HERSHEY — Hershey hosted the C-11 track meet on Thursday with a trip to Omaha for the Nebraska State Track Meet on the line. The Perkins County girls won with 84 points, followed by Gordon-Rushville with 81, Bayard had 80, Hemingford with 72, Kimball scored 56, Hershey 55, Bridgeport had 53, and Morrill with 44.
The Lady Plainsman had five girls qualify for the state track meet in three different events.
Shania Metcalf finished second in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, one and three quarter inches, and Ashley Kemling won the 800-meter run in 2:27.6.
The 3200 relay of Stephanie Schrotberger, Courtney Lyon, Kristin Beck, and Kemling gained a spot at state with a winning time of 10:25.3.
Hershey qualified three girls in five events, led by Maegan Hiatt who will compete in three at Omaha.
Hiatt won the high jump with a leap of 4-10, and teammate Ryce Troyer also will go, as she tied for second at 4-08. Hiatt also placed second in both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. Hiatt's times were 15.9 in the highs and 47.0 in the intermediates.
“Maegan had two good races in the hurdles,” said Hershey head coach Greg Miller. “She lost to a pretty good hurdler. Kelsy Wood [of Hemingford] stands second in the state in the 300's and fourth in the high hurdles. Maegan ran real well”
Brooke Frederick was the other Lady Panther qualifier, as her winning height in the pole vault was 10-03.
“Brooke had two nice vaults at 11-00,” Miller said. “Maybe we shouldn't have made that big of jump, but the girl from Fillmore Central has the best in the state at 11-01.”
Frederick currently sits in second in Class C with a 10-06 vault.
Gordon-Rushville won the boys division with 92 points, and Bridgeport was second with 86. Perkins County ended with 81.5 points for third, Kimball was fourth with 78.5, and Morrill had 72 points for fifth. Hershey finished in sixth with 61, Bayard had 36, and Hemingford was eighth with 20.
Hershey had five boys qualify in four events, with the hope that their 1600-meter relay might qualify in the final five spots.
“It was a good district,” Miller said. “Good competition, especially in the sprints. There were good quality teams.”
In individual events, Jordan Hiatt was the Panthers only gold medal winner with a winning height of 5-10 in the high jump.
“I was really happy for Jordan,” Miller said, “with all that has happened this year [with injuries].”
The Panthers had two second-place finishes. Bryson Hellmuth earned a spot at state with a throw of 46-08.50 in the shot put, and Wesley Layton was second in the 400 with a time of 50.8.
“I was just happy to see Wes get through the day,' Miller said. “He held up pretty good, and ran a good anchor in the 1600 relay. It was tight at the end, and it took them awhile to decide the winner after looking at the video.”
The 1600-meter relay was the final qualifying event for the Panthers. The relay of James Moore, Dylan Johnson, Hiatt, and Layton took home the gold with a time of 3:36.7.
At press time, the Panthers are still hoping for their 3200 relay's time of 8:33.5 to be in the top five times of non-winning relays throughout the state.
Perkins County had six boys qualify for the state track meet in six events.
Elliot Carlson had a winning jump of 20-02 in the long jump, and then took second in the triple jump at 40-05. Vinny Ross won the shot put with a heave of 49-01.25, and Chad Fosbinder took second in the discus with a throw of 131-07.
Quinton Hite was the final Plainsman to qualify in an individual event, with a second-place time of 11.3 in the 100-meter dash.
The Plainsmen also qualified their 400-meter relay team of Brody Prante, Matthew Cullen, Carlson, and Hite with a winning time of 44.4.
Girls Team Scores — 1 Perkins County, 84; 2 Gordon-Rushville, 81; 3 Bayard, 80; 4 Hemingford, 72; 5 Kimball, 56; 6 Hershey, 55; 7 Bridgeport, 53; 8 Morrill, 44.
