- Published on 26 March 2012
- Written by B.J. Fictum
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Continuing at the same level of performance after a 10-month hiatus is always a good thing and that’s what Friend head coach Jim Pfeiffer saw occur last Thursday during the Bulldogs’ first meet of the year.
The Dawgs didn’t do anything like win the Pioneer Conference Indoor at Doane College, but Pfeiffer felt the meet went quite well as the girls placed fifth behind powerhouse teams such as Sterling, Freeman, Nebraska City Lourdes and Wymore Southern.
The Friend men were eighth overall with Freeman and Pawnee City dominating their division. Wymore, Lourdes, Johnson-Brock, Falls City Sacred Heart and Sterling were all ahead of Friend with Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer, Diller-Odell and Lewiston rounding out the 11-team field.
“A number of kids were at or nearly at their marks from a year ago which is a really good place to be,” Pfeiffer said. “The competition was outstanding like most things in the Pioneer conference and Sacred Heart and Doug Goltz did a great job administering the meet.
“We were pleased with the effort that our kids gave; the kids we have out have done everything we’ve asked and are doing a great job,” he continued. “All the boys and girls are off to a great start and we are looking forward to them having a very good season individually. This group of kids is the best that I have worked with in terms of willingness to compete and to do what we ask of them.”
Taylor Menke and Morgan Pfeiffer ran 3-6 in the 800, Menke added a gold in the pole vault at 8-foot-6 and just missing a new school record while Pfeiffer was fifth in the 1,600.
Mariah Hulse also won a pair of medals (long jump, triple jump) in field events, Grace Niemeier tied for sixth in the 200 dash, Madison Johnson took bronze in the high jump, and the 1,600-meter relay squad (Pfeiffer, Menke, Niemeier and Johnson) was third.
For more on this story, see the March 28 print or e-editions of The Crete News.