SIDNEY, Neb. — Mitch Pancost won three firsts to help the Alliance boys track and field team run away with the team title of the Sidney Invitational on Friday in Sidney.
Pancost won the 100 meters (11.3), the long jump (21 feet, 6 ½ inches), and was part of the 4x100 relay team along with Jason Bergland, Cody Robinson, and Keagan Hill that won in a time of 45.0.
Alliance ended on top with 175 points. Ogallala was second with 117 and Sidney was third with 116. Leyton and Creek Valley tied for fourth with 10 points each.
In the girls division, Sidney and Ogallala tied for first with 108 points. Alliance finished right behind with 107. Leyton took fourth with 46 and Creek Valley was fifth with 29.
The 200, 3,200, and 4x400 relay events weren’t contested because of bad weather.
Pancost said the Alliance boys competed extremely well in the season-opening meet.
“We performed really well,” Pancost said. “It felt good to finally be out there instead of just practicing.”
Pancost won the long jump on just one attempt as he jumped 21-6 1/2 on his first jump. He scratched his next two tries. His teammate Jason Bergland finished second with a mark of 20-11 1/2.
In the 100, Pancost won by a nose over Ogallala’s Dru Estrada and Sidney’s Logan Lewis. All three ran times of 11.3.
“I feel like I did pretty good,” Pancost said. “There is room for improvement. But other than that, I think I did just fine for the first outdoor meet.”
Alliance also received two firsts from Trevor Kamerzell, who won the 110 high hurdles in 15.6 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.4. The Bulldogs also got a first from Robinson in the 400 (54.4), Bergland in the triple jump (42-2), Kyle Krantz in the shot put (46-9 1/2), and BJ Krantz in the discus (130-6).
Pancost said the Bulldogs feature a lot of depth as a team.
“Definitely there is a lot of depth on the team,” he said. “We are pushing for a state medal this year.”
Other firsts in the boys division were won by Sidney’s Nick Conger in the high jump (5-10), Sidney’s Lucas Rosenbaum in the pole vault (12-0), Ogallala’s Skyler Smith in the 800 (2:15.8), Ogallala’s Dillon McKeng in the 1,600 (4:51), and Ogallala’s 4x800 team (8:56.1).
There were two double winners in the girls division. Sidney’s Morgan Linneman blazed to easy wins in the 100 and 400. The senior ran a 13.1 to finish ahead of Alliance’s Rylee Trout (13.5), Maggie Otto (13.7) and Madison Heimstra (13.8) in the 100. Linneman also won the 400 in a blazing time of 1:04.2. Leyton’s Kaitlyn Berner finished second.
Other Sidney event winners included Alli Ehler in the 1,600 (5:49.0), Karissa Segelke in the 100 high hurdles (15.9), and Savanna Rosenbaum in the high jump (4-10). The Red Raiders’ 4x800 relay team of Erin Lindeman, Genessa Schilz, Mia Hernandez, and Madison Safford also placed first in 11:27.9.
Alliance’s Trout was the other double winner. She claimed the 300 low hurdles in 50.9. Trout was also a member of the Bulldogs’ 4x100 relay team with Otto, Heimstra, and Ellie Applegarth that won in 55.3.
Other individual-event winners were Creek Valley’s Ashley Burr in the 800 (2:38.3), Ogallala’s Aria Reiners in the pole vault (9-0), Leyton’s Kaitlyn Berner in the long jump (15-6), Ogallala’s Sidney Mell in the triple jump (32-9 1/4), and Ogallala’s Ciera Voycheske in the shot put (34-9 3/4) and discus (117-7).