ORD — Ord swept to team titles in both the boys and girls divisions Thursday at the Class C, District 8 track meet.
The Ord boys took the crown with 126 points with Nebraska Christian second with 115, St. Paul third with 86 and Grand Island Central Catholic fourth with 70.
The Chants’ girls team won the title with 158 points. Central Catholic was second with 91.
Ord coach Derry Trampe was happy with what he saw from both his teams. The boys did just about what he expected while the girls team did even better.
Trampe said he figured the girls team would score from 135 to 140 for the meet. Getting 158 was a bit unexpected.
He said points like those scored by Shelby Trofholz made the difference.
“We picked up some points I didn’t expect to pick up in places,” Trampe said. “Our sprint girls really had a good day. The Trofholz girl had a good day. She’s on the four-by-one relay and she got like a fourth and a fifth in the 100 and 200, but I didn’t plan on scoring anything there. Those kinds of things make it nice.”
The Chants won all three relays. Trofholz, Tori Beran, Kenzie Drudik and Jordan Kuck won the 400 relay (51.6), the 1,600 relay team of Drudik, Beran, Kalie Pelton and Nicole Carson won (4:10.5) as did the 3,200 relay team of Katherine Lansman, Elizabeth Gronewold, Kuck and Morgan Alexander (10: 09.9).
Carson also won the high jump (5-4). the 100 hurdles (15.6) and the 300 hurdles (46.8) while Lansman won the 800 (2:30.0) and the 3,200 (12:08.2), Alexander the 1,600 (5:41.4).
Central Catholic coach Keith Kester was certainly glad to see his girls team finish as district runner-up.
“Any time you go to districts and finish first or second, you always have to be happy if your kids compete well and I think we did,” Kester said. “We had a good day with our girls, The girls competed really well. Second place really comes from a lot of kids getting the thirds and the fourths and the fifths.”
Megan Wardyn led the Crusaders with a win in the 100 (13.0). She also qualified for state by finishing second in the 200, the 400 and the high jump.
GICC’s Allison Ostdiek broke loose with a 17-1 1/2 performance to win the long jump.
“Megan Wardyn had a very nice day qualifying for state in four different events, winning the 100 and getting second in three other events,” Kester said. “Allison Ostdiek jumping over 17 feet in the long jump was a great job by her.”
The distance races for the boys may have been the highlight of the meet.
Nebraska Christian’s Warren Dexter won the 1,600 in 4:35.2 with teammate Hans Epp second in 4:35.8 and Ord‘s Andrew Fields third in 4:38.8.
The top two in each event qualifies for state, plus the five next fastest times from all the districts.
Fields won the 3,200 in 9:57.2 while Nebraska‘s Jahn Landrigan was second (10:15.5).
“This is as good a district as I’ve seen in distance races for a long time,” Trampe said. “Those two guys in the two mile posted times under 10:15 and in the mile we get third at 4:38. If we don’t make it as an additional qualifier, I guess I miss my guess. That’s a pretty solid time.”
“Nebraska Christian has a very good team. Their kids performed really well today. They scored a lot of points there.”
Ord’s 3,200 team of Trevor Fahrenholz, Fields, Dylan Miller and Philip Langthaler won in 8:19.7.
The 1,600 relay to end the meet was a battle to the wire between Ord and Central Catholic. The Ord’s team of Fahrenholz, Miller, Cole Svoboda and Langthaler won in 3:31.2 while the GICC team of Derrick Broekemier, Michael McGowan, Brady Brokaw and Riley Shoemaker was second in 3:32.6.
“The four-by-four relay at the end made for a lot of excitement for us,” Trampe said. “The kids ran some great times and posted some really solid times today as well. Hopefully we can get a couple kids in as additional qualifiers, but right now I feel pretty good about where we’re at.”
Central Catholic was second in both the longer relays.
Kester was happy with the second-place finish by Central Catholic’s 3,200 relay team (Broekemier, Shoemaker, Kaleb Puncochar and McGowan) in 8:27.5.
“I’m definitely happy with how the boys competed as well,” Kester said. “Our 32 relay and our 16 relay, we finally got healthy the last two weeks and were able to put those relays together.
“We’ll have to wait and see because we got second in both of them, but I think our times definitely give us an opportunity to get qualified for state next week.”
Ord also got wins from Kamron Dawe in the pole vault (12-0) and Clayton Lange in the shot put (53-4 1/2).
Shoemaker also won the 300 hurdles (42.2) for the Crusaders and Zach Brittain won the discus (157-8).
Nebraska Christian’s Carson Huenefeld was a double winner with victories in the 100 (11.3) and the 200 (22.8)
St. Paul’s Nolan Dethlefs was a triple winner in the triple jump (43-9 3.4), the 400 (50.9) and teamed with Austin Helzer, Joshua Harrahill and Andrew Costello to win the 400 relay (45.2).