Lexington boys return as Champs with 11 medals
OMAHA – A big event and some big results for area athletes as they return home with hardware from the NSAA State Track and Field Championships held Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Several area schools brought back awards for their efforts at the championship meet.
The Minutemaids took fourth place, overall, at the Class B State Championships in Omaha with 42 total points.
Leading the way for the ‘Maids, Madison Smith began her journey at the state event by winning first place and claiming the All-Class gold medal with her 19’01.00” long jump. Smith’s performance in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 300 meter dash races netted another two gold medals for a 12.30 second 100 meter dash and a 25.05 second 200 meter dash, which was over half of a second faster than her nearest competitor. Smith took third place in the 400 meter with a time of 58.16.
Maddi Sutton placed sixth in both her events at the championships. Sutton threw 130’04.00” in discus and 41’01.00” in the shot put, earning another six points for the Minutemaids.
At their first meet of the season, Coach Sam Jilka said he asked his athletes, “What will be your legacy?” They answered his question with vigor this season and punctuated that answer with an award Lexington hasn’t seen since 1988.
The Lexington Minutemen, for the first time in 31 years, returned home as state champions. Their team score was tight with McCook, 69-68, and might have been jeopardized for a tie, if not for the Minutemen 1600 meter relay team.
Yanni Vasquez, Derek Rojas, Alexis Hernandez and Tim Nyinguan ran their relay in 3:30.01, ahead of McCook’s 3:30.77, nudging their way to eighth place for one more point to close their events, and shutting McCook out of a tie for the state championship.
Taking the front of the line for the Minutemen, individually, Ajack Waikur took first place in the high jump after clearing 6’08.00”. Waikur also struck gold with a 48’02.75” triple jump and won first place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.04 seconds. Waikur’s high jump and triple jump performances also earned two All-Class gold medals. In his last event, Waikur took second place with a 21’08.00” long jump.
Tim Nyinguan took the silver medal in a Lexington one-two finish of the Triple Jump with a 45’10.25” leap. Nyinguan also ran a 49.54 second 400 meter dash for second place.
Ean Bailey tied for seventh place in the pole vault with two other athletes, clearing 13’00.00” and earning another point for the Lexington boys’ effort.
Alexis Hernandez took second place in the state 3200 meter run with a time of 9:49.06 and fourth place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:29.29, a school record. Yanni Vasquez backed him in the 1600 in eighth place with a time of 4:34.19.
The lady Haymakers saw one medalist at the State Championships this year. Megan Burkholder, alone but mighty, took home a gold medal in the Class B girls pole vault after clearing 11’03.00”.
The Pirates returned three medals with one athlete at the state meet. Zacob Evans took eighth place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.57 seconds, fifth place in the 200 meter dash with a 22.94 second run and took third place overall in the Class D boys 100 meter dash with a time of 11.18 seconds.
Maeli Meier, the sole representative of the lady Eagles, took seventh place overall with a 2:28.44 800 meter run.
In the boys’ events, Schuyler Brown took eighth place in the shot put with a 47’06.00” throw. Braden Kizer also added to the Eagles’ effort, taking fifth place in the 110 meter hurdles with a 15.90 second run.
Earning the Mustangs’ 11 points at the state meet, Carson Rohde took sixth place in the Class D shot put with a 47’10.00” throw. Rohde buttoned up his performance at the state meet with a silver medal in the Discus, with a 146’08.00” throw.
Lexington Area Schools returned with 26 medals in total, seven of which were gold medals, an additional three All-Class gold medals, and one state champion from the meet in Omaha. The Lexington Clipper-Herald congratulates the athletes for their success in the 2019 season.