Pleasanton hosted the Dick O’Neil track and field invitational in Kearney on Thursday. Ansley/Litchfield and SEM were among the teams that competed. Axtell won the boys team title with 97 points. Ansley/Litchfield was 5th in the boys team standings and SEM finished 7th. SEM was led by Carson Rohde who won gold in the shot put (50′) and the discus (162′ 3″). SEM’s Tucker Whitesel cleared the winning height of 5’10” in the boys high jump but finished 2nd on the tie break criteria. Hunter Arehart of Ansley/Litchfield won the boys pole vault clearing 12′. A/L had a strong showing in the 400 and 800 as Collin Arehart and Calvin Finley finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in each event. Jackson Henry of Ansley/Litchfield placed third in the boys discus.
Pleasanton and Axtell tied for first in the girls team standings finishing with 81 points. Ansley/Litchfield finished sixth with 54 points just one point behind Amherst for 5th. SEM finished 8th with 32 points. Carli Bailey led the way for the Ansley/Litchfield girls winning the 400 (1:02.8) and 300 meter hurdles (50.20). Bailey placed 2nd behind teammate Taylor Haines in the 100 meter hurdles. Haines placed 2nd behind Bailey in the 300 meter hurdles. SEM had a strong showing in the girls discus as Aubree Claflin won the event with an effort of 104′ 3″ and Audrey Reiter was third (100′ 8″). SEM’s Josie Smith placed 3rd in the 3200 (13:47) and was 4th in the 1600 (6:29).