Goessel, Centre compete at Leon

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Goessel Bluebird track team competed in a Central Kansas Track League meet at Leon April 11.

The boys brought home the team title with 125 points while the girls finished fifth with 23 points.

“This was a difficult meet for us to get through,” coach Vanesa Schroeder said. “Both teams are dealing with injuries, so we felt fortunate to score as many points as we did.

“It was exciting for our boys team to win this meet against a talented Berean team.”

For the boys, Brett Goerzen turned in three gold-medal performances. He was a member of the winning 4×100 team with Sheldon Goerzen, Brian Meeks and Jared Unrau and turned in personal-best performances in winning the 100 (11.72 seconds) and the long jump (20-feet, 21⁄2 inches).

“Brett continues to improve daily,” Schroeder said. “(He) has such a strong work ethic and is typically one of the last ones to leave the building each day.”

Other winning performances came from Sheldon Goerzen in the 300-meter hurdles (45.0) and Garrett Hiebert in the javelin (172-8) and triple jump (40-81⁄2).

For the girls, Courtney Berkholz took second place in the 100 (13.36) while the 4×100 relay team also finished second (57.81).

Centre also competed in the meet. Both the boys (63) and girls (58) finished second.

For the boys, Jeremy Kristek won the 200 (24.03) and placed second in the long jump (19-2) and 100 (11.73) while Dustin Burnett won the 400 (55.5) and took second in the 800 (2:21.87).

Placing second were Krista Heiser in the 100-meter hurdles (18.46) and 300-meter hurdles (55.25), Jackie Klenda in the 400 (1:07.94) and triple jump (30-03⁄4), Brittany Owens in the 3,200 (17:04.94) and J. Beneke in the shot put (31-11).

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