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Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:23

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


Blustering winds couldn’t keep Wau-Pal from having one of its best meets of the track season at last Friday’s Twilight Meet at Dundy County-Stratton.

The WP girls track team took fourth place among 10 teams, thanks mostly to a group of five girls who claimed multiple medals.

Emma Skelton led the way with four medals on the day, taking first in the long jump, fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, fifth in the 300 meter hurdles and was also a member of the fifth place-winning 1600 meter relay team. Her performance in both hurdle events and the long jump were each good enough to set new personal records.

Wes Anderjaska clutches the baton in his right hand during his leg of the 3200 meter relay at last Friday’s Dundy County-Stratton Twilight Meet. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


Bethany Riener had strong performances in three events, including a seventh place finish in the long jump and an eighth place showing in the triple jump. Her long jump of 14’.5” was a new personal best. She was also a member of the aforementioned 1600 meter relay team.

Abbie Fanning grabbed a pair of medals at the DCS Twilight Meet, including a top finish in the 400 meter dash. Her time of 1:02.4 was good enough to also top her previous best performance. She also finished third in the 800 meter run.

Others winning multiple medals for the girls were Shelby Hamilton and Jonee Maris, both of whom used the DCS Twilight as a final tune-up before Wednesday’s district meet in Bertrand. Hamilton qualified for state two years ago in the discus, and Maris made it to state in the high jump last year.

Logan Bischoff, at center, springs over this hurdle, but fell just short of a medal-winning time in the 300 meter hurdles.


Hamilton took sixth place in the shot put and seventh place in discus in Benkelman.

Maris had one of her best high jumps of the year, going 4’8”, which was good enough for third place at the meet. She was also a member of the 1600 meter relay team, which was rounded out by freshman Tailor Lee.

Rounding out the scoring for the girls was Rebecca Strand, who barely edged out teammate Hamilton for a sixth place finish in the discus.

The Bronco boys finished with a seventh place team showing in Benkelman, thanks mostly to the strong performance of a group of distance runners.

WP’s Abbie Fanning, at left, cruises to the finish line for a first place finish in the 400 meter dash at last week’s Twilight Meet in Benkelman. Fanning entered yesterday’s district meet in Bertrand as one of the top freshman runners in the area. Be sure to read next week’s issue of the Breeze to find out how Fanning, and all the Wau-Pal Broncos, did at this year’s district meet.


Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Hayden Pollmann and Wes Anderjaska have emerged as a strong relay team this season, and their performance in Benkelman is evidence. The foursome took second place in the 3200 meter relay, and eighth place in the 1600 meter relay.

Individually, each member also won medals. Maris set a new personal best en route to a second place finish in the 1600 meter run. Bartels placed fourth in the same event, followed by Anderjaska, who also broke his best prior time.

Pollmann’s time of 2:12.9 in the half-mile run earned him seventh place, as well as a new personal top time.

Bronco Emma Skelton jumps over a hurdle on her way to a new personal best and fifth place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Skelton also used a new personal best jump to secure a first place finish in the long jump at the meet. She was the only Bronco on either the boys or girls track team to take home four individual medals at the DCS Twilight Meet.


Perhaps surprising to some of the more seasoned veterans at the DCS meet was the fourth place finish by Landon Jutten in the high jump. Jutten jumped 5’4”, and set a new personal mark in the event.

Jutten was also a member of the seventh place-winning 400 meter relay team, which also consisted of Logan Bischoff, Weylin Davis and Will Werner.

“The boys really went out of their comfort level to compete at this meet,” said WP Head Track Coach Dawn Doetker. “I’m excited for them. They’re looking good going into districts.”

Cody Hicks unwinds his throwing motion, and prepares to launch the discus at last Friday’s track meet.


This year’s district meet took place yesterday in Bertrand. Those teams competing in the D-9 District included Bertrand, Elwood, Eustis-Farnam, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Maywood, Medicine Valley, Overton and Wau-Pal.

Be sure to read next week’s issue of the Breeze to find out how the Broncos did, and who qualified for this year’s state meet in Omaha.


Dundy County/Stratton Twilight Meet

Boys Results

Team standings: 1. Dundy County/Stratton, 177; 2. Chase County, 114.5; 3. Perkins County, 81; 4. Cheylin, Kan., 79; 5. Wallace, 62; 6. South Platte, 39.5; 7. Wauneta-Palisade, 35; 8. Rawlins County, 29; 9. Hayes Center, 23; 10. Maywood, 15.

800 meter run ­— 1. Keaton Argabright, Rawlins County, 2:05.2; 7. Hayden Pollmann, Wauneta-Palisade, 2:12.9.

1600 meter run — 1. Tyler Talbott, Chase County, 4:52.6; 2. Jacob Maris, Wauneta-Palisade, 4:56.7; 4. Chris Bartels, Wauneta-Palisade, 5:01.9; 5. Wes Anderjaska, Wauneta-Palisade, 5:15.9.

400 meter relay — 1. Perkins County, 45.3; 7. Wauneta-Palisade (Landon Jutten, Logan Bischoff, Weylin Davis, Will Werner), 56.6.

1600 meter relay — 1. Chase County, 3:36.8; 8. Wauneta-Palisade (Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Wes Anderjaska, Hayden Pollmann), 4:08.6.

3200 meter relay — 1. Chase County, 8:43.3; 2. Wauneta-Palisade (Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Wes Anderjaska, Hayden Pollmann), 9:10.3.

High jump — 1. Josh Anderson, Dundy County/Stratton, 5’8”; 4. Landon Jutten, Wauneta-Palisade, 54”.


Girls Results

Team standings: 1. Chase County, 116; 2. Dundy County/Stratton, 113; 3. Perkins County, 102; 4. Wauneta-Palisade, 55’; 5. Wallace, 49; 6. Hayes Center, 48; 7. Maywood, 47; 8. South Platte, 43; 8. Rawlins County, 43; 10. Cheylin, Kan., 31.

400 meter run — 1. Abbie Fanning, Wauneta-Palisade, 1:02.4.

800 meter run — 1. Ashley Kemling, Perkins County, 2:29.9; 3. Abbie Fanning, Wauneta-Palisade, 2:38.0.

100 meter hurdles — 1. Nicole Hearon, Dundy County, 16.0; 5. Emma Skelton, Wauneta-Palisade, 17.2.

300 meter hurdles — 1. Kristan Jussel, Chase County, 47.0; 5. Emma Skelton, Wauneta-Palisade, 52.8.

1600 meter relay — 1. Rawlins County, 4:29.5; 5. Wauneta-Palisade (Bethany Riener, Emma Skelton, Jonee Maris, Tailor Lee), 4:48.5.

Long jump — 1. Emma Skelton, Wauneta/Palisade, 15’2.5”; 7. Bethany Riener, Wauneta-Palisade, 14’.5”.

Triple jump — 1. Laura O’Brien, Wallace, 32’5.5”; 8. Bethany Riener, Wauneta-Palisade, 29’.5”.

High jump — 1. Hailee Moore, Maywood, 4’11”; 3. Jonee Maris, Wauneta-Palisade, 4’8”.

Shot put — 1. Lexee Reichert, Chase County, 37’10.25”; 6. Shelby Hamilton, Wauneta-Palisade, 33’.25”.

Discus — 1. Debbie Dahlkoetter, Perkins County, 118’4.5”; 6. Rebecca Strand, Wauneta-Palisade, 94’6”; 7. Shelby Hamilton, Wauneta-Palisade, 93’6”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:27