State Track | 2019

www.familypt.com Satellite Clinics: Gretna, Lexington, Minden, Franklin, Ravenna and Wood River Way To Go State Track Competitors! Sports Center: 211 W. 33rd Street, Suite A • 308.236.5884 Balance/Mobility Clinic: 615 W. 39th Street, Suite A • 308.698.2820 Ortho Clinic: 3500 Central Avenue, Suite D • 308-865-9200 Family Practice/Pediatrics: 620 East 25th Street, Suite 7 • 308.455.1781 2019 By BUCK MAHONEY Hub Sports Editor OMAHA —As the last event unfolded, it didn’t look good for the Lexington boys. The Minutemen had a 1-point advan- tage in the Class B team standings at the Nebraska High School Track and Field Cham- pionships, but their 4x400 relay team was running dead last as the third runner handed off to anchor man Timothy Ram Nyin- guan. “It was a little too close for comfort,” Lexington coach Sam Jilka said. But Nyinguan sprinted around the track in just over 49 seconds to gain a spot in the race and bring the Min- utemen home with a time faster than McCook. The Bison would have won the meet had their time from the first heat been faster than Lexington’s. “He gutted it out and that’s what we needed,” Jilka said of Nyinguan. “He was very disappointed he didn’t get the win in the 400 so his word this year was ‘redeem’ and he wanted to redeem him- self. I think he did that there.” Lexington finished with a 70-68 win over McCook to get its first team championship since 1988. “It’s some- thing to be proud of and something to take pride in. Hopefully, it will be something to get kids more excited and shows them that working hard toward a goal will achieve something,” Jilka said. Senior Ajack Waikur For the Team Lexington boys win first state track crown since 1988 Eldon Holmes, Kearney Hub LEXINGTON’S AJACK WAIKUR competes in the long jump Saturday at the Nebraska High School Track and Field Championships in Omaha. Waikur won three events and placed second in the long jump to lead Lexington to the Class B team title. View more state track photos at kearneyhub.com. LEXINGTON, PAGE 2 AXTELL BOYS REPEAT AS CLASS D CHAMPIONS PAGE 6 KEARNEY CATHOLIC BOYS AND GIRLS TIE FOR SECOND IN CLASS C PAGE 6 Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub KEARNEY High’s Miko Maessner, center, crosses the finish line in the 100-meter dash in front of Papillion-La Vis- ta’s Frank Allen and Creighton Prep’s Noah Strako. Mae- ssner won the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the state track meet Saturday in Omaha. By BUCK MAHONEY Hub Sports Editor KEARNEY — Kearney High’s Miko Maessner ruled the sprints Saturday after- noon at the Nebraska High School Track and Field Championships. The Bearcat junior edged Creighton Prep’s Noah Stra- ko by just over a 10th of a second to win the 100-meter dash at Burke Stadium in Omaha. Maessner finished in 10.87-second time to Straka’s 10.97. In the 200, Maessner was pulling away down the back stretch to win by three- tenths of a second over Papillion-La Vista South’s Michael MacLenahan. Maessner’s winning time was 21.84. “All year long it’s been 21.6, 21.7, 21.8, so I’m happy with that time,” Maessner said after crossing the finish line in the 200. “It was a solid race. I got out fine and stayed relaxed.” A relaxed running style is something he’s learned is a key to being successful, particularly in big meets and big races like the state track meet. “It’s a big environment. People tighten up. They get stressed or whatever. The biggest thing is to get out of the blocks then relax,” he said. Capitalizing on that knowledge he’s gained over the past two years helped him calmly cruise to victory Maessner pulls away to claim sprint gold MAESSNER, PAGE 2 “It’s something to be proud of and some- thing to take pride in. Hopefully, it will be something to get kids more excited and shows them that working hard toward a goal will achieve something.” Lexington coach Sam Jilka

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