The weather at the D-8 Track and Field District meet was near perfect as were the performances of the Vikings who qualified twelve individuals in fourteen events last Wednesday. Several of the Vikings have some of the top marks in the state entering this year’s Nebraska State Track and Field Meet.
Kristine Edgren, who earned district championship honors in both the shot and discus, also attained a personal goal and school record in the shot put with a throw of 40′ 4.75″. This surpasses the old record by a quarter of an inch set by Cheyenne Wilken only a year ago. Kristine commented, “It was so exciting to see my hard work pay off…I had my coach and my teammates motivating me to move the tape every meet. As Andy Stephens would say ‘push-ups make you throw far!!”
Cole Kennedy and Tyrell Younger who were part of the state runner-up team last year, return this year. Cole Kennedy will be competing in the 800, 1600, and 3200-meter runs. Tyrell Younger will compete in two events the pole vault and the 300-meter hurdles. Both have some of the best marks in the state entering the state competition.
Mollie Kaps, a fourth-place finisher last year, and Courtney Philips both qualified in the pole vault and will be competing for some of the top positions. (KRVN Interview)
Freshman Grace Schwarz was a triple qualifier and will be competing in the 800 and 1600 meter runs, and will join teammates Alexa Berry, Tessa Callahan, and Kaylee Andersen in the 4 x 800-meter relay. Berry will also compete in the 100 meter high hurdles, setting a new PR of 16.7 seconds. Haley Dannehl ‘s 33’ 0.5″ leap in the triple jump also qualified for the girls. Dakota Fitzgerald will participate in the high jump.
According to Coach Dethlefs, the Viking athletes competed very well. Athletes like Miles Peterson and Karmen Phillippi-Schmidt in the long jump and Kaylee Andersen and Riley Johnson in the 1600 meter run gave great performances but came up just short of qualifying in these events this year.
The Nebraska State Track and Field Championships will be held next Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 at Omaha Burke High School.