Comprehensive guide to the 2017 Nebraska state track and field meet

Whether it’s your first time going to the Nebraska high school track and field meet at Burke Stadium or you’re a regular visitor, here’s a primer to get you through the 46th annual weekend:

Essentials

Be prepared for rain. The weekend forecast is for showers and thunderstorms Friday, especially after 1 p.m., and again to start Saturday. The rain brings cool temperatures, with high 50s on Friday and low 60s on Saturday. Wear comfortable shoes with a tread, because you may end up sitting on one of the stadium’s slick hillsides when the seats fill up for Saturday’s finals.

Park at Westroads

Meet officials are urging public use of the shuttle parking at Westroads Mall — parking on the grass on the Burke campus is being discouraged because of soft conditions. Park in the northeast lots of Westroads, at 100th and West Dodge Road, and take the free shuttle bus, which begins at 7 a.m. each day. Buy your meet tickets there ($9 for adults, $6 for students) or purchase them online at nsaahome.ticketleap.com.

If you must drive to Burke

From the west on the West Dodge Expressway, stay in the right-hand lanes to exit onto West Dodge Road for the move to 120th Street. Those entering West Dodge from Interstate 680 should follow the signs for West Dodge Road. Our advice for parking: TAKE THE SHUTTLE.

Handicapped parking

Available on the east side of the stadium with a valid permit.

At the stadium

Buy a program ($4). The finish line is in front of the west grandstand on the south end, but those seats fill first. The east grandstand offers a good view of the long jump and boys pole vault pits.

Following along

It’s hard to miss — the huge video board on the north rim of the stadium. Track events will be shown live, and times will appear on the board soon after runners cross the finish line.

RESULTS


2017 Nebraska high school state track and field meet schedule

FRIDAY

At Burke Stadium, near 120th Street and West Dodge Road

RUNNING EVENTS

(Races are preliminaries except 3,200 meters)

Classes A and C

Order of events: C girls, A girls, C boys, A boys

9 a.m.: 3,200 relay

9:55 a.m.: Girls 100 high hurdles

10:15 a.m.: Boys 110 high hurdles

10:35 a.m.: 100 meters

11:15 a.m.: 400 meters

11:55 a.m.: 3,200 meters

12:55 p.m.: Girls 300 low hurdles

1:15 p.m.: Boys 300 intermediate hurdles

1:35 p.m.: 200 meters

Classes B and D

Order of events: D girls, B girls, D boys, B boys

3:30 p.m.: 3,200 relay

4:25 p.m.: Girls 100 high hurdles

4:45 p.m.: Boys 110 high hurdles

5:05 p.m.: 100 meters

5:45 p.m.: 400 meters

6:25 p.m.: 3,200 meters

7:25 p.m.: Girls 300 low hurdles

7:45 p.m.: Boys 300 intermediate hurdles

8:05 p.m.: 200 meters

FIELD EVENTS

SHOT PUT

Class A boys: 9 a.m. Friday

Class A girls: 11 a.m. Saturday

Class B boys: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Class B girls: 1 p.m. Saturday

Class C boys: 11 a.m. Friday

Class C girls: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Class D boys: 3:30 p.m. Friday

Class D girls: 3 p.m. Saturday

DISCUS

Class A boys: 1 p.m. Saturday

Class A girls: Noon Friday

Class B boys: 11 a.m. Saturday

Class B girls: 3 p.m. Friday

Class C boys: 3 p.m. Saturday

Class C girls: 9 a.m. Friday

Class D boys: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Class D girls: 5:30 p.m. Friday

HIGH JUMP

Class A boys: Noon Friday

Class A girls: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Class B boys: 3 p.m. Friday

Class B girls: 3 p.m. Saturday

Class C boys: 9 a.m. Friday

Class C girls: 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Class D boys: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Class D girls: 1 p.m. Saturday

LONG JUMP

Class A boys: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Class A girls: 11 a.m. Friday

