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Discoverers track wins five events at Kearney

April 8, 2019

Columbus high boys and girls track and field won five events and scored 129 combined points at the 2019 Kearney Invite on Friday.

The boys contributed 71 of that total and were fourth out of six teams while girls performances added up to 58 points and a fifth-place finish.

The Creighton Prep boys and the Lincoln Southwest girls won team titles with 130 points and 159 points, respectively.

The best Discoverer results came in field events where they won 16 medals in field events out of the 28 events in which points were scored. The boys and girls teams both came up with top-six finishes in 14 events.

Nick Stoeckle won both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles with times of 14.68 seconds in the 110s and 40.39 in the 300.

For Stoeckle, and the rest of the Columbus boys, it was the first outdoor meet of the season following the opener at the Doane Indoor Invite on March 22. Stoeckle won the 60 hurdles that day in 8.21 after running 8.29 in the preliminaries.

The other boys win came from Nolan Stoeckle in the pole vault with a final height of 12 feet, 6 inches. Jaidyn Garrett won the same event for the girls with a mark of 12-9. Garrett is now 3 for 3 on the season with a win of 12-6 at Bellevue East last week and 12-7 at Doane.

Columbus High’s other win was delivered by Abby Gerber in the shot put. She made it two wins on the season with a toss of 39-8.5. Gerber was previously second at Kearney and first at Doane at 41-11.75.

Runners-up at Kearney included Josie Garrett in the long jump for the girls and Derek Elton in the pole vault and Devin Spragg in the discus for the boys.

Bronze medals went to the girls 400 relay team of Kylie Wisehart, Jada Lloyd, Amanda Czarnick and Laura Czarnick, the boys 400 relay team of Marcus Randall, Noah Stoeckle, Sirkyivah Johnson and Caedyn Nolan and Noah Stoeckle in the triple jump.