PAPILLION — A terrific day allowed many of the state’s best to post some terrific marks less than one month before the state track meet.
With a negligible wind and temperatures in the 50s, the Nebraska Track and Field Festival at Papillion-La Vista’s Foundation Field produced a handful of state-leading times Thursday.
Elkhorn South senior Alex Nelson, who won the 200 meters and finished second in the 400, said this was the type of day every athlete has been hoping for since the start of preseason workouts in late February.
“This is one of those days you dream about in track and field,” Nelson said. “Not a big headwind, it’s really nice out and great competition here. It’s awesome to get to go against some of these people from other classes that I haven’t been able to run against before.”
The ideal conditions helped Loomis senior Skylar Hadley to a Class D state record in the 300-meter hurdles and her second gold medal of the meet.
Hadley won in 44.76 to top the previous class best of 44.92 by Catherine Mick of BDS in 2016. Hadley, who was the meet’s most outstanding female performer, also won the 100 hurdles in 15.09.
The top three in the 300 hurdles — Claire Cornell of Elm Creek (45.17) and Ralston’s Lauren Tamayo (46.06) — also own the three fastest times in the state this season. Hadley was one of five girls to win a pair of individual events.
The 1-2 finish by Hadley and Cornell reversed last year’s state meet finish and the result at this year’s Axtell Invitational.
Cornell won the long jump with a mark of 18 feet. She also finished ninth in the high jump (5-0).
Minden’s Marshall Chasek was the other gold medalist from the Hub Territory, winning the boys 110-meter high hurdles in 15.13 seconds. He also finished second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (40.23).
Teammate Aidan Wheelock finished third in the 1,600 with a personal record of 4:32.95.