Bishop Neumann Track and Field

1600-METER EXCHANGE: Cavalier 1600-meter relay members Jake Unger (left) and Eli Vedral pass the stick during the event at the Class B-1 District Meet in Fort Calhoun.  (Staff Photo by Jason Unger)

FORT CALHOUN – The Bishop Neumann boys track and field team captured the Class B-1 district championship at Fort Calhoun High School on May 9.

Neumann scored 99 points at the district meet and the Cavaliers are sending send six athletes to the state meet.

Cavalier long jumpers Brandon Blum and David Lilly both qualified for the state meet in the event after finishing first and third respectively.

Blum won the event with a mark of 21-10 and Lilly finished third with a jump of 21-3.75. Blum finished fifth in the event last season as a junior.

“Brandon was down to his last two jumps, and he went from eighth place to first when he popped that 21’10” jump,” said Bishop Neumann Coach Tim Rezac.

Senior sprinter Jake Unger will make his third consecutive appearance in the Omaha and will compete in three events.

Unger came through with season-best performances in the 100 and 200-meter dash events in order to qualify.

He finished second in both events at the district meet, finishing with times of 11.11 in the 100 and 22.56 in the 200.

Unger also ran the first leg on the Cavaliers winning mile relay team. Unger, Lilly, senior Eli Vedral and junior Taylen Pospisil combined to run 3:29.72 in Fort Calhoun.

“Jake had an amazing day in a tough sprint field.  He tied or beat personal bests in both the 100 and 200 and had a great split on the 1600-meter relay,” added Rezac.

Vedral, Lilly and freshman Kamdyn Swartz helped pile up points in the hurdle events and all three qualified for the state meet.

Vedral won both hurdle events, winning the 110’s with a time of 15.47 and the 300’s with a time of 41.25. Friday will mark a third consecutive appearance for Vedral at the state meet.

Swartz finished third in the 110’s (15.74) and Lilly ran second in the 300’s (42.09).

Lilly finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the district meet, but got in as an additional qualifier with his time of 52.01.

“We probably don’t have enough depth to climb into the top 4-5 in class B, but we’re going to make as much

noise as we can down there.  It’s been a tremendous season, we’ve won every varsity meet we’ve been in since April 4 and I couldn’t be happier for the boys,” said Rezac.

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