Titans medal in four relays, bring home six overall medals in Class B
By Cody Nagel, The Voice News - May 25, 2017
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As Grand Island Northwest saw its state championship hopes slip away in the 400 relay with a lost baton, Norris runners Taryn Tracy and Morgan McCain ignore the distraction of the flying baton to successfully complete their exchange and run to a sixth-place finish in 50.9 seconds.
OMAHA – Even with tough weather conditions, Norris coach Beau Heiss was pleased with how his team did at the state track and field meet this weekend.
In Class B, the Norris boys placed in five events, finishing in a tie for 12th place with 22 points in the team standings. The Lady Titans sole medal came in the 400 relay as junior Sarah Logan, senior Makenna Sullivan, sophomore Morgan McCain and freshman Taryn Tracy placed sixth with a time of 50.90 on Saturday.
“We had a lot of kids who were here for the first time,” Heiss said. “It’s a big setting.”
A freshman ran a leg in each of the three relays the Norris boys placed in.
Zach VanBrocklin ran the second leg in the 3,200 relay with Dylan Lindstrom, Tyler Knudsen and Austin Barber that placed eighth in 8:19.6 on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ashton Hausmann ran the second leg in the 400 relay with seniors Marcus Thimm, Brody Zabel, and Parker Williams that placed third. Hausmann also was 12th in the 100 in 11.38 and 18th in the 200 in 23.48.
Ethan Schmidt ran the third leg in the 1,600 relay with Thimm, Williams and Keaton Plautz that placed fifth in 3:27.1 on Saturday.
“(Schmidt) ran a really good leg all season for us there when we needed him,” Heiss said. “That was a PR for those guys in the (1,600 relay). That’s all you can ask for.”
Zabel had run on that relay throughout much of the season before tearing some muscles in his foot at the conference meet. He just ran the 400 relay at districts.
“That’s about all the pain I could stand,” said Zabel, who had his foot in a walking cast after the race.
Travis Reed of Norris placed fourth in the high jump on Friday with a mark of 6-feet-4.
The fifth medalist for the Titans was Williams, who placed third in the 400 dash. Williams finished with a time of 50.44. He also ran the 200 Friday night but came in 16th in 23.35.
Williams, who ran the final leg of the boys 1600 relay, said after the race that it felt good to be done.
“It’s awesome.” Williams said. “I battled injuries and all kinds of adversity throughout my whole career. It feels great to come out here with my friends and end it on a high note.”
The Titans had a few more athletes compete who did not medal.
Landon Kennedy finished 18th in the triple jump with a mark of 39-feet-0.
Senior Joshua Starr finished 14th in the 3,200 run (10:12.67) and 12th in the 1,600 run (4:38.4).
Lindstrom also competed in the 1,600 run, finishing just behind Starr in 14th place (4:39.6). Lindstrom finished 19th in the 800 run with a time of 2:06.67.
Thimm came in 11th in the 200 in 23.11.
In the girls 3,200 run, Samantha Palermo finished 18th with a time of 12:17.35. In the 300 hurdles, Tracy came in eighth in a heat that saw five runners go on to the finals. She ended up with the 13th fastest time overall in preliminaries at 50.88.
In the 100, Logan ran 13.51 and finished fifth in her heat. She also came in eighth in her heat in the 200 with a time of 27.8.
Even with the loss of key seniors, such as Reed and Williams, Heiss said the Titans’ culture is heading in the right direction.
“We got a lot coming back,” Heiss said. We have big point scorers. This year we had points that were spread out in a lot of events, but next year we’ll have lots of firsts and seconds in both boys and girls.
“Norris track is in a good place. Kids are excited and really bought in.”
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