Boys and girls are runners-up at Blevins Memorial
Pound-for-pound the Brady Eagles track teams can stack up well against anybody. The problem at the Dave Blevins Memorial Track Meet Friday was that they didn’t have the bodies to match North Platte St. Patrick.
The Irish used superior depth to win championships in both girls and boys divisions.
“They can put in some cases two or three people (in an event),” Brady coach Rich Britten said. “In the boys we can kind of do okay in some areas. For the girls, we win a lot of events, but we definitely don’t have enough to combat all the points in seconds and thirds.”
Brady competes Wednesday (today) for spots at the State Track Meet next week. The district meet is at Sutherland.
St. Pat’s piled up 195 points to earn the team title. Brady was runner-up with 112.
The Eagles won four events—all on the track.
Cody Warren placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.5 seconds.
Troy Lusk was the gold medal winner in the 400 at :53.6.
Eric Roe dominated the 110-meter high hurdles. His winning time was 15.6 seconds.
“Eric got his head across the line before (Mark Mayfield of St. Pat’s) got his chest across,” Britten said.
Roe followed up with his best time of the season in the 300 hurdles but finished second.
The Brady 4x100 relay proved its time at the Best in the Midwest meet wasn’t a fluke when it matched the 44.9-second clocking for the win. Members included Cody Warren, Levi DeStefano, Dayne Porter and Eric Roe.
The coach said Sean Thomas ran well while placing third in both the 1600 and 3200 runs.
The biggest improvement for Brady came in the pole vault where Dayne Porter cleared 11-0 for third place, exceeding his previous best by a foot and a half.
It was again the Valerie and Shaylin show for Brady with some good support from several other girls.
It wasn’t enough, though, to claim the team championship. That went to North Platte St. Patrick with 169 points. The Eagles were runners-up with 95.
Valerie Most was a triple winner winning both hurdles events—the 100s at :15.8 and the 300s at 49.7 seconds. She also cleared 9-0 for the gold in the pole vault.
Shaylin McClellen dominated the sprints winning the 100 in 13.0 seconds and the 200 at 27.6 seconds. She went 15-11 for second place in the long jump.
Josie Palmer provided another gold medal performance for Brady. She tied her personal best with a jump of 5-3. Most was an inch shorter in second place.
Brady’s 4x100 relay also placed second. Autumn Hild was inserted to see how her sore leg would respond to the competition. The foursome, that also included McClellen, Palmer and Michaela Jurgens, was timed at 54 seconds flat.
All the throwers posted personal best, although just two placed.