WAYNE – The sun was shining and wind blowing during the first high school track meet for several programs in two years.
Normally, the Wayne State College high school invite is held indoors and over a two-day period. But to follow COVID-19 protocols, the event was moved outside to Memorial Stadium featuring 12 teams on Friday.
Participating teams included Boone Central, Columbus Scotus, Norfolk Catholic, Osmond, Stanton, Summerland, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Holt, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Homer and Hinton (IA).
All times listed are hand times, so they need to be rounded up and add .24 seconds. Also, no team scores were kept.
The highlight of the meet was a new school record was set by Layne Evans of Wayne in the 300 intermediate hurdles, a mark that was set 40 years ago by Erick Brink in 1981. Eric’s record of 41.8 seconds was eclipsed by Layne in a time of 41.6 seconds.
Top four results from Wayne High on the girls side went to Kierah Haase finishing second in the 200-meter dash (28.65); Laura Hasemann took third in the 3200-meter run (13:50.88); Brooklyn Kruse came in third during the shot put (35′ 7 1/2″); the 4×800-meter relay team of Kiara Krusemark, Andi Belt, Laura Hasemann and Faith Powicki took third (11:04.1) as Kiara Krusemark placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:53.77).
In the boys division, Evans set a new school record by winning the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.6); Reece Wilson-Jaqua won the pol vault (11′ 6″), took second in the long jump (19′ 7 1/4″) and third in the triple jump (39′ 10 1/2″); Treyton Blecke finished runner-up in the high jump (6′); the 4×100-meter relay team of Alex Phelps, Koby Nelson, Layne Evans and Reece Wilson-Jaqua placed third (46.87) as Jesus Zavala finished fourth in the 3200-meter run (11:21.63).
The Wayne High girls and boys track & field team will next be in action on Tuesday, March 30 during the Columbus Scotus Invite.