50 plus area athletes qualify to state
More than 50 area athletes will be represented from area track and field teams when the state meet begins Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Boone Central/Newman Grove, Cross County, High Plains, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Humphrey St. Francis, Osceola, St. Edward and Twin River each have at least three events at state.
Osceola leads the way with 12 total state entries split between eight for the boys and four for the girls. Senior Brodryk Ienn and freshman Xavier Blackborn will both compete in two individual events and in a relay.
Ienn delivered gold medals in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and was on the 1600-meter relay team that was district champion, as well. Blackborn punched his ticket with a win on the 3200 relay team, a win in the 800 and a runner-up performance in the 400.
Boone Central/Newman Grove is sending nine athletes to state including sophomore Wyatt Nissen who qualified in both the 100 and 200.
The Cardinals qualified two throwers in the shot put, Jon Merten and Dalton Rasmussen. Rasmussen comes into the state meet with the eighth-best throw from districts.
On the girls side, Lauren Hedlund was a multi-event individual qualifier as well in the 100 and 200.
Twin River junior Mason Prososki will be the lone Titan at the tournament. He will be running in both hurdle races.
Cross County will be represented by two athletes, sophomore Cortlyn Schaefer in the 200 and Josephine Noble in the triple jump and 400.
“Josi Noble has battled an injury this spring and overcame that injury to qualify for state in two events,” said Cross County head coach Stephanie Buzek in comments sent to The Telegram. “Josi is self-motivated and utilizes her athletic abilities to the fullest in multiple sports.”
Noble comes into the triple jump with the eighth-best jump from the district meet.
“Cortlyn Schaefer has improved throughout the season and really came on strong the last part of the season,” Buzek said. “Cortlyn is an outstanding athlete in all sports.”
Humphrey St. Francis qualified 12 athletes across 10 events. Sophomore Allison Weidner leads the way with a schedule that includes the 400, 800 and 1600.
“We have to take advantage of the people and the events that got us to the state meet,” said St. Francis coach Dean Korus. “Allison Weidner will be the core of our girl’s hope, and Trevor Pfeifer of for the boys.”
Pfeifer will be competing in the high jump while Weidner is the top-seeded runner going into both the 1600 and 400. The Flyers also come in with the top qualifying time in the 3200 relay.
High Plains will will have five athletes competing on Friday and Saturday.
Jarrett Parsons, Tanner Wood, Dyland Soule and Logan Russell among the boys and Brianna Wilshusen for the girls.
St. Edward will be represented by Trevor Rasmussen in the 110 hurdles, Jacob Riggs-Ramage in the high jump and Lainey Werts in the 400, 800 and high jump.
″(Werts) has been working very hard all season and has continued to knock seconds off of her best times every week,” coach Melissa McIntosh said. “She is sitting well in both of her running events. “If she qualifies for finals in the 400, the 400 finals and high jump will both be at the same time which can be stressful.”
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s contingent is made up of six girls in seven events including Taya Beller in the 200, triple jump and 1600 relay and Paige Beller in the long jump, high jump and also the 1600 relay.
Mason Prososki is the lone Twin River Titan headed for Omaha though he’s in for both the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Nate Tenopir and Peter Huguenin are the sports editor and sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach them via email at email@example.com