Bishop Neumann Track and Field

STRIDE FOR STRIDE: Bishop Neumann senior Jake Unger (center) powers down the track during his 100-meter prelim on Friday afternoon.  Unger and his Cavalier teammates combined to finish in a tie for fourth at the state meet with 43 team points.

OMAHA – The Bishop Neumann boys track and field team took just six athletes to the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke High School on May 17 and 18.

Those six guys ended up scoring 43 points over the two days, good enough for a tie for fourth in the Class B team race.

“Going into the meet and where we were qualified, we were supposed to finish around 15th or 16th in the team standings, but just as they have all season, the boys stepped up and achieved some things that went beyond talent.  We finished fourth among the big B schools and were only two points out of third place.  I couldn’t be happier for the guys on this team,” said Bishop Neumann Coach Tim Rezac.

Junior David Lilly left Burke Saturday night with four medals around his neck after an impressive Saturday afternoon.

In a span of five hours, Lilly earned medals in the 400-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles, long jump and as a member of the Cavaliers 1600-meter relay team.

Lilly’s day started with a fifth place finish in the 400-meter dash (50.76).

Later, Lilly turned in a career-best performance in the 300-meter hurdles while finishing second with a time of 39.68.

Minutes after competing in the 300 hurdles, Lilly returned to the long jump pit for the Class B finals and he added a sixth place finish in the event after jumping 21-6.5.

After the stadium was evacuated due to lightning in the area, Lilly capped his day by anchoring the Cavaliers mile relay team.

Lilly teamed with senior Jake Unger, Vedral and junior Taylen Pospisil to run second behind Waverly in the event with a time of 3:25.37.

Vedral added medals in the 110 and 300-meter hurdle events for the Cavaliers. He finished fifth in the 110’s with a time of 15.41 and added a fourth-place finish in the

300’s with a time of 40.43.

Unger added points for the Cavaliers in the 200-meter dash.

After running a season-best time on Friday night in the prelims (22.51), Unger returned to the track on Saturday to compete among the state’s fastest athletes. Unger ended up fourth with a time of 22.69 in the finals.

Unger also qualified in the 100-meter dash, but failed to qualify for the finals after

running 11.13 in his preliminary heat.

Senior Brandon Blum added six points to the Cavalier total after finishing third in the long jump event on Saturday afternoon. Blum’s mark of 21-7.75 was less than two inches short of the mark posted by gold medal winner Alex Bunger of McCook.

Freshman Kamdyn Swartz qualified for the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles, but failed to qualify for Saturday’s final.

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