Minutemen take fifth at GI Invite; Minutemaids take third

GRAND ISLAND – The Lexington Track and Field teams had a chance to test their metal against a tougher crowd on Thursday. The Minutemen and the Minutemaids participated at the Grand Island Track and Field Invite where they muscled for points among a long list of schools, many of which were class A.

The Lexington boys’ performances earned fifth place at the meet with a combined total of 75 points while the girls in orange and black took their efforts to third place, overall, with 89 points.

The Minutemaids earned five of Lexington’s seven gold medals at the Grand Island event on Thursday, all held by the ‘Golden Maddies’ with Madison Smith holding first place in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash and the long jump. Smith ran her 100 meter in 12.45 seconds, the 200 meter in 25.95 and launched 18’04.25 inches in the long jump, 11 full inches farther than the second place winner from Millard West.

Maddi Sutton took home two gold medals with her 38’01.75” shot put entry and blew away all of her competition in the Discus, registering a 140’03” throw, over 25 feet farther than Millard West’s second place winner.

Back on the first place podium for the Minutemen again, Ajack Waikur took first place in the High Jump at the Grand Island Invite. Waikur took the gold after clearing 6’02.00”, two inches higher than the second place winner from Norfolk.

Tim Nyinguan grabbed the Lexington boys’ second gold medal of the day with a 47’06.50” triple jump, eight inches further than Waikur, who took second place with a 46’10.50” flight.

Most of the schools at Thursday’s event were Class A schools, and Lexington head coach Sam Jilka felt that with that, the Minutemen and ‘Maids’ performances were pretty remarkable.

“Tough competition,” Jilka wrote in an e-mail to the Clipper-Herald after the meet. “Mainly Class A schools brought out some tremendous marks by both the Minutemaids and Minutemen at Grand Island.”

Team results for the event are as follows:

Girls

First – Millard West (184)

Second – Fremont (143)

Third – Lexington (89)

Fourth – Grand Island (59)

Fifth – Norfolk (41)

Sixth – North Platte (31)

Seventh – Lincoln High (8)

Boys

First – Millard West (113)

Second – (Grand Island (113)

Third – Lincoln High (96)

Fourth – North Platte (93)

Fifth – Lexington (75)

Sixth – Norfolk (64)

Seventh – Grand Island JV (4)

Top Placers for Lexington in Grand Island are as follows:

Girls 100 Meter Dash

Madison Smith – 1st – (12.45 seconds)

Girls 200 Meter Dash

Madison Smith – 1st – (25.95 seconds)

Girls 400 Meter Dash

Madison Smith – 2nd – (59.60 seconds)

Girls 800 Meter Run

Kayla Barrios – 5th – (2:33.58)

Girls 1600 Meter Run

Kayla Barrios – 6th – (5:50.24)

Girls 3200 Meter Run

Kennadi Ureste – 5th – (12:47.09)

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

Sarah Treffer – 6th – (17.69 seconds)

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

Jackie Ostrom – 5th – (51.38)

Girls Long Jump

Madison Smith – 1st – (18’04.25”)

Girls Triple Jump

Mia Rowe – 6th – (33’08.75”)

Girls Shot Put

Maddi Sutton – 1st – (38’01.75”)

Mallory Olmstead – 3rd – (36’07.00”)

Jennifer Nava – 4th – (35’09.50”)

Girls Discus Throw

Maddi Sutton – 1st – (140’03”)

Karly Huerta – 5th – (106’00”)

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay

Mia Rowe, Megan Dang, Fernanda Caballero, Mollie Rowe – 5th – (53.92)

Girls 4x400 Meter Relay

Kayla Barrios, Liah Haines, Mollie Rowe, Jackie Ostrom – 4th – (4:20.80)

Girls 800 Sprint Medley

Mia Rowe, Megan Dang, Mollie Rowe, Jackie Ostrom – 4th – (2:03.69)

Boys 400 Meter Dash

Tim Nyinguan – 4th – (51.25 seconds)

Boys 800 Meter Run

Alexis Hernandez – 4th – (2:04.16)

Boys 1600 Meter Run

Alexis Hernandez – 2nd – (4:32.67)

Yanni Vasquez – 4th – (4:38.63)

Boys 3200 Meter Run

Yanni Vasquez – 6th – (10:15.49)

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

Ajack Waikur – 2nd – (15.25 seconds)

Boys High Jump

Ajack Waikur – 1st – (6’02.00”)

Boys Pole Vault

Ean Bailey – 2nd – (13’00.00”)

Boys Triple Jump

Tim Nyinguan – 1st – (47’06.50)

Ajack Waikur – 2nd – (46’10.50”)

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay

Ean Bailey, Fernando Arias, Dakota Haines, Draake Taylor – 5th – (45.79 seconds)

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

Alexis Hernandez, Derek Rojas, Yanni Vasquez, Tim Nyinguan – 5th – (3:37.12)

Boys 800 Meter Sprint Medley

Draake Taylor, Dakota Haines, Ajack Waikur, Derek Rojas – 3rd – (1:44.07)

The Lexington Track and Field teams will be back in action on Thursday, April 11 when they travel to Gothenburg. Events at the Gothenburg Invite are set to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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