SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files


Cozad’s Tarron Hecox was the class of the field in winning the gold medal with a score of 76 at the Gothenburg Invitational that was played at Wild Horse Golf Club. Swede Alex Peden defended his home course with a score of 78 in fourth place. Lexington was led by the links efforts of James Leibhart with a score of 80 in ninth place overall.



Haley Bergstrom of Lexing-ton suffered a pair of rare defeats to Katie Dobesh of Kearney Catholic recently. So when the two met again in the annual Don Bader Invitational at Lexington, Bergstrom could have been forgiven if she had revenge on her mind. But no. Turns out she just likes the competition. “I love it,” she said. “On any given day, anything can happen. She’s a great runner.” Bergstrom and Dobesh were both clocked in 12.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash, but Bergstrom clearly won the race to the string.


The 200-meter dash wasn’t close at all, as Bergstrom covered the ground in 26 seconds, compared to 26.7 for Katharine Morell of McCook and 26.8 for Dobesh. “I live the curve the best, Bergstrom said. “It (the 200) is starting to be my favorite event.” The Lex sprinter picked up a third gold medal when she anchored the 400-meter relay team to victory. Jenny Landen, Jordan Schroeder and Leah Luther joined Bergstrom in the event.


Lexington easily swept both the boys and the girls titles in the annual Dawson County Track and Field Meet at Cozad last week. The Minutemen scored 140 points to 65.5 for Gothenburg’s boys and 42.5 for Cozad. Eric Otto won both the 100 and 200 for Lexington. Alex Long captured the long jump, Aaron Daake the high hurdles, Matt O’Brien the high jump, Jake Harvey the 400, Garth Mins the pole vault, Tyler Giesbrecht the 800 and Matt Gonzalez the discus. In addition, the Minutemen won the 1,600-meter and 200-meter relays.


Cozad won three events, as Jason Ritterbush claimed the triple jump and Joey Cochran the 300-meter hurdles. The Haymakers won the 400-meter relay. Gothenburg won the other three events. Tyler Fickenscher swept the 1,600 and 3,200, while Casey Metzger won the shotput.


In the girls division, Lexington scored 126.5 points to 86.5 for Gothenburg. Cozad finished with 34. Erin Jones won the high jump and the 800 for the Minutemaids. Billi Jo Anderson won the long jump, Mindy Teetor the high hurdles, Andrea Andersen the 400-meter dash, Amy Ourada the discus, Jessica Hanson the 1,600 and Samantha Oyler the shot put. In addition, the Maids won the 3,200-meter relay. Cozad got three firsts. Kelly Rhone captured the 100 and 200 and the Haymakers won the 400-meter relay. Gothenburg won the other five events. Rachel Neujahr won the pole vault and 300-meter hurdles, Angel Williams the triple jump and Jenna Brown the 3,200. The Swedes also won the 1,600-meter relay.


Lexington swept the top three individual positions and out-pointed Gothenburg and Cozad in the Dawson County Boys Golf Championships. Gary O’Donnell (76), Jason Carpenter (77) and Matt Clements (78) posted the 1-2-3 finished for the champions. The Minutemen posted a 399-team stroke total, compared to identical 416’s by Cozad and Gothenburg. Cozad’s best medalist ladder performances were delivered by Mark Carlson and Mike Brownfield. Both players fired 81’s. Carlson coupled cards of 42-39, while Brownfield reversed the circles, 39-42. Brandon Kauffman and Luke Rickertsen marked 80’s to lead the Swede effort.



An excellent performance by the 400-meter relay and four other gold medal jobs by Matt Burkholder and Justin Holbein elevated Cozad into the runner-up position in the Grand Island Northwest Track and Field Invitational. Coach Scott Adkisson’s Haymakers chalked 83 points, trailing only the host Vikings (113) in the closing comparisons. Hastings Adams Central and Grand Island Central Catholic were next in line with 71 and 70 points respectively. Freshman Brendan Holbein, Kurt Swason, Mike Montgomery and Burkholder alternated legs on the victorious 400 relay. The quartet was clocked in 44.6, just one tenth of a second ahead of Hastings AC. Burkholder, as expected, dominated the 100 and 200. But, he uncorked a seasonal best 13’4” clearing in the pole vault too.


Justin Christner, another freshman, gave Cozad valuable third place points in the vault with a 12’6” performance. Burkholder zipped his speed routes in 11.1 and 22.5—he was the class of both fields. Justin Holbein gave excellent efforts in the jumping events. He won the long jump with a 21’2.5” mark and was se-cond in triple action, 42’10.75”. Montgomery’s third in the discus (140’8”) and a fourth by shotputter Josh Dorsey (50’7.5”) gave Cozad prominent spots in the weight events.


Scott Walker and Scott Mackowski boosted the Haymakers in the 3200 and 800. Walker was mixed in a field, which included many of the state’s top distance stars, and finished fourth in 10:55.1. Mackowski was sixth in the 800, 2:10.6. Cozad also ran fourth in the 1600 relay, with legs by Swanson, Mark Ferguson, Mackowski and Justin Holbein.


The talent was abundant at the Minuteman track Thursday afternoon and evening. A new Nebraska state pole vault record was established by Bump Novacek at 15-4. No-vacek could not match his all time best pole vault height of 15’ 7.75” set at the Dawson County meet in Cozad, but he did get the state record. The nine-team field met the Ne-braska School Activities Association criteria and his 15-4 vault will be the new state record as soon as the NSAA gives its approval. Novacek battling a cool wind cleared 15-4 on his last attempt at the height.



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