Area Athletes Shine at Day One of State Track and Field Competition

Day one has come to a close at the NSAA State Track and Field Championships in Omaha. Several area athletes have advanced to the finals Saturday. In Class D, Carlie Collier of Sandhills/Thedford qualified for three event finals including girls 100, 200, and 400. Sandhills/Thedford also had Nolan Marten qualify in the boys 100 finals and Gage Haake qualified in the boys 300 meter hurdles. The hurdles was a strong event for Ansley/Litchfield. The Spartans saw Sarah Lewis qualify in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles while Justin Bailey and Chris Paitz each qualified for both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Emery Swan of Brady qualified for the finals of the girls 400 meter dash and Samantha Moore of Mullen qualified for the girls 100 meter hurdles finals. Bennett Folkers of Gothenburg qualified in the Class B boys 110 meter hurdles. In Class C, Jadeyn Bubak of South Loup qualified for the finals in the girls 100 and 200 meter dash.

Other area highlights on the day included Tyce Hruza of Gothenburg winning the Class B boys pole vault with a new state meet record of 16′ .5″. Other area medal winners during the first day of competition include : Class D – Brady 3rd and Twin Loup 5th in the boys 3200 meter relay ; Mullen 5th in the girls 3200 meter relay ; Lane Edis of Mullen 4th in the boys high jump ; Tell Spies of Mullen 3rd in the boys shot put ; Colton Lovitt of Brady 5th in the boys triple jump. Gothenburg placed 7th in the Class B girls 3200 meter relay. Nolan Baker of Arcadia Loup City placed 3rd in the Class C boys triple jump. Michaela Kelly of Burwell finished third in the Class C girls 3200 meter run.

Join Central Nebraska’s Sports Source for coverage of championship Saturday. Listen for reports at the top and bottom of each hour on KBBN 95.3 FM beginning at 9am.