BAYARD — The Sidney girls and Alliance boys track and field teams captured the championships of the Bayard BCD Meet held Friday at Bayard High School.
The meet was the final action of the regular season for the 14-team field before competing in districts next week.
Hemingford junior Kelsy Wood again enjoyed the most success of any athlete. She finished first in four individual events en route to being named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet.
Like she’s been doing all spring, Wood showcased her talents in both the track and field events.
She opened her day by winning the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 11 ½ inches.
Wood then heated up on the track by blazing to three top finishes in the span of just about an hour. Her closest competition came in the 100 high hurdles from Sidney junior Karissa Segelke. The two raced neck and neck nearly the whole way before Wood edged in front at the finish to win in a new regional-best time of 15.3 seconds.
Wood rounded out her impressive performance by beating out Alliance’s Lyndsey Block for first place in the 100 meters in 12.8 before cruising to a top finish in the 300 low hurdles in 46.6.
Other multiple individual-event winners in the girls division were Chadron’s Ashlea Kerr and Alliance’s Mikenzie Nordeen.
Kerr, just a sophomore, benefited from a strong closing kick to claim the 800 in a time of 2:28.1 and won the 400 in 1:02.4.
Nordeen placed first in the pole vault with a height of 10-9 and finished first in the 200 in a time of 25.6.
In capturing the team title, the Sidney girls recorded four first-place finishes, including a sweep of all three relays.
The Red Raiders’ only top individual finish was by Alli Ehler in the 1,600 in a time of 5:30.0.
Sidney’s Kali Robb, Morgan Linneman, Hannah Riley and Segelke teamed up to win the 4x100 relay in 51.0. In the 4x400 relay, Sidney’s Riley, Segelke, Linneman and Ehler finished first in 4:07.5. The Raiders’ Juli Smith, Riley, Linneman and Ehler won the 4x800 relay in 10:07.1.
Other individual-event winners included Bridgeport’s Jamie Schneider in the high jump (5-0), Hemingford’s Kaitlyn Jespersen in the triple jump (33-10), Alliance’s Ashley Woodward in the shot put (37-3), Morrill’s Alex Howell in the discus (112-7) and Chadron’s Nicky Applegarth in the 3,200 (12:33.0).
The Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Meet went to Bridgeport’s Cody Franklin. Franklin cruised to a pair of top finishes in the 1,600 (4:52.8) and the 3,200 (10:39.2).
Joining Franklin as double individual-event winners were Morrill’s Nathan Rice and Alliance’s Trevor Kamerzell.
Rice won the 200 in 22.7 and placed first in the 400 in 50.4.
Kamerzell swept the hurdles events. He finished first in the 110 highs in 15.4 and ended in front in the 300 intermediates in 41.8.
Kamerzell accounted for two of the six top finishes won by the team-title winning Bulldogs. Also adding to that tally were Nick Smith in the pole vault (13-0), Mitch Pancost in the long jump (21-4 ½) and Kyle Hooper in the triple jump (43-5).
Alliance’s 4x400 relay team of Gaige Lehl, Keagan Hill, Cody Robinson and Pancost placed first in a time of 3:29.4.
Garden County finished the meet with four first-place finishes to claim second in the team race. The Eagles’ individual-event winners were Kane McLaughlin in the high jump (6-6), Frantzlee LaCrete in the discus (136-8) and JD Leonard in the 100 (11.2).
The Garden County 4x100 relay team of Devon Sullivan, Layne McCarthy, McLaughlin and Leonard won in 44.7.
Also winning individual events were Chadron’s Tyson Budler in the shot put (49-2) and Sidney’s Marcus Hauge in the 800 (2:01.1).
Sidney’s Paul Beyer, Chase Frerichs, Dane Aurich and Hauge teamed up to win the 4x800 relay in 8:25.29.