Final results from the Nebraska high school state track and field meet

Final results from the Nebraska high school state track and field meet
Conestoga sophomore had a surprise look on her face when she crossed the line as the Class B 800 meter champion Saturday. (World-Herald News Service)

OMAHA, Neb. – Here is everything you need to know for the 2018 Nebraska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships at Burke Stadium in Omaha on Friday and Saturday.


Class A Girls

Class A Boys

Class B Girls

Class B Boys

Class C Girls

Class C Boys

Class D Girls

Class D Boys

State Track & Field Event Schedule

Meet Entries, Heat and Lane Assignments

State Meet Starting Heights

Past State Team Champions

State Records

All-Class Gold Medal History

NSAA Track & Field Fan Guide

State Meet Spectator Information

Southeast Nebraska track and field teams working on small things ahead of state meet

Comprehensive guide to the 2018 Nebraska state track and field meet

Whether it’s your first time going to the Nebraska high school track and field meet at Burke Stadium or you’re a regular visitor, here’s a primer to get you through the 47th annual weekend:


Burke Stadium, 120th Street and West Dodge Road


Daily admission: adults $9, students $6.

Getting there

From the west on the West Dodge Expressway, stay in the right-hand lanes to exit onto West Dodge Road for the move to 120th Street. Those entering Dodge from Interstate 680 should follow the signs for West Dodge Road.


Very limited at Burke and won’t be available if there are wet grounds Saturday.

Our advice for parking: TAKE THE SHUTTLE. Park in the northeast lots of Westroads Mall and take the free shuttle bus, which begins at 7 a.m. each day. Buy your meet tickets there or purchase them online at

Handicapped parking

Available on the east side of the stadium, off Burke Boulevard, with a valid permit.


Friday’s forecast is for warm, muggy conditions. Bring the sunscreen.

Saturday’s forecast is for periodic thunderstorms. But no umbrellas (or coolers) are permitted in the stadium.

Where to watch

The finish line is in front of the west grandstand on the south end, but those seats fill first. The east grandstand offers a good view of the long jump and boys pole vault pits. The shot put and discus venues are north of the stadium (proof of admission ticket purchase required).


The huge video board on the north rim of the stadium will show track events live and times will appear on the board soon after runners cross the finish line.

Nebraska prep track returning 2017 state champions


(Gold medalists in bold type)

100 meters: C, Dylan Kautz, Norfolk Catholic, 10.6 (2x champion). D, Braiden Gomez, Axtell, 10.9.

200: C, Kautz, 21.8 (2x).

400: C, Abe Hernandez, Mitchell, 51.06. D, Brent Wetovick, Fullerton, 49.5.

800: B, Justin Karstetter, Elkhorn, 1:56.37. C, Aubrey Fangmeyer, Thayer Central, 1:56.53. D, Wetovick, 1:56.86.

1,600: B, Xavier Arellano, Gering, 4:24.8. C, Justin Vrooman, Hastings St. Cecilia, 4:28.3. C, Wetovick, 4:37.98.

3,200: B, Luke Stuckey, York, 9:39.66. C, Vrooman, 9:40.94. D, Blake Ahlers, Boyd County, 10:22.23.

110 hurdles: A, Darius Luff, Lincoln High, 14.2.

300 hurdles: C, Phalen Sanford, Dundy County-Stratton, 38.6.

Shot put: B, Cam Jurgens, Beatrice, 59-2½ (2x gold, currently injured).

Discus: B, Jurgens, 183-4 (2x gold).

High jump: B, Mayson Conner, York, 6-9 (2x).

Long jump: D, Griffin Smith, North Central, 20-6.

Triple jump: B, Joss Linse, Platteview, 44-7.

Pole vault: B, Chase Berry, Seward, 14-4. D, Thomas Mick, BDS, 13-10.

2017 team champions: A, Omaha Creighton Prep. B, Ogallala. C, Norfolk Catholic. D, South Loup.


100 meters: A, Jaylen Knight, Omaha Westside, 12.2. B, Lexie Gilbert, Elkhorn, 12.3. D, Alix Bloom, Riverside, 12.2.

