SV Eagle wins, Bison girls place at Bader
LEXINGTON, Neb. — Southern Valley freshman Brianna Russell won the high jump to lead all area athletes at Thursday’s Don Bader Invitational.
Russell and Dundy County-Stratton sophomore Haylee Davis finished 1-2. Russell cleared 5’1” while Davis topped 4’11” for those two highest places just above Class A Kearney High’s Emma Skiles.
Several other athletes earned top five places though the McCook Bison sent just a few competitors into Lex.
Freshman Emma Dutton finished fourth among 300-meter hurdlers with her time of 52.2 seconds.
Champion Ashley Keck from Kearney Catholic ran a career-best 50.4 to win that hurdles race.
McCook’s 1600-meter relay placed fifth as freshman Peyton Doucet, senior Robin Grigg, Dutton and Jorlynn Chauncy rounded that Lex track four times in 4:27.69. The Axtell Wildcats earned first place (4:10.88).
Dutton delivered one more strong performance, earning fifth thanks to her career-best 100-meter hurdles effort (17.4).
The top four finishers posted career bests led by Bertrand senior Grace Schwartz (16.07).
Grigg delivered one more McCook place when she reached sixth in the long jump at 15’10”. Lex’s Madison Smith never jumped farther than her winning 19’2 1/2” Thursday.
Otherwise, Junior Jesse Freeland of DC-S delivered the best places.
Freeland reached third among 400-meter dashers, needing 1:06.89 to complete her lap.
Kearney Catholic’s Nicole Messbarger (1:01.07) and Lexingtonfreshman Kayla Barrios (1:06.65) ran faster 400s.
Freeland then finished fourth in the 800 (2:28.37) where champion Hannah Anderson of Gothenburg (2:24.92) and No. 3 Maeli Meier of Overton (2:37.35) both ran their all-time bests.
Southern Valley’s Brianna Quinn also finished fourth in the 1600 (6:01.32) where Lex’s Barrios took home that title (5:50.74).