Success shown brightly for Thayer Central at last Thursday’s C-6 District track and field meet held on the Sutton High School track.
Lead by three first place finishes, the Titans placed third in the nine-team district racking up 78 points.
Sutton won the boys district title amassing 119 points, while Hastings St. Cecilia was runner-up tallying 95 points.
As a squad, the Titans qualified five athletes in five events for this weekend’s NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Senior Aubrey Fangmeier was the district champion in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 50.98.
Junior Zach Koss claimed the district championship in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:59.55.
Teammate Fangmeier also qualified in the 800 finishing runner-up to Koss with a time of 2:00.27.
Thayer Central’s 3200-meter relay foursome of Fangmeier, Keegan Casey, Trey Fischer, and Koss brought home the gold medal in the event with a time of 8:16.09.
A second place time of 4:49.74 by Casey qualified him in the 1600-meter run.
Junior Damian Stewart qualified as an additional qualifier in the 3200-meter run after finishing third in the event in a time of 10:37.47.
Rounding out the list of district medalists for the Titans included Casey, third, pole vault, 11’0”, 1600 relay, third, 3:38.69, Dylan Fischer, fourth, 3200, 10:45.54, Kevin Burd, fifth, long jump, 18’04.25”, Phillip Price, fifth in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.74 and 43.22, 400 relay, fifth, 47.15, Trey Fischer, sixth, 800, 2:08.59, and Fangmeier was sixth in a time of 5:09.07 for the 1600-meter run.
On the girls side, the Lady Titans qualified six thinclads in five events for the NSAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at Burke Stadium in Omaha.
Freshman Chloe Souerdyke led the parade of state qualifiers for the Lady Titans winning the girls district high jump event with a leap of 5’2”.
Sophomore Sydny Havel secured her place at state by finishing second in the 300-meter low hurdles in a time of 59.87.
The Lady Titans’ 3200-meter relay team of Katelyn Richardson, Kylie Pachta, Bridget Linton, and Chloe Souerdyke garnered its spot at Burke Stadium by placing second to Doniphan-Trumbull in a time of 10:22.14.
Additional qualifiers were Richardson, third in the 800 at 2:30.24, and the Lady Titans’ 1600-meter relay quartet of Chloe Souerdyke, Richardson, Linton, and Kaizley Krupicka broke the tape in a third place time of 4:18.65.
Additional district medalists were Havel, fourth, 100-meter high hurdles, 17.11, Madalyn Crouse, fourth, pole vault, 8’0”, Grace Souerdyke, fourth, long jump, 14’10”, Krupicka, fifth, 400, 1:04.78, Jena Cottam, fifth, long jump, 15’1”, 400 relay, fifth, 54.14, Emily Welch, sixth, shot put, 35’09.25”, Grace Souerdyke, sixth, long jump, 14’10”, and Chloe Hintz placed sixth in the pole vault at 7’6”.
Heartland came away as district track and field champions for the girls chalking up 118 points with Superior second scoring 95 points, while Thayer Central finished sixth recording a team score of 59 points.
Thayer Central will open competition in the Classes C and A Session, beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Omaha Burke Stadium.