Christiansen Earns Only Gold Medal For Northeast Track Team

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

After  weather cancelled the Stanton meet the Cougars finally got to  compete in the  outdoors at the Tiger-Cadet Invitational held at West Point on April 5.  The boys were shorthanded but ‘came in eighth with 25 points.  The Ladies took fifth with 44 points.

Jon Christiansen was the lone Gold medalist for Northeast.  He took first in the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet 2 inches.  He added a fourth in the long jump.  His distance was 19 feet six inches.  In the 100 meter dash Jon placed  third in 11.86.

The boys scored five points in the shot put.  Cole Christoffersen took fourth in his debut as a track weight man.  He heaved the 12 pound ball 45 feet.   Marcus Hegy gained a sixth place with a 43 foot 5 inch  toss.

Although the girls had no event winners they had two silver medalist.  Tessie Collins took second in the 3200 run.  She was five seconds behind the winner with her 13:43.93 clocking.  Brianne Haskell ran 1:06.1 in the 400 meter dash for a second place.

Sophia Henneman added a third place finish in the 800 run.  She did the two laps in 2:47.58  Brandi Simonsen’s 13.81 in the 100 dash  also took third.   Brandi teamed with Brianne Haskell,  Sophia Henneman and Kelly Wakeley for a third in the 4×100 relay.  Their time was 54.60.

In the field Simonsen and Wakeley took fourth and sixth in the long jump respectively.  Brandi leaped 15 feet 10.5 inches and Kelly soared 15 feet 3 inches.  Brandi added a fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet 4 inches.  Kelly missed scoring with a seven place.

Libby Henneman took sixth in the shot.  Her best throw was 33 feet 3 inches.  In the discus she came up with no points for an eighth place, but Abby Peterson took fifth was a 110 foot toss.

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.”

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