KEARNEY -- In a meet where 10 points separated the top four teams, Papillion-LaVista South emerged as a 4-point winner over Kearney High in the girls division at the A-1 District Wednesday at Kearney's Joe Greeno Field.
Papillion-LaVista South finished with 113 points to Kearney's 109. Omaha Central with 94, Millard South with 93 and Lincoln North Star with 89 points rounded out the top five.
“Going into the meet, we knew it was going to be a very, very tight team race,” Kearney coach Pat McFadden said. “The were excellent teams ... and you saw some great times, some great throws, some great jumps. It was just a great meet.”
Millard South's Clara Nichols swept the sprints, winning the 100-meter dash (12.27 seconds) the 200 (24.96) and the 400 (56.12).
Omaha Central's Avrie Welton won the 100-meter high hurdles (14.83) and the high jump (5 foot, 2 inches).
Lincoln North Star's Cari Mcgarvie won the shot put (39-4) and discus (128-8).
And Lincoln North Star freshman Jeralyn Poe won the 1,600 (5:20.45) and the 3,200 (11:36.66).
Kearney High's lone gold-medal performance came in the 4x800 relay where Jordyn Dahlke, Brenna McFadden, Hannah Loseke and Megan Sughroue posted a winning time of 9:49.59. But the Bearcats finished with 15 individuals and two relays qualified for next week's state track meet.
“It went awesome. We really had a very good day,” coach McFadden said.
The distance races have been Kearney's strength all year. Besides the 4x800, Sughroue qualified in the 1,600 and the 3,200, finished second and third, respectively. Dahlke qualified in the 1,600 and Delaney McFadden in the 3,200.
Kearney's Mandy Sughroue just missed qualifying in the 3,200, finishing fifth.
“You go into the 3200 and you've got four of the best seven runners in the state of Nebraska on one team, only three can run and only two made it,” Pat McFadden said. “We don't dwell on those. Our girls understand that's part of competition, that's part of being out for girls track and field at Kearney High. You're going to have good competition on the team.”
On the other side, the meet ended with the 4x400 relay team of McKayla Russell, Kelsey Wiemers, Megan Sughroue and Paige Whelan qualifying with a fourth-place finish.
“That wasn't supposed to happen. Our time was five seconds slower than anybody else's in the top four … but you get some girls with an attitude they're not going to back down from anybody and the next thing you know, they qualify for state,” McFadden said.
In the field events, Kearney's Katie Higgins qualified for state in the high jump and triple jump, and Kelsey Wiemers qualified in the long jump and triple jump.