“Two out of three ain’t bad,” the old saying goes. Unless you’re trying to get a track meet in this spring.
After getting snowed out at Ashland-Greenwood March 29, Tekamah-Herman lost its second meet of the season April 3 when the Malcolm Invitational was postponed by weather. The makeup date chosen for that meet didn’t fit with the T-H schedule so the Tiger brass went looking for another meet. They found one at Homer’s Ivan Krumweide Invitational. That meet was set for April 11, but it, too, was postponed by weather and now will be held April 29.
In between, the Tigers took part in the Logan View Invitational April 9. Typically a strong meet, it lived up to its reputation Tiger coaches said as strong teams from Bishop Neumann won both the boys and girls portions of the meet. North Bend Central ran second on both sides.
The Tiger girls were seventh in the eight-school meet, tallying 15 points. The boys were eighth with 23.
“Though we didn’t score many points as a team, we had numerous kids reach new personal bests in their events,” girls coach Taylor Klein said.
Among them, Halle Olsen cleared five feet in the high jump, good for fourth place.
Olsen also toured the 400 meters in 1:07.45 while Anna Wakehouse was clocked in 2:49.2 for the 800 meters. Both performances were good for eighth place, two spots away from a medal.
Jordan Wetzel medaled for the second time in as many meets, this time taking fifth in the shot put with a toss of 31’ 1.5”.
The rest of the Tiger scoring got done in the relays
Rayna Hladky, Natsume Higa, Mackenzie Evans and Elena Jetensky placed fifth in the day’s first track event, the 4x800-meter relay, at 13:09.
Olsen and Wakehouse teamed with Leann Hawkins and Kaitlyn Quick to get third in the 4x100, timed in 58.6 seconds.
Wakehouse, Quick, Olsen and Elena Jetensky teamed up to place sixth in the day’s last event, the 4x400 relay, in 4:57.
For the boys, Alex Camp’s personal best throw of 130’ 7” in the discus earned him third place, the best finish of the day for a Tiger. The toss was 20 feet past his previous best, coach Stan Mencke said.
“He’s been concentrating on the discus more in practice and it’s really starting to show,” Mencke said.
Cole Freidel scored in two individual events, placing fourth in the high jump at 5’ 6” and running sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.25 seconds, .26 faster than his time in the preliminaries that earned him the last spot in the starting grid.
Brandon Schram and Luke Wakehouse ran five-six in the 100 meters, timed in 11.67 seconds and 11.91 respectively. Wakehouse looked to clear 20 feet in the long lump for the second time this season, but settled in fourth at 19’ 8”.
The Tiger boys also scored in all three relays, led by the 4x8 squad of Cole Bottger, Kaleb Quick, Jacob Jensen and Tyler Petersen who posted a season best time of 9:49.92 while placing fifth. Quick nearly cracked the scoring column again, running seventh in the 1600 meters at 5:29.75.
The 4x100 relay team was fifth in 48.2 seconds while the 4x4 foursome was sixth in 4:00.2.
Tiger Stadium hosts its first track meet in five years April 16 when the Tiger Invitational returns to its home grounds. In addition to the Tigers, the other schools scheduled include BRLD, Archbishop Bergan, Logan View, Oakland-Craig, Scribner-Snyder, Walthill and Whiting (Iowa).
Tekamah-Herman ventures to Fort Calhoun for a meet April 23 before hosting the East Husker Conference meet on Saturday, April 27.