By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Only nine Lady Longhorn track athletes competed at the rescheduled Ogallala Invitational Friday, but the small crew still scored in seven events.
And, as far as individual performances, the Chase County girls also recorded seven personal bests.
Coach Al Zuege said the nine who were able to make the trip represented about a third of his team, so they weren’t able to compete in all of the events.
“All the teams were short,” Zuege said, “but, we seemed to be hit the most.”
The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but Ogallala staff moved it to Friday due to the wintery forecasts for the weekend, which did hold true.
But, it meant CCS athletes at the FFA and FBLA state conventions, which ran into Friday, would miss the meet. There were also some Lady Longhorns who were ill.
Despite the low numbers, Zuege said he saw some good things come out of the meet.
Included were his team’s performances in the weights.
Sophomore Lexee Reichert finished fourth in the shot put, behind three strong throwers from Cozad and Gothenburg who competed at state last year.
Cozad’s Carlie Pinkleman, who won the event, placed second in Class B at state last year, while Carly Henry, who was second last week, finished seventh at state in 2008, also in Class B.
Reichert is “getting on track” with her throws, Zuege said.
Zuege also noted the personal best discus throw from freshman Shannon Liewer. While she was out of the medals, Liewer’s 87’6” throw was nine and a half feet further from the week before.
Dee Dee Pursley’s 51.6 second time in the 300 meter hurdles was good enough for fifth place.
The team also scored three medals in the sprints, all run with personal best times. Karlee Palmer won the 200 and finished third in the 100, while Rebecca Martin took sixth in the 200.
Shanna Carter also brought home an individual medal in the 800 with a fifth place finish.
The Lady Longhorns also picked up fourths in both the 400 and 1600 meter relays.
Also turning in personal bests at Ogallala were Jilanne German and Shayla Dinnel.
Team scoring was Gothenburg 181, Sidney 89, Cozad 60, Hershey 55, Ogallala 46, Chase County 33, Mitchell 22 and Gothenburg JV 15.
- 100 meter dash—3rd, Karlee Palmer, 13.15. Winning time—Taz Uhrig, Sid., 13.00.
- 200 meter dash—1st, Karlee Palmer, 27.20; 6th, Rebecca Martin, 28.80.
- 800 meter run—5th, Shanna Carter, 2:51.00. Winning time—Tabitha Paul, Goth., 2:35.40.
- 300 meter hurdles—5th, Dee Dee Pursley, 51.60. Winning time—Emily Max, Goth., 48.10.
- Shot put—4th, Lexee Reichert, 33’7”. Winning mark—Carlie Pinkleman, Coz., 44’7”.
- 400 relay—4th, Chase County, Jilanne German, Dee Dee Pursley, Rebecca Martin, Karlee Palmer, 55.40. Winning time—Sidney, 53.60.
- 1600 relay—4th, Chase County, Dee Dee Pursley, Karlee Palmer, Shanna Carter, Jilanne German, 4:32.30. Winning time—Sidney, 4:21.70.
Perkins County this Thursday
- 100—Jilanne German, 18.6.
- 100 hurdles—Karlee Palmer, 13.1.
- 300 hurdles—Jilanne German, 53.4.
- 200—Karlee Palmer, 27.2; Rebecca Martin, 28.6.
- Discus—Shannon Liewer, 87’6”.
- Long jump—Shayla Dinnel, 12’9”.
All but one SPVA conference school will be in Grant today (Thursday) for the Perkins County Invitational Track Meet.
Coach Zuege said this week’s meet will be the first time they’ll see most of the conference schools. All but Maxwell, who is new to the SPVA this year, will be at Thursday’s meet.
It will also be Perkins County’s first meet of the season as that school has been dealing with a severe flu outbreak.
The field events kick off the meet at 9 a.m. Running events get underway at 10:30 a.m.
Teams expected besides CCS and Perkins County include Garden County, North Platte St. Pat’s, Ogallala, Hershey, Southwest, Sutherland and Wauneta/Palisade.
Thursday’s meet will feature both varsity and JV divisions.