Eagle girls return as champs; Boys 2nd
Brady’s girls made the most of just seven competitors May 14 at the District D-10 track meet in Sutherland.
The Eagles finished on top of a tight three-way race to win the district championship for the third time in four years.
“We were looking at things before (the meet) and kind of wondering,” Eagle coach Rich Britten said. “We were very happy with the way we scored.”
The Brady boys placed in a familiar spot at the district meet—second place.
Twelve Eagle athletes qualified for the state meet, which begins Friday at Omaha Burke.
The Eagles scored 97 points to edge Mullen by two points for the team title. Sutherland wasn’t far behind in third with 93 points.
Valerie Most led Brady by qualifying for state in four events. She won the high jump (5-2) and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (:16.7) and pole vault (9-3). Her third place time in the 300 hurdles, 49.4 seconds, earned her a spot at state after comparisons with performances at other district meets.
Shaylin McClellen qualified in a pair of events. She placed second in both the 200 (:27.5) and long jump (16-1).
Tara Callahan improved by three feet in the shot to place second at 34-3.
“She did it on her last throw to qualify,” Britten said. “The girl who was third passed her on her last throw. Tara had one more throw and threw it out where she needed.”
Josie Palmer was an additional qualifier in the high jump clearing the bar at 5-1 for third place.
A key cog in the Eagles’ championship run was a second place finish in the 4x100 relay.
“We had two injured people come through to run it—Autumn Hild and Michaela Jurgens,” Britten said. “They ran it and ran it well and got that second place. Their courage got it done for us. It was very important that they did what they did.”
Eight Eagle boys were qualifiers in eight events, but they couldn’t match Paxton in the team standings.
Paxton took home the team trophy with 117 points while Brady was next at 105.
“We did some really good things. That was as close as we’d come,” Britten said. “We knew Paxton was going to dominate the sprints.”
Brady looks to have excellent medal chances at state in the 4x400 relay. The Eagles district-winning time of 3:56.6 was eclipsed by only one other district champion and is less than three seconds off the school record, the coach said.
Members of the foursome include Jon Taullie, Dayne Porter, Chase Viter and Troy Lusk.
Also qualifying was the 4x100 relay that includes Cody Warren, Levi DeStefano, Dayne Porter and Eric Roe. They were timed at 45 seconds flat for second place.
Trevor Mann won the triple jump with a personal best effort of 41-7.
Roe’s time in the 110-meter hurdles was 15.6 seconds and earned the gold. He also qualified in the 300 hurdles with a second place time of 42.5 seconds.
Lusk was a double qualifier. He placed second in the 800 (2:12.4) and was an additional qualifier in the 400 (:52.8).
“Coming back after he had mono, he did very well,” the coach said.
Warren also qualified in the 200 with his second place time of 21.1 seconds.
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