2019 Southwest Conference Track Championships

2019 Southwest Conference Track Championships
Broken Bow's Kali Staples competes in 1600 at SWC Track in Cozad - Photo by Dean Ringlein

McCook won the boys team title and Gothenburg claimed the girls team championship at the Southwest Conference track and field championships in Cozad Saturday. McCook placed first in the boys team race with 180 points. Minden was second with 108 and Ogallala was third with 66 points. Gothenburg won the girls team race with 125 points with Ogallala second with 104.5 and McCook was third with 90.5 points. The Broken Bow girls finished 5th overall with 52 points.

The Lady Indians had several top three finishes on the day. Kali Staples took the silver medal in the 3200 meter run (12:52.59) and placed third in the 1600 (5:50.44). Lindsay Schauda placed third in both the 400 (1:04.95) and 300 meter hurdles (48.74). Kate Lynn Dickau cleared the winning height in the girls high jump at 4’11” but ended up placing third on the tie break and Riley Dickau placed third in the girls pole vault clearing 9’3″. Broken Bow also placed third in the girls 4×400 meter relay.

Grayson Garey was the top boys performer for Broken Bow. Garey placed 6th in the 200, 4th in the 400, and 6th in the boys long jump.

Among the highlights at Saturday’s meet, Tyce Hruza of Gothenburg set a new conference record in the boys pole vault clearing 16’1″. It breaks the old record of 16′ set back in the 80’s by Gothenburg’s Bump Novacek. Hruza was also named the recipient of the Mark Russell Award for outstanding male performance at the meet. He shared that award with Marshall Chasek of Minden who also set a conference record winning the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.3

Hannah Anderson of Gothenburg and Jaedy Commins of Ogallala shared the Terry Franzen Award for outstanding female performance at the meet. Anderson claimed individual gold in the 400 and 800 while Commins won both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles