District track meet, 5.10

Lincoln Southwest's Katie Thompson competes in the long jump Friday during the A-1 district track meet at Beechner Athletic Complex. Thompson won the event and qualified for state with a leap of 18 feet, 5 inches.


Class A

2018 champion: Lincoln High.

District champions (points): Lincoln Southwest (174), Fremont (169½), Creighton Prep (122), Lincoln High (149).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Lincoln Southwest, 2. Omaha North, 3. Lincoln High, 4. Fremont, 5. Creighton Prep.

Athletes to watch

Darius Luff, Lincoln High: The senior Nebraska recruit ran 13.82 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles at districts, the fastest electronic time in state history by 0.02 under what he ran at state last year. Luff, who has a :13.6 hand time this season (second on the all-time charts), also leads the 300 intermediate charts with the :38.20 he ran at districts. Two-time defending A champion in the 110s and won the 300s as well last year.

Miko Maessner, Kearney: The junior leads the state’s all-class charts in both the 100 (:10.60) and 200 (:21.48). The football standout is getting Division I recruiting interest and has a scholarship offer from Iowa State.

Kevin Shubert, Millard North: The Nebraska throwing recruit and reigning Class A shot put champion has gone 62 feet, 5 inches in his senior season, best in the state this spring and 5 inches from the all-time charts.

Tyler Brown, Lincoln East: The junior is knocking on the door of the all-time charts with a season-best 192-0 (194-2 is 10th all-time). Brown has not lost a discus competition since state last season.

Class B

2018 state champion: Beatrice.

District champions (points): Bishop Neumann (99), Omaha Skutt (97), Norris (121), Pierce (147), Lexington (129), McCook (140).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Lexington, 2. McCook, 3. Scottsbluff, 4. Seward, 5. Crete.

Athletes to watch

Tyce Hruza, Gothenburg, and Chase Berry, Seward: The senior duo are among the best Nebraska pole vaulters ever. Hruza broke the state record earlier this season by clearing 16-7¼. Berry, the Kansas Relays champion last month, went 16-1 in early April and is tied for seventh all-time.

Timothy Nyinguan and Ajack Waikur, Lexington: Might be the best 1-2 punch on any team in the state in any class. Nyinguan, a junior, leads the state in the 400 (:49.16) and is second behind Waikur in the triple jump (47-6½). Waikur, a senior, tops the overall triple jump charts at 48-2 and has the best high jump mark in B (6-8).

Class C

2018 state champion: Hartington-Newcastle.

District champions (points): Wilber-Clatonia (130), Aquinas (105), North Bend Central (118.5), Hartington CC (152), Norfolk Catholic (147), Grand Island CC (111), Thayer Central (100), Kearney Catholic (191), Chase County (226.5).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Kearney Catholic, 2. Lincoln Lutheran, 3. Norfolk Catholic, 4. Shelby-Rising City, 5. Archbishop Bergan.

Athletes to watch

Dylan Kautz and Ethan Piper, Norfolk Catholic: Kautz has won the 100 and 200 the last three years, and is the favorite in C again with times of :10.67 and :21.64, respectively, this season. He’s tied for second on the all-time charts with a :10.3 in the 100 (ran in 2016) and tied for sixth all-time in the 200 (:21.3). Piper, the Nebraska defensive lineman recruit, is the defending state champion in the shot put. He leads C with a 59-7¾, which is third overall in the state.

Brent Wetovick, Fullerton: Two years ago as a sophomore, Wetovick won the Class D 400, 800 and 1,600, then captured the D 400 and 800 golds last season at state. Will run at Nebraska next season.

Class D

2018 state champion: Axtell.

District champions (points): Sterling (125), Osceola (104.5), Osmond (116), North Central (137), Shelton (116), Axtell (147), Bertrand (97), Perkins County (102), Garden County 97).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Axtell, 2. North Central, 3. Shelton, 4. Sterling, 5. Pawnee City.

Athletes to watch

Lincoln McPhillips, Hartington-Newcastle: His Class D-leading 6-9 in the high jump is tied for first on the overall state charts. The senior has gone 22-11½ in the long jump, first in D and fourth overall, and 45-1½ in the triple jump (first in D, sixth overall).

