OMAHA – It was a long first day at the 2019 NSAA State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Between numerous technical difficulties and timing issues, the first day was about 12 hours front to back.
Despite that, a number of area athletes had a successful day competing on the track and in the field. Here’s a synopsis of how the KUTT/KWBE area athletes fared on Friday.
Class C 3200 meter relay
Freeman’s girls and boys both placed here. Brylie and RaeAnn Hartwig, Ashton Niles and Ashley Oltman placed 3rd overall with a time of 10:05.21. These same four placed fourth at state the year prior.
The Freeman boys on the other hand won the state title in this event at 8:15.08. Senior Logan Anderson, the fourth leg, edged West Holt’s Jordan Tasler at the line by 0.10 seconds.
Thayer Central placed 5th as a team in the event (8:23.10) and Wilber-Clatonia was 7th (8:27.06) in the boys’ division.
Class C girls’ pole vault
Thayer Central’s Mikenzy Anderson tied for 6th with a vault of 10 feet, which tied her PR.
Class C boys’ 110 meter hurdles
Phillip Price of Thayer Central and Mason Zimmerman will both compete in the finals Saturday in this event. Price placed 5th in prelims (15.69 – new PR), while Zimmerman was 7th (15.86).
Class C boys’ 100 meter dash
Colby Sugden of Freeman tied for 7th in prelims with a time of 11.17, which is a new PR. Sugden also went onto place 8th overall in the 200 meter dash prelims with a time of 22.97, which was just .05 seconds off of his PR in the event.
Class B girls’ 3200 meter relay
Beatrice’s team of Trinity Eichenberger, Chelsea Leners, Veronica Pinkerton and Mackenzie Hatcliff placed fourth with a time of 10:17.1.
The Lady O placed fourth in this event last year at state, too.
Class D boys’ 3200 meter relay
Pawnee City’s squad of Kodenn Koester, Kaden Lang, Jacob Lytle and Mason Lierz crossed the line in 5th at 8:46.90.
Class B boys’ high jump
Crete’s Carter Reckling placed second in the event, clearing 6 feet-7 inches. That height is a new PR. Right behind him was Beatrice’s Diego Rodriguez, who cleared 6 feet-6 inches to place 3rd and tie his PR.
Finishing in fourth in this event was Norris’ Matthew Medill, who placed 4th with a jump of 6 feet-5 inches. That height is a new PR for him.
Class B girls’ discus
Crete’s Morgan Maly placed seventh with a throw of 126 feet-10 inches. Maly placed in the same position last year, but her throw at this year’s state meet was four inches further than last year’s.
Class D boys’ triple jump
Sterling’s Sam Boldt placed eighth with a jump of 42 feet-2.5 inches. That is a new PR for him.
Class D boys’ shot put
John Christensen of Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, who placed fourth at state last year in shot put, improved to a second place finish in 2019 with a throw of 51 feet-6.5 inches. That mark is a new PR.
Marcus Gray of Pawnee City also medaled here, throwing 49 feet-2.5 inches to place fifth and to set a new personal best.
Class D boys’ pole vault
Aaron Mick of BDS came away with a third place finish at 13 feet-10 inches. That’s a new PR for him.
Meanwhile, Holden Ruhnke of Deshler placed seventh in the event, clearing 13 feet even to set a new personal record.
Class D girls’ 100 meter high hurdles
Exeter-Milligan’s Katherine White placed fourth overall in prelims with a time of 15.6 seconds. Friend’s Emma Niemeier had the same time to also reach the finals and set a new PR.
Also placing was Nicole Harms of Sterling. She came in 2nd at 15.3 seconds to set a new personal record.
Class D boys’ 110 meter high hurdles prelims
Shamar Wiley of Pawnee City placed first overall with a time of 15.02 seconds. That’s a new PR. Wiley came in seventh in the finals at last year’s state meet.
Class B boys’ 110 meter high hurdles prelims
Zach Turner of Crete tied for first in prelims with a time of 14.73. Turner placed seventh at state in 2018 in this same event.
Class D girls’ 100 meter dash prelims
Sterling’s Nicole Harms had another successful race, placing 4th in prelims with a sprint of 12.58 seconds to reach finals and set a PR.
Class B girls’ 100 meter dash prelims
Mackenzie Roy of Norris placed fourth overall in prelims with a dash of 12:39 seconds. Roy placed sixth at state in this event last year.
