman in 11th at 5-04, Gaukel in 16th at 5-02 and Himes in 21st at 5-00.

• Long jump: Miller in 11th place at 17-01 ¾, Swisher in 17th at 16-02 ½, Corbin Matthews in 30th at 14-08, Luker in 33rd at 14-02, Engelhardt in 24th at 14-01 and Emerson in 41st at 11-00 ½.

• Triple jump: Bruegger in second place at 42-02.

• Pole vault: West in second place at 12-00 and Bruegger in fourth at 11-06.

• Discus: Brott in sixth place at 121-07, Cian Kimes in 28th at 74-06, Ron Krueger in 44th at 57-06 and Clay Willey in 49th at 50-07.

• Shot put: Brott in fifth place at 39-11, Kimes in 31st at 25-09, Krueger in 28th at 24-02 and Willey in 42nd at 22-07.

Girls results

• 100-meters: Melody ZumBrunnen in third place at 13.15 seconds, Abby Glavan in 10th at 14.46, Addisyn Bauersachs in 12th at 14.99 and Taci Bartschi in 19th at 15.41.

• 200-meters: Melody ZumBrunnen in second place at 27.74 seconds and Glavan in ninth at 30.63.

• 400-meters: Melody ZumBrunnen in first place at 1:03.18.

• 800-meters: Gracie ZumBrunnen in second place at 2:47.22.

• High jump: Smith in second place at 4-11, Gracie ZumBrunnen in third at 4-09 and Bauersachs in ninth at 4-01.

• Long jump: Melody ZumBrunnen in third place at 16-06 and Glavan in 14th at 12-07 1/4.

• Triple jump: Gracie ZumBrunnen in third place at 33-01.

• Pole vault: Smith in third place at 7-00 and Bartschi in ninth at 6-06.

• Discus: Allbright in second place at 101-09, Kyra Willey in 18th at 72-09 ½, Royal Kremers in 25th at 65-01, Sarah Krein in 28th at 62-02 and Heidi DesEnfants in 39th at 53-04.

Shot put: Allbright in fourth place at 31-09, Willey in 13th at 26-05, Krein in 22nd at 23-00, Kremers in 31st at 21-00 and DesEnfants in 33rd at 20-03.