State Track Athletes
District track meets took place last week with multiple athletes punching their ticket to compete at Burke Stadium. A total of 46 competitors hoping to find their efforts on the podium over the four day spectacle in Omaha started today (May 17) running through Saturday, May 20.
effs Picking Up Momentum
For Fairbury, the Jeffs will send eight to Burke Stadium with three-time qualifier Devon Carel qualifying in the 400 meter dash as he ran a PR time of :50.45 placing him at fourth at the Class B-3 District in Waverly.
The next seven come from the Lady Jeffs as Sam Starr was able to qualify not once but twice in the 800 meter run with a PR time of 2:25.53 and was a part of the 4×800 meter relay with Micah Friesen, Lily Davis, and Hannah Robertson. The relay team took a total of 17 seconds from their previous best and punched their ticket to Omaha with the come-from-behind PR qualifying time of 10:06.23.
In the field events the Lady Jeffs have the duo of Allison Davis and Mikya Lierman hoping to take flight and reach new heights as Davis qualified for high jump reaching the height of 5’ and Lierman in the pole vault reached the height of 10’06’’.
Trojans Win District Title
The Tri County Trojans ended the regular season on a high note as the boys claimed the right to be called Class C-7 District champions as the team scores 98 points. Tri County will be sending 10 off to state with Colton Bales qualifying in the pole vault as he reached a PR height of 12’01’’ giving him second in that event.
Ben Holsing and Carter Siems will be active at Omaha with three different events as Holsing qualified for the 100 meter dash running the PR time of :11.33 giving him second place, the 200 dash clocked in at :23.24 setting a new PR time placing him at fourth, and in the 300 meter hurdles Holsing placed second with a qualifying time of :43.06.
Carter Siems will be stretching his legs out in the 400 meter dash as he took first in districts with a PR time of :50.93, the 800 meter run was no different as Siems ran another PR in taking first with the time of 2:01.20 and will be the anchor that has and helped seal the come behind victory in taking first in the 4×800 meter relay at districts with Carter Holtmeier, Lucas Lewandowski and Drew Siems as they ran the time of 8:24.84.
The Tri County Lady Trojans also have a handful heading onward to state with Ella Clark and Isabelle Peters were each able to qualify in two events with Clark taking second at districts and punched her ticket to state track with a time of 1:03.75 in the 400 meter dash. Peters would qualify for the 800 meter run as she placed second as well and qualified for state setting a new PR time of 2:28.93. Peters and Clark will be joining Ashton Schwisow and Abbie Drewes as they make the 4×400 meter relay that qualified for state by taking first as they ran a time of 4:15.78.
W-C Sends Five To State
The Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines will be sending five off to state with some of the Wolverines qualifying in multiple events. Carter Skleba has been a model of consistency throughout the track season and proved to be more than ready for state as he jumped to a PR distance of 20’11” in long jump, placing him at second and would qualify in the triple jump placing third by reaching a distance of 41’6”.
Gavin Vlcan will be representing as the lone runner as he qualified for state in the 200 meter dash placing third by running a PR time of :23.23 and in the 400 meter dash took second as well while running another PR time of :51.09. Tyson Kreshel qualified for state in two events by placing third in shot put at districts throwing a distance 50’1” and in discus threw 151’, taking second in that event as well. Kresehl will be joined in the shot put with fellow Wolverine Jorge Zazquez who qualified for state by taking second at districts throwing a new PR of 51’3”.
Records Broken For Titans By Havel
The Thayer Central Titans will send off six to state track with Grant Wiedel qualifying in the 400 meter dash as he placed fourth at districts, but ran qualifying and new PR time of :52.50. Wiedel is not the only Titan running, but this time for the long distance as Adam Lukert qualified for state by taking second at districts running a PR as well with the time of 10:41.89.
As she has all season Piper Havel opened up many eyes with districts being no different as she broke her own school record again in long jump as she placed third with a distance of 16’11” qualifying her for state. Havel not only set a new school record in long jump, but in the 100 meter dash Havel set a new PR and school record by taking second and running the time of :12.56. Havel qualified for the 200 meter dash as well running :26.41, and will be a part of the 4×100 meter relay with Isabella Escritt, Natalie Tietjen, and Jadyn Bowman as they took first at districts running the time of :52.15.
Maguire Representing Southern
For the Southern Raiders, one lone Raider will be taking his last run as senior Kale Maguire qualified in the 800 meter run by running a season best at districts with the time of 2:04.98 placing third.
Twelve For Meridian Going To Omaha
The Meridian Mustangs sending a dozen off to state with Colby Smith qualifying for state in the high jump reaching the height of 5’10’’ and taking first. Coby Huls qualified in the 3200 meter run setting a new PR time in taking second as he ran the time of 11:15.6, and Dylan Peterson would also set a new PR time as he qualified for state in the 1600 meter run by taking second and running the time of 5:01.95.
For the girls Kailyn Paul was able to qualify for the high jump as she reached the height of 4’9’’.
A full plate on hand, but nothing that the three-time state qualifier Kaylee Pribyl hasn’t faced before as Pribyl punched her ticket and earned the right to defend her state championship as she took first in the pole vault at districts reaching the height of 11’6’’, took first in the long jump with a distance of 16’5.25” and will be a part of the 4×100 meter relay with Braxtyn Rut, Saege Barnell, and Ty Gooding as they took first at districts running the time of :53.24.
Meridian will also be bringing along their 4×800 meter relay with Taelyn Fililpi, Maria Dimas, Evelyn Woitalewicz and McKenzie Hofstetter as they took first at districts running the time of 10:49.62. Hofstetter will also be competing for a field event as she qualified for state in the triple jump by reaching the distance of 32’11.5”.
Griffins Have Six Qualify
The Diller-Odell Griffins will be sending off six to state track with Callan McKinney taking first at districts in the triple jump setting a new PR distance of 40’.25.”.
Aidan McKinney would also qualify for the triple jump as well reaching a distance of 33’3.5” setting a new PR and in the high jump would take first reaching the height of 4’9’’.
Myleigh Weers will be at two events as she qualified in the 400 meter dash by taking first with a PR time of 1:01.56, and will be a part of the 4×400 meter relay with Keira Hennerberg, Kailyn Dendinger, and Maddie Rosebaugh.