Beatrice’s Morgan Mahoney also qualified for finals with a time of 12.64. That mark is a new PR.
Class B boys’ 100 meter dash prelims
Norris’ Ashton Hausmann won his heat and placed fourth overall in prelims with a quick 10.84 seconds. That was .03 seconds off of his PR. Hausmann finished fourth in last year’ state finals of this event.
Class D boys’ 400 meter dash prelims
Tristan Dirks of Sterling reached finals by clocking in at 51.46 seconds. That time was the fifth fastest in prelims, and his new personal best.
Class D girls’ discus
Austin Branch of Pawnee City medaled 6th with a throw of 114 feet-3 inches, shattering her previous season-best of 102-9.
Class B boys’ shot put
Crete’s Jaedon Lothrop came home fifth overall, throwing 51 feet-8.75 inches to set a new PR.
Class D girls’ long jump
Nicole Harms was successful in every event Friday. Here, she placed third with a jump of 17 feet-0.25 inches. That’s an improvement over her previous PR of 16-2.
Behind her in 4th was Exeter-Milligan’s Katherine White (16 feet-9.25 inches). That’s an improvement’s from White’s 14th place finish at state in 2018. That jump is also a new PR.
Coming in 5th was Friend’s Emma Niemeier (16 feet-9.25 inches). Niemeier placed sixth in this event at last year’s state meet.
Class B boys’ 3200 meter run finals
Norris’ Zach Van Brocklin placed seventh in the two-mile with a time of 10:07.55. Van Brocklin placed 11th at state in this event last season.
Class B boys’ triple jump
Crete’s Trevor Malone placed fourth with a leap of 44 feet-11.5 inches. That set a new PR.
Class D girls’ 300 meter low hurdle prelims
Diller-Odell’s Emily Swanson placed fourth overall in prelims with a time of 48.28 seconds (new PR). Swanson placed seventh in this event at last year’s state meet.
Class D boys’ 300 meter intermediate hurdles
Pawnee City’s Shamar Wiley reached finals by placing third in prelims (41.41 – new PR).
Class B boys’ 300 meter intermediate hurdles
Crete’s Zach Fye had the fifth overall best time in prelims (40.43) to qualify for Saturday’s finals. His previous PR was 41.69.
Class B boys’ 200 meter dash prelims
Norris’ Ashton Hausmann had the third fastest time here (22.38). Hausmann will look to improve from his 8th place finish in this event last year at state.
Field events begin at 8:30 a.m., with the 800-meter dash finals kicking off the running events at 9:30 a.m. The full schedule can be seen here.
As seen on Twitter Friday
Final event for the day is Izzy in the 200. Just missed finals and PR. Ends the great day for the Cardinals! pic.twitter.com/iMkZ2ZMonb
— Crete Cardinal T&F (@cardtracknfield) May 18, 2019
So proud of this kid!! He ran a great race and was only .4 away from his season PR!! Great season and great career Dillon!! Can’t wait to see where your future takes you!! #proudcoach #OnceAJeffAlwaysAJeff pic.twitter.com/p9Ru8Sc5UN
— JeffsWrestling (@DerekGarfield) May 18, 2019
Mackenzie Roy will be in Lane 2 tomorrow for the finals of the 100m Dash. pic.twitter.com/7f2gv4gD8b
— Norris Track & Field (@NorrisTitansTF) May 17, 2019
Norris's @ashton_hausmann ran a 10.5 in the prelims of the 100 meter dash. Wind reading was 3.8, none the less a very impressive time. The best of the day thus far at state track.
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 17, 2019
Burke the beauty! pic.twitter.com/53lkxPiT7V
— k a t herine smith (@smithakatherine) May 17, 2019
Super sophomore DIEGO RODRIGUEZ earns the 3rd place Class B medal with a season-best high jump of 6’6”. Great job, Diego! pic.twitter.com/7rNklxus8e
— Beatrice High School (@BeatriceHigh) May 17, 2019
Mercy. @SHSPawPower’s @kalynnmeyer sets the #nebpreps State Meet Record three times on Friday. Her final throw at 178-06 en route to the Class C and likely all-Class Gold. ???????? pic.twitter.com/MV90P4CFjY
— Striv Sports (@strivsports) May 17, 2019
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