By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
There was a little scare late in the meet, but the Longhorn boys came through to repeat as the SPVA Conference track champions Friday afternoon.
Chase County edged North Platte St. Pat’s by 13.5 points in the final tally, but a DQ in the 300 meter hurdles made for a few nerves, said Coach Carl Zuege.
Kevin German won the 300 meter hurdle race, but officials were notified that he reportedly did not have a clean hurdle clearance on the curve. He was disqualified, and the St. Pat’s runners were moved up to first and second place in the event.
“It came at a bad time in the meet,” Zuege said. “We had just gained the lead (in team standings) after being in second.”
However, that may have spurred the Longhorns.
Following that DQ, Trey Milner ran a personal best to place third in the 200, and all three 1600 meter medalists—Holden Dreiling in first, Ike Maxwell, second and Garret Thompson, fifth, also recorded PBs.
Then, the 400 meter relay team ran its fastest this season to win that event as they edged St. Pat’s by a tenth of a second, before the 1600 meter relay team placed second, also a place ahead of the Irish.
“We really closed out strong and pulled it out,” Zuege said.
Concerning German’s DQ, Zuege said a hurdler has to clear the entire hurdle. He was called for swinging one leg around it on the last curve.
“It happens a lot and isn’t called, but they did (call it) Friday. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right call,” Zuege said.
There were several efforts earlier in the meet, as well, that contributed to the SPVA win a second straight year following a six-year drought.
One was the 800 meter run, where Chase County captured first, second and third on the efforts of David Almanza, Dan Sullivan and Indy Smith, again all with personal bests.
Justus Wallin also took gold again in the shot and discus, and Almanza added to his individual golds by taking first in the 400 with a PB and was part of the first place 400 meter relay team.
“David just continues to get stronger,” Zuege said.
While Wallin didn’t have a PB Friday, the goal at the meet was to get points and he did what he needed to do to win both, Zuege said.
Other individual firsts for Chase County were turned in by Travis Luhrs in the high jump and German in the high hurdles, who ran a PB to beat three other hurdlers from St. Pat’s. Kelton Fisher also ran a best time to place fifth in the highs.
Zuege said he was especially happy for the team’s seniors to go out with a conference championship.
“I was really impressed too with our seniors. This has been a great track class who have scored a ton of points,” he said.
“This class helped us back to the SPVA championships,” he said.
Team scoring at the SPVA meet held in Grant and hosted by Perkins County was Chase Co. 171, St. Pat’s 157.5, Perkins Co. 69, Kimball 51.5, Hershey 43, Sutherland 29 and Maxwell 6.
Here are Chase County’s conference medalists and all first place finishes at the meet.
High jump—1, Travis Luhrs, CCS 5-10.
Pole vault—1, Drew McClellen, St. Pat. 13-06.
Long jump—1, Gaige Marshall, Her. 18-08; 2, Shay Eidson, CCS 18-06.50.
Triple jump—1, Jaden Withrow, Kimb. 40-04.50; 4, Cody Williams, CCS 38-11.75.
Shot put—1, Justus Wallin, CCS 47-06.25; 6, Khris Kuhlmann, CCS 39-08.00.
Discus—1, Justus Wallin, CCS 146-07; 5, Isaac Sorensen, CCS 115-09.
100 meter dash—1, Derek Sis, PC 11.1; 4, Khris Kuhlmann, CCS 11.8.
200 meter dash—1, Derek Sis, PC 23; 3, Trey Milner, CCS 23.8.
400 meter dash—1, David Almanza, CCS 51.8; 4, Trey Milner, CCS 53.5.
800 meter run—1, David Almanza, CCS 2:06; 2, Daniel Sullivan, CCS 2:08.1; 3, Indy Smith, CCS 2:08.3.
1600 meter run—1, Holden Dreiling, CCS 4:57.7; 2, Ike Maxwell, CCS 5:05; 5, Garret Thompson, CCS 5:16.8.
3200 meter run—1, Merritt Eastman, St. Pat. 10:57.4; 2, Indy Smith, CCS 10:57.4; 3, Holden Dreiling, CCS 11:27.5; 6, Stephen Welsh, CCS 11:58.7.
110 meter hurdles—1, Kevin German, CCS 15.4; 5, Kelton Fisher, CCS 16.6.
300 meter hurdles—1, Alexander Harms, St. Pat. 42.2; 4, Kelton Fisher, CCS 44.2; 6, Cody Williams, CCS 46.2.
4x100 meter relay—1, CCS (Khris Kuhlmann, David Almanza, Trey Milner, Shay Eidson) 45.8.
4x400 meter relay—1, PC 3:32.3; 2, CCS (Daniel Sullivan, David Almanza, Shay Eidson, Trey Milner) 3:39.
4x800 meter relay—1, St. Pat. 8:57.9; 2, CCS (Ike Maxwell, Daniel Sullivan, Garret Thompson, Travis Luhrs) 8:58.8.
200 meter—Trey Milner 24.04.
400 meter—David Almanza 51.94.
800 meter—David Almanza 2:06; Dan Sullivan 2:08.1; Indy Smith 2:08.3.
1600 meter—Holden Dreiling 4:57.7; Ike Maxwell 5:05; Garret Thompson 5:16.8.
3200 meter—Indy Smith 10:57.4.
110 meter hurdles—Kevin German 15.64; Kelton Fisher 16.84.
300 meter hurdles—Kelton Fisher 44.34.
Pole vault—Destyn Milner 11’.
Long jump—Sergio Almanza 17’4.5”.
Final regular season meet
The track team travels to its final regular season meet in Benkelman Friday hosted by Dundy Co./Stratton schools.
Events start at 12:30 p.m. with the first session of field events. The 3200 meter relay will start the running events at 2 p.m., with the second session of field events at 4 p.m. Track finals are set for 5:30 p.m.
Friday’s meet will be followed by the district meet in Bayard next Thursday, May 15. A preview of that state-qualifying meet will be given next week.
On Tuesday this week, 11 Longhorns were also expected to be competing in the Best of the Midwest meet in Sutherland. The top eight in each track event from area schools were invited to the meet.