Class B boys: 3 p.m. Saturday

Class B girls: 3 p.m. Friday

Class C boys: 1 p.m. Saturday

Class C girls: 9 a.m. Friday

Class D boys: 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Class D girls: 5:30 p.m. Friday

TRIPLE JUMP

Class A boys: 9 a.m. Friday

Class A girls: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class B boys: 6 p.m. Friday

Class B girls: 11 a.m. Saturday

Class C boys: Noon Friday

Class C girls: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Class D boys: 3 p.m. Friday

Class D girls: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

POLE VAULT

Class A boys: 9 a.m. Friday

Class A girls: 9 a.m. Saturday

Class B boys: 9 a.m. Saturday

Class B girls: 3:30 p.m. Friday

Class C boys: 1 p.m. Saturday

Class C girls: 9 a.m. Friday

Class D boys: 3:30 p.m. Friday

Class D girls: 1 p.m. Saturday

SATURDAY

RUNNING FINALS

(Order of races: D girls, C girls, B girls, A girls, D boys, C boys, B boys, A boys)

9 a.m.: Special Olympics 100 meters

9:30 a.m.: 800 meters

10:45 a.m.: 400 relay

Noon: Girls 100 high hurdles

12:15 p.m.: Boys 110 high hurdles

12:30 p.m.: 100 meters

12:55 p.m.: 400 meters

1:45 p.m.: 1,600 meters

2:55 p.m.: Girls 300 low hurdles

3:10 p.m.: Boys 300 hurdles

3:25 p.m.: 200 meters

3:55 p.m.: 1,600 relay


Comparing top season and district Nebraska high school track and field marks

A comparison of the best season marks in Nebraska high school track and field against the best district-meet marks (c—hand-held time with .24 seconds added).

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BOYS

SEASON, DISTRICT

100 meters, 10.64c, Dylan Kautz, Nor. Cath., 10.64c, Kautz

200, 21.63, Kautz, 21.64c, Kautz

400, 49.38, Lucas Arps, Fremont, 49.70, Cody Mrozcek, Scotus

800, 1:54.53, Longins Kouri, G. Island, 1:55.43, Kouri

1,600, 4:12.67, Milo Greder, Westside, 4:22.72, Seth Hirsch, MW

3,200, 8:54.12, Hirsch , 9:22.36, Hirsch

110 hurdles, 13.96, Jon Flight, Wahoo, 13.96, Flight

300 hurdles, 37.95, Flight, 38.24, Flight

400 relay, 42.41, Lincoln High, 42.49, Creighton Prep

1,600 relay, 3:22.99, Ogallala, 3:22.99, Ogallala

3,200 relay, 7:56.3, Ogallala, 8:06.36, Fremont

Shot put, 62-10, Cam Jurgens, Beatrice, 62-10, Jurgens

Discus, 191-10, Jurgens, 191-10, Jurgens

High jump, 7-1, Mayson Conner, York, 6-10, Conner

Long jump, 23-8½, Dylan Reynolds, B. Bow, 23-8½, Reynolds

Triple jump, 47-7¾, Treyshaun Burnett, O. No., 46-11½, Shannon Brewer, Prep

Pole vault, 15-4, Ben Driewer, Heartland, 15-4, Driewer

GIRLS

SEASON, DISTRICT

100 meters, 12.16, Daisy Maessner, Kearney, 12.16, Maessner

200, 24.64c, MacKenzie Brandl, Stanton, 24.64c, Brandl

400, 57.59, Madison Smith, Lexington, 57.76, Jacee Pfeifer, Holdrege

800, 2:15.11, Madi Muma, L. East, 2:15.11, Muma

1,600, 5:06.37, Gabby McGinn, M. West, 5:14.27, Muma

3,200, 11:00.04, Taylor Somers, M. South , 11:18.89, McGinn

100 hurdles, 14.47, Caelyn Christiancy, Lin. SW, 14.47, Christiancy

300 hurdles, 45.07, Dariauna Lewis, Om. North, 45.07, Lewis

400 relay, 48.28, Omaha North, 49.24, Lincoln Pius X

1,600 relay, 3:58.72, Millard West, 4:02.97, Lincoln Pius X

3,200 relay, 9:22.31, Millard West, 9:34.96, Millard West

Shot put, 44-3¾, Kalynn Meyer, Superior, 44-3¾, Meyer

Discus, 166-11, Meyer, 152-10, Meyer

High jump, 5-7¼, Taylor Stoltz, Norfolk, 5-5, Katelyn Wheeler, Chase Co.

