Kenzo Cotton picked up a Kansas State football scholarship offer earlier this week and helped his Papillion-La Vista teammates pick up a record and a title at Thursday’s Chieftain Invitational track and field meet.
The Monarch junior, who coasted to wins in the 100 and 200, ran on the 400 relay that set the school record of 42.32 while breaking the meet record. Also on the relay were Lucas Hostetler, Jalen Allison and Nick Bartels, who also swept the hurdles.
“We were near-perfect on our handoffs,” Cotton said, “and we just started working on those a couple days ago.”
Papillion claimed the team title by winning six events and outscoring Millard South 160-122. Omaha Marian edged Bellevue West for the girls title.
Kansas State is the first college offer for Cotton, a defensive back for the Monarchs. He said he’ll attend the Wildcats’ summer camp.
Nebraska, Oregon, LSU, Iowa State, Iowa and most Ivy league schools, he said, are recruiting him in football. Arkansas, North Carolina and NU are wooing him in track, in which he owns the state record in the 200 meters and also won the 100 gold at last year’s state meet.
Katie Spencer of Millard South set a meet record in the girls 1,600 at 5:09.30.
Marian squeezed out its 124-117 edge over the Thunderbirds by getting wins in the 3,200 relay and from Katelyn Gochenour in the discus, Payton Horacek in the long jump and Nicole Liske in the triple jump.
Boys team scoring: Papillion-LV 160, Millard South 122, Om. Central 78, Elkhorn South 75, Bellevue West 74, Bellevue East 65, Boys Town 52, Elkhorn 34, Plattsmouth 20, Om. Benson 15.
Event winners—100: Kenzo Cotton, PLV, 11.10. 200: Cotton, 22.73. 400: Jake Nelson, ES, 50.46. 800: Elliot Lafollette, Central, 2:04.81. 1,600: Reno Law, MS, 4:38.69. 3,200: Justin Thorstad, BW, 10:01.59. 110 hurdles: Nick Bartels, PLV, 15.31. 300 hurdles: Bartels, 40.67. 400 relay: PLV (Lucas Hostetler, Jalen Allison, Bartels, Cotton), 42.32 (meet record). 1,600 relay: MS (Blayne Johannas, Will Beard, Terance Johnson, Cody Knapp), 3:32.10. 3,200 relay: MS (Ryan Hanrahan, Law, Nate Wendt, Johnson), 8:17.67. Sprint medley: Central (Cam Dorsey, Marquette Dixon, Eric Johnson, Devin Barfield), 1:37.85. Shot: Dante Brown, BE, 49-9. Discus: David Aldrdge. ES, 160-1. High jump: Malik Hluchoweckyj, BW, 6-7. Long jump: Q McCray, PLV, 21-10. Triple jump: Dre McNeil-Smith, BT, 43-0. Pole vault: Brayden Knapp, BW, 11-6.
Girls team scoring: Om. Marian 124, Bellevue West 117, Elkhorn 87, Elkhorn South 79.5, Millard South 68, Central 61, Papillion-LV 60.5, Bellevue West 47, Plattsmouth 31, Benson 5.
Event winners—100: Chloe Akin-Otiko, BW, 12.80. 200: Akin-Otiko, 26.10. 400: Macy Woitzel, MS, 1:04.45. 800: Haelee Kowaski, BW, 2:28.10. 1,600: Katie Spencer, MS, 5:09.30 (meet record). 3,200: Courtney Pickering, PLV, 12:14.66. 100 hurdles: Brooke Adams, ES, 16.98. 300 hurdles: Adams, 49.67. 400 relay: Central (Syranda Poole, Desiree Sanders, Alyssa Duval, Chelsea Baker), 50.23. 1,600 relay: Central (Jaidin Ross, Lexi Martinez, Sanders, Baker), 4:14.81. 3,200 relay: Marian (Annie Gensichen, Julia Griffin, Elise Pape, Rosie Gensichen), 10:13.7. Sprint medley: BW (Akin-Otiko, Marissa Pope, Tyra Slade, Julie Targy), 1:55.29. Shot: Aaliyah Pete, ES, 45-0. Discus: Katelyn Gochenour, Marian, 124-0. High jump: Alexis Barr, BE, 5-1. Long jump: Payton Horacek, Marian, 18-0. Triple jump: Nicole Liske, Marian, 34-10½. Pole vault: Jessica Talbot, BW, 8-7.
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