200: B, Gilbert, 25.5. D, Bloom, 25.8.

400: none.

800: A, Madi Muma, Lincoln East, 2:13.22. C, Rylee Rice, Ainsworth, 2:15.16. D, Emery Swan, Brady, 2:20.1 (2x).

1,600: C, Rice, 5:05.25.

3,200: B, Mazie Larsen, Gretna, 11:14.07 (in A in 2018). C, Haley Arens, Crofton, 11.13.30 (2x).

100 hurdles: B, Lauren Tamayo, Ralston, 15.80. C, Rice, 15.57. D, Skylar Hadley, Loomis, 15.4.

300 hurdles: A, Caelyn Christiancy, Lincoln Southwest, 43.8. C, Rice, 44.5. D, Claire Cornell, Elm Creek, 44.8.

Shot put: A, Ella Godfrey, Kearney, 39-11½. B, Marika Spencer, Columbus Scotus, 42-2½.

Discus: A, Godfrey, 133-11. B, Spencer, 138-0. C, Kalynn Meyer, Superior, 158-3.

High jump: A, Taylor Stoltz, Norfolk, 5-3. B, Kennedy Berreckman, Cozad, 5-4. C, Mackenzie Koepke, Lincoln Lutheran, 5-2.

Long jump: A, Kiana Estima, Omaha Benson, 18-3¾. B, Karsen Sears, Grand Island Northwest, 17-4½. D, Cornell, Elm Creek, 18-4¾ (2x gold).

Triple jump: A, J’Lah Ray, Benson, 38-2½. B, Katie Harnack, Blair, 37-4. C, Taya Beller, Humphrey/Holy Family, 36-2¾.

Pole vault: A, Jaidyn Garrett, Columbus, 11-8. B, Madyson Johnstone, Sidney, 11-2. C, Hallee Mann, Burwell, 10-4. D, Hannah Preissler, Giltner, 10-8.

2017 team champions: A, Millard West. B, Aurora. C, Chase County. D, Giltner.

Breaking down each class in the Nebraska high school state track and field meet

The World-Herald’s Stu Pospisil breaks down each class heading into the Nebraska high school state track and field meet at Omaha Burke.

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Class A boys

Projected team scoring: Lincoln High 81, Fremont 73, Lincoln Southwest 62.5, Kearney 53, Omaha Creighton Prep 47, Omaha Burke 32, Millard West 28, Omaha North 28, Lincoln Pius X 26, Grand Island 25.

Athletes to watch

Alex Nelson, Elkhorn South: At districts, he ran the fastest electronically timed 200 in state history (21.30) and moved up to fourth on the electronic list in the 100 at 10.50.

Darius Luff, Lincoln High: Has the No. 3-fastest electronic time in the 110 high hurdles, leads the state in the 300 intermediates and is on the 400 relay that ran 41.95 in districts to be seventh all-time.

Ryan Eastman, Prep: Leads the state in the 3,200 and is second in the 1,600. Won Metro Conference titles in both.

Jake Sellon, Fremont: Has cleared 16 feet in the pole vault to tie for ninth all-time and be the record holder at one of the state’s storied vaulting schools.

Best race

800 meters, 10:15 a.m. Saturday: Millard West’s Franklin Shue is slighty ahead of Leeaaron Berks of Lincoln High on the season chart. The Links could use Berks to be a double winner — he’s the fastest at state in Class A in the 400.

Did you know?

Lincoln High has not won a boys track state championship since 1960, when the meet was at Memorial Stadium and future NFL kick returner Bobby Williams was the Links’ star.

Class B boys

Projected team scoring: Scottsbluff 50.5, Beatrice 47, York 45, Boys Town 43.5, McCook 33.5, Hastings 31, Sidney 27.5, Holdrege 27, Crete 25.5, Minden 24.

Athletes to watch

Cameron Jurgens, Beatrice: Even not at full strength (football injury), the future Husker football player is expected to top the 59-4 he popped in the shot put with only two days’ practice and certainly better his 156-8 in the discus. He’s swept the all-class golds the past two years.