Long jump, 19-1½, Kiana Estima, Benson, 17-11½, Kylie Hammer, Wayne

Triple jump, 38-8¼, Quinesha Lockett, Benson, 38-2¼, Puckett

Pole vault, 12-1, Jessica Gardner, Lincoln NS, 12-1, Gardner


All-time Nebraska high school track and field leaders competing at state meet

Athletes who have made The World-Herald’s all-time charts and the events they will compete in at state (* — mark from 2016).

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BOYS

All time, event, mark State meet final

KJ Cotton, Papillion-La Vista 5th, 100 (FAT), *10.55 12:30 p.m. Sat.

Dylan Kautz, Norfolk Catholic 9th (tie), 200, 21.4 3:25 p.m. Sat.

Milo Greder, Omaha Westside 4th, 1,600, 4:12.67 2:15 p.m. Sat. 4th, 3,200, 9:05.97 12:25 p.m. Fri.

Seth Hirsch, Millard West 1st, 3,200, 8:54.12 12:25 p.m. Fri.

Cam Jurgens, Beatrice 7th, shot, *63-3 5:30 p.m. Fri. 8th, discus, 196-8 11 a.m. Sat.

Mayson Conner, York 5th (tie), high jump, 7-1 3 p.m. Fri.

Allen Gordon, Omaha North 9th (tie), high jump, 7-0 Noon Fri.

GIRLS

MacKenzie Brandl, Stanton 4th (tie), 200, 24.4 3:25 p.m. Sat.

Caelyn Christiancy, Lincoln SW 5th, 100H (FAT), 14.47 Noon Sat.

Millard West 4th, 3,200 relay, 9:22.31 9:15 a.m. Fri.

Kalynn Meyer, Superior 2nd, discus, 166-11 9 a.m. Fri.

Jessica Gardner, Lin. N. Star 9th (tie), vault, 12-1 9 a.m. Fri.


What to watch at the Nebraska high school state track and field meet

A look at what to watch for each class at the Nebraska high school state track and field meet, as published in The World-Herald on May 18.

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Class A boys

Sprints/hurdles: Cool, damp weather could be another whammy on new Oklahoma State pledge KJ Cotton of Papillion-La Vista, who will be unable to go for his third 100-200 gold double. He’s entered only in the 100. Shannon Brewer of Omaha Creighton Prep, Trevon Weaver of North Platte and Caleb Brown of Lincoln High will be out to fill the void. Darius Luff of Lincoln High leads the 110 hurdles, but got hurt in districts. If he can’t go, things open up for George Siliman of Grand Island and Jake Long of Norfolk.

Distances: Expect a daily duel between Seth Hirsch of Millard West and Milo Greder of Omaha Westside, starting Friday with the 3,200 in which Hirsch owns the state record and Greder is fourth all-time. On Saturday it’s the 1,600, in which Greder also is fourth all-time.

Relays: No real threats for an all-time mark.

Field events: Not a good year in the throws, for sure. Best event seems to be the high jump if Travis Larson of Norfolk (6-9½) can push 7-foot leaper Allen Gordon of Omaha North. Gordon will bid to sweep the three jumps.

Class A girls

Sprints/hurdles: Daisy Maessner of Kearney had her best outing of the season at districts, turning in a state-leading 12.16 in the 100. If the weather doesn’t bother her, she could be the key to Kearney retaining the team title. Caelyn Christiancy of Lincoln Southwest will have to fend off Omaha North’s Shechaniah McGhee in the 100 hurdles and the Vikings’ Dariauna Lewis in the 300s.

