FAIRBURY — Kalynn Meyer didn’t break any of her personal records Friday at the Fairbury Invitational track and field meet.
But the Superior junior state champion thrower and Nebraska volleyball recruit was satisfied with her first shot put and discus marks of the 2019 season, especially considering the limited training she’s had coming into her first meet this spring.
In just her third time throwing outside this season, Meyer won the girls discus with a throw of 154 feet, 5 inches. In between the discus and shot put, the 6-foot-3 Meyer ran on the Wildcats’ 400-meter relay team that finished second, then she won the shot with a 43-6¾ effort.
“It was fun being outside in some nice weather to get those first marks of the season,” said Meyer, who is second on the state all-time discus charts with a 175-7 last year and eighth all-time in the shot with the 48-2¼ she threw at state last May. “From here it’s a matter of getting the technique down and improving each week.”
After basketball season ended, Meyer has been balancing club volleyball practices and matches twice a week for vcNebraska in Lincoln along with track practice. While Meyer is going volleyball at the next level, that doesn’t mean she’s taking a relaxed approach to her high school track events.
“I still put pressure on myself to perform the best I can,” Meyer said. “I couldn’t take a season off. That’s not going to happen.”
Meyer is the two-time defending Class C champion in the discus and last year’s gold medalist in the shot. Besides winning those titles again, Meyer has some other goals she wants to accomplish.
“I want to be consistently in the 160s and try to improve every meet,” Meyer said. “That 48 I threw last year at state (in the shot put) was a one-time thing, so just getting back to 48 would be big right now.”
The Fairbury meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it was pushed back a day because of rain in the forecast. Lincoln Lutheran was unable to compete on Friday, which meant the Warriors’ Josie Puelz (third on the state’s all-time girls pole vault charts at 12-8) was not there.
Another former pole vault state champion, Seward’s Chase Berry, also didn’t compete in that event Friday. The senior, who won the boys Class B title in 2017, pulled out after injuring the ankle he broke last summer during the long jump competition.
Syracuse’s Lauren Meyer, last year’s Class B champion in the girls long jump and triple jump, claimed gold medals in the long jump (17-7¾) Friday as well as the 200 (:27.22). She took third in the triple jump, which was won by Beatrice’s Addison Barnard (35-5).
Beatrice and Syracuse tied for the girls team title in the 10-team meet with 94 points each. Behind victories in the 100 (:11.25) and 200 (:22.84) by Davon Brees, Seward won the boys championship by a 130-113 margin over Crete.