Tijaih Davis, Boys Town: The South Dakota State football signee leads Class B in both hurdles events and will see relay duty.

Chris Busby, Scottsbluff: Has turned in the top Class B times in the 100 and 200 meters.

Luke Stuckey, York: The defending Class B champion in the 3,200 also leads the class in the 1,600.

Mayson Conner, York: Husker track and field recruit is No. 2 all-time in the high jump at 7-2¼.

Best race

400 relay, 11:30 a.m. Saturday: Sidney and Beatrice are separated by .01 seconds on the season chart. Crete and Boys Town could be shoulder-to-shoulder with them down the stretch.

Did you know?

York could become the first Class B team, and fourth in any class, to win state titles in football, boys basketball and boys track in the same school year,

Class C boys

Projected team scoring: Hartington-Newcastle 45, Norfolk Catholic 44, Dundy County Stratton 36, Mitchell 35, Thayer Central 29, Fremont Bergan 28.2, Chase County 26.5, Hastings St. Cecilia 26, Sutton 25, David City Aquinas 23.2.

Athletes to watch

Dylan Kautz, Norfolk Catholic: Returning double gold medalist in the sprints could team with throws specialist Ethan Piper to lead the Knights to a repeat team title.

Phalen Sanford, Dundy County Stratton: A labrum injury keeps him from defending his pole vault title, but he could win class titles in the 400 and both hurdles races.

Dylan Kucera, Fremont Bergan: Leads Class C in the discus (174-7) and shot (58-5½).

Cole Schmidt, Hartington-Newcastle: Even though the Wildcats have qualified only four athletes, Schmidt could score big in four events – two sprints and two jumps.

Best event

Pole vault, 3:30 p.m. Friday: Rare is having three 15-foot vaulters in this class – leader Justin Spencer of Mitchell, Kyler Banks of Hershey and Garrett Elfeldt of Sutherland.

Did you know?

Burwell, in 2009, was the last champion in Class C not to repeat or three-peat.

Class D boys

Projected team scoring: Axtell 63.5, Mullen 41, North Central 36.5, Giltner 33, Paxton 31.5, East Butler 27, Fullerton 26, Boyd County 23, Johnson-Brock 23, BDS 22.5.

Athletes to watch

Brent Wetovick, Fullerton: As the state leader in the 400 and 800, he could be Class D’s first all-class gold medalist on the track since Ted Murray of Nelson in 1982 in the 300 hurdles.

Creighton Kring, Axtell: With Braiden Gomez not at full strength, the Wildcats need Kring, the D leader in the triple jump, to score well there and in the 200 and long jump to be champions for the first time since 2006.

Blake Ahlers, Boyd County: Class D’s leader in the 1,600 and 3,200 is the returning 3,200 winner.

Best race

400 relay, 11 a.m. Saturday: If Gomez is healthy for Axtell, the Wildcats and Giltner could be in a photo finish.

Did you know?

No team champion has repeated in Class D since Bertrand in 2011.

Class A girls

Projected team scoring: Lincoln Southwest 99.5, Kearney 92.75, Millard West 63.25, Papillion-La Vista South 50.5, Lincoln East 46.5, Omaha North 40.5, Omaha Marian 35.25, Omaha Northwest 24, Omaha Benson 23, Elkhorn South 21, Omaha Westside 21.

Athletes to watch

Lauren Harris, Omaha Marian: This freshman has the potential to win four all-class golds – the three sprints and the high jump.

Gabby McGinn, Millard West: The state leader in the 1,600 and 3,200 will give it a go in the 800, in which she has the No. 3 time.

Caelyn Christiancy, Lincoln Southwest: Class A’s best hurdler also will contend in the 100 dash. Her 100 hurdles time of 14.35 is sixth all-time and fourth-best in electronic timing. She’s a South Dakota State softball signee.

Sammie Scarlett, Kearney: With Daisy Maessner shelved by a hamstring injury, Scarlett must validate the state-leading time in the 100 and move up in the 200.

