Nolan Dethlefs has always liked track and field.
“It’s more of a personal sport unless you are on a relay,” Dethlefs said. “You can set your own personal goals and try to achieve it.”
During the season in Class C, Dethlefs has ran the fastest time in the 400-meter dash with a school record 50.0 seconds, has the second-best leap in the triple jump at 44 feet, 2 inches and has one of the fastest times in the 200 at 22.3.
Dethlefs qualified for the state track and field meet in those events and is a member of the 400 relay. He will be one of the many athletes competing this weekend at Omaha Burke Stadium.
St. Paul coach Matt Koehn said that success is a reason why Dethlefs loves track and field.
“It’s always been his best sport and he’s loved the sport as well,” Koehn said. “There aren’t many kids like that any more in a world that’s dominated by football, basketball and wrestling. It’s good to have good track kids and he’s one of them that we have right now. He improved in a lot of areas that have helped him become a better athlete.”
Dethlefs said the season is going well, despite having to deal with a minor hamstring injury and considering this is the first year he has competed in the 200 and the 400.
“With the weather being bad this year, that hasn’t really helped the injury and I haven’t really gotten to practice very much,” Dethlefs said. “The year’s been going well. I have the school record in the 400 and have ran well in the 200. I really can’t complain with how the track season has gone.”
From the times and marks he set at districts, Dethlefs has the second-best jump in the triple jump at 43-9 3/4 and the third-best time in the 400 at 50.9. He also ran a 22.8 in the 200, while helping the 400 relay run a 45.2.
Dethlefs, who is one of 13 St. Paul athletes to qualify to the state meet, has some goals he wants to meet. He wants to better his second-place performance from last year’s state meet in the triple jump (44-3).
“I’d like to break the school record in the triple jump or at least set a personal best in the event,” Dethlefs said. “Hopefully I can bring home some medals in the running events as well. I can’t wait for the weekend to get here. Hopefully my teammates can bring home some medals as well.”
While Dethlefs looks for individual success, Ord has a chance to do well in both the boys and girls Class C team standings after both squads captured district titles at home last Thursday.
The Chant boys, who qualified eight athletes, go into the state meet with some of the top times coming out of districts. The 3,200 relay of Andrew Fields, Dylan Miller, Philip Langthaler and Trevor Fahrenholz have the top time (8:19.7), while Fields leads in the 3,200 (9:57.2) and is third in the 1,600 (4:38.8). Miller, Fahrenholz, Langthaler and Cole Svoboda are the 1,600 relay that has the second-fastest time (3:31.2) and Clayton Lange has the second-best throw in the shot put (50-4 1/2).
The Chant girls, who will take nine athletes to the state meet, are hoping for a top five finish as Fillmore Central and Kearney Catholic, who went 1-2 at the team standings last year, are the more likely favorites in the team standings.
The Chants don’t have any athletes with top marks but have a few capable of placing high in events.
Nicki Carson is tied for the second best jump in the high jump (5-4), while Katherine Lansman has the second-best time in the 3,200 (12:08.2) and the 1,600 relay of Carson, Kalie Pelton, Tori Beran and Kenzie Drudik have the third-fastest time (4:10.5).
Ord coach Derry Trampe said the Chants have a chance to do pretty well if they can compete to their ability.
“We do but it’s like any other state meet, you really can’t count anything until they cross the finish line or out of the competition,” Trampe said. “It will depend on how we perform. If we perform well, good things should happen for us.”
Ravenna freshmen Alexis Dale is the only other Class C area athlete that has the best mark in an event. She leads the high jump qualifiers at 5-5.