Goessel boys claim regional track title

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The Goessel boys’ track and field team captured its second consecutive Class 1A regional title Friday at Madison.

The Bluebirds scored 89 points to outdistance runner-up Lebo with 83.

“It’s a great feeling to come away as back-to-back boys’ regional champions,” coach Vanessa Schroeder said. “We experienced a realm of emotion, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.”

Garrett Hiebert brought home a pair of gold medals by winning the triple jump (42-1/44) and javelin with a school-record throw of 186 feet, 10 inches.

Justin Fensky qualified for state in four events by finishing first in long jump (20-41⁄2), third in triple jump (40-91⁄2), fourth in the 100 meters (11.6 seconds) and was a part of the 4×100-meter relay team that finished fourth (45.7), along with Brett Goerzen, Jared Unrau and Daniel Funke.

Goerzen also qualified in a pair of other events, finishing second in long jump (20-31⁄2) and third in pole vault (11-6).

Tyler Schroeder won the shot put with a school-record toss of 50-3 and also placed third in discus (137-2).

Brian Meeks captured third place in javelin (164-4) while freshman Craig Banman finished fourth in pole vault (11-0), fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.9) and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.4).

Also competing on the 4×400 relay team that finished fifth were Wade Wilson and Chad Schrag.

The Goessel girls scored six points, but will be represented at state next week as Tricia Fensky placed third in pole vault. Kylee Nikkel finished sixth in the shot put.

Centre also sent a contingent of athletes to Madison Friday. The boys placed eighth overall with 28 points while the girls finished 10th with 19 points.

Seth Jirak was a gold-medal winner in the discus with a throw of 139-9 and placed second in shot put with a toss of 46-31⁄2 while Dustin Burnett captured first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.30.

For the girls, Brittany Owens qualifed for state by placing fourth in the javelin at 100-5. Krista Heiser placed fifth in high jump at 4-8 and Jenna Beneke was sixth in the discus at 87-10.

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