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Thursday, 19 May 2011 16:51

Bronco boys not quite as lucky

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


A trio of Wauneta-Palisade girls are heading to Omaha this weekend for a chance to take home state gold, following solid performances at last Wednesday’s D-9 District Track Meet in Bertrand.

Shelby Hamilton, Jonee Maris and Abbie Fanning will each be competing at state, despite none earning a first place finish in any single event in Bertrand.

For Hamilton and Maris, the trip to Omaha Burke Stadium will be a return visit. Hamilton, who will be competing in the shot put and discus this weekend, was a state qualifier two years ago in the discus. Maris returns to Omaha, where she’ll compete in the high jump for the second year in a row.

Abbie Fanning, above at far left, puts her arm around Wauneta-Palisade Head Track Coach Dawn Doetker to celebrate her state-qualifiying performance in the 800 meter run. Fanning also qualified for state in the 400 meter dash, making her a participant in the event’s preliminary race at 4:45 p.m. MT/5:45 p.m. CT tomorrow (Friday). (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


Heading to the state meet for the first time is quick freshman Abbie Fanning. Fanning took second place in both the 400 meter run and the 800 meter run in Bertrand to qualify for state.

To the dismay of the Broncos, not one boy qualified for this year’s state event.

The boys’ best opportunity to field a state qualifier probably came from the 3200 meter relay team. The team of Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Wes Anderjaska and Hayden Pollmann has made solid progress all year long, and for a second, it looked as though they were going to win the district event.

Following a solid start from Bartels that kept the boys in the thick of the action heading into the second leg, Maris passed several runners to take the lead. Anderjaska kept up the pace, handing the baton to Pollmann, who would hold the lead for WP until the last lap of the race. Pollmann was eclipsed by the speedy Djorn Dunlap of Eustis-Farnam, securing the victory for the Knights.

Jonee Maris used a height of 4’10” to secure second place in the high jump at Wednesday’s district meet. This will be her second straight visit to the state track meet in Omaha in the event.


Narrowly missing out on state competition this year for the WP girls was Emma Skelton, who medalled in four events in Bertrand, but failed to reach the top two in any of them. Skelton placed fourth in both the 100 meter hurdles and triple jump, as well as taking fifth place in the 300 meter hurdles and the long jump.

Returning on the boys’ side of competition for his first meet of the year was Keagan Haarberg. He was a member of the fifth place-winning 400 meter relay team, and also made the finals in the 200 meter dash. The 400 meter relay team was rounded out by Will Werner, Logan Bischoff and Landon Jutten.

Other medal winners on the boys side of action include Bartels, Maris and Pollmann, who placed in the 1600 meter run, 3200 meter run and 800 meter run, respectively.

Reese West placed sixth in the 400 meter run, while freshman Landon Jutten continued to progress in the long jump with a fourth place finish.

Wau-Pal’s Shelby Hamilton will be competing in the event seen above, shot put, as well as discus, when she steps onto the field at Omaha Burke Stadium this weekend.


Seniors Bethany Riener and Rebecca Strand each took home a medal in the final meet of their respective track and field careers. Riener was part of the fifth place-winning 1600 meter relay team that also included Jonee Maris, Tailor Lee and Abbie Fanning. Strand placed fifth in the discus.

The elements were against every track and field athlete who found themselves in Bertrand last Wednesday. Overcast skies, bellowing winds and cool temperatures made those in attendance think it was February instead of May.

Rain began to fall during the preliminary heats of several sprinting events, which was followed by thunder and lightning in the area. A stoppage in action required all athletes to return to their busses for approximately one hour while the weather cell moved through. The meet was completed after the storm subsided.

The trio of Bronco state qualifiers head to Omaha this weekend, with Class D preliminary action set to begin at 2:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. CT tomorrow (Friday). See the lineup on the left side of this page for the exact times for each state event.

Also, be sure to read next week’s issue of the Breeze for a full report from this year’s state track meet.

WP’s Keagan Haarberg returned to the track last Wednesday to compete in his first meet of the year for the Bronco boys. Haarberg was a member of the medal-winning 400 meter relay team.



D9 District Track Meet

Boys Results

Team standings: 1. Bertrand, 143; 2. Overton, 97; 3. Medicine Valley, 89; 4. Eustis/Farnam, 73; 5. Hitchcock County, 39; 6. Hayes Center, 27; 7. Wauneta/Palisade, 22; 8. Maywood, 18; 8. Elwood, 18.

400 meter run — 1. Djorn Dunlap, Eustis/Farnam 52.5; 6. Reese West, Wauneta/Palisade, 57.7.

800 meter run — 1. Brock Taute, Bertrand, 2:05.0. 6. Hayden Pollmann, Wauneta/Palisade, 2:22.1.

1600 meter run — 1. Brock Taute, Bertrand, 4:55.8; 5. Chris Bartels, Wauneta/Palisade, 5:12.3.

3200 meter run — 1. Brock Taute, Bertrand, 10:52.2; 4. Jacob Maris, Wauneta/Palisade, 11:10.8.

400 meter relay — 1. Medicine Valley, 46.3; 5. Wauneta/Palisade (Will Werner, Logan Bischoff, Landon Jutten, Keagan Haarberg), 52.1.

3200 meter relay — 1. Eustis/Farnam, 8:56.2; 2. Wauneta/Palisade (Chris Bartels, Jacob Maris, Wes Anderjaska, Hayden Pollmann), 9:04.7.

High jump — 1. Michael Bishop, Hayes Center, 5’8”; 4. Landon Jutten, Wauneta/Palisade, 5’2”.


Girls Results

Team standings: 1. Bertrand, 141; 2. Eustis/Farnam, 83.3; 3. Hitchcock County, 68; 4. Wauneta/Palisade, 57; 5. Maywood, 46.3; 6. Hayes Center, 42.3; 7. Elwood, 31; 8. Medicine Valley, 18; 9. Overton, 8.

400 meter run — 1. Andrea Werth, Eustis/Farnam, 1:00.3; 2. Abbie Fanning, Wauneta/Palisade, 1:02.2.

800 meter run — 1. Kenzie Kaps, Bertrand, 2:31.5; 2. Abbie Fanning, Wauneta/Palisade, 2:32.6.

100 meter hurdles — 1. Jacee Kershaw, Hitchcock County, 15.4; 4. Emma Skelton, Wauneta/Palisade, 17.6.

300 meter hurdles — 1. Andrea Werth, Eustis/Farnam, 48.5; 5. Emma Skelton, Wauneta/Palisade, 54.4.

1600 meter relay — 1. Eustis/Farnam, 4:15.8; 5. Wauneta/Palisade (Bethany Riener, Jonee Maris, Tailor Lee, Abbie Fanning), 4:57.4.

High jump — 1. Ashia Love, Hitchcock County, 4’10”; 2. Jonee Maris, Wauneta/Palisade, 4’10”.

Long jump — 1. Payton Peterson, Bertrand, 16’3”; 5. Emma Skelton, Wauneta/Palisade, 14’3.5”; 6. Jonee Maris, Wauneta/Palisade, 14’3.5”.

Triple jump — 1. Haley Samuelson, Bertrand, 32’6.5”; 4. Emma Skelton, Wauneta/Palisade, 31’2”.

Discus — 1. Brittany Edson, Eustis/Farnam, 112’5”; 2. Shelby Hamilton, Wauneta/Palisade, 104’; 5. Rebecca Strand, Wauneta/Palisade, 91’6”.

Shot put — 1. Brittany Edson, Eustis/Farnam, 41’5”; 2. Shelby Hamilton, Wauneta/Palisade, 34’6”.