Bishop Neumann Track and Field

CLOSE FINISH: Bishop Neumann junior Faith Polacek holds off Wahoo junior Kendal Brigham and teammate Kelsie Cada at the finish line of the 800-meter run at the Class B-1 District Championship at Fort Calhoun High School.  (Staff Photo by Jason Unger)

FORT CALHOUN – The Bishop Neumann boys and girls track and field teams each captured district championships at the Class B-1 District Track and Field Meet at Fort Calhoun High School on May 9.

The girls team scored 137 points at the meet and is sending 10 athletes to Omaha for the Nebraska Track and Field Championships on May 17-18.

“It’s safe to say that, for us today, a lot of these things fell into place.  We performed well as a team today.  Our coaches were maybe most proud of how the girls worked together as a team to win the district meet,” said Bishop Neumann Coach Tom Gerdes.

The Cavaliers got off to a really good start in the field events, setting the tone for the championship day.

Three Cavaliers were crowned district champs.

Freshman Kali Jurgensmeier won the high jump after clearing 5-1. Jurgensmeier added a second-place finish in the triple jump (34-9).

Freshman Mary Chvatal won the long jump after posting a season-best mark of 16-5.

Both athletes will be competing at the state meet for the first time.

Senior Hadley Chvatal will be making her third appearance in Omaha after winning the shot put in Fort Calhoun with a heave of 36-4.25.

Jurgensmeier and senior Elli Wyllie both qualified in the 400-meter dash. Jurgensmeier finished second with a time of 62.77 and Wyllie got in as an additional qualifier with a time of 63.44.

Junior Faith Polacek will be competing at the state meet for a third consecutive season after winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.89.

Senior Kelsie Cada will join her in Omaha after running third in the event and posting a time of 2:29.30.

Hurdlers Anna Vedral and Katie Lilly scored 36 points in the two events at the district meet after finishing 1-2 in the 100 and 300-meter hurdle events.

Vedral won the 100’s with a time of 15.58 and the 300’s with a time of 49.13 while Lilly finished second in both races with times of 17.07 and 49.92.

All three of the Cavalier relay teams qualified for the state meet with the highlight of the meet coming in the sprint relay.

Just .10 separated the first and fourth place teams in the 400-meter relay.

Neumann won with a time of 52.61.

“The 400 relay might have been the most fun race of the day. That’s always a tough race because everything happens so fast and there’s so little margin for error.  We didn’t run that error free by any stretch of the imagination. But we ran it well enough for that day,” Gerdes added.

Lilly, Vedral, Chvatal and freshman Teresa Quinn ran on the sprint relay team.

The 1600-meter relay team made up of Jurgensmeier, Polacek, Quinn and Cada captured district gold with a time of 4:14.50.

Polacek, Quinn, junior Emily Coufal and Cada cruised to the district title after combining for a time of 10:17.94.

“It was just a really fun day. The girls accomplished even more than we had anticipated.  It was really satisfying to see them compete so well and with so much focus and conviction at this meet.  That’s what we always aim for at this point in the season, and our team didn’t disappoint,” added Gerdes.

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