OMAHA – The unexpected return of senior Cameron Jurgens created the perfect blend of power and speed for the Beatrice Boys Track and Field team to capture the Class-B State Championship over the weekend at Omaha Burke Stadium.
The Orangemen finished 12-points ahead of 2nd place Boys Town and 16-points in front of 3rd place Scottsbluff, to win their first team title in track and field since 2006. York and McCook rounded out the top five teams in Class-B boys, with Crete placing in the top-ten, in 7th place.
Jurgens became the three-time defending All-Class Gold Medal Winner in both the Shot Put and Discus.
The Nebraska football recruit was not expected to compete at the State Track and Field Meet due to a serious leg injury he suffered late in the high school football season, that kept him from competing in basketball and for most of the track and field season.
Jurgens decision to compete came just days and hours before the District Meet in Fairbury, where he qualified for state in both events, despite very little practice and lingering pain and soreness from the injury.
The Beatrice senior’s gold medal sweep provided 20 of the Orangemen’s 55-points in the race for the team championship.
Jurgens’ winning Shot Put toss of 59-feet, three-and-three quarter inches on Friday was almost six-feet better than his nearest Class-B competitor, Wade Blue of Gering.
Jurgens’ winning Discus throw of 169-feet, three inches was exactly six-feet better than his closest Class-B opponent, Jessie Sullivan of Boone Central/Newman Grove.
While Cam Jurgens provided the powerful strength, the lightning-fast speed of the Orangemen was as good as gold in the 400-Meter Relay.
The team of seniors Dillon Buss, Zach Thies, Dillon Damme and sophomore A.J. Mahoney crossed the finish line first in a time of 43.78.
The Gold Medal performance by the 400-Meter Relay team came after setting a new school record the previous week at the District Meet, which broke the old record set 26-years ago.
Mahoney and Damme accounted for more team points with top-eight finishes in the short-distant runs, along with Austin Hinz in the Hurdles and Brayden Frerichs in the long-distance runs.
It was the Orangemen’s first track and field team championship since 2006.