Falls City High’s boys’ track team turned in a pair of solid overall performances last week and will look to build on the recent success at Thursday’s Class B District 2 Meet in Auburn.
The Tiger boys’ recorded a season-high 93.5 points to take home second place at Friday’s Auburn Invitational and tallied 82.5 points at last Tuesday’s Ashland-Greenwood Invitational.
The Lady Tigers finished fourth at Auburn with 50.5 points and sixth with 40 points in Ashland.
Lincoln Pius X was dominant in Auburn and captured the team title in both the girls and boys divisions. The Thunderbolt boys amassed 279 points, while the girls were equally impressive with 228.
Raymond Central’s 75.5 points and Auburn’s 45.5 rounded out the team scoring in the boys’ division.
Morgen Valentine captured the only individual gold for the Tiger boys with his first-place finish in the pole vault. Cord Huettner (shot put), Zach Jordening (high jump) and Lee Huettner (triple jump) were each runner-up finishers for FC. Jordening also earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
Mitchell Harling took third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump; Reese Hogue was fourth in the discus and Jordy Stoller finished fourth in the 200; Trenton Pentecost and Jeremy Robinson finished third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault.
The Tiger’s 3200-meter relay team of Brandon Gibson, Brenden Heckenlively, Anthony Baker and David von Behren collected second, while both the 400 and 1600-meter relay teams finished in third. Harling and Stoller raced on both the 400 and 1600 teams, while Cord Huettner and Tyler DiGiacomo rounded out the 400 and Lee Huettner and Cody Schawang were the other half of the 1600-meter team.
Harling had a good day in Ashland, as he finished first in the long jump, second in the triple jump and helped the 400 and 1600-meter relay teams each capture fourth place.
Cord Huettner also nabbed a top finish at Ashland with his throw in the shot put. He was also fifth in the 200-meter dash and ran on the 400-meter relay.
More notables from Ashland for the Tiger boys: Jordening took second in the high jump; Stoller was third in the 200 and fourth in the long jump, 400 relay and 1600 relay; Lee Huettner was also on the 1600 relay team and finished third in the triple jump; Robinson took third in the 400-meter dash; Lucas Kirkendall captured fourth in the 110 hurdles; finally, the 3200-meter relay team, with Derik Eickhoff running in place of Brenden Heckenlively, also finished fourth.
In Auburn, shot putter Hailey Baxter captured the Lady Tigers lone first-place finish. Allyson Scholl was second in the triple jump, as was Krystal Samqua in the pole vault. Other Lady Tiger finishes of note were Courtney Chapple’s third-place finish in the discus, fourth for Haley Cochran in the long jump and the runner-up finish by Lady Tiger’s 400-meter relay team of Cochran, Samqua, Claire Poppe and Tressa Chandler.
Lainey Larsen’s second place finish in the 3200-meter run was FC’s best in Ashland. Larsen also added a fourth-place finish in the 1600.
Poppe finished third in the 300-meter low hurdles, fourth in the 100 hurdles and helped the 400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish; Baxter finished third in the shot put; Cochran was fourth in the long jump, as well as the 400 relay; Samqua and Chandler rounded out the 400 relay.
The other B-2 schools who will compete in Auburn on Thursday will be Auburn, Beatrice, Crete, Fairbury, Lincoln Lutheran, Milford, Nebraska City, Norris and Syracuse.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students.