OMAHA - The York boys track and field team set the pace on Friday as they raced to an early lead in Class B at the State Track and Field competition at Omaha Burke Stadium.
But Scottsbluff scored 15 points over the final three events on Saturday to come away with the team title outscoring runner-up McCook 48-41, with the Dukes in third with 37 points.
The York girls mustered up nine points on the day, while the Class B girls team championship went to Lexington with 65 points. Second was Holdrege with 56 and in third was Gretna with 37.
The York boys had their chances, but in the state championships, what looks good on paper does not always hold true to form.
The Duke boys got another stellar performance from senior Cole Dickes, who picked up another six points in the 110 meter high hurdles finals with a third place finish in a time of 15.259, his best effort of the year. On the weekend at Burke Stadium, Dickes contributed 16 points to the Duke cause on his own, as he won the triple jump on Friday.
Dickes also had a hand in York’s fourth place finish in the 400 meter relay. The team of Dickes, Evan Neville, Marcus Ellis and Ricky Hulse turned a time of 43.679 on the Burke Oval to pick up more points and increase their lead at the time, with a fourth place finish.
In the 1600 meter run, Alex Obermier was timed at 4:30.320, his best time of the year and that earned him a sixth place finish.
Also in action for the York boys on Saturday was Chris Mauer in the 800 meter run. His time of 2:02.722 was good for fifth in his section, but he did not place in the top eight.
In the long jump, the Dukes had two competitors, but neither of them were able to make the finals. In the first flight, Neville went 20-2 and in flight three, Hulse’s best jump was a 20-0 ½.
This was the Dukes’ best team finish since they were third in 2006.
Their last State Championship came in 1997.
On the girls side, York picked up points here and there against a very tough Class B field.
In the 400 meter run, the Dukes got their best finish of the day as Veronica Botts took fourth with a time of 58.877. Her best time came on Friday in the prelims when she ran a 58.239 to set her best mark of the year.
In the 400 meter relay, it was York’s foursome of Aleah Rosenau, Taylor Kadavy, Nicole Belfiore and Botts, picking up a sixth place finish with a time of 50.336. That was the York girls’ best time of the year.
In the shot put, Kacie Friend earned her way to the finals with a throw of 38-9 ½ and she took eighth in the event.
In the high jump York senior Nicole DeBoer cleared 5-0, but could not make the next height and did not finish among the top eight.
York’s 1600 meter relay team of Josie Lee, Dacia Stuhr, Kadavy, and Botts ran a 4:08.279 and that was good for ninth place. That was their top time of the year as well.
In the 800 meter run it looked as if freshman Stuhr was going to challenge for a top three position, but a leg cramp forced her out of the race over the final 200 meters. At the time, Stuhr was leading the pack. In that same race, Botts was 10th with a time of 2:24.617.