LEXINGTON – The results are in and Lexington area schools have their qualifiers for the NSAA State Track and Field Championships this week. The athletes will travel to compete starting on Friday, May 17 and finals for the events will continue on Saturday, May 18.
Lexington took their district meet by storm with the girls and boys teams taking first place at their home field. In addition to taking district champions they gained 11 gold medals and qualified 17 athletes for the State Championships this weekend.
Kennadi Ureste qualified in the 3200 meter run in second place with a time of 12:19.89 while Kayla Barrios qualified in fourth place with a time of 12:27.31. Barrios also qualified, individually, in the 1600 meter run in fourth place with a time of 5:43.09. Jackie Ostrom will go to Omaha Burke for the 300 meter hurdles with her 48.57 second run for third place while Mia Rowe qualified for the triple jump in third place with a 34’08.00” entry
Maddi Sutton will continue in the post season with a 41’08.00” shot put for second place and qualified in first place for the Discus with a 136’07” throw. Finally for Minutemaids’ individual events, Madison Smith will compete at the State Championships in the 100 meter dash having taken first place with a time of 12.27 seconds. Smith also qualified in first place in the 200 meter dash at 25.29 seconds and the 400 meter dash at 58.14 seconds. Smith’s 18’11.50” long jump, first place at the B-5 district meet, qualified her for a fourth event at the state level.
Two Minutemaid relay teams have qualified for state. The 400 meter relay team, Mollie Rowe, Jackie Ostrom, Megan Dang and Mia Rowe completed their circuit in 51.69 seconds for third place to qualify while the 1600 meter relay team, Jackie Ostrom, Liah Haines, Mollie Rowe and Kayla Barrios, took third place at districts with a total time of 4:13.15.
Fernando Arias qualified for the Lexington boys in the 110 meter hurdles in second place with a time of 15.23 seconds while Ean Bailey qualified in the pole vault with a gold medal after clearing 13’11.00”. Draake Taylor ran the 100 meter dash in 11.46 seconds for third place to qualify.
Yanni Vasquez qualified in eighth place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:16.11 and second place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:39.53. Alexis Hernandez Qualified for the same events, running his 3200 meter in 10:06.09 for fourth place and the 1600 meter in 4:40.64 for third. Hernandez also qualified for the state 800 meter run by taking first place with a time of 2:04.19.
Tim Nyinguan ran the 400 meter dash in 50.15 seconds for a gold medal and placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 45’11.00”. Nyinguan’s 21’05.25” long jump took third place at the district meet and he will compete at the state level. Ajack Waikur will compete in four individual events at Omaha Burke this weekend. He placed first in the long jump at 21’09.50”, first in the high jump after clearing 6’05.00” and took another gold medal in the triple jump with a 46’06.00”. Waikur will also compete in the 300 meter hurdles at state, qualifying with a 40.67 second run for second place.
The Minutemen 1600 meter relay team qualified for the state meet. Tim Nyinguan, Alexis Hernandez, Derek Rojas and Yanni Vasquez completed their race in 3:30.05 for third place.
Lexington head coach Sam Jilka talked about this season’s LHS track and field teams compared to last year in an interview, Monday.
“I would say we’ve got a little more depth on both the girls and guys sides,” Jilka began. “A lot of it came from our distance group. They got a little bit stronger and they keep getting stronger.”
Jilka is glad to be taking 17 athletes to the State competition, but he also recognized the talent that will not be competing at the state meet.
“They did well,” he said of the rest of the LHS track and field team. “We’re predominantly younger and they gained a lot of experience this season. That was fun to see. We had a few kids we were hoping to see make it to state and they were right on the verge, but they show real promise. It was good to see how they progressed throughout the season, they’re a good group of kids.”
The lady Haymakers qualified eight athletes to compete in Omaha. Megan Burkholder took first place in the pole vault, clearing 11’00.00” to qualify while Margaret McGinnis placed third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:33.06. Brittney Aitken and Jercey Irish each qualified for the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. Irish took third place in both races with a 13.07 second 100 meter and 27.45 second 200 meter. Aitken took home a gold medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.77 seconds and second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.19.
The Cozad girls 400 meter and 3200 meter relay teams qualified for the state meet. Megan Burkholder, Jercey Irish, Brittney Aitken and Mckenzie Lee rand their 400 meter circuit in 51.11 seconds for second place at their districts in Ogallala while Tayler Chytka, Abigail Nelson, Margaret McGinnis and Katelyn Calhoun took second place in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 10:47.71.
The Haymakers had one individual state qualifier, Gabe Estrada, who qualified in fourth place of the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:46.70. Austin Werner, Estrada, Connor Geiger and Jacob Sub will compete in the 3200 meter relay in Omaha after their 8:46.61 run.
Elwood will send three athletes to compete in five events at the State Championships. Taylor Hickey, the sole representative of the lady Pirates took first place in the 1600 meter run at the district meet in Hitchcock County. Hickey earned her gold medal with a time of 6:01.60. Jordan Kranz took second place for the Pirates in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.42, qualifying for the state meet. Zacob Evans took three gold medals and qualified for three events. Evans’ 11.48 second 100 meter dash, 23.38 second 200 meter dash and 51.16 second 400 meter dash will take him to Omaha this week.
The Overton Eagles will send Maeli Meier as she took fourth place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.66. Meier will also run the 800 meter in Omaha as she took home a gold medal with her 2:31.97 entry at districts. Morgan Wallace will run the 800 meter for the Overton boys. Wallace ran his 800 in 2:07.11 for third place while Schuyler Brown took third place in shot put with a 48’02.00” throw to qualify. Braden Kizer qualified in three events, the 110 meter hurdles with a second place time of 16.03 seconds, the high jump in fourth place having cleared 5’11.00” and the triple jump with a distance of 40’01.00” for second place at the district meet in Broken Bow.
Also in Broken Bow, the S-E-M lady Mustangs qualified three athletes in four events. Abbie Rohde took second place with a 14’08.50” long jump while Jenaya Pierce took second place in the 3200 meter run having finished in 12:58.07. Carson Rohde qualified in both of his events, taking second place in the shot put with a 48’05.25” entry and took first with a 146’09.00” discus throw.
Events at the NSAA State Championship Track and Field Meet begin on Friday, May 17 with Classes A and C starting the morning session at 9 a.m. while Classes B and D events are set to begin at 3 p.m. at Omaha Burke High School. Finals for all classes will be held Saturday, May 18. Field events for will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday while the running events will begin at 9:30 a.m.