Eagles perform well in tough meet
Decent weather led to some excellent performances by Brady’s track team Thursday at the Sutherland Invitational.
“We had some very good things happen,” Eagles coach Rich Britten said. “We were very pleased.”
Competition was quite tough with a number of larger schools participating. Chase County dominated the action, particularly on the girls side.
Next up for the Eagles is the Sandhills Conference Meet on Thursday, May 1, in North Platte.
A new school record and some improved times and distances highlighted Brady boys performances.
The Eagles placed fifth in the team standings with 58 points. Chase County earned the team championship with 116.
After getting disqualified two weeks in a row, the Brady 4x100 relay had something to prove at Sutherland. They did it in record-breaking fashion with a new school mark of 45.4 seconds for second place.
Members of the foursome were Cody Warren, Levi DeStefano, Dayne Porter and Eric Roe.
“The last two weeks we’ve either dropped the baton or got disqualified,” Britten said. “This time we ran it really well.”
Roe earned the only gold medal for the Eagles. He placed first in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of :15.9.
Trevor Mann earned silver in the triple jump with his performance of 40-7.
Combining for a second-place time of 3:43.8 in the 4x400 relay were Roe, Jon Taullie, Troy Lusk and Chase Viter.
Lusk provided one of the bright spots for Brady, rebounding from an illness to compete in a full meet for the first time since the UNK meet to start the season.
“He ran well in the 400 but trying to come back a little later in the 800 was really tough,” Britten said. “He did run a very good leg in the 4x400. It’s slowly going to come back. Hopefully, we’ve got a little time before everything counts.”
Also providing a positive spark were efforts by Cody Warren.
“We were very pleased with Cody,” the coach said. “He had some very good times in the 100 and 200. He had some improvement there.”
Britten also noted Austin Widick improved in the discus.
Competing without key contributor Valerie Most made it challenging for the girls to finish high in the team standings. Still, the Eagles scored 52 points for fourth place.
Chase County breezed to the team title with 176 points.
“It was a difficult day on the girls side,” Britten said.
Shaylin McClellen won a pair of gold medals. She captured first in the 200 with a time of 28 seconds flat and won the long jump at 16-0. She also placed second in the 100 at :13.6.
“Shaylin had a very good day,” the coach said.
Josie Palmer won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-0.