OMAHA -- No surprises, no disasters.
That was the consensus of Kearney High coaches and athletes after Friday’s first session at the Nebraska High School State Track and Field Championships at Burke Stadium in Omaha
“The girls are doing well. Macy Fuller getting third in the discus, that was big,” KHS girls coach Pat Mcfadden said.
So were Hannah Godwin and Grace Bonsall placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 3,200 and the 4x800 relay finishing sixth.
“We felt they had a chance, but if you go on paper, those girls weren’t even close (to placing),” McFadden said.
That gave Kearney 12 points after the first day at Omaha Burke Stadium and put the Bearcats in fifth place, only 11 points behind the Class A leader, Fremont.
In preliminary events, Kearney did what was expected with Elle Dahlgren winning both of her hurdles preliminaries and Sammie Scarlett qualifying for the finals in the 100 and 200 by finishing second in those qualifying heats.
“We’ve got two pole vaulters going tomorrow, a great triple jumper, so we’ve got some things happening tomorrow that hopefully will help our team do better than we did today,” McFadden said.
Fuller threw 122 feet, 2 inches to claim her medal in the discus.
“She’s thrown well this year and really come on nicely,” McFadden said.
Kearney High’s boys scored four points in the first session Friday, placing fifth in the 4x800 relay. But the Bearcats’ Miko Maessner built plenty of anticipation winning both of his preliminary heats in the 100 and 200 and running the fastest times in the preliminaries.