COLUMBUS – Things were not looking good for the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers as they took to the track for the finals portion of the Centennial Conference Track and Field meet on Saturday, a windy and frigid afternoon at Pawnee Park in Columbus.
With wind chills in the upper 20’s, the Cavaliers were able to pull out the team title after scoring 94 team points. Kearney Catholic finished second with 87.
“If you would have told me a week ago that we would only have one PR on the whole team and only win one
event on the track at the conference meet, I wouldn’t have believed we could still win the conference championship, but here we are,” said Bishop Neumann Coach Tim Rezac.
It was the fifth consecutive team championship for the Cavaliers.
Junior David Lilly finished with the lone individual conference gold medal for the Cavaliers on the day and it came in the long jump. Lilly’s jump of 21-11 was good enough to win. Teammate Brandon Blum finished third with a jump of 21-5.
In a difficult wind, senior Caden Johnson was able to earn a silver medal in the dis-
cus with a throw of 141-2.
The Cavaliers completed their comeback by scoring 68 points on the track.
Twenty-seven of the 68 points came from Lilly, senior Eli Vedral, junior Taylen Pospisil and freshman Kamdyn Swartz in the 110 and 300-meter hurdle events.
Vedral finished second in the 110’s (15.33) and 300’s (40.70) while piling up 16 points.
Lilly finished second in the 300’s (42.00), Pospisil finished third in the 300’s (42.22) and Swartz added a sixth place medal in the 110’s (16.69).
“Those guys have carried us all year,” added Rezac.
The three Cavalier relay
team’s combined for 22 more points in Columbus.
The mile relay team consisting of senior Jake Unger, Vedral, Pospisil and Lilly turned in a time of 3:29.89 good enough for conference gold.
The sprint relay team and 3200-meter relay team added third place finishes at the conference meet.
Unger added a pair of third place medals in the 100 and 200-meter dash events.
His times of 11.56 in the 100 and 23.28 in the 200 added 12 points in the two events. The four medals on Saturday give Unger a total of 12 conference medals in his career at Neumann.
Lilly battled an excellent group of 400-meter dash competitors to end up fourth in the event with a time of 52.25.
Thomas Haberman (800-meter run) and Luke Fairbanks (200-meter dash) also added medals on the track for the Cavaliers.
The girls team ended up fifth at the meet as a team after scoring 53 team points.
Cavalier freshman Kali Jurgensmeier had herself a day on Saturday, leaving with four conference medals.
Jurgensmeier won the high jump (4-10), triple jump (34-6.5), finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (64.0) and ran on the Cavaliers fourth place 1600-meter relay team (4:29).
Senior Hadley Chvatal added medals in the shot put and discus events for the Cavaliers. She finished fourth in the shot put (36-7.5) and sixth in the discus (99-11).
Junior Emily Coufal turned in her best time of the year in the mile while finishing third with a time of 5:50 in difficult conditions.
Senior Katie Lilly added a sixth place medal on the track after posting a time of 17.16 in the 100-meter hurdle and then came back later to finish third in the 300’s with a time of 50.87.
Junior Faith Polacek finished sixth in the 800-meter run (2:35.28) and also ran on the Cavalier medal winning 1600-meter and 3200-meter relay teams.