Brady school records fall at state track meet
Two Brady seniors closed out their careers in record-breaking fashion Friday and Saturday while leading the Eagles at the state track meet.
Valerie Most placed in three individual events and broke her own school record in one of them. Eric Roe rewrote one of his own hurdles records and ran on a relay that also set a new school mark.Eagle coach Rich Britten said he was pleased with the team’s efforts. Of the 12 Brady competitors, eight were first-timers at the state meet.
Brady scored 15 points to place 17th in the Class D team standings.
Most did all the scoring for the Eagles placing fourth in three events.
The Eagle senior came close to not qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Although leading at the time, she stumbled over the last hurdle but was still able to get across the finish line to get into the finals.
“If she would have fallen down she would not have made it in,” Britten said.
She bettered her winning time from last year’s state meet with a :15.82 clocking, but this year it was good enough for just fourth place.
“There are some younger, faster girls coming up,” the Eagle coach said.
Most improved her own school record by six inches in the pole vault, going 10-0 for fourth place.
“The way she was practicing this week we thought we might have a chance at even higher than that,” Britten said.
Extra practice time last week at North Platte and the loan of a different pole allowed her to go up higher, he said.
A facet of the state meet may have affected Most’s abilities to advance in the high jump, where she placed fourth at 5-2.
Field events are scheduled at various times throughout the two-day meet. The Class D girls high jump coincided the 100-meter hurdles finals.
“Valerie was doing really well and then had to go run the finals of the 100 hurdles,” Britten said.
After returning from the race, she attempted the next height which the coach said was either 5-3 or 5-4. Her first try was her best attempt of three misses.
“It was unfortunate to have to go run the hurdles,” Britten said. “It takes a little bit out of you to come back and try to get focused again.”
Brady girls competed in four other events but couldn’t score another medal.
Most closes her Brady career with her name on three individual school records and a 4x100 relay record.
The Eagles’ 22nd place finish with 12 points included a couple of school records.
Brady’s 4x100 relay continued its record-breaking performance this season with a third place finish at state. Timed at :44.37 were Levi DeStefano, Dayne Porter, Eric Roe and Cody Warren. The old record was 44.9 seconds.
Paxton, which beat Brady at the district meet, improved by nearly a full second while winning at state.
“Against Paxton and Falls City Sacred Heart that were really fast, we were very pleased to get third,” Britten said.
Roe’s record came in the 300-meter hurdles where he placed fifth with a time of 41.23 seconds. That betters his old record over a half second.
“In the finals, he ran them really well,” the coach said. “That’s what we’ve been hoping for for about two years. It was a great way to finish (his career).”
The school record almost didn’t happen. It nearly took a photo finish to determine the winner of Roe’s preliminary heat. Roe got the nod and qualified for finals.
The Eagle senior also earned a medal in the 110-meter hurdles. He placed seventh with a time of 15.83 seconds.
Brady’s 4x400 relay went to state with quite of bit of promise—and the second fastest qualifying time—but a bobbled baton was enough to slow down the foursome to a 12th place finish.
“They ran well and all four kids are juniors and a sophomore that will be back,” Britten said. “It’s kind of disappointing, but they should have another chance (next year) we hope.”
Trevor Mann came the closest to winning a medal of the remaining qualifiers. He placed ninth in the triple jump with a best effort of 40-11.