PIERCE – All nine Mid State Conference programs were in one location Saturday during a windy and warm day for track and field competition.
The meet took place in Pierce where the Wayne High girls and boys both placed seventh as a team (girls with 22 points and boys with 21 points).
In the girls division, Boone Central took home the team title with 103 points while the Battle Creek boys were victories with 110 points.
Other team scores in the girls division saw O’Neill finish runner-up with 96 points, Battle Creek placed third (84.5), Norfolk Catholic took fourth (84) and Pierce rounded out the top five teams with 62 points. Hartington Cedar Catholic (sixth – 42), Wayne (seventh – 22), Crofton (eighth – 21.5) and GACC (ninth – 12) closed out the team scoring.
Leading the way for Wayne saw Brooklyn Kruse take third in the discus with a season-best mark of 121’ 2” and fourth in the shot put (36’ 4”). The 4×800-meter relay team of Kiara Krusemark, Laura Hasemann, Andi Belt and Faith Powicki finished fourth in a time of 10:29.28.
Faith Powicki placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:36.93), Andi Belt took fifth in the triple jump (32’ 4”) as Laura Hasemann took sixth in the 1600-meter run (6:12.34) and sixth in the 3200-meter run (14:04.98).
The host, Pierce boys placed runner-up with 96.5 points, Boone Central took third (86.5), Norfolk Catholic finished fourth (85) and Hartington Cedar Catholic rounded out the top five teams with 64 points. O’Neill (sixth – 40), Wayne (seventh – 21), Crofton (eighth – 14) and GACC (ninth – 10) closed out team scoring.
Layne Evans of Wayne was crowned conference champion in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 52.17.
Wayne’s 4×100-meter relay team of Koby Nelson, Sedjro Agoumba, Alex Phelps and Reece Wilson-Jaqua finished fourth in a time of 48.01 while the 4×400-meter relay (Yair Alcantara, Agoumba, Phelps and Wilson-Jaqua) took sixth (3:44.95).
Wilson-Jaqua tied for fifth in the high jump (11’), Jesus Zavala came in fifth in the 3200-meter run (11:04) and sixth during the 1600-meter run (5:07.83), Sedjro Agoumba placed sixth in the 400-meter dash (54.54) and Treyton Blecke tied for sixth in the high jump (5’ 8”).
The Wayne High girls and boys track & field team will next compete in the Battle Creek tune-up meet on Thursday, May 6 starting at 2 p.m. preparing for districts in Albion on Thursday, May 13 and state competition in May being Friday and Saturday, May 21 – 22 in Omaha for Class B.