As expected, the Lindsay Holy Family girls track & field team ran roughshod over the competition in the D4 District meet held Wednesday, May 11, in Albion.
The Lady Bulldogs won 12 events and piled up 208 points, more than double the total of runner-up Cedar Valley. With 14 individual state-qualifying berths, along with three district champion relays, Holy Family also set itself up well for a run at a third straight Class D title this weekend in the Nebraska State Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke.
Cedar Valley was impressive in girls competition Wednesday, as well, scoring 93 points for runner-up team honors. Newman Grove finished fourth, one point behind Palmer. On the boys side, the Bluejays nearly won a district title, scoring 99 points and finishing just four back of champion Elkhorn Valley. Spalding/Spalding Academy was a competitive third with 76 points.
Lindsay junior Andrea Weeder again led the gold medal haul, sweeping the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs and anchoring the winning 4×400 relay effort. Classmate Breanna Korus was runner-up to Weeder in the 800 and 1600 and ran legs on the 4×400 and 4×800 gold-medal relays.
Vitoria Wiese won gold in the long jump and triple jump and as a member of the first-place 4×100 relay. Also scoring individual gold medals for the Lady Bulldogs were Stacey Beller (300 hurdles), Melissa Schumacher (high jump), Taylor Bender (shot put) and Kaylee Jensen (discus).
Holy Family amassed more points with additional runner-up performances by Wiese (100 dash), Tessa Kurtenbach (200 dash) and Melanie Fehringer (3200 run).
Cedar Valley’s Kim Wood enjoyed a big day, as well, winning the 200 and 400 meter dashes and running legs on the runner-up 4×400 and 4×800 relays that gained state berths after time comparisons in all Class D districts.
Susan Bauer of Spalding/Academy was the D4 100 meter champion and Newman Grove’s Audrey Wondercheck won gold in the 100 meter high hurdles.
Newman Grove’s Troy McCuiston continued his outstanding season with victories in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The talented junior also qualified for state in the triple jump with a second-place effort and anchored the Jay 4×400 relay to gold.
After qualifying for the state meet with runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 dashes and long jump, Spalding/Academy senior Steven Schmeits anchored the Knights to a gold medal in the 4×100 relay. Teammate Dustin Henry won the 400 meter dash and finished second in the 800 – setting S/SA school records in both events.
Trent Braun of Cedar Valley and S/SA’s Levi Connelly continued their area hurdle rivalry in the D4 meet. Braun won the gold in the 110 highs, with Connelly second, and the order was reversed in the 300 meter intermediates.
Holy Family’s Trevor Lindhorst won the discus and Tyler Hellbusch of Cedar Valley gained state field berths with runner-up efforts in the shot put and discus.
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