The Ord High School track and field teams were in action last Friday at the 50th annual West Holt Track and Field Invitational.  On a day with sunshine but chilly temperatures, the Chants recorded several quality performances on their way to finishing third in both team races.  “I was really happy with the way our kids performed in this meet”, Coach Derry Trampe stated.  “We had a total of 28 personal best performances on the day and several season best performances as well.  When you have a meet postponed you will usually lose some of your team members because of prior commitments and that happened to us as well as some of the other teams but our kids really picked up for the missing.”  The girls finished just 5 points out of second place by scoring 84 points in the meet.  Battle Creek ran away with the team title with 123 points while North Central was second with 89 points.  Rounding out the team scoring were: West Holt (69), Ainsworth (63), Valentine (51.5), Stuart (28), Burwell (10), and Sandhills/Thedford (8).

The boys scored well in the meet despite not having Quinton Ries and Tommy Stevens available for the meet as well as having to sit John DeRiso after the 400.  “I was really pleased with how competitive our boys were in this meet”, Trampe said.  “We had some key guys out for us and we were still able to finish in the top three.”  The Chants scored 69.5 points to grab the third place spot.  Like their girls’ team the Battle Creek boys ran away with the team title with 148 points while Burwell finished second with 80 points.  “I am impressed with the sprinters and throwers that Burwell has this year and the way they performed in this meet”, Trampe noted.  “It will be a very close race with them and us at our invitational in a couple of weeks and at the district meet here in Ord on May 13.”  Rounding out the team scores were: Ainsworth (68.5), Valentine (52), West Holt (45), North Central (42), Sandhills/Thedford (14), and Stuart (8).

Zach Smith and Hayden Kluthe were the top performers for the boys by bringing home individual titles as well as scoring in other events.  Smith won the 800 again this week in a new personal best time of 2:05.26. Kluthe set a personal best in the prelims of the 110 HH with a 15.68 clocking and won the finals in 15.80.  Smith and Kluthe teamed up with Owen Lane and Clayton Thomsen to win the 4 X 400 relay in a time of 3:42.33.  “Zach and Hayden continue to be steady performers for us”, Trampe said.  “I was really impressed with the way our 1600 relay ran with two alternates on it.  It is really nice to build depth for that event.”  Also earning a gold medal was the freshman 4 X 100 relay team of Talan Bruha, Jaden Sanders, Jace Geiser, and Aidan Ryschon.  The team combined to win the race in a time of 50.56.  Second place medals were won by Owen Lane in the 400 (52.68), Blake Wells in the pole vault (11’ 6”), and the 4 X 100 Weightperson relay team of Sam Boettcher, Cainan Rogers, Will Grint, and Jacob Stamm (52.56).  Calen Pollard had another solid day as he finished third in the 3200 in a time of 11:32.01.  Jacob Stamm added a fourth place finish in the shot put with a personal best throw of 45’ 5”.  Fifth place medals were won by John DeRiso in the 400 (53.97), Clayton Thomsen in the 110 HH (17.95), Hayden Kluthe in the 300 IH (44.31), Sam Boettcher in the discus (143’ 10” PB), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Calen Pollard, Talan Bruha, Jace Geiser, and Blake Hinrichs (9:36.73).  Sixth place medals were won by Zach Smith in the 400 (54.37 PB), Clayton Thomsen in the 300 IH (45.71), Aidan Ryschon in the pole vault (9’ 0” PB), and the 4 X 100 relay team of Carter Griffith, Evan Thomsen, Gage Racek, and Owen Lane (47.17).

