STATE TRACK -- Area athletes earn medals on first day

Allen freshman Jordyn Carr made the most of her debut at the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships with a runner-up finish in the Class D girls long jump to highlight area action on the first day of competition Friday at Omaha’s Burke Stadium.

Carr was leading the event going into the finals with a best jump of 17 feet, 6 inches, but was overtaken in the final round of jumps by Alixzandra Bloom of Riverside, who won the event with her final jump of 17-7 3/4, moving the Allen freshman down to second place.

Five other area athletes earned medals during the first day of competition, including Wayne senior Maysn Dorey, who picked up the school’s first-ever medal in the pole vault with an eighth-place tie in Class B competition Friday afternoon.

Wakefield picked up a pair of medals in the Class C morning session. Solomon Peitz finished fifth in the triple jump with a best mark of 41-5, and Israel Gardea was an eighth-place medalist with his best mark of 48-7 in the boys shot put. LCC’s Cody Babl cleared 6 feet and earned a third-place medal for the Bears.

Allen’s 3,200-meter relay earned a medal in Class D boys competition, as the foursome of Isaac Verzani, Avery Fredericksen, Brogan Jones and Devin Twohig placed seventh in a time of 8:47.3.

Four other Wayne High athletes were in competition and did not come away with medals. Mike Leatherdale finished 15th in the Class B boys shot put with a best throw of 45-10 1/2, Aaron Reynolds was seventh in his heat in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.00, and Reece Wilson-Jaqua was unable to make the opening height of 5-10 in the high jump. In girls action, Hailey Backer made the opening height at 8-6 before bowing out.

Also competing among area athletes in Class C action Friday were Erica Wolfgram of LCC and Courtney Bokemper of Wakefield in the girls long jump, Vanessa Vance of LCC in the girls 100-meter hurdles, Deagan Puppe of LCC in the 110-meter hurdles, Esgar Godinez in the boys 100 and 400, Justin Erb of Wakefield in the boys 400, Kinsey Hall of LCC in the girls 300-meter hurdles and Nick Arenas of Wakefield in the boys 300 hurdles.

Noah Carr of Allen qualified for Saturday’s finals in the Class D boys 100 and 200-meter dashes. Other second-day area competitors include:

Class B girls 800 — Gabi Meyer, Wayne
Class B boys discus — Mike Leatherdale, Wayne
Class B boys long jump — Cody Rogers, Wayne
Class C girls high jump — Erica Wolfgram, LCC
Class C boys 800 — Gabe Peitz, Wakefield
Class C boys 400-meter relay — Wakefield
Class C boys 1,600-meter relay — Wakefield
Class D girls 800 — Alli Jackson, Allen
Class D boys 800 — Brogan Jones, Allen
Class D boys long jump — Avery Fredericksen, Allen
Class D boys 400-meter relay — Allen
Class D girls 1,600-meter relay — Allen
Class D boys 1,600-meter relay — Allen

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