GRAND ISLAND – The Fillmore Central girls track team came into the season with high expectations, one of which was a repeat of the Class C Girls Nebraska State Track and Field championship.
Thursday the girls ran away from GICC 127-103.5 and third place Kearney Catholic with 76 points.
The Panther boys, who won the Bulldog Concordia Indoor Classic earlier, came within an eyelash of picking up their second win, but Shelton edged them 88-87 for the team title in the final event.
The top four teams in the boys title run were separated by six points, Kearney Catholic finished with 84 points and Adams Central recorded 82.
“I am so excited for the team and their early success that we have been having,” commented Fillmore Central boys track coach Adam Verhage. “The boys are focused and continue to work hard in practice and in the meets. Our relay teams are competing well. We have the potential to be pretty good on the 4x100 even though we didn’t get the stick around today.”
The team race came down to the final event as the Panthers held a 79-78 lead headed to the 1600 meter relay.
Shelton won the event with a time of 3:37.70, while the Panthers took second with a 3:43.80.
The Panther boys recorded championships in the pole vault with Tyler Loontjer taking first with a vault of 14-0. Grabbing third place in the same event was Wyatt Schiermeyer with an effort of 10-6.
The 100 was won by Xavier Bridges with a time of 11.22 and in the 200 the top spot went to Graham with a time of 23.70. Loontjer took third with a 24.20.
In the triple jump, Graham took third with a 40-7 ½.
The FC girls relay team swept the competition. The 400 relay ran a 51.50, the 1600 was clocked at 4:20 and the 4x800 won with a time of 10:38.
Individual titles went to Lindsey Maloley with a 1:01.10 in the 400, Rachel Workentine won the 800 with a 2:39.30 and in the 3200 Rachel Hoarty turned in the top time with a 13:15.60. In the 1600 a third place was recorded by Megan Poppert with a 6:10.70.
In the pole vault, Macy Jones took first with an 8-6, and in second was Ashton Obrien with an effort of 8-0. Jones was third in the 100 with a 13.25, Caroline Motis third in the discus with a 99-3, Audrey Malone took second in the long jump with a 17-3 and third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.10 was Maloley. In the 100 hurdles Malone was second behind Kearney Catholic’s Kalyn Brannagan who transferred from Shelton and is the reigning Class C 100 and 300 meter hurdles champion.
“The weather made this a perfect day,” said FC head girls coach Nancy Kindig-Malone. “Great start, have some things to fix, but that’s usual for our first outdoor meet. The three seniors, Lindsey Maloley, Christa Scott and Macy Jones, always the anchors of our team.”
The Panthers are back in action on Thursday, April 4 at the Dale Feeken Memorial Invite at Adams Central.
*Only top three places were available.
Girls Team Scoring – Fillmore central 127, GICC 103.5, Kearney Catholic 76, Adams Central 74, Wood River 62, Elba/North Loup-Scotia 40.5, Shelton 20, Gibbon 11, Loup City 11.
Boys Team Scoring – Shelton 88, Fillmore Central 87, Kearney Catholic 84, Adams Central 82, GICC 70, Loup City 59, Wood River 31, Gibbon 24, Elba/North Loup-Scotia 1.