The girls may have had their best day as a team as several girls had outstanding performances in the meet.  “I was really pleased with our girls and the way they performed in this meet”, Coach Trampe stated.  “As always, Kloe had a very good day for us but I was also impressed with the day that Journi Moran had as well as Kadiance Wilson, Lexi Vancura, Allie Moudry, Delaney Cargill, Macy Warner, and Britta Deden.  They all had performances that really stood out as I watched the meet.  However, we had a lot of girls that had great performances and I am pleased with all of them.  If they continue to improve like this, we could make a run for a district title this year.”  Bringing home gold medals for the team were Allie Moudry and Kloe Severance.  Moudry won the shot put with a personal best toss of 36’ 3” while Severance won the 1600 in a season best performance of 5:39.41.  “Allie added almost a foot and a half to her old personal best and had another throw right at 36 feet as well”. Trampe noted.  “Kloe took over nine seconds off her best time of the season and is only seven seconds off her personal best time she set to earn a state medal her sophomore year.  I was impressed that she ran that fast basically on her own the entire race.”  Journi Moran added a second place medal in the triple jump with a leap of 34’ 2” and Britta Deden finished second in the 300 LH in a personal best time of 48.51.  Third place medals were won by Delaney Cargill in the 1600 (6:08.19 PB), Lexi Vancura in the triple jump (32’ 11.75”), the 4 X 100 relay team of Journi Moran, Kadiance Wilson, Marin Reilly, and Britta Deden (53.64), the 4 X 400 relay team of Britta Deden, Delaney Cargill, Kadiance Wilson, and Kloe Severance (4:34.39), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Kloe Severance, Delaney Cargill, Maggie Fisher, and Lexi Vancura (10:58.72).  Fourth place medals went to Macy Warner in the 3200 (13:29.95 PB), Britta Deden in the 100 HH (16.85), Marin Reilly in the discus (96’ 0”), Journi Moran in the long jump (16’ 2.5” PB), and the freshman 4 X 100 relay team of Rilynn Veskerna, Madison Trejo, Riylie Bruha, and Shaylee Thomsen (62.97).  Sixth place medals were won by Piper Whited in the 800 (2:49.45 PB) and Macy Warner in the 1600 (6:23.44 PB).

Other Ord results from the meet are as follows: Girls: 100—Journi Moran (13.82 PB/14.24), Payton Hackel (14.21), Riylie Bruha (15.01 PB); 200—Kadiance Wilson (29.39 PB), Alexis Nelson (33.38); 400—Maggie Fisher (71.20), Shaylee Thomsen (73.13), Brookelyn Fox (79.83 PB); 800—Valeria Chacon (3:08.08); 100 HH—Jocelyn Hinrichs (19.45); 300 LH—Jocelyn Hinrichs (56.49); Shot Put—Marin Reilly (31’ 5”), Vickie Ference (31’ 4.5”); Discus—Alexis Nelson (72’ 5”), Lucy Trejo (69’ 2”); Long jump—Lexi Vancura (15’ 4.5” PB), Jocelyn Hinrichs (13’ 9.5” PB); Triple Jump—Jocelyn Hinrichs (30’ 6.25” PB); High Jump—Kadiance Wilson (4’ 8”), Alexis Nelson (MOH 4’ 0”); Pole Vault—Piper Whited (6’ 0”), Brookelyn Fox (6’ 6”).  Boys: 100—Carter Griffith (12.32), Aidan Ryschon (12.50), Gage Racek (12.52); 200—Evan Thomsen (25.21 PB), Treyton Cassell (25.82 PB), Dayton Vanosdall (27.17 PB); 800—Blake Wells (2:28.32 PB); 1,600—Calen Pollard (5:36.79), Braden Bruha (5:56.62 PB), Diego Chacon (6:10.20); 300IH—Owen Lane (45.72 PB); Shot put—Will Grint (43’ 10.5” PB), Sam Boettcher (32’ 10”); Discus—Riley Setlik (114’ 7”), Will Grint (102’ 8”); Long Jump—Gage Racek (18’ 9.5” PB), Talan Bruha (18’ 1”), Blake Hinrichs (17’ 0.5”); Triple Jump—Hayden Kluthe (37’ 2”), Blake Hinrichs (34’ 4.75”); High Jump—Bronson Blair (5’ 4”); Pole Vault—Jace Geiser (9’ 0”).