The top two places in the 800 went to a pair of Chase County runners, senior Kadyn Milner, right, who won the race, and freshman Sophie Spady, who finished with the silver medal. (Johnson Publications photo)

Megan Engbrecht is over one of the 300 meter hurdles on the final curve, with teammate Macy Coleman not far behind. Engbrecht placed sixth for the Lady Longhorns, while Coleman was 10th. (Johnson Publications photo)

Lady Longhorns pick up another championship at area meet

    Almost doubling the points of runner-up North Platte St. Pat’s, the Lady Longhorns won its second of two major track meets on Saturday.
    Chase County collected nine first place finishes in the 18 events held at the E. Lee Todd Memorial meet in Grant in a field of seven other teams.
    Four other SPVA teams were there, providing Coach Troy Hauxwell and his team an early look at what they’ll be facing at the April 28 conference battle in Hershey.
    Hauxwell said there were a lot of highlights at the meet, headed by the efforts from his sprinters and throwers.
    Chase County dominated the sprints, taking the gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800. And they were stingy with other places in those events, too, as they captured the top three spots in the 200, and also took silver in the 800. With the top eight winning medals, all of Chase County’s runners in those four events scored.
    Gold medalists were Adelaide Maxwell, 100; Taylin McNair, 200; Mallie McNair, 400; and Kadyn Milner, 800.
    Taylin McNair had a four gold medal day as she also ran on Chase County’s championship 400, 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams.
    One of the dilemmas Coach Hauxwell has this year is his team’s depth, especially in the relays.
    Take Chase County’s 1600 meter relay team on Saturday as an example, which broke the Perkins Co. meet record with a time of 4:14.23 (former record was 4:15.5).
    In that relay, Taylin McNair and Milner competed without two of the runners on last year’s Class C state championship team, who were replaced Saturday by a pair of freshmen.
    Mallie McNair and Sophie Spady replaced Destiny Reinke and Taylor Williams, both recovering from injuries. Reinke was out of events all day, while Williams ran only on the 400 meter relay team.
    “One of my biggest things is finding places for all of our athletes,” Hauxwell said.

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