OMAHA – The Sterling girls’ track team took home the state runner-up trophy at the end of the 2019 NSAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The Jets finished with 39 points in Class D, while Giltner won the team title with 54.
Senior Nicole Harms took in the most hardware, winning first place in the 100 meter high hurdles (15.31), second in the 100-meter dash (12.85) and first in the 300 meter hurdles (45.58).
On Friday, Harms placed third in long jump, leaping 17 feet-0.25 inches.
Elsewhere, junior Colby Theis placed fourth in shot put with a throw of 37 feet-2.25 inches.
The Sterling boys also fared well, finishing seventh as a team with 21 points. The Jets’ 400-meter relay team of Derek Buss, Tristan Dirks, Caleb Dolbow and Joel Rathe placed sixth with a time of 45.58 seconds.
Dirks and Dolbow also placed in the 400 meter dash finals. Dolbow was fifth (51.29) and Dirks was sixth (51.46), respectively.
In the final event of the day Saturday, the Jets delivered an electrifying moment after a nearly hour-long lightning delay.
Sterling’s 1600-meter relay team of Dirks, Dolbow, Buss and Sam Boldt took home the Class D title in the event with a time of 3:30.24.
On Friday, Boldt placed eighth in triple jump with a leap of 42 feet-2.5 inches. That is a new PR for him.
Here’s a look at how every other area school, both boys and girls, fared on Championship Saturday:
Veronica Pinkerton placed third in the Class B girls’ 800 meter run with a season-best time of 2:23.43. She improved from her 5th place finish at state (2:25.51) in 2018.
Addison Barnard meanwhile placed second in triple jump with a new season-best distance of 37 feet-11 inches. Last year at state, Barnard finished 10th overall at 33-9.
In the 100 meter dash, Morgan Mahoney placed seventh with a time of 12.94.
On Friday, Beatrice’s Diego Rodriguez cleared 6 feet-6 inches to place 3rd in high jump and tie his PR.
Also on Friday, Beatrice’s 4×800 relay 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.
After placing second in shot put on Friday (51 feet-6.5 inches), senior John Christensen also placed eighth in discus Saturday with a throw of 125 feet-11 inches.
His teammate, Nolan Weber, placed third with a throw of 137-11. That beat his previous PR by four inches.
Aaron Mick of BDS came away with a third place finish in pole vault Friday at 13 feet-10 inches. That’s a new PR for him.
In the girls’ 400 meter relay, Ellie Allen, Leroy Chao, Izze Eltze and Karlee Henning finished sixth overall with a time of 50.63.
In the boys’ 110 meter high hurdles, Zach Turner came away with a runner-up finish, clocking in at 16.43 seconds. Turner placed seventh in this event at state last season.
In the 300 meter hurdles, Zach Fye placed sixth overall with a time of 40.96 to set a new personal record.
Turning to girls’ high jump, Hannah Newton tied for seventh, clearing 5 feet-2 inches. That tied her PR. Newton qualified for state in this event last year, where she tied for fourth after clearing an even 5 feet.
In the next-to-last race of the day Saturday, the Crete boys’ 4×400 meter relay placed seventh (3:29.18). That team includes Fye, Turner, Vincent Laurenroth and Carter Reckling.
In high jump Friday, Reckling placed second, clearing 6 feet-7 inches. In girls’ discus Friday, 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.
Crete had many field competitors do well Friday. Jaedon Lothrop came home fifth overall in shot put, throwing 51 feet-8.75 inches to set a new PR. In triple jump, Trevor Malone placed fourth with a leap of 44 feet-11.5 inches. That set a new PR.
In pole vault Friday, Holden Ruhnke placed seventh in pole vault Friday, clearing 13 feet even to set a new personal record.
Junior Emily Swanson ended her season with a bang on Saturday, medaling in every event she competed in. In high jump, she cleared 5 feet-2 inches to place 5th and tie her season-best. She cleared 4-8 in high jump at last year’s state meet.
In pole vault, Swanson placed fourth, clearing 9 feet-10 inches. That’s 10 inches higher than her result at state in 2018.
Swanson finished out her day Saturday by placing 8th in the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 49.62 seconds.
On the boys’ side, Ryan Arnold, Daylin Craw, Armando Jones and William McLaughlin gave the Griffins a 5th place medal in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:33.46.
Senior Katherine White ended her storied track career with two state medals. She started off by finishing 3rd in 100 meter hurdles (15.86). That mark was her fastest all season.
White also finished fourth in long jump Friday, covering 16 feet-9.25 inches.
Junior Erin Schmidt placed sixth in Class C girls’ shot put with a throw of 40 feet-4.75 inches. That distance is a new PR.
The Freeman boys ended up fourth in the Class C standings with 27 points. The Falcons got things started early on Friday when they won the state title in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 8:15.08. Senior Logan Anderson, the fourth leg, edged West Holt’s Jordan Tasler at the line by 0.10 seconds.
The Freeman girls’ placed third in that same event Friday (10:05.21).
