Kruse, Evans Produce First Place Results During Fred Arnold Invite

SCHUYLER – After select individuals competed in the Elkhorn Invite last week, the entire team of Wayne High track & field took part in a Thursday invite.

From Schuyler Community Schools, WHS participated in the Fred Arnold Invitational.

The Blue Devil girls finished sixth with 40 points while the Wayne High boys placed fourth with 67 points. A total of 31 personal bests were achieved by the Blue Devils on Thursday.

Blair stole the show in the girls division with 198 points, followed by Columbus Scotus in second with 87 points, Wahoo took third (54), David City finished fourth (49) and Columbus Lakeview rounded out the top five teams with 42.5 points. Aquinas Catholic followed Wayne in seventh (35) and Schuyler placed eighth (21.5).

Wayne High leaders showcased Brooklyn Kruse winning the shot put (35’ 11”) and placing runner-up in the discus (116’). Laura Haseman finished third in the 3200-meter run (13:18) and fifth in the 1600-meter run (6:12) while Faith Powicki placed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:35) and Andi Belt took sixth in the triple jump (32’ 3 ½”).

Relays saw the 4×800 (Kiara Krusemark, Hasemann, Andi Belt and Powicki) win in a time of 10:29 while the 4×400 (Krusemark, Belt, Rubie Klausen and Powicki) placed fifth (4:45).


Columbus Lakeview won the boys division with 115 points, followed by Aquinas Catholic in second with 102 points, just edging Wahoo who took third (101), Wayne High finished fourth (67) and Blair rounded out the top five teams with 64 points. Scotus came in sixth (41), David City (seventh – 25) and Schuyler (eighth – 11).

WHS was led by Layne Evans winning the 400-meter dash (52.02), took second in the 300-meter hurdles (41.67) and third in the 100-meter dash (11.77).

Jesus Zavala finished second in the 3200-meter run (10:38) and fourth in the 1600-meter run (5:04), Sedjro Agoumba placed third in the 400-meter dash (53.41) while Alex Phelps came in fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (43.33) and fifth during the 110-meter hurdles (17.85).

Reece Wilson-Jaqua took fourth in the pole vault (11’) as Treyton Blecke placed sixth in the high jump (5’ 6”).

Relays saw the 4×400 (Evans, Agoumba, Phelps, Wilson-Jaqua) finish runner-up (3:35.98) just 0.29 seconds from first, 4×100 (Phelps, Koby Nelson, Agoumba, Wilson-Jaqua) placed fourth (47.73) and the 4×800 (Zavala, Lance Muhs, Parker Kesting and Ethan Wibben) came in fifth (9:30).

Wayne High will now wait and see how they stack up in northeast Nebraska and who may qualify for the Norfolk Classic on Thursday, April 29. The freshmen-sophomore group will next compete in Pierce on Tuesday, April 27 and the team will finish the week with the Mid State Conference meet in Pierce on Saturday, May 1.


A note from head track & field coach Dale Hochstein: “Just wanted to let everyone know for sure that we will not be hosting our Lions Club Elementary Track meet again this year. With the change in the State Track Meet schedule, local schedule conflicts and COVID concerns, we could not fit it in and wanted to avoid any health concerns.  We hope to resume with it next spring.”