1 Brooke Frederick, Hershey,10-3; 3 Jessie Woodmancy, Perkins County, 8-0; 4 Kendra Hoffert, Perkins County, 7-6
1 Maegan Hiatt, Hershey, 4-10; 2 Ryce Troyer, Hershey, 4-8
1 Kelsy Wood, Hemingford, 16-5.25
1 Alexandra Howell, Morrill, 36-9.5; 2 Shania Metcalf, Perkins County, 35-1.75; Tori Osler, Perkins County, 32-1.75
1 Sara Marlatt, Gordon-Rushville, 118-7; 4 Shania Metcalf, Perkins County, 106-8; 5 Tori Osler, Perkins County, 106-3
1 Kaitlyn Jespersen, Hemingford, 34-2.75; 5 Courtney McClennahan, Perkins County, 31-5; 6 Amanda Osler, 31-1.25
1 Kelsy Wood, Hemingford, 12.6; 5 Kylie Hanson, Perkins County, 13.40
1 Breanna Korell, Bayard 27.2; 6 Kylie Hanson, 29.90
1 Jessica Kildow, Bridgeport, 1:02.7; Amanda Osler, Perkins County, 1:05.40
1 Ashley Kemling, Perkins County, 2:27.6; 3 Stephanie Schrotberger, Perkins County, 2:40.5; 4 Courtney Lyon, Perkins County, 2:44.30
1 Sheridan Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushville .5:52.5; 3 Ashley Kemling, Perkins County, 6:11.3; 5 Kristin Beck, Perkins County, 6:22.60
1 Sheridan Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushville,12:25.0
1 Kelsy Wood, Hemingford,15.2; 2 Maegan Hiatt, Hershey, 15.9
1 Kelsy Wood, Hemingford, 46.6; 2 Maegan Hiatt, Hershey, 47.0
1 Kimball 52.8, (Brooke Hager, Kelly Green, Shelby Vogel, Anastasia McCloud); 4 Perkins County, 54.4, (Kendra Hoffert, Amanda Osler, Kylie Hanson, Courtney McClenahan).
1 Bridgeport, 4:22.1, (Jada Huck, Kassidy Kildow, Jessica Kildow, Jaslyn Livingston); 2 Hershey, 4:24.3, (Daynlee Miller, Brooke Munsen, Ryce Troyer, Maegan Hiatt); 3 Perkins County, 4:36.7, (Kendra Hoffert, Jessie Woodmancy, Amanda Osler, Matisyn Humphrey).
1 Perkins County, 10:25.3, (Stephanie Schrotberger, Courtney Lyon, Kristin Beck, Ashley Kemling); 4 Hershey, 12:20.3, (Tifaine Thompson, Andie Huebner, Emily Dethlefs, Aliesha Dethlefs).
Boys team scores — 1. Gordon-Rushville, 92; 2. Bridgeport, 86; 3.Perkins County, 81.5; 4 Kimball, 78.5; 5 Morrill, 72; 6 Hershey, 61; 7 Bayard, 36; 8 Hemingford, 20
1 Joseph Hoffman, Morrill, 13-6
1 Jordan Hiatt, Hershey, 5-10; 5 Timothy Johnson, Perkins County, 5-4
1 Elliot Carlson, Perkins County, 20-2
1 Dylon Busskohl, Bridgeport, 40-11; 2 Elliot Carlson, Perkins County, 40-5; Zak Kurkowski, Perkins County, 37-11; 6 Dylan Johnson, Hershey, 37-6.50
1 Vinny Ross, Perkins County, 49-1.25; 2 Bryson Hellmuth, Hershey, 46-8.5
Boys Discus Throw:
1 Lemur Gardner, Gordon-Rushville, 138-7; 2 Chad Fosbinder, Perkins County, 131-7; Vinny Ross, Perkins County, 128-3
1 Dalton Lockwood, Kimball, 11.0; 2 Quinton Hite, Perkins County, 11.3
Boys 200-Meter Dash:
1 Nathan Rice, Morrill, 22.1; 3 Wesley Layton, Hershey, 22.6; 4 Matthew Cullen, Perkins County, 22.9
1 Nathan Rice, Morrill, 49.7; 2 Wesley Layton, Hershey, 50.8; 3 Brody Prante, Perkins County, 53.5; 5 Timothy Johnson, Perkins County, 55.10
1 Cole Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushville, 2:02.1
1 Cole Wellnitz, Gordon-Rushville, 4:46.7; 4 Tanner Kosmicki, Hershey, 5:20.20
1 Cody Franklin, Bridgeport, 10:17.6; 5 Brandon Barry, Perkins County, 12:22.80
1 Brenton Bussinger, Kimball, 15.9; 3 Jordan Hiatt, Hershey, 16.2
300-Meter Int. Hurdles:
1 Brenton Bussinger, Kimball, 43.2
1 Perkins County 44.4, (Brody Prante, Matthew Cullen, Elliot Carlson, Quinton Hite).
1 Hershey, 3:36.7, (James R. Moore, Dylan Johnson, Jordan Hiatt, Wesley Layton); 3 Perkins County,3:37.3, (Matthew Sestak, Elliot Carlson, Timothy Johnson, Brody Prante).
1 Gordon-Rushville, 8:32.0, (Matt Downing, James Neeley, Gary Kaplan, Cole Wellnitz); 2 Hershey, 8:33.5, (James R. Moore, Tanner Kosmicki, Dylan Johnson, Aksel Wiseman).