Eagle relay wins third straight UNK gold
KEARNEY—Four runners, 20 laps, one baton and three gold medals.
The Brady boys 4x800 relay team finished first at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Class D Indoor Invite on Thursday for the third consecutive year.
Senior Tyrel Grasz and junior Cole Viter have been part of the relay all three years. Juniors Zach Mann and Bryley Roper got their first gold.
It’s a great way to kick off the track season, said Eagle coach Rich Britten after Thursday’s meet.
“The thing is, we know we’ve got some tough places to run,” he said. “We still have a lot of improving to do if we’re going to get where we want to go.”
Brady crossed the finish in 9:13.36, just four-tenths of a second ahead of Fullerton.
Overall, Britten said the Eagles performed well for their first competition.
“We had a few areas where the kids were really young so it’s hard to predict how things might go,” the coach said. “It’s very encouraging.”
The Eagle boys finished eighth as a team amid a field of 19 teams.
Roper led the way placing in all four of his events: the 4x800 relay, 4x400 relay, long jump and triple jump.
For the girls, five of the six individual medals were earned by freshmen, including a silver by Josie Palmer who cleared 5-0 in the high jump.
“We kind of expected that from Josie,” Britten said. “She holds the junior high school record and we think she’ll be pushing to break the high school record (5-4) before it’s all said and done.”
Shaylin McClellen and Autumn Hild placed in two events each.
McClellen was fourth in the 55-meter dash and eighth in the long jump while Hild finished fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 400.
“They had some very good performances for this early in the year,” Britten said. “We can only hope they continue to improve.”
The Eagles head outside this weekend for the Hershey Invite on Saturday.
Britten said the 12-school meet includes a couple of Class C schools with the rest Class D.
The meet begins with field events at 10 a.m.