All three of Chase County’s 100 meter runners qualified for the state meet with a one, two, three finish at districts, from left, Adelaide Maxwell, Taylor Williams and Kamrie Dillan. Dillan made the cut as the sixth next fastest time among the extra qualifiers. (Johnson Publications photo)
Lucy Spady, right, and Caelyn Long won the gold and silver in the 3200 meter run, both with personal record times, punching their tickets to the state meet. (Johnson Publications photo)
Mallie McNair rounds the first curve in the 400m, en route to the district gold medal, one of four she took home from last week’s meet. (Johnson Publications photo)
Sixth straight district title sending 13 Lady Longhorn athletes to state
Looking at the final team scoring, there was nothing “lucky” about Chase County qualifying 13 girls for the state high school track meet.
By a 148.5 point margin, the Chase County’s girls won a sixth straight district title last Thursday in Bayard, qualifying 13 athletes in all but three of the 17 events.
In five of the events, more than one Chase County athlete will be competing Friday and Saturday in Omaha.
With 14 boys also qualifying for state, and some substitutes for both teams, Girls Coach Troy Hauxwell said this is one of the biggest groups ever, if not the largest, that Chase County will take to the big state finale in Omaha.
“Anytime you have 10 or more qualifying (per team) it’s really good for the team,” he said.
It’s a large enough group this year, they’ve opted to take a full-size bus, instead of vans, to transport athletes and coaches, all the equipment, coolers and more, he said.
A van or two will be traveling to Omaha, too, for short trips around town and to the meet site for entry packets.
After leaving today (Thursday) at 8 a.m., Chase County will practice at Papillion La Vista South this afternoon. They’ll be in the morning session on Friday, which includes both Class A and C athletes.
Dominating at districts
Just like it’s been most of this season, the weather at last week’s C-9 district was miserable in the morning, as rain and cool temperatures greeted athletes.
Despite that, Chase County dominated the other eight C-9 teams and had some great performances, Hauxwell said, including 12 personal records (PRs).
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