Ord off and running to a successful season
By Marc Zavala
The Ord track and field teams has found plenty of success during the 2013 season.
The most recent success came last Friday when both teams won their home invitational. The Chant boys won the meet with 118 points, 32.67 points better than Kearney Catholic. The girls meanwhile, claimed the title with 140 points with the Stars second with 124.
The Ord boys have eight individual and two relay teams in this week’s Independent area charts while the girls have 11 individuals and all three relays. Ord coach Derry Trampe said it’s been a good season for both teams.
“The kids have just been coming along the last few weeks,” Trampe said. “We just have a nice mix of kids that fill up a bit of everything. We have decent sprinters, good distance people, and our throwers and jumpers have been doing really well as well.”
The girls have been balanced all season long. Nicki Carson is tied for the top mark in Class C in the high jump (an area-best 5-feet, 5 inches). She is second in the area in both the 100 hurdles (15.4 seconds) and in the 300 hurdles (47.2).
Katherine Lansman is second in the 3,200 (11:52.3), fifth in the 400 (1:03.0) and sixth in the 800 (2:33.0), while Tori Beran is also third in the 300 hurdles (47.1) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.3).
Morgan Alexander is second in the 1,600 (5:38.0), Kate Grint is fifth in the shot put (37-3 1/4), Elizabeth Gronewold is fifth in the triple jump (34-0 1/2), Kenzie Drudik is sixth in the triple jump (33-7 1/4), Jordan Kuck is seventh in the long jump (16-1 1/2) and McKenna Sheldon is tied for eighth in pole vault (9-0).
The 1,600 relay team leads the area at 4:11.1, while the 400 relay is third at 51.9 and the 3,200 relay is sixth (10:33.1)
Trampe said having that much success in a lot of events, especially the relays, is key.
“We are deep in a lot of events and that’s been our strength this season. I think our relays are the strong point of our team because that’s where the depth shows up at,” Trampe said.
The boys, meanwhile, have been just as strong.
Andrew Fields leads the area in the 3,200-meter run (a Class C best 9:58.8) and is third in the 1,600 (4:41.3), while Clayton Lange has also cracked the charts in both throwing events as he is second in the shot put (53-8 1/2) and seventh in the discus (148-6).
Kamron Dawe is sixth (12-6) and Dylon Smedra is tied for eighth (12-0) in the pole vault.
Philip Langthaler, an exchange student from Austria, is third in the 800 (a Class C best 1:59.6), while Flagan Petska is in a nine-way tie for third in the high jump (6-0).
The 3,200 relay leads the area at 8:25.8, while the 1,600 relay is sixth at 3:35.4.
“We have a nice distance corps with Andrew and Philip and others as well,” Trampe said. “Clayton has been consistent for us and our pole vaulters have done a nice job for us.”
Ord will host the Lou-Platte Conference Meet on Thursday. Field events are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and running events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. If there is a postponement, it will be at 10 a.m. Friday.
Trampe said the team races will be wide open with four teams being contenders in both meets.
“We have a lot of good individuals and teams in our conference,” Trampe said. “It will be a battle in both the boys and the girls. Hopefully the kids can come out and have another good performance.”
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