Holy Family! Holy Moly!
The Lindsay Holy Family Lady Bulldogs blitzed the Class D field in the 2012 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium to win a fourth consecutive state championship in record-setting fashion May 18-19.
Anticipated veteran contributions and young surprises proved to be the recipe for a dominant title performance by Holy Family.
Led by senior Andrea Weeder, who tied the all-time Class D record for career gold medals (11), the Lady Bulldogs became the second team in state meet history to win four straight Class D championships, matching Eustis-Farnam’s 1991 record total of 80 points while winning five events – the first since Elwood in 1974 to accomplish that feat.
Holy Family Coach Travis Friesen knew pretty much what he would get from senior distance standouts Andrea Weeder and Breanna Korus, along with the veteran 4×800 meter relay. The inspired efforts of several younger athletes put the Bulldogs over the top in 2012.
Holy Family served notice to the rest of the field from the start of the meet with a Friday morning blitz of points.
The Lady ‘Dogs opened competition by winning the 4×800 relay for the fourth year in a row with a sizzling time of 9:52.646, Weeder matched that with her fourth straight 3200 meter gold in a time of 11:31.914 and Korus was runner-up to her teammate in the 3200 (12:05.096). Then, sophomore Kaylee Jensen uncorked a career-best throw of 138’6 to win the discus.
The onslaught continued Saturday with Andrea Weeder (5:17.669) and Korus (5:24.891) running 1-2 in the 1600 and adding third (Weeder, 2:22.1) and seventh (Korus, 2:26.428) place efforts in the 800.
Freshman Catherine Weeder put the icing on the championship cake, soaring 5’4 – three inches higher than her previous best – to win gold in the high jump. For good measure, Jensen added third-place bronze in the shot put (37’5¾). That was also a season best for the talented sophomore.
“I thought we had a very balanced team today,” Friesen told reporters Saturday afternoon. “We got a lot of distance points, and we also got a lot of field event points we were hoping to get some out of.
“Everyone knows Andrea. Everyone knows Breanna. We got a lot of contributions from other people.
“Catherine winning the high jump was a pleasant surprise. Kaylee winning the discus and placing in the shot was a pleasant surprise. They gave us more than we expected and helped the balance we got.”
In his final competition in the Nebraska State Track & Field Championships, Newman Grove senior Troy McCuiston fervently hoped to win a coveted gold medal.
It just wasn’t meant to be.
After scoring silver medals in the Class D 100 and 200 meter dashes as a junior, McCuiston capped his high school career Saturday with another silver in the 100 and placed fourth in a fast 200 field.
The Jay speedster won his 100 prelim heat Friday in a time of 11.484, but couldn’t quite overcome 2012 100/200 double-gold champion Kadon Huxoll of Cambridge in Saturday’s final. His runner-up time was 11.306.
McCuiston placed second behind Huxoll in his 200 prelim in a time of 23.144, then ran fourth in the event final in 23.095.
“All in all, it was a very good state meet for Troy, and one he and his family should be very proud of,” praised Newman Grove Coach Tim Rossow. “Troy won six medals in state track in his career, which is the most for a Newman Grove athlete in recent years.
“The school and community are very proud of Troy and his athletic accomplishments, but we are more proud of the fine person Troy is.
“We will miss him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Cedar Valley sophomore Trent Braun also had an impressive 2012 state meet. Competing in the 110 meter high hurdles for the second straight year, Braun won his prelim in 15.319 Friday, then placed third in the Class D final at Omaha Burke Stadium with a 15.137 clocking. Lady Maverick senior Kim Wood pulled the curtain on her high school career with another medal-winning performance. Wood finished second to eventual gold medalist Alyssa Frauendorfer of Humphrey in a 400 meter dash prelim Friday, running 1:00.080, then placed eighth in the event final Saturday in 1:03.608.
Wood also competed in the 800 meter run, finishing sixth in the section two heat with a time of 2:24.056. Cedar Valley freshman Jayden Erickson experienced the thrill of the state championships for the first time, running seventh in her 100 meter dash prelim in 13.469.
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