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Nemaha Central Girls & Boys Win 3A Regional Track Titles Leading Area State Qualifiers
By Mike Smith
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3A Track Regional (at Silver Lake) Results (5-19-17) - click here

Eleven area Class 3A schools are set to send at least one athlete to the State track meet in Wichita after registering Top four finishes at the 3A Regional at Silver Lake on Thursday and Friday. 

The Nemaha Central Thunder track athlete's led the way as the girls and boys teams earned Regional titles. Lady Thunder won the Regional title by 60 points with 134 total points, while Perry Lecompton registered a third place girls team finish. In the boys action it was a tight competition atop the standings as Nemaha Central won the Regional title by 8.5 points over Sabetha who took second, while Perry Lecompton boys finished third. 

A top of 26 Top four finishes were earned by Nemaha Central athletes to qualify for State track in Wichita while helping them win the Regional titles. For the lady Thunder Kaley Dalinghaus led the way winning all three throwing events taking first in the javelin (137'00), shot put (43'04.25) and discus (132'10). Alleigh Kramer, Dani Mueting and Allison Rottinghaus each also claimed gold at Regionals winning the 200 meter dash (27.02), pole vault (9'00) and long jump (16'04), respectively. Kramer also qualified in the long jump taking third, while Rottinghaus also registered a third place finish in the triple jump and fourth in the 200 meter dash. Jacy Dalinghaus took the silver in the javelin, shot put and discus events, while Ashely Hammes finished second in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and Laura Macke earned third and fourth place finishes in the high jump and pole vault. The lady Thunder 4x100 meter relay team also qualified for State taking second. 

For the Thunder boys Jacob Koelzer led the charge as he won the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 10.76 and 22.43 and also won the long jump (21'08). Zach Buessing continued his strong year in the hurdles winning both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles with times of 15.43 and 40.69. The boy’s 4x100 meter relay posted a time of 43.59 to take first place, while the 4x400 meter relay took second place. Caleb Henry won the pole vault for the Thunder boys with a vault of 12'06 and took third in the javelin. 

Perry Lecompton Kaws put together impressive finishes on the day at Regionals with several State qualifiers. The boy’s 4x400 meter relay team posted a time of 3:27.99 to win the Regional title, while the 4x100 and 4x800 meter relay teams each placed second. Shane Quinlan earned second in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes, while Joshua LeClair finished fourth in the 400 meter dash. In the distance runs Ty Packard placed third in the boys 800 and fourth in the 1600 meter run, while Torin VanNest took second in the 110 meter hurdles. Lady Kaws were led by a pair of Regional champs as Talisa Stone won the high jump (5'05) and Cali Coleman took first in the 100 meter dash (12.94). Coleman also qualified for State in the 200 meter dash and long jump taking second in each event. Abbi Folks, Lexia Jamison and Blaise Ball are all headed to State after finishing second in the triple jump, third in the 800 meter run and fourth in the 3200 meter run, respectively. The lady Kaws 4x400 meter relay also earned a third place finish. 

Sabetha Bluejays had five Regional event wins all coming the boys competition. Eric Renyer tossed his way to first in the shot put (50'07) and discus (142'08), while Christian Meyer placed first in the pole vault (13'00). On track the Bluejay 4x800 meter relay team ran to a time of 8:40.35 earning first, while Keegan Cox won the 3200 meter run (10:23.94) and also took second in the 1600 meter run. Elloit Strahm finished second in the shot put, while Mason Engelken took third in the 110 meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles. For the Sabetha girls Gracie Saner took second in the pole vault, while Kinley Schuette placed third in the 300 meter hurdles and Skylar McAfee and Megan Meyer earned fourth place finishes in the 800 meter run and high jump, respectively. The lady Bluejays 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams are also headed to State after both finishing fourth. 

Hiawatha Red Hawks had seven Top four finishes on the day including Elizabeth Kettler winning the girls 1600 and 3200 meter runs behind times of 5:44.12 and 12:20.37. Both the girls and boys 4x800 meter relay teams each took third to qualify for State for Hiawatha. Cariann Kunkel, Gavin Lierz and Madison Gilbert are all also going to State in individual events as Kunkel placed second in the high jump, Lierz took second in the 300 meter hurdles and Gilbert placed fourth in the 1600 meter run. 

First place in the boys 400 meter dash with a time of 51.76 lead the Riverside Cyclones performances at State as Tre'nez Wilkinson posted that performance and also finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the 200 meter dash. Matthew Kline qualified for State in the boys 1600 and 3200 meter runs after third and fourth place finishes, while Nohl Vogel took fourth in the boys shot put and Lindsey Whitten placed second in the girls 400 meter dash. 

Lucas Broxterman led Royal Valley at Regional as he won the high jump (6'02) and took second in the long jump and third in the 300 meter hurdles. Kenny Aitkens and Garrett Hicks posted second and third place finishes in the javelin and pole vault, respectively, while Kathryn Hanshaw finished third in the girls 3200 meter run for the Panthers. 

Maur Hill-Mount Academy had their girl’s 4x800 meter relay team take second, while the boys 4x400 meter relay team placed fourth and Nick Caudle finished third in the 400 meter dash to all qualify for State. 

Luke Oatney led Pleasant Ridge at Regionals winning both the boys 800 and 1600 meter runs with times of 2:02.14 and 4:40.08, while Clayton Price took second in the 3200 meter run. Glynn Smith earned second place in the triple jump. 

A trio of Oskaloosa Bears qualified for State track as John Tarwater finished second in the boys high jump, Jaden Courter took third in the girl’s shot put and Alexi Adams placed third in the girls 400 meter dash. 

Horton Charger, Daspin Bruning is headed to State after finishing fourth in the girl’s javelin, while ACCHS Tiger Victoria Caplinger took second in the girls 3200 meter run and third in the 1600 meter run. 

One other area 3A school was in action for Regionals but at the Russell Regional as Marysville competed there for the right to make the State meet. The Marysville boys were led by Dayne Brown who won the javelin and placed third in the long jump, while the boys 4x100 meter relay team took fourth for a spot at State. In the girls competition Avery Williams returns to State in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles after top four finishes and Grace Stohs took second in the pole vault. 

State track meet is set for Friday and Saturday, May 26-27th in Wichita at Cessna stadium. 

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