Eagles run to second and third at Elwood
ELWOOD—Low numbers limited the Eagle girls track squad at Elwood on Friday and injuries hampered the boys but the Brady teams still finished second and third among stiff competition.
“I really didn’t know how things might come out,” said Eagle coach Rich Britten. “There was some good competition at that meet.”
The Eagles held their own, though.
The girls earned 90 team points with multiple medals in seven events.
The only Eagle gold for the girls was in the 4x800 relay that finished in a time of 11:04.5. Runners were Molly Hannon, Dakota Terry, Lexi Franzen and Courtney Widick.
Britten said personal best performances by Valerie Most in both the high jump and pole vault helped boost the girls’ team score.
Most, a state qualifier in both events, cleared 5-2 in the high jump for second place and got over 8-0 in the vault.
The boys also came away with one gold medal earned by senior Sawyer Burke in the long jump with a distance of 20-4.5.
“That was a pleasant surprise in Sawyer’s first meet,” Britten said.
Finishing third in the 4x800 relay with all new runners was another eye-opener for the boys.
“With Zach (Mann) and Cole (Viter) both injured, I decided to put four new kids on that relay,” Britten said. “They did a great job to get third.”
Britten was pleased with the Eagles’ performance overall.
“South Loup and Bertrand are very strong teams,” he said.
South Loup took the boys title while Bertrand won the girls title and overall championship.
The Eagles travel to the South Loup Invite at Arnold on Thursday. Field events are set to begin at 9 a.m.