Cozad Tracksters Score Big At Marsh Beck Invitational

Adjusting to the change of date from Thursday until Tuesday didn’t hurt the efforts and marks of the Cozad tracksters as they were up to the challenge at the Marsh Beck Invitational held in Minden.

The Haymaker boys put on a dominating performance that resulted in gold medals being won by the red and black in 15 events that powered Cozad to the team championship with 265 points. The Lady Haymakers were third overall with 99 points in the team standings.

Winning triple crowns for the Haymakers were: Conor Young and Jake Paulsen.

Paulsen won the 100 and 200-meter events with notable efforts of 10.9 and 22.4 seconds. Jake got off on the right foot with a clearing of 6’2” to win the high jump.

Conor Young started his day off with a gold medal effort of 21’6” to win the long jump, just further than runner up and teammate Andres Pelayo’s leap of 21’3”. Young and teammates Colin Wetovick and Alex Boryca swept the medal stand with a 1-2-3 finish in the 110-meter high hurdles. Young broke the tape in 15.1 seconds. Close behind were Wetovick (15.2) and Boryca (16.0).

In the 300-meter timber event, Young and Wetovick were the cream of the crop again with a 1-2 finish. Young edged Wetovick to the tape in 41.3 seconds, Colin leaned past the finish line in 41.8 seconds.

The 800-meter run was another event that the Haymakers swept the podium with Andres Pelayo winning the gold in 2:04. On his heels were Cozad runners, Graham Applegate (2:05) and Jason Finnegan (2:07) in second and third overall.

Finnegan also scored valuable points in the field with a runner-up clearing of 6’0” in the high jump and a gold medal winning effort of 40’7” in the triple jump.

Senior Junior Escamilla reached new heights with a season best effort of 13’7” in the pole vault to be the last one standing to win gold.

Always a strength for Cozad is in the ring, where Simon Rangel and Alex Boryca claimed gold in the shotput and discus events with efforts of 51’5.5” and 154’5”, respectively.

Senior Jacob Stallbaumer was the silver medalist in both the shotput (49’7.75”) and discus (144’1”).

The sprint relays for the Haymakers broke the tape to win gold. The 400-meter relay finished in 44.7 seconds and the 1600-meter relay completed the four lap affair in 3:34.

Seniors Tysen Werner and Nate Bubak earned bronze medalist honors in the 100 and 400-meter dashes, respectively.

In the distance races, Garrit Geiger and Jesus Estrada finished 1-2 in the 1600-meter run. Geiger stopped the watch in 4:52 to win the gold. Geiger finished his day by winning the 3200-meter (10:31) run to claim his second gold medal of the event.

Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was the distance running contingency as well.

Senior Samantha Carlson won the 1600-meter run in 5:52 with teammate Valeria Estrada close behind with a runner-up clocking of 5:57.

Whitney Applegate scored a silver medal for Cozad with a time of 13:14 in the 3200-meter run.  

The hurdling duo of Reilly Goings and Bri Loftin scored valuable points for the Red and Black. Goings and Loftin finished second and third in the 100-meter hurdles with efforts of 16.9 and 17.2 seconds. Loftin took a step up on the podium in the 300-meter hurdles with a silver medal effort of 51.7 seconds.

Against a fast field of sprinters Amanda German was the bronze medalist in the 400-meter dash with a clocking of 1:06.

Sliding across the ring with authority was Senior Courtney Geiger with a runner-up finish in the shotput, launching the ironball past the 35’11” mark.

The Lady Haymakers 3200-meter relay was second overall in 10:31.8, being edged at the tape. The Cozad girls sprint relays were bronze medalists.

Marsh Beck Invitational
Girls Results
Adams Central 138; Grand Island CC 112; Cozad 99; Minden 94; Broken Bow 67; Gibbon 12.

Boys Results
Cozad 265; Adams Central 74; Broken Bow 71; Minden 68; Grand Island CC 45; Gibbon 6.



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