Success breeds success. The Lindsay Holy Family Lady Bulldogs can attest to that axiom.
The Holy Family girls defended their Class D state title May 21-22 in the 2010 Nebraska State High School Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium, adding another championship trophy to a case that also holds the hardware for the 2009-10 Class D girls basketball crown won this past winter.
Holy Family scored 67 points to easily outdistance runners-up Humphrey St. Francis, Bruning-Davenport-Shickly and Ansley (tied with 49 each).
“We have a very talented group of girls who desire to be the best they can be,” praised Bulldog Coach Travis Friesen, who also directed the championship basketball team. “We brought nine girls to Omaha and all of them brought home a medal.
“I’m very proud of them.”
While winning the girls title was certainly a team accomplishment, Holy Family also had some individual highlights at Burke Stadium.
Sophomore standout Andrea Weeder won the Class D 3200 and 1600 meter runs for the second consecutive year and placed 2nd in the 800. Older brother Kevin, a senior, added his own gold medal in the boys 3200 meter run.
With near-perfect running conditions Friday morning, Andrea took over the 3200 lead in the third lap and steadily pulled away from her competition, racing down the final backstretch more than 100 meters ahead of Bertrand’s Mackenzie Kaps to win in 11:27.21.
Not to be outdone, Kevin followed with his own dominant performance. Taking over first place at the race midpoint, he pushed to a personal-best 9:50.01 in his final high school 3200.
“It feels good. I’ve been shooting to get under 10 minutes for a long time,” he commented after. “I got it and it feels really good. To finish with a gold medal is a good way to cap the year off.”
The Bulldogs pratically owned the competition Friday morning, beginning with a girls/boys sweep in the meet’s opening event, the 4-x-800 meter relay.
As the weather warmed throughout the day Friday and turned hot Saturday, the Holy Family girls continued to turn the heat up with their performances.
Along with Weeder’s point haul in the 3200, 1600 and 800, soph teammate Breanna Korus placed 3rd in the 1600 and 4th in the 800. Korus and Weeder joined Stacey Beller and Melanie Fehringer to take 4th in the 4-x-400 relay as well.
The remainder of the Class D title hopefuls could only watch as the Bulldog girls added points by Melissa Schumacher (5th in the high jump), Beller (4th in the 300 low hurdles) and the 4-x-100 relay (5th) to wrap up their second consecutive crown.
The Bulldog boys finished the two-day championship event in fifth place with 34 points.
Weeder added a silver medal in the 1600 meter run Saturday to his Friday golds in the 3200 and 4-x-800. Senior Andrew Kurtenbach wrapped up his stellar Bulldog athletic career with a strong 3rd place run in the 800 meters.
All in all, a very impressive weekend for Holy Family athletes, capping a successful year overall.
“It’s been a great year and this is a good way to start off the summer,” said Breanna Korus.
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