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).