|Four qualify in seven events for state track meet|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 20 May 2016 18:24|
Tyler Davis cleared 5’10” in the high jump and finished fourth in the district with a throw of 133’10” in the discus. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The personal bests continued to pile up for the Wauneta-Palisade track team. The group set 14 more PRs at last week’s district track meet, including bests by Cash Yearous, Greg Gaston and Colby Cox that secured berths at the state track meet.
Cox’s PR of 16’5.5” in the long jump was good enough for second place and was well above the automatic qualifying distance of 16’3”.
Gaston’s PR of 6’3” in the high jump won the event and his triple jump PR of 40’9.75” qualified him for state with his second place finish.
Cash Yearous set a personal best in the 1600 meter run and finished second to qualify for state.
Faith Simpson won the discus, 100 meter hurdles and high jump qualifying for state in each event.
The Nebraska State Track and Field Championships begin Friday in Omaha.
Cox and Stephanie Acosta set PRs in the prelims of the 100 meter dash. Cox finished fifth in the finals.
Haylee Dike, Simpson, Alejandra Almanza and Cox set a season best in the 4x100 meter relay and placed second.
Dike and Stephanie Acosta also set PRs in the long jump.
Willis Christner joined Yearous with a PR in the 1600 meter run.
Senior Ellie Lee just missed placing in the shot put after a personal best throw of 29’2”. Dakota Ingold also set a PR in the event.
Freshmen Breanna Seybold and Dennis Cavanaugh set PRs in the 300 meter hurdles and shot put, respectively.
Placing for WP was Almanza, fifth in the 400 and 800 meter runs; Tyler Davis, fourth in the discus; Angel Hinojosa, Gaston, Matthew Knotts and Davis, sixth in the 4x100 meter relay; and Yearous, Duncan Rector, Brody Nordhausen and Joel Maris, fourth in the 4x800 meter relay.
Hinojosa and Knotts both made finals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, respectively.
Coach Dawn Doetker said the meet went well and team members gave it their all.
She is hopeful the state meet will go well also.
“We just need to stay focused and hope the nerves don’t get in the way.”