Boys track living up to No. 1 preseason ranking


Jade Alarcon

Ready, set, go!

On a fast track to success, the boys and girls track teams have had some record-breaking performances this season
that will hopefully continue throughout the the season.

Preseason track rankings had the Cats ranked No. 1 based upon the fact they returned 34 of 39 points from the state meet last year on the boy’s side.

Midway through the season the Cats were still ranked first.

According to Head Coach Shelby Aaberg, Lexington, Crete, McCook, and Seward will be the top contenders for the Cats.

“Ultimately rankings are irrelevant. What really matters is making sure that we’re doing the right things like taking care of our health, hydration, nutrition, rest, making good decisions outside of school or academics. Making sure that all those things are attended to so we have a chance to do our best at the very end,” Aaberg said.

Several key athletes have contributed to the teams early success despite inclement weather.

Senior Conner McCracken has already managed to jump 6’5” in windy conditions Broken Bow earlier this season. His best effort last year was 6’ 7”.

In a marathon jump off against Heinrich Haarberg of Kearney Catholic, McCracken took a total of 18 jumps in order to break the tie and take first place.

“Winning that jump off head to head and having a couple of gut-check moments during the meet we think solidified Conner’s position

in state. So when we get down to state where misses deter- mine your place, we talk about jumping clean and not missing heights,” Aaberg said.

In the throws, senior Turner Scow threw the discus 170 feet at Broken Bow to finish in first place.

“We are going to count on Turner when it matters the most. His experience at state hurt us last year, but going forward we know that experience is going to be one of the best weapons Turner has in his back pocket. We think that he will have a great day when we need him the most,” Aaberg said.

Another team contributor, hurdler Luke Rohrer ended his season prematurely last year when he crushed a hurdle in the 110 finals at districts.

“He’s the type of kid that came back in the offseason and did a lot of work. He is very hungry. His opener’s were 15.37 in the 110HH and 41.88 IH in the threes. To be able

to do that in cold conditions, to be able to run the 41.88 when he basically came to a dead stop on the last hurdle, Luke has the potential to be in the top three in both of those events when it comes time for state,” Aaberg said.

“We’re going to focus on Luke’s health and make sure that he has the proper lactate work in order to be able to deliver when it matters,” Aaberg said.

For the girls team, sophomores Brooke Holzworth and Jamisyn Howard have shown promise in the distances.

“We have Sunny Edens who also competes in distance. She has been a pleasant surprise. We have been pleased with her progress to this point,” Aaberg said.

“As a coaching staff, we have been very pleased with the transition from the practice environment to meets. We are seeing that the competition that is going on in practice is carrying over and having a positive effect on the kids’ performance at meets,” Aaberg said.

The girls have had early season success in the 4x100m relay and also the 4x400m relay and the coaching staff believes that there is a chance for those events to place in the state meet.

On the boy’s side, the
4×100 relay also shows a lot of potential as coaches juggle the lineup as the season progresses according to Aaberg.

Another outstanding athlete is Jeremiah Delzer who is a sprinter in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m made his debut as a thrower at the Alliance meet on April 16th.

The decision to throw came from Delzer’s ability to throw the medicine ball the furthest out of the whole track team during an indoor practice early on in the season.

So far Delzer has impressed the coaches with his ability to throw.

“We like to say that we practice at 100 miles per hour so that 80 miles per hour feels comfortable,” Aaberg said.