SYRACUSE – Syracuse Track and Field Head Coach Rick Nordhues thinks when the Rockets walk away from the state meet on Friday and Saturday, they’re going to say “this is a year to remember.”
Who can argue with him?
The girls track and field team (ranked #1 in the coach’s Class B standings) beat #2 Platteview several times this year, earned medals at the Papillion Track and Field Festival, won the Nebraska Capitol Conference Meet, and claimed their second-straight Class B-2 District title on Thursday in Plattsmouth.
Syracuse is among several teams in southeast Nebraska sending athletes to the Nebraska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships, May 18-19, at Burke Stadium in Omaha.
The Rockets are set-up to punctuate an already memorable season with the school’s first state track and field championship since 1985, and Nordhues says they have the athletes who bring the physical and mental capabilities to go into this weekend and compete well.
“They really did well at districts and conference. They went out on a mission to win and that’s what they did. I don’t expect anything different from them at the state meet. They’re going to go out and they’re going to do their best. That’s all we’ve ever asked them to do in every meet is to ‘just do your best.’ If we do that, we should be right in the hunt.”
Athletes who are expected to compete for medals individually include: Ellie Wilkinson (distance), Lauren Meyer (jumps and sprints), Jessie Moss (high jump), Meredith Clark (shot and discus) and the 4×4 team.
Lourdes Central Catholic Head Coach Michael Parde says, rain or shine, Omaha Burke Stadium will be packed and the state track and field meet is always one of the biggest events the NSAA puts on.
“Track people just love to see great competition, even if it’s not their kids running or not their class, they just love to see great competition. The roar of the crowd as you’re coming down that back stretch, looking to cross that finish line, it’s deafening. It is one of the coolest moments that I’ve ever had when I was a high school athlete and I’m just excited that these kids are going to get a chance to compete in that atmosphere and to really see what it means to be a part of a track and field program.”
According to Parde, the Knights’ best chance at a medal in Class C will be in the girls 1600 meter relay with team members Macey Allgood, Anna Heng, Brianna Fulton and Elaina Madison. He also says Fulton has an outside chance of snagging hardware in the girls 200-meter and 400-meter dashes.
On the boys side, Parde thinks James Kearney could surprise fans and grab a medal spot in the boys 3200 meter run.
B103 (103.1 FM) and KNCY (1600 AM, 105.5 FM) will have live updates from the state track and field meet on Friday and Saturday, and live results will be posted throughout the weekend on ncn21.com.
2018 NSAA State Track and Field Championships Information
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