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Brady Kilgore sets school record at WTC track meet


Tom Southard

Brady Kilgore already has a substantial lead on the pack as he clears the third hurdle during this winning, and school record setting, race at the Western Trails Conference track meet in Mitchell. Kilgore's winning time was 14.59 seconds, which bettered the Kimball High School record.

Brady Kilgore won the Western Trails Conference 110 meter hurdle race this past Thursday at Mitchell with a career best time of 14.59 seconds and in so doing, improved a 31-year-old Kimball High record set by Jeff Fiehtner way back in 1986! Fiehtner set his record of 14.7 way back in 1986 and it has held up until Kilgore used a strong tail wind to help him establish the new record time. The talented Kimball High sophomore was close to setting a new WTC record as well, as Drew Gilliland ran 14.50 just one year ago.

This was certainly the highlight of the meet for Kimball, but it was a day of several outstanding marks by Kimball athletes. Kilgore not only won the 100 meter highs, but also the high jump with another personal best height of 5'11" and ran third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.35 seconds. He also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18'6.5". Quite a day for the quiet young man just getting settled into his high school track career.

Hannah Biesecker came through with a personal best jump in the long jump to win the event at 16'10.5", but since she was nursing a slight leg injury, she sat out of the high jump, an event she could probably have placed in, but did run fifth in the 100 meters with her time of 12.98.

Jaden Mohr improved his personal best mark in the pole vault by a full foot, placing third in the vault at 12'6", the same height as the second place medal winner. In his junior year, Mohr gets better all the time. He also ran sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with his time of 20.43.

Jaden Withrow was nursing a sore leg also but still was a double winner taking the triple jump at 41'10.25" and the long jump at 20'8". He limited his jumps to just a few and took no jumps in the finals of the triple jump. Zachery Wagner finished second in the triple jump at 38'9" and took only one jump before telling the officials he was done, as he also had a very sore knee that was bothering him. It caused him to sit out of the relay event he was scheduled to participate in.

Kyle Spicer ran some great times in the sprints, but finished sixth in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 11.03 and 23.46. The WTC field of sprinters is loaded with talent, all of whom welcomed the strong tail wind that helped create good times. Spicer was joined by Withrow, Logan Stahla and Jake Jenkins to run second in the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 45.98 as they pushed the highly touted Mitchell team to the finish line with the Tiger team winning in 44.10.

Also on the track for the Kimball boys, Kaden Adrian ran eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.73 and teamed up with Wagner, Nicholas Thomas-Lewis and Stephen Bateman to run fifth in the 4 x 800 relay in a time of 9:44.35.

Other places in the field events for the boys saw Paycen Harroun take fourth in the vault at 11'0" and Colton Mielke sixth in the high jump at 5'2". A good day for James Merryfield in the weights taking third in the discus at 126'11" and fourth in the shot put at 37'5". Helyaroon Flores-Sotelo was eighth in the shot put at 35'5.5".

The Kimball girls also had some good performances in the throws with Carli Wurdeman fourth in the discus at 92'2" and Kaitlin Wurdeman sixth at 84'9". Sierra Rutledge was eighth in the shot put at 28'2". Jenna Greenwood was fourth in the high jump at 4'4" and eighth in the triple jump at 31'5". Jannel Fiehtner was fifth in the long jump at 15'.25" and sixth in the triple jump at 32'2".

Mitchell won team titles in both divisions, winning the girl's team championship with 157 followed by Bridgeport with 94, Gordon-Rushville 71, Morrill 70, Hemingford 56, Bayard 54 and Kimball 24.

In the boy's division Mitchell won with 141 points followed by Bridgeport with 133, Kimball 92, Bayard 61, Gordon-Rushville 44, Hemingford 34 and Morrill 22.

The Longhorns will be right back at Mitchell tomorrow (Friday), weather permitting, but at the time of this writing, the forecast is for very nasty and cold weather. I wouldn't bet a lot on this meet taking place, but keep up with the updates. This is the George Calvert Invite and start time is published as 11 a.m. Don't forget the Best of the West is Monday, April 25, at the Scottsbluff Bearcat Stadium with a 4 p.m. start time. The qualified competitors will be announced after this weekend's meets.


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