Not that his coach wants Kaden Huxoll to continue to be cautious in the starting blocks, but at the state meet his tendency aided the Cambridge junior's sweep of the Class D boys sprints.
“In the 100 prelims, it was a good thing. The gun kept malfunctioning and there were four guns in all,'' Cambridge coach Laurie Farr said.
Huxoll is the first athlete in Class D since Lynn Menke of Marquette in 1985 to win the 100, 200 and 400.
In his fourth event, the 400 relay, the Trojan foursome of Isaac Johnson, Zane Petersen, Jordan Volk and Huxoll finished second to Twin Loup while running its fastest time of the year.
Add wins in the shot and discus by All-Nebraska football player Mike Shoff and fifth place finishes in the pole vault and high hurdles by Kalen Farr — the coach's son — and the Trojans scored 66 points to win the team title by four points over runner-up Twin Loup.
“It had been seven years since Cambridge won a state title of any sort,'' coach Farr said. “The senior guys came up with this thought that, ‘Hey, we have enough people, enough ability and enough events to win. At state, they went there with the intention of winning.”
Volk, a junior, was an alternate on the relay, but did run it during the season.
“I'm glad he had the opportunity to participate,'' coach Farr said. “It was his first trip and it was exciting for him and his family.”
As for Huxoll, it's a given he'll be working on better starts as a senior.
“He's the kind of performer who likes to come from behind,'' the coach said. “We've talked and preached about how he can break school records by getting out faster. While it might not be a super-explosive start, he seems to find something to finish with.”
Shrine soccer rosters set
The Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic, which will be June 9 at Osborne Sports Complex in Hastings, has announced its rosters.
The girls game begins at noon with the boys game at 2:30 p.m.
Boys North: Michael Powell, York; Adam Zlomke, Grand Island NW; Kyle Seagren, Elkhorn; Greg Malloy, Sean Casey, Omaha Creighton Prep; Brandon Schmit, Chris Hauck, Kade Hollendieck, Gretna; Connor Elliott, Elkhorn South; Spencer Lindsay, Nathan Mishou, Kearney; Derek Hudson, Talon Gier, Omaha Burke; Gideon Soenksen, Lincoln Lutheran; Marlo Cortez, Norfolk; Humberto Tapia, South Sioux City; Gretna; Daoong Vang, Omaha North; Armin Sulejmanovic, Lincoln North Star. Coaches: Nick Bratt, Omaha Burke; Lionel Suarez, Lincoln North Star; Pat Purdy, Grand Island NW.
Boys South: Joss Miller, Lincoln SW; Gabe Garbin, Lincoln East; Brian Talcott, Millard North; Brady Menke, Hastings; Dean Whitfield, Bellevue East; Gino Nastasi, Millard South; Ethan Renner, Crete; Shaka Chol, Lincoln High; Charlie Landen, Omaha Westside; Pat Spethman, Lincoln Pius X; Will Weber, Lincoln SE; Nik Stevenson, Papillion-LV South; Nate McGovern, Omaha Skutt; Matt Gilbert, Platteview; Josh Kluka, Norris; Erwin Solorio, Holdrege; Alex Morsey. Coaches: Scott Jenson, Platteview; John Brian, Omaha Westside; Tyler Kroll, Holdrege.
Girls North: Danielle Anderson, Crystal Foster, Elkhorn; Allison Erwin, Norfolk; Regan Jones, Columbus; Jenna Herse, Omaha Burke; Meghan Meyer, Omaha Duchesne; Ashlee Ivey, York; Payton Roby, Omaha Concordia; Sara Olson, Nicole Potthoff, Kearney; Elisabeth Sanchez, Grand Island; Jordyn Wollenburg, Gretna; Josie Thompson, Gretna; Breezy Jahnke, North Platte; Elyse Muhle, Schuyler; Madeleine Jesse, Omaha Mercy; Bayleigh Collins, Lincoln NE; Ava Ambrose, Omaha Marian; Carrie Prososki, Kearney Catholic; Stephani Jarecke, Columbus Scotus; Jaimi Stelk, Grand Island NW. Coaches: Tami Anderson, Kearney; Darcy McBride, York; Abby Dannelly, Grand Island.
Girls South: Paige Nielsen, Hannah Wampler, Alissa Kohmetscher, Lincoln SE; Ali Graham, Omaha Skutt; Kristyn Otter, Millard North; Ashley Manske, Lincoln East; Chelsi Rohloff, Papillion-LV; Lizzy Lee, Millard South; Aubriana Batchelor, Bellevue West; Lauren Kriefels, Platteview; Kirsten Smith, Megan Thacker, Omaha Westside; Tressa Glystein, Hastings; Heather Scholl, Plattsmouth; Katie Petersen, Platteview; Mary Sullivan, Lincoln Pius X; Nicki Berhardt, Bellevue West; Monanna Hosterman, Papillion-La Vista South; Amy Lohaus, Omaha Gross; Kasha Meyer, Lincoln SW. Coaches: Jacque Tevis-Butler, Millard West; Tara Behrens, Ralston; Chris Pedroza, Hastings.
Garbin wins state honor
Gabe Garbin is the state's first Gatorade boys soccer player of the year from Lincoln East.
The Creighton recruit, a defender and midfielder, had 14 goals and seven assists as a senior. He has been a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program.
Westside hall adds six
Inducted recently into the Omaha Westside athletic hall of fame were retired volleyball coach Ann Royle, Bob Saffer (1961), Allan Bach (1967), Dan Wingard (1981), Tony Schrager (1995) and Beth Williams Leach (1998).
Ott to play in 8-man game
Iowa recruit Drew Ott of Giltner is scheduled to play in the June 23 Nebraska-Kansas Eight-Man All-Star Game. Doane College in Crete will host the 7 p.m. game.
Nebraska's roster: Drew Ott, Logan Rath, Giltner; Ryan Mitteis, Creighton; Blake Krings, Humphrey SF; Tait Sibbel, O'Neill SM; Kalen Anderson, Loomis; Zane Ellis, South Loup; Zack Johnson, Pender; Garrett Borcher, Pawnee City; Chance Younger, Bertrand; Trent Mastny, Howells; Garrett Kolling, Alma; Tyke Kozeal, Jed Fenske, Sargent; Dexter Hanzel, Humphrey; Caleb Pelster, Elgin/Pope John; Jordan Russell, Garden County; Kameron Kaelin, Nebraska Christian; Isaac Jessen, Emerson-Hubbard; Severin Bach, Randolph; Derek Demers, High Plains; Caleb Lackaff, North Central; Kellen Unvert, Freeman; Jacob Olmstead, Overton. Coaches: Head Coach: Mike Speirs, Howells; Steve Colfack, West Boyd; Mike Kozeal, Sargent; Jim Clarkson, Clarkson.
Kruger to coach T-birds
Marc Kruger has been named the girls basketball coach at Bellevue West.
Kruger, who has coached with the Thunderbirds since 2005, replaces Matt Fritsche. Fritsche resigned last month to become the women's basketball coach at Midland University, succeeding longtime coach Joanne Bracker.
Before coaching at Bellevue West, Kruger was the girls basketball coach at Glenwood (Iowa) High School. He has been part of the Thunderbirds program that has gone to the state tournament six times and won three Class A state championships.
Correction on 'Cats relay
Millard West's boys 1,600 relay ranks ninth all time, especially when its gold-medal time was 3:19.52, and not as high as was reported in some Monday editions. The Wildcats' foursome was Skyler Monaghan, Ross Drwal, CJ Muller and Jordan Flemington.
— Stu Pospisil and Mike Patterson