The 2017 RPAC Track and Field Meet scheduled for Friday, April 28, has been rescheduled for Monday, May 1 at Hitchcock County High School. First round field events are scheduled to start at 9:30 with running events to follow at 11:30. Second round field events are scheduled to begin at 1:30 with running finals at 3:30. The full schedule of events is listed below.
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.
The inclement weather may have delayed the start of the 2016 RPAC Track Meet, but it didn’t delay the performances of the Viking tracksters as the girls finished behind Class C Dundy County to capture the runner-up title. The almost “perfect” day by track weather standards allowed the Vikings to post some of their best performances of the year.
Courtney Philips captured her first championship in the pole vault, making 9′ 6. Mollie Kaps finished tied in second place with a vault of 9′ 0. Also winning a gold medal was the 4×100 relay with members Alexa Berry, Karmen Phillippi, Mollie Kaps, and Tessa Callahan.
The competition in some of the events was very strong as many of the Vikings posted PR or some of the best marks of their careers. Kristine Edgren finished in runner-up position in both the shot (38′ 10) and discus (112′), but managed to hit close to her best marks of her career. Karmen Phillippi had a personal-best performance in the high jump, leaping 4′ 8 and placing in fifth.
Grace Schwarz ran a 2:38.94 in the open 800, placing her in 4th behind three Dundy County girls. She also placed third in Grace Schwarz ran a 2:38.94 in the open 800, placing her in 4th behind three Dundy County girls. She also placed third in the 1600 (6:04.5) followed closely by Kaylee Andersen in fourth who ran the best time of her career at 6:06.38. The 4 x 800 relay team placed second running a respectable 10:46.62. Team members included Alexa Be
rry, Tessa Callahan, Kaylee Andersen, and Aubree Ackerman.
The boys team finished in fourth place without points from Tyrell Younger who is out with an injury until districts. Cole Kennedy was a triple champion winning the 800, 1600, and 3200 runs. He was also a member of the 4 x 400 relay that placed third. Team members include Cole Kennedy, Austin Long, Jared Kugler and Wyatt Wilken.
Full results can be found on the links below. Result for individual performances of Bertrand athletes can be found at Coach Renken’s site.