Schuyler track faces stacked Central meet

May 8, 2019

Schuyler track competed at the Central Conference meet on Saturday at Columbus Lakeview among some of the top teams in the state.

According to rankings by the Nebraska Track and Field Coaches Association, the boys had to deal with No. 1 (Class B) Lexington, No. 4 Seward and No. 5 Crete while the girls faced off against No. 2 Lexington and No. 3 Aurora.

Due to the tough competition, Schuyler struggled to score points, but there were three athletes that placed.

Kinzie Petersen finished third in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches in a season-best mark for the junior.

Anna Rocheford took fifth in the triple jump with a length of 32-4. Rocheford’s mark was the best of her career.

Marisol Deanda finished sixth in the 3200 and was only six seconds away from fifth place. Her time of 14:00.46 was a personal best.

Many other athletes also set personal records (according to the Athletic.net) for themselves at the meet.

Jaime Lira ran a time of 12.51 seconds in the 100 and 26.41 in the 200.

Nur Abdirahman, Jose Guzman and Angel Ortiz all beat previous bests in the open 400. Abdirahman also ran a 2:20.89 in the 800 for another PR.

Abner Perez ran his best time ever in the 1600, as did Miguel Carrasco and Kenny Mejia in the 3200.

Kevin Rodriguez also set personal bests in both the shot put and discus.

For the girls, Esmeralda Sacaria ran a PR in the 100 as did Carla Chacon in the 200.

Flor Chula ran a 1:21.14 in the open 400, which is her best ever finish.

Antonita Tomas added to the Warriors who set PRs with a new top mark in the 800.

Mia Wallingford ran her best-ever time in the 300 hurdles, and Cassie Macholan set personal records in both the shot and discus.

Schuyler will be in action next on Thursday at the district track meet at Columbus Scotus with qualifications to state on the line.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net