By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
District track arrives today (Thursday) and the Longhorn boys’ track team has a good shot of qualifying a large group of athletes.
That’s the assessment from Head Coach Carl Zuege, who’ll be traveling to Bayard with his team early Thursday for the C-11 district meet.
Realistically, with the progress the team has made all season, along with a few surprises, Zuege believes there could be 10-12 boys qualify in 10-12 events.
“And this year, we have the potential of scoring more points there,” he said.
Two of last year’s state medal-winners, Kevin German and Justus Wallin, are among those potential state qualifiers again this year. And, Zuege said the team has the chance of scoring more points this year and bringing home more hardware.
Besides Chase County, other teams at the C-11 meet on Thursday include Bayard, Bridgeport, Dundy Co./Stratton, Gordon/Rushville, Hemingford, Kimball and Perkins Co.
Zuege said at Sunday’s athletic awards banquet that his team is shooting for a repeat of last year’s district championship. Last year, the Longhorns won the C-11 championship by a 48-point margin.
Events get underway in Bayard at 10:30 a.m. with the first session of field events. Running events kick off at 12 noon with the 3200 meter relay.
The second session of field events is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start, while the track finals get underway at 3:30 p.m.
There are 11 Class C districts in the state. The winners of the first two places in each individual running event qualify for state, as well as the fastest two third place finishes from all 11 district meets.
In relays, the district winning team qualifies, along with the next five fastest times regardless of place in a comparison across all 11 districts.
In field events, first and second place at districts make the cut for state, in addition to the following standards that, if reached, qualifies the athlete no matter how they place in the meet:
High jump 6’1”
Long jump 20’10”
Triple jump 42’0”
Shot put 50’0”
Pole vault 13’4”
Leading up to the district meet, the Longhorns also won the championship at Friday’s Dundy Co./Stratton meet.
Dundy Co./Stratton meet
In their last regular season meet, the Longhorns won the Dundy Co./Stratton meet by a comfortable margin Friday.
Coach Zuege said it was a near perfect day for track, which allowed some good times and marks to be recorded.
The Longhorns turned in a couple of exciting races in the 800 and 1600.
David Almanza continues to improve in the 800 and took first in it again Friday, edging Wauneta/Palisade’s Wes Anderjaska in a personal best effort, passing Anderjaska late in the race to win by a tenth of a second at 2:03.10.
In the 1600, Holden Dreiling and Wallace’s Tanner Clough were never more than five meters apart the entire race, pushing each other, Zuege said. Dreiling passed Clough in the last 25 to 30 meters to win the race, also with a P.B. of 4:42.7.
Another good race and personal best came from Indy Smith in the 3200 at 10:50.3. He also took first, as the Longhorns captured the gold in all three distance races.
Other Chase County first place finishes came from Wallin in the shot and discus, Travis Luhrs in high jump and German in the 300 meter hurdles.
Perkins Co. and Chase Co. again battled for the gold in the 1600 meter relay. While the Plainsmen won it for a third time in recent weeks, the Longhorns inched closer Friday and cut their deficit to less than two seconds.
The two relay teams will be surely battling for bragging rights as they meet again today (Thursday) at districts.
Here’s how the team scoring went at the Dundy Co./Stratton meet: Chase Co. 163, Dundy Co./Stratton 95, Maywood 75, Perkins Co. 72, Atwood/Rawlins Co. (Kan.) 69, Wallace 58.5, Hayes Center 36, Cheylin (Kan.) 34.5, So. Platte 27 and Wauneta/Palisade 19.
Here are Chase County’s medal-winners in the top eight, and all first place finishes.
Long jump—1, Dylan Tiemeyer, Atwood 20; 6, Shay Eidson, CCS 18-05.50.
Discus—1, Justus Wallin, CCS 145-01; 6, Isaac Sorensen, CCS 116-09.
Pole vault—1, Tyrell Reichert, DC/S 12-06; 4, Destyn Milner, CCS 11-00; 7, Roper Cochran, CCS 10-00.
4x800 meter relay—1, Maywood 9:03.70; 4, CCS (Ike Maxwell, Korey Krutsinger, Mason Meeske, Nolan Spady) 10:04.30.
110 meter hurdles—1, Seth Gohl, Hayes Center, 15.00; 2, Kevin German, CCS 15.40; 4, Kelton Fisher, CCS 16.90.
100 meter dash—1, Derek Sis, PC 11.10; 8, Khris Kuhlmann, CCS 11.80.
400 meter run—1, Cade Duvel, DC/S 50.70; 6, Trey Milner, CCS 54.80.
3200 meter run—1, Indy Smith, CCS 10:50.30; 3, Stephen Welsh, CCS 11:51.10; 5, Garret Thompson, CCS 11:56.80.
200 meter dash—Derek Sis, PC 23.00.
Triple jump—1, Dalton Littell, Maywood 40-00.50; 2, Cody Williams, CCS 39-08.50; 6, Shay Eidson, CCS 37-08.00.
Shot put—1, Justus Wallin, CCS 49-09.75; 5, Khris Kuhlmann, CCS 39-07.00.
High jump—1, Travis Luhrs, CCS 6-01.00.
800 meter run—1, David Almanza, CCS 2:03.10; 3, Daniel Sullivan, CCS 2:10.50.
300 meter hurdles—1, Kevin German, CCS 41.00; 7, Kelton Fisher, CCS 46.40; 8, Cody Williams, CCS 47.10.
1600 meter run—1, Holden Dreiling, CCS 4:42.70; 3, Indy Smith, CCS 5:02.10; 5, Ike Maxwell, CCS 5:11.20.
4x100 meter relay—1, DC/S 44.50; 3, CCS (Khris Kuhlmann, David Almanza, Shay Eidson, Trey Milner) 47.00.
4x400 meter relay—1, PC 3:32.60; 2, CCS (Daniel Sullivan, David Almanza, Trey Milner, Kevin German) 3:34.40.
200 meters—Jeff Dickey 24.74
400 meters—Shay Eidson 56.94
800 meters—David Almanza 2:03.1
1600 meters—Holden Dreiling 4:42.7; Indy Smith 5:02.1
3200 meters—Indy Smith 10:50.3; Stephen Welsh 11:51
Shot Put—Hunter Bartels 38’0.25
Discus—Zac Space 93’4
Pole Vault—Roper Cochran 10’0