Eagles compete well at Elwood
ELWOOD—The Brady track and field team may have an abundance of participants this spring but that doesn’t make the absence of a handful any less noticeable.
Injuries and conflicting activities took a few kids out of the running at the Elwood Invite on Friday.
That left Brady a little short on anticipated team points.
The Eagle boys finished third in the team race with 63.5 points and two gold medals. The girls tied for fourth with 50 points and a single win in the 4x800 relay.
“We’ve always competed well at Elwood,” said coach Rich Britten. “It was a good meet for us. You’d always like it to be better but having kids gone affected us more than I thought it would.”
On the boys side, returning state qualifiers Kyle Pohlman and Brad Ward earned individual gold medals.
Pohlman went 20 feet, 9.5 inches in the long jump for first place. The senior also finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 41-9 and was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.8 seconds.
Ward, another consistent medalist in the long jump, scratched on all three preliminary attempts.
He redeemed himself with a second-place finish in the triple jump going 41-11 and he won the high jump by clearing 6-0.
The heartbreak of the day for the boys was in the 4x800 relay, the meet’s first running event.
Tyrel Grasz, Cole Viter, Zach Mann and Dalton Riedel put together a solid time of 9:06.1 but were edged out at the finish by South Loup.
“They hung on and fought through the whole race,” Britten said. “Dalton just didn’t have enough left at the end.”
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