BEATRICE — Unseasonably cool temperatures and a brisk north wind made it a terrible day for sprinting.
That is, unless you’re Ashton Hausmann.
The Norris junior put the conditions aside and registered his best times of the season in winning the boys 100- and 200-meter dashes in the B-3 district track and field meet Thursday at Beatrice High School.
The 6-foot, 200-pound all-state running back reeled off 10.81 seconds in the 100, not far off his school-record of :10.79 recorded at last year’s district meet.
Hausmann later added the 200 to his school-record collection by winning in :21.99.
“I’m definitely back to 100 percent,” said Hausmann, who missed the first three weeks of meets because of hernia surgery in February.
“It’s been a pretty good day, regardless of the weather. This is a tough district with some good competition, so I was fired up to run,” he added. “I feel good physically going into state.”
Hausmann’s two gold medals helped lead the Titans to the team title in the 10-team meet by a spread of 121-101 over second-place Seward. Distance runner Zachary VanBrocklin also won two individual events for the Titans, taking the 1,600 in 4:41.10 and the 3,200 in 10:07.84.8.
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“If we perform well next week, we have a pretty good chance to compete for a team title,” Hausmann said.
Another double winner was Lincoln Christian senior Trent Lockard, who captured the 400 (:50.21) and the 800 (2:01.75), not bad considering the conditions but not up to the standards Lockard set for himself before the season.
“I ran :49.9 and 1:57 last year, and I haven’t hit those times yet this season,” Lockard said. “I feel like I’m a better runner than I was last year with more speed and strength at the end of races. The weather just hasn’t been there yet to run the times I want.”
This will be Lockard’s fourth state meet, and he hopes his experience competing on the big stage and warmer weather conditions can bring his times down.
“State is an awesome atmosphere and you really get an adrenaline rush running there,” Lockard said. “Now I just need the weather to cooperate.”
One of the more impressive boys performances came from Crete’s Zachary Turner, who won the 110 high hurdles in :14.41, the fourth-fastest time overall in the state this spring and second in Class B.
Waverly rolled to the girls team crown by a 130-74 margin over runner-up Beatrice. Sydni Schernikau was a double winner in the sprints (:12.34 in the 100 and :25.88 in the 200), while teammates Whitney Lauenstein and Abigail Clarke owned the hurdle events. Lauenstein won the 100 hurdles in :15.70, while Clarke, the defending Class B champion in the 300s, ran a :47.53 to take that event.
The Vikings won both the 400 and 1,600 relays and got a field event gold medal from Tyza Hoos in the shot put (41-3).
Fairbury’s Sara Huss also snagged two girls gold medals in the 400 (1:00.94) and the discus (139-0).
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