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Team depth proves big factor in Lady Longhorn conference win PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Chase County’s girls placed in every event, won 10 of them and had three medalists in three others to bring home a dominating SPVA conference win last Friday.
Coach Al Zuege said their wide margin of victory, by 64 points, can be credited to their team depth and a very good day of performances across the board.
While Zuege said it came out about how he figured it would on paper, he said, “Our girls just performed really well. Our depth is a big advantage there.”    
Second place at the meet went to newcomer Kimball, who is competing in the conference for the first year.
Two Lady Longhorns had double gold individual medals at the meet.
Taylin McNair won both the 200 and 400, edging out Kimball’s Alisha Hunsaker in both. She also ran on the winning 1600 meter relay team.
Kristen Jussel also chalked up two individual golds in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles in a field of some quality hurdlers, Zuege said. She, too, ran on the winning 1600 relay team.
Also tallying a first at the SPVA meet was Jodi Koellner in the discus, who hit a personal best at 118’1” to win the event by four and a half feet.
Other firsts were turned in by Destiny Reinke, 800; Katelyn Wheeler, high jump; and Valeria Cervantes, shot put.
The Lady Longhorns added a number of seconds through sixths to rack up the team points for the championship.
Zuege noted the efforts of the 1600 meter relay team, which also included Reinke and Kadyn Milner, just missed setting an SPVA record by four-tenths of a second when they finished at 4:15.6, 17 seconds faster than second place. Again, they weren’t pushed for the gold but ran a strong race, he said.
The SPVA relay record is held by a CCS team at 4:15.2. Those record-holding team members include Nichole Dickey, Cara Kunnemann, Tabitha Russell and Erica Pirog.
Team scoring at the SPVA meet was Chase Co. 153, Kimball 89, St. Pat’s 83, Sutherland 71, Perkins Co. 57, Maxwell 43 and Hershey 31.
Here are Chase County’s conference medalists and all first place finishes at the meet in the girls’ division.
100 meter dash—1, Jalyne Schuster, Suth. 13.1; 3, Andrea Hogsett, CCS 13.4.
200 meter dash—1, Taylin McNair, CCS 27.4; 5, Andrea Hogsett, CCS 28.7.
400 meter dash—1, Taylin McNair, CCS 1:01.2.
800 meter run—1, Destiny Reinke, CCS 2:29.8; 3, Kadyn Milner, CCS 2:36.6; 5, Katelyn Wheeler, CCS 2:41.6.
1600 meter run—1, Anna O’Malley, St. Pat. 5:55.8; 3, Paige Spady, CCS 6:03.2; 6, Josie Peterson, CCS 6:31.9.
3200 meter run—1, Laura Flores, Kimb. 12:45.4; 3, Paige Spady, CCS 13:20.3; 4, Josie Peterson, CCS 14:07.1.
100 meter hurdles—1, Kristen Jussel, CCS 16.1.
300 meter hurdles—1, Kristen Jussel, CCS 48.
High jump—1, Katelyn Wheeler, CCS 4-10.0; 2, MaKenna Ketter, CCS 4-10.0.
Pole vault—1, Kaley Stokey, Suth. 9-06.00; 5, Josie Peterson, CCS 8-00.00.
Long jump—1, Kaley Stokey, Suth. 15-08.25.
Triple jump—1, Josie Cox, Maxwell 32-05.75.
Shot put—1, Valeria Cervantes, CCS 36-11.25; 2, Jodi Koellner, CCS 35-10.00.
Discus—1, Jodi Koellner, CCS 118-01; 5, Valeria Cervantes, CCS 101-00.
4x100 meter relay—1, Kimb. 52.3; 5, CCS (Jadin Bussell, MaKenna Ketter, Ally Vrbas, Andrea Hogsett) 53.5.
4x400 meter relay—1, CCS (Taylin McNair, Kadyn Milner, Destiny Reinke, Kristen Jussel) 4:15.6.
4x800 meter relay—1, St. Pat. 10:39.6; 2, CCS (Katelyn Wheeler, Kadyn Milner, Rose Sullivan, Destiny Reinke) 10:41.7.
Personal bests
400 meter—Kaylee Meeske 75.14.
1600 meter—Kaylee Meeske 7:19.10.
Discus—Jodi Koellner 118’1.
To Benkelman for finale
This Friday marks the final regular season meet for the Lady Longhorns when they travel to the Dundy Co./Stratton meet in Benkelman.
First session of field events kicks off at 12:30 p.m., while the 3200 meter relay starts the  running events at 2 p.m. The Second field event session is set for 4 p.m. with final running events at 5:30 p.m.
Coach Zuege said they won’t have most of the girls in as many events as they have been. They will be in the same events they anticipate being in for districts the following week.
Thirteen girls were expected to compete at Tuesday’s Best of the Midwest in Sutherland. Zuege noted some of the Lady Longhorns qualified to compete in three and four events, but didn’t plan to have them competing in that many.
“Our aim now is districts,” he said.
That arrives next Thursday, May 15, in Bayard.  A preview of that state-qualifying competition will be recapped next week.