Tiger Invite marks first home meet in five years

Oakland-Craig’s Robby Mayberry, right, held off Brayden Anderson of BRLD to help his team win the 4x800-meter relay at last week’s Tiger Invitational. O-C’s winning time was 8:53.4, two-tenths of a second faster than BRLD.

Five years.

It had been that long since Tekamah-Herman hosted a varsity track meet at Tiger Stadium.

That string was broken last week when six area schools visited Tiger Stadium. BRLD racked up 123 points to claim the girls title. Archbishop Bergan was a distant second. On the boys side, Bergan’s deep squad rolled up 150 points to pull away from Oakland-Craig.

Tekamah-Herman’s teams also performed well. The Tiger boys were fourth with 78 points. The girls were fifth with a season high 68.

“It was a great day for a first meet,” boys coach Stan Mencke said. “The kids did a nice job. We had a lot of season and personal bests, even from kids who didn’t score, so that’s good to see.”

The Tigers were locked in a three-way race for third with Logan View and BRLD, coming up half a point behind the Raiders.

“The kids saw that half-point and started saying they could have done better,” Mencke said. “That competitiveness, especially from the younger kids, was the best thing of the day.”

The Tiger’s PR parade got started early. Senior Alex Skinner posted personal bests in both the shot and the discus, getting fifth in the shot at 39’ 4.5” and fourth in the discus at 113’ 2”. he trailed teammate Alex camp in the discus. Camp took third with a toss of 115’ 11”.

Cole Freidel scored his first points of the day in the high jump, taking third at 5’ 6”. He also ran fourth in the 200, timed in 24.14 seconds and ran legs on the 400- and 1,600-meter relay squads. Teaming with Luke Wakehouse, Brandon Schram and Chauncey Rogers, the 4x100 quartet ran third in 47.57 seconds. Freidel, Wilson Anderson, Miles Jordan and Cole Bottger formed a makeshift team that picked up the team’s last two points by taking fifth in the 1,600-meter relay.

“The four of them all ran it for the good of the team,” Mencke said. “That’s a credit to them.”

The Tigers also picked up points in the day’s first running event, the 3,200-meter relay. O-C’s Robby Mayberry held off Braydon Anderson of BRLD down the homestretch to win by two-tenths of a second. The Tiger squad of Bottger, Tyler Petersen, Jacob Jensen and Kaleb Quick ran third in 9:48.5.

Quick, a freshman, also placed fourth in the triple jump in his first attempt at the event, going 35’ 1”. He also posted a personal best in the 1,600, placing fifth in 5:27.51.

Schram set the first of his two personal bests on the day in the triple jump, sailing 40 feet even while claiming second place. His other PR came in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 11.25 seconds.

Wakehouse also scored in four events. In addition to his relay work, the junior was second in the long jump at 18’ 11.5 inches, fourth in the 100 dash at 11.57 seconds and sixth in the 200 at 24.33.

Petersen notched a season best time in the 3,200-meter run, taking fifth in 12:35.34.

Jordan also had a breakout day. In addition to his relay work, the freshman was sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles, timed in 17.66 seconds. Rogers, who was back to hurdles duty after opening the season in the sprint corps, placed fifth in the 300-meter intermediates, timed in 46 seconds flat.

The Tiger girls saw Leann Hawkins, Anna Wakehouse, Halle Olsen, Kaitlyn Quick and Elena Jetensky all score in four events. Tiger coach Taylor Klein said their performances helped the Tigers place in every event in which the team had an athlete entered.

Olsen got it started early, winning the high jump by clearing 4’ 10”. Quick was fifth in the same event at 4’ 4”.

Olsen completed her day by taking fourth in the 400-meter dash, timed in 1:08.75; and helping her school take third in the last two relays. Olsen joined Hawkins, Quick and Wakehouse to take third in the 400 relay at 57.95 seconds. She, Jetensky, Wakehouse and Quick were third in the 1,600-meter relay in 4:59.02.

Hawkins was sixth in both the long and triple jumps, going 12’ 4” and 25’ 6.5” respectively. She completed her day by taking fourth in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 14.75 seconds.

Quick also ran fourth in the 200 at 30.56 seconds. Wakehouse ran third in the 800 at 2:46.96 while Jetensky was fourth at 2:48.41. She also placed fifth in the 1,600 at 6:43.47.

Senior Jordan Wetzel cleaned up the rest of the Tiger scoring in the field. A throw of 34’ 10 in the shot was good for fourth while her toss of 105’ 10” was good for fourth in the discus.

The Tiger Invitational is a bit of a warm-up for a busy couple of weeks.

Today, Tuesday, both Tiger teams head to Fort Calhoun for an invitational before hosting one of the top track meets in northeast Nebraska, the East Husker Conference Championships, on Saturday. Field events are slated for a 9 a.m. start.

On Monday, April 29, the Tigers are slated to take part in Homer’s Ivan Krumweide Invitational, a make up date after the meet was postponed from April 11. In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, the conference meet will be run Monday.

On Thursday, May 2, the Tigers run at the Oakland-Craig Invitational which will be held at West Point-Beemer High School.

Tiger Invitational

Girls Team Results

1. BRLD, 123; 2. Archbishop Bergan, 90; 3. Logan View, 78; 4. Oakland-Craig, 77; 5. Tekamah-Herman, 68; 6. Scribner-Snyder, 30; 7. Whiting, Iowa, 1.

Boys Team Results

1. Archbishop Bergan, 150; 2. Oakland-Craig, 103; 3. Logan View, 78.5; 4. Tekamah-Herman, 78; 5. BRLD, 65.5; 6. Walthill, 18.