Goessel boys haunted by 5th-place finishes

Contributing writer

Heath Goertzen in triple jump was the only Goessel Bluebird from the boys’ team that qualified for the state track meet on Friday. Goertzen leapt 39 feet, 3¾ inches for second place.

Only the top four places go to state, and the Bluebird boys had seven events that placed fifth place, missing the state meet by one place. Ben Wiens posted his best time of the season in the 1,600-meter run with a burst of speed in the last 100 meters to capture fifth place.

Brian Hiebert improved by more than a foot on his previous best in the shot put, with a toss of 42-3 for fifth place. Miguel Guerrero placed fifth in two events, the long jump and the triple jump. Zach Wiens knocked a full second off his 300-meter hurdles time but finished fifth. He also got a fifth-place medal in the 110-meter hurdles. Mark Schmidt churned in a good time in the 200-meter dash, but earned fifth place.

The Goessel boys finished regionals in 11th place out of 21 schools.

State track meet potential schedule for Goessel

Friday

1:15 p.m. — 1A boys’ triple jump, Heath Goertzen.

2:55 p.m. — 1A girls’ 4x100 relay preliminaries.

4:20 p.m. — 1A girls’ 300-meter hurdles preliminaries, Erin Brubaker.

5:55 p.m. — 1A girls’ 4x400 relay preliminaries.

7 p.m. — 1A girls’ 3,200-meter run, Jennifer Meysing.

Saturday

8 a.m. — 1A girls’ pole vault, Riley Jarvis.

3 p.m. — 1A girls’ 4x100 relay finals.

4:25 p.m. — 1A girls’ 300-meter hurdles finals.

6:30 p.m. — 1A girls’ 4x400 relay finals.

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