On Saturday, junior Brylie Hartwig, who was part of the 4×800 meter relay team Friday, won the state title in the 800 meter run with a PR of 2:18.08. That time is also the sixth fastest all-time in Class C at the state meet.
Hartwig also went on to win the 1600 meter run (5:14.08). She won the race by 13 seconds and knocked 15 seconds off of her districts time.
In the boys’ 800 meter run, Garrett Lenners placed sixth (2:00.05) to set a new PR.
In the boys 400 meter relay, the Falcons placed eighth with a time of 44.76. The team included Gabe Eisenbarth, Logan Anderson, Eli Pelc and Colby Sugden.
Sugden had a successful day Saturday, as he placed sixth in the 100 meter dash finals (11.08) and set a new personal record. He also placed 5th in the 200 with a time of 22.74 – another new PR.
Sugden got his fourth medal of the meet in the 1600 meter relay. He, Eisenbarth, Lenners and Holden Ruse combined to place 3rd (3:28.44).
Senior Emma Niemeier was the lone representative at state for the Bulldogs, and she did her school proud. She started off by placing 5th in long jump on Friday (16 feet-9.25 inches).
On Saturday, she finished runner-up in triple jump (34 feet-11.5 inches) to set a new PR. She also placed 5th in the 100 meter hurdle finals with a time of 16.30 seconds – another new PR.
Senior Seth Moerer placed seventh in discus Saturday with a throw of 136 feet-11 inches.
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After winning the 3200 meter run on Friday (11:37.64), sophomore Ashlei McDonald placed 3rd in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:28.99. Both of those times are new personal bests.
The Norris boys finished sixth in the team standings with 41 points. They were two points away from tying with Seward and Bishop Neumann for fourth.
The Titans’ 400 meter relay team of Dylan Mostek, Ethan Schmidt, Ashton Hausmann and James Carnie took first place with a time of 43.18.
Hausmann was also a state champion in the 100 meter dash, clocking at an impressive 10.84 seconds. That was .03 seconds off of his PR.
Hausmann ended his day Saturday by placing 3rd in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.31.
In the 1600 meter run, Zach Van Brocklin finished runner-up with a time of 4:24.40. He improved from his 3rd place finish at state in this race last year, and set a new PR.
On Friday, Matthew Medill placed 4th with in high jump, clearing 6 feet-5 inches. That height is a new PR for him.
On the girls’ side, Olivia Ozenbaugh placed eighth in shot put with a throw of 38 feet-11.5 inches.
In the 100 meter dash, Mackenzie Roy placed third with a time of 12.51 seconds.
In the 400 meter relay, Roy, Morgan McCain, Megan Auman and Taryn Tracy placed fourth (50.39).
The Pawnee City boys ended up tied for 5th in the Class D team standings with 22 points. They tied with Allen and finished just a point ahead of nearby Sterling.
Senior Marcus Gray ended his career with the Indians on a very high note. He started the meet on Friday by placing 5th and PR’ing in shot put with a throw of 49 feet-2.5 inches.
On Saturday, Gray started out by placing seventh in discus (136 feet-11 inches). He beat his previous PR by seven inches.
Another senior who went out with a bang is Shamar Wiley. He went home a state champion in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.16 seconds. That topped his previous PR by about a half-second.
He placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.95. That mark is a new PR.
Pawnee City’s squad of Kodenn Koester, Kaden Lang, Jacob Lytle and Mason Lierz crossed the line in 5th in the 3200 meter relay on Friday with a time of 8:46.90.
On the girls’ side, Austin Branch medaled 6th in discus Friday with a throw of 114 feet-3 inches, shattering her previous season-best of 102-9.
On Saturday, freshman Sierra deKoning tied for 8th in the high jump, clearing an even 5 feet.
In girls’ high jump, Chloe Souerdyke finished runner-up, clearing 5 feet-3 inches. That topped her previous PR by an inch.
On Friday, Mikenzy Anderson tied for 6th in pole vault, clearing 10 feet. That tied her PR.
On the boys’ side, Phillip Price placed 6th in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.56 seconds. That time is a new PR for the sophomore.
On Friday, Thayer Central’s 3200 meter relay team placed 5th (8:23.10).
Senior distance star Creighton Niemeyer ended a legendary career Saturday with a second-place finish in the 800 (1:58.99) and a third-place finish in the 1600 (4:27.44). His mile time was a new PR.
Niemeyer, who was the state champion in the mile in 2018, medaled at state in that event in all four years.
Junior Mason Zimmerman placed 5th in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.54 seconds. That was enough for a new personal record.
In pole vault, senior and Doane football commit Michael Pulliam tied the school record (again) and placed second with a height of 14 feet-8 inches.
On Friday, the Wolverines’ 3200 meter relay team placed seventh (8:27.06) in the boys’ division.
In girls’ triple jump, Anoulin Souvannavong placed 5th with a leap of 35 feet-3.75 inches. That distance is a new PR for the senior.
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