Joshua Marcy, Loomis: The junior unleashed a throw of 181-4 at districts to move into second on the all-class charts this spring.


Class A

2018 state champion: Lincoln Southwest.

District champions (points): Lincoln Southwest (174), Fremont (126), Kearney (179), Elkhorn (129).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Lincoln Southwest, 2. Papillion-La Vista South, 3. Millard West, 4. Kearney, 5. Lincoln East.

Athletes to watch

Jaidyn Garrett, Columbus: The junior broke the girls state pole vault record twice in April, going 13-4 the second time. She’s won Class A the last two years.

Sunday Thiyang, Papillion-La Vista South: The sophomore moved into ninth on the all-time girls triple jump charts (first in the 2019 charts) with her 39-4½ at districts.

Lauren Houston, Omaha Marian: Another sophomore with title hopes in a wide range of events. The defending 400 state champion leads A in that event this season (:57.54), she’s third on the A charts in the 200 (:25.39) and among several tied at 5-4 in the high jump.

Nisa Thomas, Omaha North: The junior is only 0.03 second off the all-time charts in the 100 high hurdles with her season-best of :14.53, which leads the season charts. Ran a :14.59 at districts.

Class B

2018 state champion: Syracuse.

District champions (points): Bishop Neumann (137), Platteview (140), Waverly (130), Pierce (90.75), Lexington (108), Gothenburg (89).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Platteview, 2. Lexington, 3. Aurora, 4. Syracuse, 5. Beatrice.

Athletes to watch

Madison Smith, Lexington: The junior moved into third on the all-time girls long jump charts with a 19-10 earlier this spring. She also leads Class B in the 100 (:12.15) and 200 (:25.28), and is second in the 400 (:58.14).

Lauren Meyer, Syracuse: Won both the B long jump and triple jump last season as a sophomore to help lead the Rockets to the team title. She’s second on the charts behind Smith in the long jump (18-6¾) and leads B in the triple jump (38-5).

Nyabuay Diew, South Sioux City: Her 159-10 in the discus this season puts her ninth on the all-time charts. The junior is second on the B season charts in the shot put with a 45-1¾, just a quarter-inch behind the leader, Riley Griffith of Aurora.

Class C

2018 state champion: Aquinas.

District champions (points): Lincoln Lutheran (170), Aquinas (125), North Bend Central (113), Emerson-Hubbard-Pender (119), Battle Creek (146), Arcadia-Loup City (94), Hastings St. Cecilia (97), Kearney Catholic (109), Chase County (212.5).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Aquinas, 2. Lincoln Lutheran, 3. Kearney Catholic, 4. Ainsworth, 5. Hartington Cedar Catholic.

Athletes to watch

Kalynn Meyer, Superior: The junior Nebraska volleyball recruit currently leads the nation in the girls high school discus with the 174-2 throw that won the Kansas Relays. Her PR of 175-7 last year is second on the state’s all-time charts. Meyer is the two-time defending discus state champion and the reigning shot put state titlist as well, who is eighth on the state all-time charts in that event at 48-2¼.

Josie Puelz, Lincoln Lutheran: At 12-8, the senior and defending Class C state champion is tied for fourth on the all-time girls pole vault charts. Puelz is also one of the favorites in both Class C hurdle events.

Rylee Rice, Ainsworth: Two years ago at state as a freshman, Rice won the 800, 1,600, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles in Class C. She won the 100 hurdles again last year, but could not defend in the other three events. Rice is in both hurdle races and the 800 this season.

Class D

2018 state champion: Giltner.

District champions (points): Exeter-Milligan (85), Osceola (78), Wynot (86), North Central (102), Central Valley (92), Giltner (119), Bertrand (114), North Platte St. Pat’s (158), Sioux County (132).

Nebraska Track & Field Coaches rankings: 1. Giltner, 2. Axtell, 3. Humphrey SF, 4. North Central, 5. Sterling.

Athletes to watch

Hannah Preissler, Giltner: The defending Class D girls state pole vault champion has gone 12-0 this season, tied for third on the overall state list. Also qualified in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Nicole Harms, Sterling: The senior had the fastest district times in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Alixzandra Bloom, Riverside: The senior is back to defend the 100 and 200 state titles she won a year ago.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.


Sports reporter

Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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