- Published on 21 May 2012
- Written by B.J. Fictum
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OMAHA — The number of highs and lows over the 48-hour period of the 2012 Nebraska State High School Track and Field Championships cannot be counted on two hands, but for the local Class C athletes from Wilber-Clatonia and Tri County who participated, there was plenty of emotion to go around.
The two squads brought home a total of 13 medals from Omaha Burke — nine boys and four girls honors that included three bronzes.
TC’s Sydney Holtmeier led the way with three medals, scoring all 13 of the TC girls’ points, while male counterpart Sam Hahn netted dual honors in the shot put and discus and Austin Kruse did the same in both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles.
Atley Cerveny of Wilber-Clatonia, grabbing her third state medal, punched out third place for the only W-C girls medallion while individually, the W-C men turned to Tanner Zlab in the triple jump and Dillon Bates in the 110-meter high hurdles for their medals.
All-in-all, it was a meet to remember.
“The atmosphere of the state meet is unbelievable and can be overwhelming to kids that are competing up there for the first time,” noted W-C head boys coach Lynn Jurgens. “It is easy for kids to get caught up in the atmosphere and then they don’t quite compete as well as they have all year. Until you go through the experience once, you have no idea how different it is from competing at regular track meets.”
“We experienced both highs and lows over the two-day state track meet,” admitted TC boys co-head coach Kelly Smith. “We are disappointed by the final outcome, as we had set much higher goals and expectations over the course of the year, but alternately, we are pleased by the personal bests achieved at the meet.”
For more on this story, see the May 23 print or e-editions of The Crete News.