Silver brought home by 1600 meter relay team
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Silver and bronze medals topped the list of hardware brought home by the Chase County Lady Longhorn track team after a good showing in Omaha.
Chase County athletes won medals in four different events at the high school state meet Friday and Saturday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Those efforts lifted the team to a 14th place tie in Class C team points with Dundy County/Stratton. Crofton took the Class C team title by a 13-point margin over runner-up Kearney Catholic.
CCS Coach Al Zuege said, overall, his team performed about where he thought they would in most cases.
Chase County’s 1600 meter relay team finished the highest for the Lady Longhorns, winning the silver medals.
The team of Taylin McNair, Paige Spady, Destiny Reinke and Kristen Jussel had the fastest time out of districts coming into the meet, but were edged by a second and a half by Crofton at state.
“We knew Crofton was going to be good in both relays,” Zuege said. They were state champions last year and had all their runners back.
Chase County finished with the second place time of 4:08.55, a little less then a second off their personal best, school record time of 4:07.67.
Again, their Dundy County/Stratton neighbors were close, finishing third just 20 hundredths of a second behind Chase County.
It was still a great showing for a team that will lose just one runner, Jussel, who finished her senior year.
Jussel also won an individual bronze medal with a third place finish in the 100 meter high hurdles.
Zuege said she ran a good, solid race with no mistakes after coming out of the prelims with the third best time, as well. Her personal best of 15.4 seconds this season, he said, was wind-aided, but hurdlers did not have any wind help last week at state.
Jussel ran about as fast as she had much of the season in the 300 meter hurdles, another event in which she competed, but failed to qualify out of preliminaries last week. She finished fourth in her heat with a 48.49 second time
Fifth place medals were won by the Lady Longhorns’ 3200 meter relay team of McNair, Spady, Kadyn Milner and Reinke with a time of 9:59.12. That event, also won by Crofton with a 13-second margin, also was a good showing for Chase County, Zuege said, as they were close to the season’s best.
Closing out the medals for Chase County was an eighth place finish by Reinke in the 800, capping a good showing by the freshmen who came home with three state medals.
Her time of 2:23.97 was a personal best by about four seconds to catch the last medal in the group of 24 runners. Just missing a medal was junior Valeria Cervantes in the shot put, where she placed ninth with a toss of 38’5 1/4.”
Teammate Jodi Koellner also qualified in the shot put, and finished 15th with a throw of 36’3”.
Andrea Hogsett was a double qualifier in the 100 meter dash and pole vault.
In the 100, Hogsett finished sixth in her heat with a time of 13.43, and did not qualify for finals.
In the pole vault, she equalled her personal best of 8’6” and finished in a tie for 17th among a field of 25 athletes.
MaKenna Ketter was close to her best with a 5’0” effort in the high jump, which put her in 13th place out of 24 competitors.
McNair was off about a second from her best time in the 400. She finished fourth in her heat with a time of 1:02.58, and did not advance to the finals.
Coach Zuege said the state meet capped off a very enjoyable year from the first meet to the last.
Here are Chase County’s times and marks from the state meet.
1600 meter relay—2, CCS (Paige Spady, Kristen Jussel, Taylin McNair, Destiny Reinke) 4:08.55.
100 meter hurdles—3, Kristen Jussel, CCS 16.20.
3200 meter relay—5, CCS (Taylin McNair, Kadyn Milner, Paige Spady, Destiny Reinke) 9:59.12.
800 meter run—8, Destiny Reinke, CCS 2:23.97.
Shot put—9, Valeria Cervantes, CCS 38-05.25; 15, Jodi Koellner, CCS 36-03.00.
High jump—13, MaKenna Ketter, CCS 5-00.
Pole vault—17, Andrea Hogsett, CCS 8-06.
100 meter dash—Andrea Hogsett, CCS 13.43, prelims.
400 meter dash—Taylin McNair, CCS 1:02.58, prelims.
300 meter hurdles—Kristen Jussel, CCS 48.49, prelims.
Future bright for girls
In a look to the 2015 season, Coach Zuege said the future looks bright for Lady Longhorn track.
“We will have a lot of very good underclassmen next year, but we will also miss our seniors,” he said.
Seniors who completed their final season of high school track included Anna Bauerle, Andrea Hogsett, Kristen Jussel, Jodi Koellner and Ally Vrbas.
He said all the coaches have had a very enjoyable year with this group of girls, who won all of the regular season meets but one.