Track Teams get Outdoor Season Started at ALC Meet
Set Three Meet Records
The Ord High School track teams got their outdoor season started this past Thursday at the Arcadia/Loup City Invitational. The Chanticleers finished third in the boys’ team race and fourth in the girls meet. The Chants won three events in the meet and set a meet record in each of those events. For the girls Zoe Ritz won both the 3200 and 1600 meter runs in meet record time. Ritz broke her own meet record in the 3200 with a time of 12:45.0 and Morgan Alexander’s record in the 1600 with a time of 5:53.78. “Zoe had a great day for us at the meet”, Coach Derry Trampe stated. “I didn’t have her in the 1600 at first and she asked if she could run it at this meet and it worked out well for us.” The boys 4 X 400 relay team of Reggie McKenney, Austin Knapp, Noah Jensen, and Jordan Coufal combined to set a meet record in
3 :43 .67. Breaking the meet record set by Ord last year. “The boys ran a really solid race”, Trampe said. “We stayed in position throughout the race and Jordan ran an excellent anchor leg to overtake St. Paul down the final stretch. That could be a really good relay for us by the end of the season.”
Arcadia/Loup City won the girls division with a total of 117 points. Wood River was a close second with 109 points. Burwell finished third with 88 points and the Chants were fourth with 76 points. “I felt like our girls perfonned well”, Coach Trampe said. “We need to develop some depth in the events we are strong in and score more points in the field events in order to be a team that competes for team titles this season.” Rounding out the team scores were: Riverside (56), St. Paul (55), Grand Island CC (48), Sp[alding Academy (38), Central Valley (27), Ravenna (20), Sandy Creek (16), and Heartland Lutheran (12).
In a tight team race St. Paul won the team title with a total of 136 points. Grand Island CC was second with 128 points while the Chants were right behind them with 120.5 points. “Our boys scored a lot of points and brought home a lot of medals from the meet”, Trampe commented. “We are close to being a very good team this season. We were able to score in nearly every event at the meet so we just need to keep improving as the season progresses.” Rounding out the team scores were: Burwell (75.5), Arcadia-Loup City (59.5), Ravenna (42), Riverside (24.5), Wood River (23), Heartland Lutheran (22), Central Valley (19), Sandy Creek (4), and Spalding Academy (3).
The girls were able to bring home several medals from the meet in addition to the two golds won by Zoe Ritz. Second place medals were won by Morgan Ritz in the 3200 (13:36.0), Ali Smith in the 800 (2:35.14), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Ali Smith, Zoe Ritz, Ashley Carson, and Andrea Carson (10:38.14). Cora Svoboda brought home the lone third place medal as she finished third in the pole vault with a vault of9′ O”. Fourth place medals were won by Danielle Bruha in the high jump ( 4′ 1 O”) and the 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Cora Svoboda, Ashley Carson, and Ali Smith ( 4:31.46). Fifth place medals were won by Cora Svoboda in the 300 LH (55.55) and the 4 X 100 relay team of Andrea Carson, Danielle Bruha, Lydia Hill, and Kailey Bruha (57.80). Sixth place medals went to Zoe Ritz in the 800 (2:41.59) and Kailey Bruha in the 200 (29.26). Cierra Vanosdall finished seventh in the 300 LH in 57.13 to score the final points for the Chants.