If Destiny Reinke’s face doesn’t show determination, nothing does. She wasn’t about to give up her second place position in the Class C state 3200 meter run Friday, and didn’t. She finished with the silver medal in just her third 3200 race ever. (Johnson Publications photo)
A pair of Lady Longhorns, Katelyn Wheeler, center, and Taylin McNair, left, combined for 10 points in the 200 as they finished third and fifth Saturday afternoon. (Johnson Publications photo)
Lady Longhorns ‘weather’ conditions in Omaha, finish strong again for state title
This year wasn’t a nail-biting finish for the Chase County girls’ track team as they waited for Class C’s final team tallies at the state meet.
But Coach Troy Hauxwell still had concerns on the first day of the Nebraska State High School Meet, with miserable weather for Friday’s opening session, and wondering how it would affect the athletes’ performances the next day, too.
His concerns were for naught, however, as Chase County repeated as the girls’ Class C state champions, this time by 25.5 points.
Despite some weather-inflicted disappointments, there were also a couple of unexpected surprises that helped Hauxwell breathe easier.
Going into the final few events on Saturday, there was no doubt the Lady Longhorns had the title.
They finished with 65.5 points in Class C, with Crofton and Ainsworth tied for second with 40.
That’s a big difference from 2016, when Chase County won the title by a mere half point over Crofton, who topped Class C in 2014 and 2015.
At the meet’s first event Friday, the 3200 meter relay, there was no question the Lady Longhorns were all business.
“To set a state and meet record right off, with water on the track, I thought to myself “What a tremendous start,’” Hauxwell said.
The three seniors on the 3200 relay team—Destiny Reinke, Kadyn Milner and Taylin McNair—with freshman Mallie McNair on the first leg, were there to compete, he said.
Their 9:33.5 finish also broke the CCS school record another time this season, and was nearly four seconds faster than their gold medal district finish.
Added to the team effort were Chase County golds in the other two relays—the 400 and 1600.
That meant 12 gold medals going home with Chase County athletes.
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