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Three Chase Co. school records set in Omaha

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

There will always be the “what-ifs,” but Chase County Lady Longhorn fans couldn’t have asked for much more from their team at last week’s state meet in Omaha.
Seven of the 10 girls traveling to the meet came home with at least one medal, and en route to that scoring, set three new Chase County school records in the process.
The team scored 24 points, good enough for eighth place among the 50 Class C teams that scored at the meet.
Highest placing among the Lady Longhorns was the 3200 meter relay team, which returned home with second place silver medals on the efforts of Kadyn Milner, Paige Spady, Taylin McNair and Destiny Reinke.
Their second place time of 9:53.38  was eight seconds better than their previous best, said Coach Troy Hauxwell.
And in the process, it set a new CCS record, breaking one that was 22 years old. The old record of 9:54.1 was set in 1993 by the team of Angie Peglow, Jane Bessler, Johna Speck and Crystal Jaeger.
“We did what we had to do. We got all the points we were going to get out of that relay,” Hauxwell said.
He was talking about the first place 3200 meter relay team from Crofton, who earned the gold 15 seconds ahead of the Lady Longhorns.
Crofton walked away with the Class C team title, scoring 71 points, 27 more than second place Lincoln Lutheran.
Crofton also won Class C in 2014, but tallied just 47 points to win the title a year ago.
“We knew going in Crofton was the team to beat. They are so senior-loaded this year and strong in all areas,” Hauxwell said.
The same four Chase County girls broke another school record in the 1600 meter relay, one set last year at districts by three of the four same team members.
All four ran season’s best splits “and did as good as they could,” Hauxwell said.
Their sixth place relay time in Saturday’s final event was recorded at 4:07.58, breaking the 2014 school record of 4:07.67. Spady, McNair and Reinke also ran on last year’s 1600 meter team. This year, Milner replaced graduated senior Kristen Jussel as the team’s fourth member.
Last year, Chase County finished second at state in this relay with a time of 4:08.55. This year’s time was faster, but they placed lower, showing the strength in Class C this year, Hauxwell added.
Josie Peterson set the third school record for the Lady Longhorns in the pole vault, eclipsing her own record by another two inches.
She vaulted 10 feet Friday morning to finish fourth in the Class C field of 24 vaulters. She broke the school record twice earlier this season when she first went  9’6” then 9’10”.
“She did a great job performing at state for the first time. She’s only going to get better,” Hauxwell predicted.
While neither hit their person best last weekend, Katelyn Wheeler and MaKenna Ketter jumped 5’2” and tied for fourth in the high jump. In a three-way tie with another jumper, that contributed eight points to the team.
With rain falling just before the event and the running surface wet, the high jump got off to a shaky start when the first competitor slipped and fell into the pad. That left many of the competitors a little jumpy on their first attempts, Hauxwell said.
Starting at a 4’10” height, it didn’t allow the jumpers much time to warm up and get their techniques down, he added. But, all of the jumpers faced the same conditions, he said.
A jump of 5’6” won Class C this year, a height Wheeler hit earlier this season. Hauxwell said she made it over the bar at 5’4” but clipped it with her heel on the descent, so was very close at that next height.
Ketter missed her best by just an inch, but closed out her high school career with a medal, too.
Ketter and Spady were the only seniors among 10 from Chase County qualifying for state this year.
Other performances
Freshman Peyton Fiedler was a two event state qualifier in the 100 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles, but didn’t make it out of the prelims in either.
She finished sixth in both preliminary heats, but gained good experience for the future, Hauxwell said. And in her 100, she beat Hemingford’s Brooke Turek, who had edged Fiedler at districts where the pair went one and two.
Other first-time qualifiers were freshman Andrea Page in the discus and sophomore Sarah Allen in the triple jump, both coming off great district performances a week earlier.
Page’s discus toss of 91’9” placed her 19th in a field of 22 throwers. Hauxwell said she was about 16 feet off her best but did what she could as the first thrower in her heat.
Allen also didn’t match her best jump at districts, but performed well, he said. Even if she’d jumped her district mark, she would have finished ninth at state, he said. With a mark of 32’11.5”, she was 14th in a field of 22 jumpers.
In her third event, McNair was also an individual qualifier in the 400. She placed seventh Friday in her preliminary heat at 1:01.45, so didn’t advance to the Saturday’s finals.
McNair had just run a PR earlier that day in her leg of the 3200 meter relay. And, Hauxwell noted if she’d run the split she ran in Saturday’s 1600 meter relay, she would’ve been fourth overall in the 400.
Reinke finished 11th overall in the 800, also a third event for her last week. Her 2:27.04 was about five seconds off her PR, as she got boxed in during the first lap and couldn’t recover, Hauxwell said. She was an eighth place medal winner last year in the 800.
Hauxwell said he believed they had the ability to be in the top five in Class C. He said they can build on those areas in which they fell a little short this year.
Here is a recap of Chase County’s performances at the state meet.

  • 3200 relay—Team of Kadyn Milner, Paige Spady, Taylin McNair, Destiny Reinke, 2nd, 9:53.38. First place: Crofton 9:37.93.
  • Pole vault—Josie Peterson, 4th, 10 feet. First place: Katherine Montgomery, No. Platte St. Pat’s 11 feet.
  • High jump—MaKenna Ketter and Katelyn Wheeler, tie for 4th, 5’2”. First place: Alexis Dale, Ravenna, 5’6”.
  • 1600 meter relay—Team of Taylin McNair, Paige Spady, Kadyn Milner, Destiny Reinke, 6th, 4:07.58. First place: Lincoln Lutheran 4:04.08.
  • 800 meter run—Destiny Reinke, 11th, 2:27.04. First place: Jessi Smith, Bayard, 2:17.28.
  • 100 meter dash—Peyton Fiedler, 13.51, 6th in her heat, did not make finals. First place: MacKenzie Brandl, Stanton, 12.69.
  • 400 meter dash—Taylin McNair, 1:01.45, 7th in her heat, did not make finals. First place: Jessi Smith, Bayard, 57.18.
  • 300 meter hurdles—Peyton Fiedler, 51.25, 6th in her heat, did not make finals. First place: Ashleigh Carr, Oakland-Craig, 43.29 (new Class C state record).
  • Triple jump—Sarah Allen 14th, 32’11.5”. First place: Jaysa Hoins, Superior, 35’10”.
  • Discus—Andrea Page, 19th, 91’9”. First place: McKenna Rezny, Wilber-Clatonia, 138’2”.

Next season
“Bright” is how Hauxwell describes his team’s future in track.
“With eight of the 10 state qualifiers being freshmen and sophomores this year, we expect to make a good run in the next two years,” he said.
He said the girls learned a lot this year, and some of the disappointments experienced at state they can take into next year and work harder, he said
He’s also expecting some help in their future success from a good group of eighth graders this year who’ll be on the high school team in 2016.
Seniors who completed their final track season included Spady, Ketter, Emma Bauerle, Mindy Castle, Taylar Nickless, Makenna Wallin and Valeria Cervantes.
Hauxwell also extended a big thanks to the other coaches working in the track programs including Dan Lenners, throws; Al Zuege, hurdles; Matt Jablonski and Phil Pankonin, pole vault; Carl Zuege, long and triple jumps; and Kelly Pearson, high jump and assisting.