Nebraska Track & Field 2010 State CompetitionAuburn’s Williams Brings Home 3 Medals; J-B’s Wolken Brings Home 2
Auburn Bulldog freshman Tierra Williams won three medals and Johnson-Brock Eagle sophomore Kale Wolken won two medals Friday-Saturday, May 21-22, at the Nebraska State Track and Field Meet at Omaha Burke High School.
On Friday, Williams sailed 17’6” to place third in the long jump in Class B competition. She trailed Jordan Hooper of Alliance, who won gold on a jump of 18’8-1/4” and Maggie Malone of Fillmore Central, who placed second with a jump of 18’6”. Hooper plans to play women’s basketball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Also on Friday, Williams ran 12.516 in the 100 meter race, taking second place in her heat and 26.073 in the 200 meter race, again winning second place in her heat to qualify for the Saturday, May 22, finals in both dashes. In the finals, Williams ran 25.941 in the 200, finishing in sixth place and 12.692 in the 100, winning seventh place.
Auburn girl’s track coach Mark Oliver said he was impressed with Williams’ efforts at this year’s state track meet.
“Three state medals in a career is outstanding, three state medals in a single meet is amazing,” Oliver said. “Tierra did a fantastic job in placing in the 100, 200 and long jump. Her long jump performance placed her fourth out of all of the competitors, in every class, in the state meet. Tierra has a bright future and this is just a start of her illustrious career.”
The Bulldog girls scored 11 points, tying for 24th in Class B. The top five team finishes in Class B girls were: Northwest, 47.5 point; Seward, 43; McCook, 41; Fillmore Central, 35 and Scottsbluff, 34.
Kale Wolken Wins 2 Medals
Late in the afternoon on Friday, Wolken jumped 6’4” in the high jump, tying for sixth in Class C with Colton Robins of Homer. In the 300 hurdles that evening, Wolken ran 41.11 in his heat, placing third and qualifying for the finals. In the finals on Saturday, Wolken ran 42.212, earning sixth place.
The Eagle boys scored 5.5 points, tying for 36th in Class C. The top five team finishes in Class C boys were: Hastings St. Cecilia, 56 points; Thayer Center, 34; Elm Creek, 33; Sutherland, 32 and Wakefield, 31.
Other Lady Bulldog Results & Coach Mark Oliver’s Comments
In the Class B girls 3200 race, sophomore Hannah Wynn ran 12:20.652 and freshman Catherine Davison ran 12:24.894 for 18th and 20th places, respectively. In the 1600 race, Davison ran 5:45.864 and Wynn ran 6:00.280 for 18th and 23rd place, respectively.
Coach Oliver called Wynn and Davison the team’s “Dynamic Distance Duo.”
“Hannah Wynn and Catherine Davison stepped onto the Burke track for the first time and ran their hearts out,” Oliver said. “ While they didn’t medal their first time out, they did gain valuable experience for next year. Both girls now know what it is going to take to bring home a medal from the state meet.”
Ashley Wheeler, a junior, jumped 5 foot to take home the 10th place honor in the high jump.
Coach Oliver said, “Ashley Wheeler came tantalizingly close to bringing home a state medal in the high jump. Her effort of 5-0 feet tied her with several athletes, but a lone miss at the previous height relegated her to tenth place. I hope that Ashley returns next year with a burning fire in her heart to reach the medal platform. She can do wonderful things for Auburn High School.”
Carly Brewer, also a junior, jumped 4’10” for an 11th place tie in the high jump.
Coach Oliver said he expects Brewer to return next season eager to seek a state medal.
“Carly Brewer had a great season, and cleared the opening height at state. I know that Carly is the kind of competitor who will use this experience to help her reach new heights next year,” Oliver said. “Her potential for a high state finish is there. Carly has the right kind of attitude to bounce back and reach her goals.”
Sophomore Amy Mann valuted 9’ and tied for 15th place in the pole vault.
Oliver noted that Mann’s efforts at this year’s state competition allowed her to vault a personal best during the season. And, like many of his other athletes, he also anticipates Mann to return next year ready to step it up to the next level.
“Amy Mann cleared 9-0 at state. That tied her best effort during the season and she then made several good attempts at 9-6. Amy found her groove later in the season and made the most of it. She will be hitting the weight room this summer looking to push her personal record to new heights,” Oliver said.
Other Bulldog Results
Thomas Hinrichs, a sophomore, ran 16.037 in the 110 hurdles, winning sixth place in his heat and an 40.957 in the 300 hurdles, taking third place in heat.
Senior Matthew Oliver vaulted 13’ in the pole vault, tying for ninth place and jumped 19’8-1/2” in the long jump, taking 26th place.
Nate Petersen, a junior, also competed in the pole vault.
More Johnson-Brock Results
Kaci Cole, a sophomore, jumped 4’10” in the high jump, tying for 12th place.
Senior Tyler Huey’s shot put effort of 43’8-1/4”, earned him 17th place.