Northeast Track Medals in Three Events

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Northeast’s track team managed to bring home medals in three events at the State Track Meet held in Omaha last weekend.  The girls tallied 6 points for a 32nd place finish while the boys took 41st with 4 points.


Darcey Simonsen took third last year in the discus.   It looked like she was going to move up to the silver position until the final throw.  Darcey had a throw of 115 feet  3 inches to cement her position in second place with one throw to go.  Scribner-Snyder’s Peters, the classes top thrower this spring, got an three inch lead on her in the final throw to claim the silver medal.


Things did not go as well for Abby Peterson,.  The junior had been battling respiratory illness for over two weeks.  She was wore down a little and managed a twelfth place finish with a toss of  101 feet 10inches.


The third girl qualifier was Kelly Wakeley.  She had a scratch on her opening jump.  She long jumped 15 feet 2 3/4 inches on her second try and finished in the eighteenth place.  Coach Hosch said, ” I was so excited to have Kelly return to State- even though it was in a different event.   I am confident she can return next year.”


It was a shaky start for Jon Christiansen in the triple jump.  The sophomore opened with a 38 foot jump,  but was over two feet behind the board.  After another sub-par leap, his third attempt in the prelims got him into the finals.  It measured over 40 feet.


“I am  so happy that Jon finally got off a good jump,” said Coach Hosch.  “I am sure the excitement of the whole experience affected his approach.  We kept edging him forward in the finals.”


The coach’s advice propelled Jon into a medal position as he opened the finals with a career tying best of 41 feet 8 inches.  He moved up three places and finished with a sixth place medal.


The Cougars’ 400M runners faced a tough challenge as they both drew lane eight.  With the staggered start they have no runners in sight to set their pace.  “It is going to be really tough out there,” said Chevy Henneman.  The senior was at the lead with 200 meters to go.  In a photo finish Chevy ended up in fourth place .  His time of 53.22 missed making the finals by .13 seconds.


Brianne Haskell gave it her all.  “I was running with everybody, until the final curve and then they pulled away,”  She finished in eighth with a time of 1:06.16.


Dylan Hardeman ran the 800M on Saturday.  He finished tenth in his section with a time of 2:13.54.


The 4×400 Relay closed out the meet.  Northeast got strong legs from Jon Christiansen, Benny Estrada,  Dylan Hardeman, and Chevy Henneman and improved their season best by over five seconds.  It was a three team race in their heat with the Cougars taking third in 33:36..21.  All three teams earned medals with LDNE taking eighth place.


Coach Hosch commented. “We really worked on relay exchanges during the week for the 4×4 and it paid off.  Chevy really ran a stellar leg.  He pushed his first 200 faster than normal to keep contact with the leaders and still managed to finish strong.”


Hosch added, “It was a nice way for the three seniors, Chevy, Dylan, and Darcey, to go out.”

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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