Published Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:35 am
TRACK AND FIELD
Records fall at Junior Olympics meet

Nice weather for the first day of the Nebraska Association USA Track and Field Junior Olympics championships Saturday helped athletes put up a handful of record performances.

After rain, wind and temperatures below 60 degrees for the June 1 association youth athletics meet, the sunshine and pleasant breeze early in the day were warmly greeted by athletes, fans and officials at Burke Stadium.

Records fell in a diverse set of events — the javelin, race walk and 3,000-meter run — in the three oldest age groups. More records are expected to fall in the final day of competition Sunday as athletes vie for berths in the July 4 through 7 Region 8 USATF Junior Olympics in Aberdeen, S.D.

Kylie Gokie of Lincoln started things in the age 17-18 girls javelin with a throw of 136 feet, 7 inches. That’s just over seven feet farther than the previous record of 129-6 set by Abby Emsick of Council Bluffs in 2002.

The two record performances on the track topped times posted in the mid-1980s. Andy Vasquez of Omaha set a new standard in the 15-16 boys 3,000 race walk by finishing in 14:27.29, nearly 10 seconds faster than the mark turned in by Rick Smith in 1986.

Then Seth Hirsch, who two years ago set a national age group record in the 3,000-meter run, trimmed 22 seconds off the 13-14 boys association record. The freshman-to-be at Millard West toured the 7 laps in 9:04.38, replacing Nate Nielsen of Lincoln in the record books.

Among Sunday’s featured events will be finals in the three sprints — the 100, 200 and 400. Kenzo Cotton of Papillion-La Vista, who competes for the Bellevue Breeze Track Club in the summer, is scheduled to compete in the 200 and 400.

Cotton ran the anchor leg for the Breeze’s 17-18 400 relay team that won Saturday in 41.94. Devin Barfield, Nick Bartels and David Chambers were the other three team members. Bartels, a Nebraska recruit, also won the 110 hurdles in 15.10.

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Steve is a correspondent for The Omaha World-Herald and covers the Omaha Lancers and high school sports.

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