Medals in reach as Chase Co. sends 10 to state track meet
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
At eight of the nine meets this track season, the Lady Longhorns have captured the team title.
The biggest so far came last Thursday as Chase County breezed by Dundy Co./Stratton and Bayard, winning the C11 title by more than 30 points.
And on the way, nine individual qualifiers and one alternate made the cut to compete at the state meet at Omaha Burke Friday and Saturday.
There, they will compete in 10 different events, where it’s possible they will be coming home with a lot of hardware.
“We sure have the opportunity,” said Coach Al Zuege.
“We’ve got a number of girls whose times and marks put them in reach of medals.”
But always the careful predictor, Zuege added, “But, we have to do it those two days.”
If the Lady Longhorns perform like they did last week at districts, Zuege will be wearing a smile much of the two days in Omaha.
The number of events in which his team qualified this year is the most in Zuege’s 27 years at CCS.
He said this year’s team is quite possibly the best one he’s had since coming to Chase County.
“I knew we’d have a good year, but this has been better than I hoped for,” he said.
“That’s a credit to the kids, their competitiveness and hard work.”
In Bayard last Thursday, the Lady Longhorns racked up five event wins out of 17. In the other six, they finished second.
Zuege said, on paper, the team scoring should have been a little closer. However, both Chase County and Dundy Co./Stratton scored a little more than expected, while Bayard was below the expectations.
“I’m just real pleased with how we performed,” Zuege said.
Three of the team members qualified in three events—Destiny Reinke, Taylin McNair and Kristen Jussel.
Andrea Hogsett will close out her high school career with two events at state, the pole vault, in which she tied for second, and in the 100.
The big surprise from her was in her second place in the 100, Zuege said. After running the second fastest time in the prelims, she held that position in the finals. However, coming into the meet, she had just the sixth best time.
Chase County swept the shot put event, as Valeria Cervantes took the gold, and Jodi Koellner, the silver.
Heading into state with the fastest Class C time, the 1600 meter relay team of McNair, Paige Spady, Reinke and Jussel finished a second and a half ahead of Dundy Co./Stratton at districts. Their time of 4:07.67 broke the 1992 district meet record of 4:08.4, and also bettered the CCS record by about half a second.
As they also head to state, sitting right behind them in the No. 2 spot, as it was at districts, is Dundy Co./Stratton.
Chase County’s 3200 meter relay team of Spady, Reinke, Kadyn Milner and McNair have the second fastest time coming into state on Friday. Ord is the only team with a faster district time by about three seconds.
Also having a very good shot for an individual medal is McNair, who was second in the 400 at districts to qualify. Her time is third fastest in Class C heading into state.
Jussel, who qualified in both hurdles, has the best shot at a medal in the 300 meter event, where she sits seventh based on district times.
MaKenna Ketter jumped a personal best of 5’1” at districts, taking second, and also heads to state.
The Chase County 400 meter relay team was third at districts and their 52.87 time just missed giving them a state trip as an extra qualifier. They stood in sixth as the next five fastest times were tallied, missing the qualifying mark by two-tenths of a second.
In addition to the nine outright individual qualifiers, freshman Katelyn Wheeler is traveling with the team as the relay alternate.
The team left today (Thursday) and will practice this afternoon at Boystown. On Friday, Class C will be in the afternoon session starting at 3:30 p.m. CT with the 3200 meter relay. Final events on Saturday kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the 800.
Here is how the C11 district team scoring came out last week: Chase County 135.5, Dundy Co./Stratton 104, Bayard 88, Kimball 66.5, Bridgeport 43, Gordon/Rushville 35, Hemingford 28 and Perkins Co. 27.
Here are all of Chase County’s district medalists plus all first place finishers.
100 meters—1, Colby Duvel, DC 13.27; 2, Andrea Hogsett, CCS 13.48.
400 meters—1, Jessi Smith, Bayard 58.98; 2, Taylin McNair, CCS 1:01.25; 5, Kadyn Milner, CCS 1:06.08.
100 meter hurdles—1, Kristen Jussel, CCS 16.45.
4x800 relay—1, CCS (Taylin McNair, Kadyn Milner, Paige Spady, Destiny Reinke) 10:06.60.
High jump—1, Miah Vera, Bayard 5-01.00; 2, MaKenna Ketter, CCS 5-01.00; 5, Katelyn Wheeler, CCS 4-07.00.
Pole vault—1, Megan Stuart, Bayard 9-06.00; 2 (tie), Andrea Hogsett, CCS 8-04.00; 4, Destiny Reinke, CCS 8-00.00; 5 (tie), Josie Peterson, CCS 8-00.00.
Long jump—1, Miah Vera, Bayard 15-09.50.
Triple jump—1, Shelby Vogel, Kimball 33-09.50; 4, MaKenna Ketter, CCS 31-11.00; 5, Cheyanne Kuhlmann, CCS 30-11.00.
Shot put—1, Valeria Cervantes, CCS 38-06.75; 2, Jodi Koellner, CCS 37-11.25.
Discus—1, Jaden Ragsdale, DC 114-11; 3, Jodi Koellner, CCS 108-06; 6, Valeria Cervantes, CCS 94-00.50.
200 meters—1, Colby Duvel, DC 27.33; 5, Andrea Hogsett, CCS 29.27.
800 meters—1, Jessi Smith, Bayard 2:18.48; 2, Destiny Reinke, CCS 2:28.89; 6, Kadyn Milner, CCS 2:39.91.
1600 meters—1, Madison Lambley, DC 5:43.52; 3, Paige Spady, CCS 5:56.28.
3200 meters—1, Madison Lambley, DC 12:24.13; 6, Josie Peterson, CCS 13:37.43.
300 meter hurdles—1, Kristen Jussel, CCS 48.35.
4x100 relay—1, Bayard 51.26; 3, CCS (Jadin Bussell, MaKenna Ketter, Ally Vrbas, Andrea Hogsett) 52.87.
4x400 relay—1, CCS (Taylin McNair, Paige Spady, Destiny Reinke, Kristen Jussel) 4:07.67.
MaKenna Ketter—high jump 5’1
Jodi Koellner—shot put 37’ 11.25
Josie Peterson—3200 meters 13:37.50
Ally Vrbas—100 meters 14.48