CHAPPELL — The Potter-Dix girls are getting used to this feeling.
Thanks to its solid depth, the Coyotes earned their second straight district track and field championship Wednesday in impressive fashion. Potter-Dix piled up 135 points to easily out-distance South Platte, which grabbed second place with 62 points.
Potter-Dix has now won three of the last five Class D, District 11 titles.
“I didn’t think the girls would finish that strong, but I knew we had a good, solid chance of [winning] it,” Potter-Dix coach Robert Hilpert said. “I’m excited for them. They gave a great effort. It was a lot of fun.”
Although Potter-Dix qualified only four girls for next week’s state meet in Omaha, the Coyotes had a number of other girls step up to help Potter-Dix cruise to the team title.
“We had a lot of young kids that did their personal best today, and we got a lot of third, fourth, and fifth places, and that’s really how we racked up the points,” Hilpert said.
Taylor Holz, a senior who’s headed to the University of Wyoming on a track and field scholarship, was among the biggest standouts in the meet. A four-year state meet qualifier, Holz claimed victories in the 100 (13.2 seconds), 100 high hurdles (16.2), and was part of the Coyotes’ winning 4x100 relay. Holz, Conner Wolff, Kaidee Livingstone, and Tiffany LaBeau finished the relay race with a time of 53.1 seconds.
Livingstone picked up a win in the high jump (4-10), and LaBeau won the 300 low hurdles (49.0).
Banner County, which placed third in the team standings with 60 points, had two champions. Lindsey Soule claimed the shot put (31-4), and Peppiina Raisanen won the 3,200 (12:52.2).
Crawford, which finished fourth with 60 points, was led by Megan Guest, who won the 400 (1:02.4) and 800 (2:30.3). She also joined Rylee Hanks, Sharla Maginnis, and Lacie Lietka on the Rams’ winning 4x400 relay (4:25.1).
Other local winners included Creek Valley’s Summer Mueller in the pole vault (9-0) and 1,600 (5:47.7); Leyton’s Kassandra Harris in the discus (101-3) and Kaitlyn Berner in the triple jump (32- ½); Garden County’s Karissa Brehmer in the 200 (27.9). Also placing first was Hay Springs’ 4x800 relay team of Michaela Metcalf, Jennifer Scherbarth, Brittany Ferguson, and Jerilyn Scherbarth (10:57.7).