Bison have already climbed to No. 2 in Class B

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
McCook senior Brett Fraker
R.B. Headley/McCook Gazette

LINCOLN, Neb. — Wahoo! and Boone Central stars better look out because the McCook Bison are already rising high on Class B’s state track-field leader boards.

Seniors Brett Fraker, Kaiden Porter and junior Josiah Wilkinson all currently hold No. 2 state spots following last week’s LeRoy Hoehner Invitational.

Porter high jumped 6’5” to win that event and barely missed 6’6” where Boone Central’s Jaxon Lipker currently leads all of Class B — according to

Fraker’s 22’2 3/4” long jump did not match his 22’5” at the Hoehner Invite in 2023.

However, he’s soared past all Class B early-season marks recorded except for Aurora junior Vendell Juzyk at 22’6 2/4”.

They could have met in the Aurora Invitational one week earlier, but it was canceled due to cold weather.

Wilkinson’s obviously fired up for his own return trip to Omaha Burke Stadium next month.

He ran a 50.34 400 meters at the Hoehner meet which is right on Wahoo sophomore Landon Fye’s heels.

Fye has set the Class B pace with his 50.31 time at Platteview also on Thursday afternoon.

Other Bison can be seen currently among the Class B top eight which would earn state medals in late May.

A Bison mile relay of Wilkinson, seniors Grant Cappel, Patrick Gross and junior Ethan Landry hold No. 7 after running 3:34.14 last week.

Senior Evan Mai’s giving McCook a 1-2 punch in both triple jump (sixth, 42’) and long jump (eighth, 21’5 1/4”).

Fraker’s currently ninth among 100-meter sprinters (11.14) while junior Osney Barber holds that same early spot in 110-meter hurdles at 15.9 seconds.

Wilkinson, Porter, Fraker and Mai all currently sit No. 1 on the curcial B-6 district leader boards.

Meanwhile, McCook girls appear among the B-6 leaders or contenders in just about every event.

The 400-meter relay of senior Paige Bortner, junior Briley Morgan, sophomores Emma Cappel and Jaylea Walgren lead B-6 with their Hoehner time of 4:14.89.

They are No. 5 in Class B with those Omaha Skutt Skyhawks currently setting the Class B pace at 4:10.68.

Bortner (400 meters), senior Kori Rippen (shot put) and Morgan (triple jump) are second in B-6.

On the Nebraska all-class leader board, Lipker and McCook’s Porter also rank 1-2. No reports have arrived about Ainsworth jumping phenom Carter Nelson.

The Bison are set to compete next at Friday’s Broken Bow Invitational (11 a.m. start time).

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