HUETTNER TO JUMP AT BURKE FIRST THING FRIDAY


By Jason Schock

The 2014 State Track Meet, as it exists for Falls City High School, will be over before most Omaha Burke-bound spectators even get the car parked Friday. 

On a cold, windy Thursday at Beatrice, Falls City qualified just one athlete – junior Lee Huettner – for this week’s state meet, and he is set to compete in the very first event of the weekend. Huettner and the other Class B triple jumpers go at 9 a.m. Friday.

Furthermore, Huettner, who placed third at Beatrice with a mark of 41-11.5, competes in the first of two flights at Burke. 

Huettner enters the state meet a longshot to make finals, as five Class B jumpers soared beyond 43 feet last week and another seven cleared 42. Ralston’s Isaac Wallace (44-3.75) and Omaha Concordia’s Brandyn Reeves (44-2.5) and Jonathan Greene (43-8.5) are Class B’s top jumpers entering state.

The FC boys had realistic aspirations to send several more, but came up just short in several cases. The 400-meter relay team of Jeremy Robinson, Mitchell Harling, Jordy Stoller and Zach Jordening ran :46.12 for fourth place, for instance. Also, Jordening, a junior who qualified for high jump last spring, went 6-0 in that event Thursday and placed sixth. 

Harling, too, was a contender in both the long jump and triple jump – and earned medals in both – but just missed in both. He was fifth in long jump (19-9.75) and sixth in triple (40-9.5). 

Sophomore Lainey Larsen’s fifth-place finish in the two-mile was the highlight of the day for the Lady Tigers. She ran 13:39.18.

The 3200-meter relay team of Larsen, Krystal Samqua, Lindsey Duerfeldt and Cheyenne Dovel placed sixth (11:19.76), as did the 400-meter relay team of Molly Brown, Allyson Scholl, Samqua and Alyssa Frederick (:56.89). 

Samqua also scored points in pole vault, going 8-3 for fifth. 

Also Thursday at Beatrice, former Tiger and Auburn sophomore Maggy Rieschick won the 400-meter dash (1:03.8) and came in second in the 300-meter hurdles (:48.47). 

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