Zowada Invite garners 14 golds and a school record

Jim Lyons
Posted 5/1/24

The Niobrara County High School track team swept the competition at the Zowada Invite on Saturday.

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Zowada Invite garners 14 golds and a school record


LUSK – The Niobrara County High School (NCHS) Tigers had an extremely busy week. Several athletes competing in the Best in the West in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and the Wyoming Track and Field Classic in Casper while most of the team went to the Scott Hardy Invite in Wright on Friday.

The Tigers hosted the Dennis Zowada Invite on Saturday. The boys scored 137 points to place second as a team while the girls scored 104.5 points to place fourth.

Scott Hardy Invite

On Friday, event winners included Melody ZumBrunnen in the 100-meters at 14.13 seconds, Marleigh Smith in the high jump at 4 feet, 9 inches and David West in the pole vault at 10-06.

Silver medal winners included Smith in the 100-hurdles (19.24 seconds), Gracie ZumBrunnen in both the triple jump (32-00 ¼) and high jump (4-07) and Phoebe Allbright in the shot put (30-11 ½).

Third-place finishers included Raynce Brott in the shot put (39-01) and Taci Bartschi in the pole vault (7-06).

Both the boys’ 4x100-meter and 1600-meter sprint medley relay teams finished fourth at 51.99 seconds and 4 minutes, 35.10 seconds, respectively. The 4x100-relay team consisted of David West, Gabe Matthews, Connor Luker and Brady Swisher. Gabe Matthews, Corbin Matthews, Swisher and Luker ran the sprint-medley relay.

Addisyn Bauersachs finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 4-05.

Brady Swisher was fifth in the high jump (5-04), Allbright received seventh in the discus (100-03) and Charlie Gaukel was seventh in pole vault (8-06).

The girls finished fourth as a team with 61 points, while the boys were eighth with 26.

Dennis Zowada highlights  girls

The sprint-medley relay team set a new school record with a time of 4:47.14, eclipsing the old record by over 20 seconds and prequalifying the team for state. The team consisted of the ZumBrunnen sisters, Smirth and Abby Glavan.

Melody ZumBrunnen continued to hit her end-of-the-year stride with three more gold medals. She won the 100-meters in 13.43 seconds, the 200-meters in 27.16 seconds and the long jump in 15 feet, 6 ½ inches.

Smith won the high jump, clearing 5-00 – a new personal best. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.54 seconds and fifth in the 200-meters at 30.25 seconds.

Graacie ZumBrunnen won the triple jump with a leap of 32-06 ¼ and was second in the high jump, clearing 4-08. She was also sixth in the 100-meters with a time of 14.30 seconds.

Allbright had a pair of fourth place finishes in throwing events. She went 33-06 in the shot put and hit a personal best of 104-08 in the discus.

Bartschi continued to vault well, clearing 7-06 to place fourth.

Bauersachs was fifth in the high jump, clearing 4-04, and Glavan was fifth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 13-07 ½. 

Thrower Kyra Willey continued to improve, placing eighth in the shot put, throwing 29-03, and was over 90-00 in the discus.

Denniz Zowada highlights  boys

Cory Bruegger continued his outstanding week with three golds. Bruegger won both jumps and the 400-meters. He triple jumped 42-05 ¾, long jumped a personal best of 20-07 and ran the 400-meters in 52.04 seconds.

Bruegger and his teammates David West, Brady Swisher and Isaac Assman ran the sprint-medley relay in 3:54 to win and prequalify for the state meet.

Freshman thrower Raynce Brott had a great meet, winning both throwing events. He threw a prequalifying shot-put mark of 43-11 ½ to win and then bombed a 122-00 discus throw to win again.

Senior David West won the 800-meters, timing in at 2:12, and was runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 11-00.

Assman was runner-up in both hurdling events – the 110-meter hurdles at 17.18 seconds and the 300-meters with a personal best of 45.29 seconds. Assman also placed third in the high jump at 5-04.

Nathan Miller continued to dominate the region in high jump, clearing 6-02 to easily win. He also ran 12.34 seconds to place sixth in the 100-meters.

Corbin Matthews had a nice day placing sixth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:28.

Charlie Gaukel picked up a couple of placings in vertical jumps. He was fourth in pole vault, clearing 8-06, and fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-02.

Swisher was sixth in the high jump, hitting a mark of 5-02.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Swisher, Miller, Corbin Matthews and Luker picked up fifth place at 51.88 seconds.

The 4x400-relay team of Ron Krueger, Cian Kimes, Clay Willey and Gaukel rounded out scoring for the boys with a fourth-place finish at 4:54.23.

Both the middle and high school teams compete on Saturday at SEWAC in Glenrock.

Additional Scott Hardy results  boys

• 100-meters: Corben Emerson in 26th place at 16.14 seconds.

• 1600-meters: Gaukel in 12th place at 6:11.93.

• Long jump: Corbin Matthews in 13th place at 15-07, Luker in 15th at 14-03 ¼ and Emerson in 16th at 12-07 ¾.

• Shot put: Kimes in 16th at 27-11, Krueger in 18th at 27-03 ½ and Willey in 20th at 25-06.

• Discus: Willey in 14th place at 77-07, Krueger in 20th at 65-08 and Kimes in 22nd at 60-00.

Additional Scott Hardy results  girls

• 100-meters: Bauersachs in ninth place at 15.87 seconds.

• Triple jump: Gracie ZumBrunnen in second place at 32-00 ¼.

• Shot put: Willey in ninth place at 25-07, Sarah Krein in 11th at 25-07, Royal Kremers in 18th at 20-05 and Heidi DesEnfants in 19th at 20-03 3/4.

• Discus: Willey in 10th place at 90-00, Kremers in 18th at 57-03 and DesEnfants in 20th at 52-09.

Additional Dennis Zowada results  boys

• 100-meters: Luker in 21st place at 13.96 seconds and Emerson in 25th at 15.45.

• 200-meters: Luker in 23rd place at 28.71 seconds.

• 400-meters: Gabe Matthews in 12th place at 1:02.75, Swisher in 13th at 1:04 and Emerson in 14th at 1:10.63.

• 1600-meters: Gaukel in 10th place at 6:11.71.

• Long jump: Corbin Matthews in 10th place at 15-07, Luker in 12th at 14-03 and Emerson in 16th at 12-08.

• Shot put: Kimes in 14th place at 29-03, Krueger in 17th at 28-03 and Willey in 20th at 25-01 ½.

• Discus: Kimes in 16th place at 74-09, Willey in 21st at 65-02 and Krueger in 24th at 61-10.

Additional Dennis Zowada results  girls

• 100-meters: Glavan in 12th place at 14.99 seconds and Bauersachs in 18th at 15.57.

• 200-meters: Glavain in 10th place at 31.09 seconds and Bauersachs in 16th at 32.41.

• Shot put: Krein in 14th place at 23-10, Kremers in 16th at 21-07 and DesEnfants in 17th at 21-04.

• Discus: Willey in ninth place at 91-09, Krein in 13th at 72-02, Kremers in 16th at 68-00 and DesEnfants in 19th at 62-03.