Dariauna Lewis, Omaha North: Coming on strong at the end of the year, she popped a 38-8½ in districts in the triple jump and has room to move up in the long jump and 300 hurdles.

Best race

200 finals, 3:25 p.m. Saturday: Could be a scorcher even if it rains with Marian’s Harris running against Kearney’s Scarlett and Jaylen Knight of Omaha Westside. Knight is the returning 100 champion.

Did you know?

Emily Sisson of Marian, in 2008, is the only girl to win all-class gold in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Class B girls

Projected team scoring: Syracuse 59, Lexington 50, Platteview 48, Elkhorn 47, Scottsbluff 37, Wahoo Neumann 34, Conestoga 24.5, Aurora 24, Waverly 20, Elkhorn South 18.

Athletes to watch

Madison Smith, Lexington: Not only the Class B leader in the 100-200-400 but she took the state lead in the long jump with a 19-1 in districts.

Lauren Meyer, Syracuse: The Rockets are bidding for a first state title in girls track and she’ll be worth big points in the long and triple jumps.

Lexie Gilbert, Elkhorn: Her team’s title hopes partly rest in whether she can repeat as 100 and 200 champion.

Marika Spencer, Columbus Scotus: She’s back to defend her Class B shot and discus titles and she could set good targets for Superior soph Kalynn Meyer in Class C.

Best race

200 finals, 3:15 p.m. Saturday: Lexington’s Smith could be going for her fourth Class B crown against Carrie Simonson of Platteview and Elkhorn’s Gilbert.

Did you know?

Lexington has the most Class B titles in girls track with six.

Class C girls

Projected team scoring: David City Aquinas 58, Heartland 51, Chase County 40, Hartington Cedar Catholic 34.5, Mitchell 34, Ainsworth 30, Kearney Catholic 29, Superior 23, Lincoln Lutheran 22.75, Fillmore Central 22.

Athletes to watch

Rylee Rice, Ainsworth: She’s back for more in the 800, 1,600 and both hurdles races after winning them all last year as a sophomore.

Kalynn Meyer, Superior: Her career-best in the discus, 175-7 to be No. 2 all-time, would have placed sixth in the Big Ten meet last weekend. The sophomore also leads the state in the shot put at 45-4½.

Taylor Quiring, Heartland: Class C’s leader in the 800 and the triple jump has two more individual events – 1,600 and long jump — and no relays.

Rebekah Roh, David City Aquinas: She’ll be instrumental in the Monarchs’ title push as she takes legs of the 400 and 1,600 relays and is among the best 200 and 400 runners.

Best race

400 final, 12:55 p.m. Saturday: Six runners have sub-60 second times, including leader Nicole Messbarger of Kearney Catholic.

Did you know?

Lincoln Christian sprinter Kathy Travis (1988 to 1991) was a 14-time Class C champion, tying Mallery Ivy of Class A Omaha Central (1985 to 1988) for the most in any class.

Class D girls

Projected team scoring: Giltner 80.5, Riverside 39, Elm Creek 35.5, Humphrey St. Francis 35, Pleasanton 34, Ansley-Litchfield 26, Loomis 26, Mullen 25, Tri County 21, Wauneta-Palisade 20.

Athletes to watch

Claire Connell, Elm Creek: Is a possibility to win four events, starting in the long jump in which she’s the two-time defending all-class gold medalist.

Skylar Hadley, Loomis: Will contend for all-class honors in both hurdles races.

Alix Bloom, Riverside: The defending Class D champion in the 100 and 200 will press Connell in the long jump.

Faith Simpson, Wauneta-Palisade: Has the top marks in the shot put and discus in Class D/

Best race

300 hurdles final, 2:55 p.m.: Loomis’ Hadley set the Class D record with her 44.76 at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival running against Elm Creek’s Connell (45.17).

Did you know?

Giltner could be the third school to win four Class D titles in girls track. The first were Falls City Sacred Heart and Lindsay Holy Family.

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