Hartington, NE (KTIV) – In individual running events and field events, the top two finishers will qualify for the state meet. For relays, only the first place team is guaranteed to go. The rest have to wait and see if their performances are good enough for an at-large spot.
Ponca had a strong day in the field events. In the girls shot put, Brooke Lannguis takes first with a throw of 38-feet, 2 inches.
Ponca went 1,2 in the boys pole vault. Paul Masin gets over the bar at 11-feet, 4 inches to earn a state trip.
Teammate Gage McGill won the event, clearing 11-feet-8 inches to return to the state meet.
“11-8 is about where i’ve been most of the season,” said Senior Gage McGill. “My best is twelve foot but after 11-8 I tried to go 1,2 to try and get by P-B I was close but I never got it.”
McGill’s sisters finished 1,2 in the girls pole vault.
The girls triple jump champ came from Bancroft-Rosalie, Lyons-Decatur. Brandi Simonsen goes 33-feet even to win by nearly a foot and a half.
In the boys high jump, Cody Babl of Laurel-Concord/Coleridge clears 6-foot-1 to win. In just his second year on the team, he’s going to state for the first time.
“It feels really good to make it down there,” said Senior Cody Babl. “I had some great competition today. Wish it would have been a little nicer of a day just so I could get a little warmer, get up in the air a little more.”
The first event on the track was the 4-by-800 relay. Hartington Cedar Catholic won the girls race 25 seconds — with Sara Burbach running the anchor leg. Cedar swept the event — Dagen Joachimsen brings it home for the host school in 8-minutes, 31 seconds.
Emerson-Hubbard/Pender gets a win in the 100 hurdles. Zoey Lemkuhl is the district champ in just under 17 seconds.
Cedar Catholic’s Sara Reifenrath wins the 100 meter dash in just over 12 seconds.
The Class A and D district meets are Friday. All of Iowa’s qualifying meets were postponed until Friday.