Boys Finish 12th, Girls 44th
The Ord High School track and field teams wrapped up a successful season this past weekend at the state track and field meet in Omaha. The Chanticleer boys medaled in 4 events and scored 19 points to tie for 12th place in the Class C meet. The girls brought home 1 medal and scored 1 point to finish in a tie for 44th place. “I was really happy with the way our kids performed in the state meet”, Coach Derry Trampe stated. “We had three personal best marks set at the meet as well as a season best mark in the boys 4 X 400 relay. In other events we were very close to our best marks of the season. When you do that at the state meet, that is all you can ask for as a coach.”
The top 10 teams in the boys’ portion of the meet were: Aquinas Catholic—53, Grand Island CC—45.5, Norfolk Catholic—39, Wilber-Clatonia—36, Freeman—35, Southern—30, Cedar Catholic—26, Sutton—25, Battle Creek—24, Southern Valley—20, and Wakefield—20. The top 10 teams in the girls’ portion of the meet were: Chase County—68, St. Cecilia—49, Battle Creek—41, Lincoln Lutheran—40, Crofton—38.5, Superior—31, Syracuse—30, David City—26, Wisner-Pilger—25, and Norfolk Catholic—24.
Journi Moran was the lone state medal winner for the girls as she finished 8th in the triple jump with a personal best jump of 35’ 3.75”. “Journi really had a good day of jumping on Friday”, Coach Trampe said. “She had a couple of jumps over 35 feet and that makes for a really good day. I am really proud of the way she continued to improve from week to week all season and I am glad that she was a part of our team this year. I am looking forward to a lot of good things from her next year as well.” The girls had two near miss opportunities to earn medals as seniors Payton Hackel and Kloe Severance both finished ninth to just miss out on getting a medal. Hackel finished 9th in the 100 HH in a season best time of 15.77 and was just .08 seconds from qualifying for the finals. “I am really proud of Payton and how quickly she improved this season after missing the first half of the season with an injury”, Trampe said. Severance ran a personal best time of 5:31.28 to finish less than a second out of 8th place. “Kloe ran a great race and just came up a little short of earning a state medal”, the coach said. “I was really disappointed for her because she has worked so hard the past four years. She has been a big part of our team and we will really miss her and Payton next season.” Britta Deden finished 14th in the 100 HH in a time of 16.56 and 21st in the 300 LH in a time of 49.98. The 4 X 800 relay team of Kloe Severance, Piper Whited, Macy Warner and Abby Jacobs finished 15th in a time of 10:37.02. Lexi Vancura was 16th in the long jump with a jump of 15’ 2.5” and finished 17th in the triple jump with a jump of 33’ 4.75”. “Overall our girls had a really good meet and we have a lot of the state qualifiers returning for next year so we should be a solid team again next season”, Trampe said.
Quinton Ries finished 2nd in the triple jump with a leap of 43’ 8.5” to record the highest finish for the Chants. His jump was just ½ an inch behind the first place jump. “Quinton really had a good series of jumps in the state meet”, Trampe said. “He came so close on his last jump to winning the meet but he did move up from 4th to 2nd on his final jump of his career. I am really proud of the way he competed in this meet.” Blake Wells had an outstanding day in the pole vault as he jumped 13’ 6” to break his personal best by a foot and claim the 4th place medal in the event. “Blake had been vaulting well in practice and really came through at the state meet”, Trampe stated. “He has worked really hard this season and made great strides at the end of the year. I am really proud of what he accomplished this year.” Hayden Kluthe added to the team scoring as he finished 5th in the 110 HH in a time of 15.63 after qualifying for the finals with the 7th best time of 15.54. “Hayden is a really smooth hurdler for a sophomore”, Coach Trampe noted. “He got out a little slow in the finals and really made up ground over the last 5 hurdles and put himself in great position at the end of the race. He is going to be a really good hurdler for us before he is done.” The 4 X 400 relay team of Owen Lane, Zach Smith, John DeRiso, and Quinton Ries took nearly 4 seconds off their best time of the season to finish in 7th place and bring home a medal. The quartet combined to finish in 3:28.94 to earn their medal and were only 1.3 seconds off the school record. “Those guys ran a great race in a strong field of teams to earn their medal”, Trampe stated. “It was a really strong field of teams in the 4 X 400 and our guys ran as well as they have all season. That is about all you can ask for when you get to the state meet.” Owen Lane and John DeRiso finished 16th and 17th respectively in the 400 in 52.64 and 52.67. Zach Smith was 22nd in the 800 in a time of 2:06.68 while Jacob Stamm was 20th in the shot put with a toss of 44’ 3.5”. Quinton Ries jumped 20’ 0” to finish in 12th place in the long jump. “We had a really good season this year with a lot of great things happening for our kids and our teams”, Trampe commented. “We have a lot of kids coming back next year and I look for us to just keep getting better every year. We have a great fan base here in town and I have a great coaching staff to work with. Those items will always make for a successful season.”