STROMSBURG — The Ord track and field teams earned a clean sweep at the Class C, District 8 Meet.
The Chants used team efforts to capture district titles in both the boys and girls Thursday at Cross County High School.
The girls won seven events to take the team title with 142 points, 18 points more than runner-up Grand Island Central Catholic. The boys won only two events, but relied on its depth to capture their second-straight district title with 127 points, 49 points more than Nebraska Christian.
“It’s something we have wanted to do all year,” Ord coach Derry Trampe said. “We’ve been close in past meets so this was nice to have both teams win. This is great for our kids and I think they competed really well.”
The Ord girls qualified nine athletes to the state meet. Nicki Carson paced the Chants with four victories. She won the high jump (5-feet, 1-inch), 100 hurdles (15.5 seconds), 300 hurdles (47.5) and joined Kalie Pelton, Melanie Ries and Kenzie Drudik in the 1,600 relay (4:09.0).
In fact, Carson was close several times to not qualifying in the high jump. She cleared most of her heights on her final attempt.
“She just kept competing and competing in the high jump,” Trampe said. “You really can’t ask for much more than what she did today. She ran outstanding races in the hurdles and ran a good anchor on the 1,600 relay.”
Drudik won the 200 (26.7) and Pelton captured the 400 (1:02.0). Sadie Arduser, Tori Beran, Sofia Hill and Jerri Tuma teamed up to take the 400 relay (51.6).
“That relay team really came through and performed well,” Trampe said. “Our handoffs were good and everything in the race was excellent. It’s those little things that make a big difference and that’s what happened today.”
Andrew Fields captured the 3,200 (10:32.2) and Derek Sintek won the 110 hurdles (15.7) to lead the Ord boys. But it will take five other athletes to the state meet. The 1,600 relay has a chance to get in as well after finishing second (3:37.3), which will depend on other Class C district times.
“We got a lot of depth and I think that’s what makes a difference,” Trampe said. “Johnny Ference and Andrew Lange finished second and third in the shot put to qualify and Ethan Petska took second in the high jump, as well as Kamron Dawe in the pole vault and Dylan Miller in the 400.
“We had other kids step up, even though they weren’t state qualifiers, but still helped score team points. That really helped.”
The GICC girls took second with 124 points, while the boys finished third with 72 points.
The Crusader girls won three events and will take seven athletes to the state meet. They went 1-2 in the 1,600 with Brianna Wardyn winning (5:43.0) and Alli Masat taking second (5:43.2). Wardyn also captured the 3,200 (12:37.2), while Erin Sorahan won the long jump (16-6 1/4). The 400 relay has a chance to qualify after finishing second (52.3).
The GICC boys captured five events and will take six athletes to state. Tyler Barrientos and Riley Shoemaker each captured three events for the Crusaders. Barrientos won the 800 (2:02.8), while Shoemaker captured the 300 hurdles (41.1). Both joined Derrick Broekemeier and Michael McGowan in winning the 1,600 relay (3:32.0) and 3,200 relay (8:15.9).
Trevor Staab was the other winner for GICC, taking the pole vault (12-6).
“I couldn’t be any happier with how both teams competed today,” Crusader coach Keith Kester said. “I’m extremely pleased. Our boys scored about every point we hoped to score and got more and the same with the girls. We got a lot of kids to state and I’m extremely pleased with our kids today.”