Stock makes it 4 state trips in 4 years
Although Britney Stock was the only Lady Vike to qualify for the state tournament at Thursday’s district meet held at Pawnee Park, the full results were a sort of good news, bad news scenario.
Granted, Stock will be at state alone, but she will end her career a perfect 4 for 4 in making it to Burke Stadium. Additionally, at least two others who came close look to have a bright future ahead and could certainly find themselves in Omaha in a year’s time.
Stock will compete in both the 100-meter dash and the 400 thanks to two, top-three performances in both of those events.
The top three at each of six Class B district locations in running events plus the next six fastest times, regardless of placing, are invited to state.
Stock ensured automatic bids with gold medals in both of her state-qualifying events.
“We knew that it was going to be tough. Coaches are always looking at where they can get their kids in, and at districts, you’ve got to be in the top three. Britney went out and ran really well and kind of surprised me winning the 400,” coach Chris Thoms said. “I’m really excited for her. Hopefully, we’ll go down to state next week and place.”
Stock won the 400 in a time of 1:01.25, besting the runner-up from Alrington by nearly a second. She qualified third in the 100 with a time of 13.29 seconds then bested that with a 13.07 in the finals and took first by .04.
“She’s just a strong runner. One thing about Britney is, I just think as the race progresses, the longer it gets, the stronger she gets,” Thoms said. “She just a strong finisher.”
Three others that came close to joining Stock in Omaha were her sister Macy, distance runner Makenna Frenzen and senior Kaycee Grotelueschen.
Macy Stock qualified second in the 100 at 13.22 and then came in fourth at 13.25. She was also sixth in the 200. Her 100 time, though just .02 behind an automatic qualifier, was .15 behind the final time qualifier.
The district in Beatrice included a finals in which all eight runners finished 13.16 or better.
Frenzen earned a fifth-place medal in the 3200, which was just about 27 seconds behind the third-place runner but also well ahead of her best time of the season.
“Macy has had a great freshman year. It’s tough with all the success she’s had to come up just short. We just have to reassure her that she had a lot of things to be proud of, and she’s got three more years,” Thoms said. “Makenna took 20 seconds off her best time this year. That’s just somebody going out and running their heart out.
“With some work in the weight room this summer for the both of them, I really like our chances for them next year.”
Grotelueschen was fourth in the shot put on a throw of 33 feet, 11.50 inches. Although she was close in terms of placing, she was slightly more than four feet away from an auto qualifying mark.
“She threw her personal best for the season, and just shy of 34 feet,” Thoms said. “She’s kind of been our consistent scorer in the throws this year. To have her go out like that and place fourth, I’m happy for her.
“Even though she doesn’t get to go to state, I admire her leadership and what she’s brought to the team the last four years.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.