McCook girls sending eight to state meet
OGALLALA -- The McCook High School girls track team will be represented by eight athletes at next week's Nebraska State Track and Field Championships.
The Bison girls finished second at the Class B-6 District meet Thursday afternoon at Ogallala. The meet took place despite wind, rain and cold conditions.
Gering won the district girls title with 108 points, followed by McCook 89, Alliance 66.5, Gothenburg 62, Sidney 51.5, Valentine 51, Chadron 49, Chase County-Imperial 17 and Kimball 2.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for state.
"What a great team effort out of all our girls," said McCook girls track coach Jim Steinke, whose team finished second last year with 94 points.
"Our girls had a phenomenal day. We had a lot of PRs (personal records) and some chart-toppers. All of our girls gave 110 percent. We trained all season for this meet and they exceled."
Among the highlights for the Bison was a school record in the girls pole vault by junior Sunee Haney, who cleared 10 feet, 2 inches.
She finished second behind Gering's Meagan Bauer, who cleared 12 feet for a new meet record.
Junior Lisa Friehe captured the district title in the discus with a throw of 129 feet, 4 inches.
McCook finished 1-3-4 in the triple jump, with freshman Jillian Bryant winning the title with a mark of 33-5. Katherine Morell was third at 33-1 and Melissa Ankersen fourth at 32-9 1/2.
Morell captured the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.8. She placed fourth last year.
Amanda Bennett finished third in the high jump with a personal-record of 5-1 and was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 48.9.
The Bison qualified two of their three relay teams, marking the 20th consecutive season McCook's girls have sent a relay to state.
The 4x100-meter relay of Heather Goff, Morell, Maggie Jones and Michelle Gaunt finished second with a personal-record time of 51.1 seconds.
The 4x400 relay of Bryant, Gaunt, Bennett and Jones placed second with a personal-best time of 4:12.1. Chase County placed fourth with a time of 4:22.3.
Chase County's Michelle Dill finished second in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:00.2. Jones was fourth with a personal-record time of 1:00.3.
Dill also placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.6. Chase County's Cassy Hamilton won the gold medal in the shot put with a meet record effort of 42-2.
McCook athletes not qualifying for state were Goff, fifth, 200 (27.4); Shannon Moore, sixth, 100 hurdles (personal record 17.1); Meghan Ecker, sixth in fast heat of the 800 (personal record 2:36); Gaunt, seventh, 100 heat (no time listed); the 4x800 relay of freshman Ecker, Rebecca Rawlings and Julia Lyons and senior Monica Horkey, seventh (no time listed); Kristi Corder, seventh, 100 hurdles (personal record 17.4); and Denae Owens, eighth, 100 heat (13.2).
The Chase County 4x800 relay team of Brenna Bjerrum, Jami Lines, Amanda Terryberry and Katie Ohlson finished sixth and did not qualify for state. The Longhorns' foursome was clocked at 10:50.7.