Distances: Saturday’s 1,600 will be the only race in which state leaders Madi Muma of Lincoln East (800), Gabby McGinn of Millard West (1,600) and Taylor Somers of Millard South (3,200) are on the track together.

Relays: Millard West will be going for all-time marks in the 1,600 and the 3,200. The Wildcats already are fourth all-time in the eight-lapper (9:22.31).

Field events: Kathleen Medill of Lincoln Pius X is after a third gold in the high jump, which would be the event’s longest domination since Sue Lind of Class B Albion completed a career sweep in 1981. Medill shared the gold last year with Class B winner Kaitlyn Schmit of Omaha Roncalli/Duchesne, which is in A this year and pits them head-to-head. Omaha Benson could rack up big points in the long and triple jumps behind state leaders Kiana Estima (long) and Quinesha Lockett (triple).

Class B boys

Sprints/hurdles: Best races will be with state leader Jon Flight of Wahoo in the two hurdles events. Tijah Davis of Boys Town and Central Florida football signee Noah Vedral of Wahoo Neumann — the returning gold medalist in the 300s — will be in hot pursuit. NU track signee Cody Mroczek of Columbus Scotus is coming back from early-season injuries and now leads Class B in the 400 meters.

Distances: With no returning winners, all three races are wide open.

Relays: Ogallala, with its fleet of 800 runners, ran state-leading times in the 1,600 and 3,200 baton events in districts.

Field events: Beatrice junior Cam Jurgens came close to his all-time chart marks in the throws at districts. Dylan Reynolds of Broken Bow uncorked a state-leading 23-8½ in the long jump in districts. Mayson Conner of York has gone 7-1 in the high jump.

Class B girls

Sprints/hurdles: Could be good finals in the 100 and 200 between Lexie Gilbert of Elkhorn, Mika Brees of Seward and Karsen Sears of Grand Island Northwest. Lauren Tamayo of Ralston is favored in both hurdles races.

Distances: Mazie Larsen of Gretna, the 3,200 leader, is the best hope for a Class B double.

Relays: Aurora leads in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Field events: Best jumper is Wayne’s Kylie Hammer, who tops the Class B charts in the long and triple jumps. Anna Squiers of Kearney Catholic will be defending her discus title.

Class C boys

Running events: Norfolk Catholic sophomore Dylan Kautz was Class B’s champion last year in the 100 and 200 and leads the state in both this season. Phalen Sanford of Dundy County-Stratton and Dawson Bowers of Battle Creek are the top hurdlers.

Field events: Miles Griffith of St. Paul, with a season best 6-10, should set the bar for the 7-foot boys in the high jump by going first Friday. Sanford and Ben Driewer of Heartland, the state leader in the pole vault (15-4), could engage in the best duel of the four classes.

Class C girls

Running events: Stanton senior Mackenzie Brandl has won the 200 the past three years and leads Class C in the 100 and 200. Mitchell is strong with Jori Peters in the 400 and Celeste Cardona in the hurdles. Ainsworth freshman Rylee Rice is a contender in the 800, 1,600 and both hurdles races.

Field events: The budding star here is Superior freshman Kalynn Meyer, who leads the state in the throws and is No. 2 all-time in the discus at 166-11.

Class D boys

Running events: Fullerton sophomore Brent Wetovick is the only qualifier to lead his class in three individual events — 400, 800 and 1,600. Trenton Harbur of Stapleton, the 200 leader, will see Wetovick in the 400.

Field events: Noah Valasek of Riverside leads in the triple jump and is second in the long jump.

Class D girls

Running events: Skylar Hadley of Loomis, who had a big meet in April at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival, will contend for the all-class gold in the 100 hurdles and contend in the 300s, in which Nicole Harms of Sterling has the best time in the class.

Field events: Brady’s Tara Callahan is the throws leader. Elm Creek’s Claire Connell is second in the state in the long jump (18-9½).


Nebraska State Track & Field Meet

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Burke Stadium, Omaha

Radio: Live update on 103.1 FM, 1600 AM, 105.5 FM Nebraska City; 99.5 FM Fairbury; 1450 AM Beatrice

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