Held, Loseke, McEvoy back at state meet

May 13, 2019

Clarkson/Leigh girls track and field scored a top-six finish in nine events, put together a team total of 75 points and was the runner-up of the Wisner-Pilger district meet on May 9 in Wisner.

Once all results from across Nebraska were in, the Patriots earned a total of six entries to state among four individual qualifiers and one relay.

Class C track and field held nine district meets with automatic bids awarded to the top two places in running events followed by the next six fastest. The top two in field events were invited to state along with any athlete who reached a pre-determined mark. Relay events state invitations went to the nine district winners and the next seven fastest.

Clarkson/Leigh’s list of state qualifiers includes Emily Loseke in both the 100 and 200-meter dash, Halee Steffensmeier in the 400, Kaegan Held in the 100 hurdles, Sara McEvoy in the discus and the 400 relay team of Held, Loseke, Steffensmeier and McKenna Stodola.

The Patriot girls sent four entries last year in three individual events and one relay. McEvoy is back in discus after taking seventh in 2018, Loseke was 12th in the 100 and Held just missed the finals in the 100 hurdles with a ninth-place showing. Held, Loseke and Steffensmeier were also on the 400 relay team from a year ago that took ninth.

The Clarkson/Leigh girls tied for 40th with McEvoy’s medal the lone point-scoring performance.

The Patriot boys were 10th out of 10 at the district meet in Wisner and failed to qualify any events to Omaha. They sent three entries in 2018 split between two athletes in the long jump and one in the triple jump.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.