Noah Griffin leaps for a fifth place finish in the triple jump at the DC Stratton meet. (Johnson Publications photo)
Trevin Martin keeps pace in the 3200 meter run at the DC Stratton meet Friday. He finished with the fifth place medal after running a PR. (Johnson Publications photo)
En route to the bronze medal is Parker Dillan in the long jump at the DC Stratton meet. (Johnson Publications photo)
Longhorn boys shatter competition
Racking up 257 points to win Friday’s Dundy Co. Stratton meet was probably the biggest score the Chase County boys’ team has amassed over the years.
At least it’s the highest total CCS Coach Carl Zuege can remember. And, it marks a second consecutive year in which the team has won every regular season meet.
Second place Dundy Co. Stratton didn’t reach 100 points, but Zuege said it wasn’t his intent to annihilate the competition.
While the Longhorns usually back off with some of their entries at this meet and switch personnel around, this year Zuege entered athletes in events that will pretty much mirror his district entries this week which will have a similar time schedule.
“The way the weather has been this spring, we wanted to enter kids pretty much like districts to give us an idea on rest times between events,” he said.
With so many rescheduled meets and some eliminating preliminaries this season, the coaches loaded up the events Friday like they will at districts this Thursday.
In the end, Chase County won 11 events and placed all three competitors in eight of them. Eight places were scored, which also upped the chances of winning three medals in the individual events, Zuege noted.
The Longhorns turned in a number of personal best efforts, Zuege noted. Of the Longhorns who earned medals, 14 came on personal bests.
Some of the noteworthy efforts Zuege highlighted:
Jack Bauerle’s first place throw of 153’5” in the discus, a personal best that puts him in the state’s top three Class C throwers, Zuege said.
Both Taylor Jablonski and Trevor Peterson went a foot higher in the pole vault to take first and third with marks of 12’6” and 11’6”. Zuege said if they keep up at that level, it will add some points at districts they weren’t expecting.
Kadin Vrbas continues to improve in the 200, winning it Friday with a PR of 23.16 seconds. He was also the silver medalist in the 100.
Evan Fisher ran lights out in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.98 seconds, his first time under 16 seconds.
In the 300 meter hurdles, both Logan Jussel and Dylan Dreiling recorded PRs to finish second and third.
Braden Space also recorded a PR with a 5’8” effort in the high jump.
Chase County was close to a sweep in the relays again, but finished second in the 1600 relay after a slow handoff. Zuege said it likely cost about two seconds and a possible PR, but was happy with how the team finished against a strong DC Stratton team.
Team scoring was Chase Co. 257, DC Stratton 94, Perkins Co. 88, Wallace 50, Wauneta-Palisade 49, Maywood-Hayes Center 35, So. Platte 24, Decatur Community 23, Atwood-Rawlins Co. 16 and Cheylin 12.
Here are the eight medal winners:
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