As the track season continues on, the value of two strong players for the Harvard boys is apparent with junior Ray Nierman and senior exchange student Adrian Pajaron leading the charge throughout the season.
This past week was no different for the Cardinals, as out of the 57-team points scored by Harvard in the meet, Nierman and Pajaron had a hand in every scoring event for the Cardinals.
Bailey Stapleman, a 2014 Sandy Creek graduate, has sailed to new heights during his career as a pole vaulter on the University of Nebraska at Kearney Track and Field team.
Stapleman, who earned “Loper of the Week” honors in late March with a 16’ 1.75” vault, improved his previous personal best vault by six and a half inches this past weekend in action at UNK’s home invitational, held Saturday, April 15.
Anderson wins 18-19 yard handicap title during April 8 shoot at Crooked Creek Gun Club
Emily Overturf and Derek Drudik led the Sutton girls and boys trap teams during week three of the conference shooting season, held at the Crooked Creek Gun Club, west of Stockham, this past Saturday, April 8.
Overturf led the girls team, hitting on 85 of 100 total targets, while Drudik guided the boys team, also hitting on 85 of 100 total targets.
Overturf was 46-50 from the opening 16-yard mark, then hit on 39 of 50 targets from the 23-yard handicap mark.
Drudik connected on 41 of 50 targets from the 16-yard spot, but followed that up by hitting on 44 of 50 targets from the 21-yard handicap mark.
The season opening track and field meet for the Harvard girls track team proved to be a big success, as the Lady Cardinals returned home from the Sutton Invitational, held March 21, with three gold medals on the track and another in field event action.
Junior Shayanne Porter earned two of the three gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dash events, and then teamed up with Cassie Roberts, Carleigh Novak and Hannah Fields to claim top honors in the 4x400-meter relay, while in the field, sophomore Jaylessa Wilkerson topped the discus.
Porter edged out Heartland’s Taylor Quiring in both the short sprints, winning the 100-meter dash by nearly two-tenths of a second over Quiring, with a winning time of 13.28 seconds. Quiring finished in 13.42 seconds.
The 200 would see the Harvard junior gain the title with a winning time of 28.39 seconds, nearly five-tenths of a second ahead of Quiring.
Under cool and breezy conditions, the Sutton Fillies hosted the opening outdoor meet of the season for the Fillies, March 21, with the six-team, Sutton Invitational. Senior Kailyn Wiseman, along with the Fillies’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, paced the day for the Fillies, while in the field, senior Makyah Calkins had a strong day in the two throwing events.
Wiseman claimed the lone gold medal of the day for Sutton, winning the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 50.07 seconds, outrunning second place Macy Gustafson of Osceola, who hit the finish line in a time of 51.61 seconds.
Wiseman also helped both medal winning relay teams for the Fillies. Wiseman, along with Gina Osterhaus, Alyssa Schurman and Clara Burgmans, placed second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:38.39. Harvard would claim gold in the four-lap relay, with a winning time of 4:30.39.
Sutton track team paced by three gold medal performances to start the 2017 season in Crete
Two gold medals on the track by the Mustangs’ Nathan Hohensee and the Sutton 4x400-meter relay team, along with a gold medal performance by Seth George in the high jump, helped to lead the Sutton boys track team to a gold medal finish in the 2017 Doane Indoor Track and Field meet, held Friday, March 17, in Crete.
Sutton held off the Crusaders of Grand Island Central Catholic by a point and a half for the team title, outscoring GICC, 77-75.5.