BEATRICE – The Waverly Viking track and field team had a successful day at the Class B-3 District Track and Field Meet in Beatrice on May 9.
As a result, 22 Vikings will be competing in the 2019 Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke High School on May 17-18.
The Viking girls’ team dominated the competition at the district meet winning the championship with 130 team points. They finished 56 points ahead of second-place finisher Beatrice.
Waverly got off to a tremendous start in the field events, qualifying four girls in five events.
Senior Averie Lambrecht qualified in both the long jump and triple jump events. She finished second in the long jump with a mark of 16-5.5 and added a third mark in the triple jump (34-10.75).
Senior Tyza Hoos qualified in both the shot put and discus events. Hoos was crowned district champion in the shot put after a season-best performance of 41-3. She also finished third in the discus with a mark of 129-10.
Senior Val Gerlach will join her teammate in Omaha after finishing runner-up in the discus event with a mark of 132-7.
Sophomore Whitney Lauenstein finished with a silver medal in the high jump after clearing 5-2.
Senior sprinter Sydni Schernikau, a state meet veteran, will be competing in four events this weekend after leaving Beatrice with four gold medals.
Schernikau blazed to first place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dash events winning with times of 12.34 and 25.88. Schernikau earned state medals in both events a year ago.
Schernikau also anchored the winning 400-meter relay team in Beatrice. Schernikau, sophomore Maya Qualset, sophomore Grace Hartweg and senior Abigail Clarke combined to win the event with a time of 51.14.
Schernikau, Clarke, Hartweg and senior Kira Keller combined to win the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:17.58.
Keller will also compete in the 400-meter dash in Omaha after finishing third at the district meet with a time of 63.39.
Senior Alex Danson and sophomore Grace Lange were both additional qualifiers in the 800-meter run after finishing fourth and sixth in Beatrice with times of 2:29.86 and 2:30.61 respectively.
Lauenstein (15.70) and Clarke (16.16) finished 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles and qualified for the state meet.
Clarke won the 300-meter hurdle event after crossing the finish line first with a time of 47.53. Clarke is the defending Class B champ in the 300-meter hurdle event.
The boys’ team finished third as a team in Beatrice after piling up 98 team points. Norris won the district championship with 121 team points.
Senior Logan Schuelke was the lone qualifier in the field events for the Vikings. He finished runner-up in the discus with a mark of 148-5.
Senior sprinter Trent Weatherwax qualified for the state meet in four events. He got in as an extra qualifier in the 200-meter dash (22.76) and finished second in the 400-meter dash after crossing the finish line with a time of 51.43. Weatherwax is the defending Class B champion in the quarter mile.
Weatherwax will also run on the Vikings sprint relay and mile relay teams’ at the state meet.
Weatherwax will team with junior Mason Nieman and seniors Carter Prang and Camren Mitchell at the state meet after getting in as an extra qualifier with a time of 44.49.
The same four will compete in the mile relay after finishing second in the 1600-meter relay in Beatrice with a time of 3:30.04. The Vikings are the defending Class B champs in the 400-meter relay.
Mitchell will also compete in the 400-meter dash after finishing with a bronze medal at the district meet with a time of 51.62.
Sophomore Conrad Schroeder had a great day in Beatrice while qualifying in three events.
Schroeder finished runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.48 and added a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run after completing four laps in 4:44.85.
Schroeder teamed with freshman Billy Connot, junior Treyton Stovall and freshman Cole Murray to win the 3200-meter relay, punching their ticket to state with a time of 8:31.88.
Nieman, senior Alex Murray and freshman Hogan Wingrove will all represent the Vikings in the hurdles.
Murray won the 300-meter hurdle event in Beatrice with a time of 41.37 and finished second in the 110’s (15.12).
Nieman finished third in the 110’s (15.37)
Wingrove got in as an additional qualifier in both the 110’s (15.67) and 300’s (42.36).