Wilber-Clatonia boys win district championship at Tri County Thursday

De WITT – The Wilber-Clatonia boys’ track team came home district champions after their Class C-1 meet at Tri County High School Thursday.

The Wolverines dominated, claiming 131 overall points. Freeman was second (88), Tri County fourth (75) and Southern was seventh (21).

Starting in pole vault, Michael Pulliam (Wilber-Clatonia) claimed his ninth gold medal of the season in the event, clearing 14 feet to take first place and qualify for state.

Evan Larson (Tri County) placed second in pole vault (11 feet-10 inches) and also qualified for state.

In high jump, Mason Combs (Wilber-Clatonia) placed first and qualified for the state meet (5 feet-10 inches).

Moving to long jump, Wilber-Clatonia got another state qualifier in Coltin Rezabek (19 feet-8.75 inches). That mark put him second overall.

In discus, Freeman’s Brady Ideus won a district title and qualified for state with a throw of 144 feet-5 inches.

Moving to track events, Freeman’s Colby Sugden placed second to qualify for state in the 100-meter dash (11.27). Sugden qualified for state in this event last year, where he ran an 11.47. That was .06 seconds away from qualifying for finals.

Sugden also qualified for state in the 200 Thursday (23.37).

Moving to the 800, Creighton Niemeyer (Tri County) took first and qualified for state (1:59.25).

Niemeyer also went on to win the 1600 meter run (4:40.53). Thomas Lokken (Wilber-Clatonia) placed second in this race to qualify for state (4:57.18).

Lokken claimed a district title in the 3200 meter run (10:36.56). Logan Larson (Tri County) came in second (10:42.61) to qualify for state.

In the 110-meter high hurdles, Mason Zimmerman (Wilber-Clatonia) took first (15.80) to qualify for state. His teammate, Rezabek, placed second (16.02) to get into state in the event.

In the 300 intermediate hurdles, Layne Evans (Wilber-Clatonia) placed second (41.98) to get himself into the state meet.

In the relays, Freeman claimed a district title in the 4×100 (44.69). That team includes Logan Andersen, Eli Pelc, Gabe Eisenbarth and Colby Sugden.

Freeman also went on to win the 4×400 (3:30.25). That team includes Eisenbarth, Holden Ruse, Sugden and Garrett Lenners.

The Falcons weren’t done there. They also claimed the 4×800 (8:17.54). Ruse, Kaleb Unvert, Andersen and Lenners ran the event.


Tri County was the district runner-up with 82 points as a team. Lincoln Lutheran dominated the day as district champions with 170 points total. Wilber-Clatonia was fourth with 55, Freeman was fifth with 54 and Southern was ninth with 2.

Starting in pole vault, Shaylee Bloom (Wilber-Clatonia) placed second by clearing 9 feet. That was enough to qualify her for the state meet.

In long jump, Anoulin Souvannavong (Wilber-Clatonia) came home second with a leap of of 14 feet-11.5 inches. She’ll also compete in the state meet. Last year at state, Souvannavong competed in long jump, where she placed 26th (14 feet-10.75 inches).

Souvannavong also qualified for state in triple jump Thursday, winning a district title at 34 feet-2.5 inches. In the 2018 state meet, Souvannavong also competed in triple jump. She medaled third (35 feet-10.75 inches).

In shot put, Tri County’s Madison Freese qualified for state with a second place throw of 34 feet-4.5 inches.

In discus, Tri County also had a state qualifier here. Kelsey Manchester threw 101 feet-2 inches to come in second.

Moving to the 800 meter run, Freeman’s Brylie Hartwig won the event (2:21.51) to qualify for state. Hartwig has won the 800 in almost every regular season meet in 2019.

Hartwig also went on to win a district title in the 1600 meter run Thursday (5:29.19). Hartwig qualified for the mile last year, medaling fourth (5:23.12).

In the two-mile (3200 meter run), Tri County’s Andie Koch placed second (12:37.36) to qualify for state.

In the 1600-meter relay, Wilber-Clatonia won a district title (4:20.77). Rylee Sand, Shaylee Bloom, Nevaeh and Abby Rezny ran the event.

Meanwhile, Tri County won the 3200 meter relay (10:09.84). Hannah Holtmeier, Andie Koch, Madison Kirchoff and Ella Crawford will compete at state in the event.

The Nebraska State Track Meet is slated for May 17-18. News Channel Nebraska will have full coverage of the running events. Read more about that here.

See full results from Thursday’s C-1 district track meet here.

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