Bison athletes debut at UNK Friday
MCCOOK, Neb. — There’s no easing into the new spring season for McCook High track and field teams on Friday.
Besides competing among the always talent-filled University of Nebraska-Kearney Indoor Invitational, McCook’s girls have decided to move up a class in competition.
“We are competing with Class A this year rather than going to the Class B meet Saturday evening,” coach Brent May explained. “We like the challenge, and we generally complete against some Class A schools throughout the season, especially at the GNAC meet in May.”
McCook will test the best whether it’s track or field events.
The Bison are entering two high jumpers as well as one each for pole vault, triple jump, long jump, shot put and discus.
Junior two-time Class B state qualifier Shayne Coleman soars back into triple jumps after an excellent swimming season.
Nobody loves heights more than classmate Haiden Loop, who pole vaulted to the Class B state meet as a freshman two years ago.
Sophomores MacKenzie Smith and Jayceea Hanson are both returning varsity letter-winning power throwers.
The Bison girls feature 10 returning state qualifiers overall, so that deep array of talent covers many track races.
McCook’s deep array of talent covers so many track events.
Junior Emily Jacobs owns the sixth fastest 800-meter time at MHS and has reached state two consecutive years.
Another two juniors — which have dominated most McCook female athletic teams during 2016-17 — dashed to state a year ago: Jaden Bryant (100-meter dash) and Laurel Schmidt (200 meters).
Juniors Holli Thomas, Emily Arp, Riley Sis and sophomore Robin Grigg were other Bison who reached Omaha’s Burke Stadium as part of state-qualifying relay teams.
“There will be some standout performances for both our experienced athletes and our novice ones,” May said while looking ahead to the 2017 season.
As far as Friday’s UNK indoor meet, May believes the Bison could make a great early impact.
“I think we can score some points, probably more than the 32 we scored at the Class B state meet last year,” he remarked. “It should be a good start for our Lady Bison track and field team.”
There are never any limits to what the Bison boys achieve following a fantastic 2016 district championship season.
The Bison won every varsity invitational and took second among GNAC teams.
“With that being said, the 2017 season looks to be even better,” coach Tom Sughroue proclaimed in his pre-season prospectus.
It was not confirmed whether the Bison boys are competing at Friday’s UNK Indoor meet.
However, McCook will return 15 top lettermen with the leader being senior and Class B 400-meter silver medalist Sam Smith.
Smith was only four-100ths of a second from winning gold at Omaha. He did take home three district titles (100, 200, 400 meters) and two GNAC championships (100, 400).
There are too many other talented Bison to mention in today’s story space.
How about D.J. Gross winning a district title in his freshman season?
Junior Zach Schlager is one of the “best hurdlers to come through t his Bison program,Sughoue summarized.
Others include Steven Hinze, Josh Carter, Nolan Priebe, Taye Collicott, Ethan Wilcox, Morgan Fawver, Seth Chancellor, Josh Huff, Isaac Hegwood, Colin Giron, Drew Harvie and Devon Meixner.
Watch for more details about the Bison athletes starting next week.
Other area teams will also be highlighted in upcoming editions of the Gazette.