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Illness and Injuries Hamper Cougars at EHC Track Meet


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Points were hard to come by in the EHC Track and Field meet held  at Wisner on May 2.    The Boys team scored 18 points and placed 13th while the Girls had 6 points and ended up in  14th place.

Illness and injury cost the Cougars several potential placers.  Marcus Hegy’s season ended with surgery to repair damage to a knee.  The girls’ weight throwers both missed the meet. Libby Henneman and Abby Peterson were highly seeded in their events, but stayed home because of illness.  Tessie Collins suffered the same fate and was scratched from the 3200 run.

Jon Christiansen was the top scorer, but had a sub-par day in the jumps.  He had a 19 foot 4.5 inch leap in the long jump and 40 foot 8 inch effort in the triple jump.  Both placed fourth.  He added a seventh in the 100M dash with a 11.72  clocking.

Benny Estrada moved up after coming off the curve to place third in the 200M dash.  His 23.96 made him the sixth qualifier in the prelims.

Brandi Simonsen and Sophia Henneman were the only girls to score.  Brandi took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet 1 inch.  Sophia had a season best 2:45.18 in the 800 for an eighth place.  The 400 relay was disqualified for an exchange violation.

The sixteen team meet saw North Bend Central edge out Stanton in the Girls division 99 to 91.  The Oakland Craig boys used wins in the last two relays to overtake Stanton for the championship.

Some  non scoring efforts were: Brandi Simonsen, 9th 100M dash (13.85)  11th Long Jump (15′ 0.75″); Kelley Wakeley, 14th Long  Jump (14′ 2″) ; Benny Estrada. 9th 400 M (54.68);  Cole Christoffersen, 11th Shot Put (41′ 6″); Joey O’Connor 3200M, 10th (11:53.13)  1600M, 20th  (5:38);  Reid Preston, 3200M, 11th (12:02.4)  1600M,  13th (5:24);  Alec Anderson, 800M, 16th (2:20.63)   1600M  16th,  (5:27); Brianne Haskell, 400M, 10th (1:06.46),  200 M, 12th (29.81);  Tyler Hardeman, 27th  Shot Put (37′ 0″);  Nick Ronnfeldt, 25th, Shot Put (37′ 7.5″).

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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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