2012 Nebraska State Track Meet Notes, All-Class Gold Medalist and Team Champs
See all of Day 2 and Day 1 Nebraska State Track and Field Meet notes below All-Class Gold Medal Chart.
Breaking News: Kenzo Cotton Sets—New 200 Meter State Record—21.31. It ranks No. 1 on all-time electronic chart. Cody Rush sets him up with his 21.59 Class B win. his time ranks No. 9 on all-time electronic chart.
Kenzo Cotton runs 10.41 wind aided —the fastest Nebraska high school 100 meter FAT ever recorded.
Clara Nichols Sweeps Sprints in style with all-time chart 200 meter—24.67. It’s No. 10 on all-time chart and No. 4 on all-time electronic chart ! Nichols also runs No. 6 all-time electronic chart 100 meter—11.97.
Millard South Girls 1600 relay sets all-class state meet record 3:52.94.
Nichols Wins 4 Gold Medals in 2012—She ends high school career having captured 9 all-class gold medals; 4 Class A 400 meter state championships, and 2 all-class state records (count includes her gold medals as anchor of 1600 relay team that set all-class state record in 2012).
Note: Cody Rush set new 400 meter All-Class State Meet Record with 47.05 prelim on Friday—crowd saw fastest 400 ever run at the state meet.
Millard West Sophomore Lanie Snyder jumps 38-6.75 to win all-class triple—just misses all-time chart by .50 inch.
Millard West Boys 1600 relay team races to No. 9 all-time chart mark to win gold in 3:19.52. It nipped Grand Island’s 3:19.78 that ranks 10th on all-time chart.
GOOD BYE: Nichols, Woitzel, McGhee, Wallerstedt, Merrill, Hillis, Bittinger, Malone, Tupper, Rush, Pille, Shoff, Olson, Dojiok, Feichtinger, English, Nguot, Cahoy, Hodson, Moreland and all the rest of the Class of 2012—WELL DONE!!!
2012 Nebraska State Track and Field Meet Top Results Update:
Boys 800 Meter—Kearney’s Jacob Olson finally got rid of the voodoo curse and beat Mach Dojiok in another tape-leaning win. Olson 153.63 to Dojiok’s 153.79. Class B’s Anton Rice (Omaha Gross Catholic) almost sneaked in and took the all-class gold. He ran a career PR 153.73 to claim all-class silver.
Girls 800 Meter—Morgan Woitzel wins class A in 2:16.37 but Class B sophomore Molly Sughroue of McCook takes home all-class gold with a Nebraska season-best 2:15.20.
Boys 400 Relay—Kearney blast to a near-all-time chart season best 42.25 to beat 2nd place Central
Girls 100 HH—North senior Brianna McGhee runs an all-time chart 14.42.
Girls 100 Meter—Clara Nichols runs career PR for a sub-12 11.97 to claim her first 100 meter all-class gold medal. This time she also decidedly beat second place Chelsea Baker (12.12). I always knew that girl could run sub-12s.
Boys 100 Meter—Kenzo Cotton runs fastest Nebraska FAT 100 meter in 10.41! wind measure of 2.67 (that’s not real windy but above the 2.0 limit) prevents it from being accepted as state record. Well, at least the crowd can say they saw the fastest 100 FAT. Jake Paulsen wins class B in 10.88. Yesterday, he also won the Class B high jump at 6-7.
Girls 400 Meter—Nichols wins with season beast 55.30 (Nebraska second best time ever, behind her own55.05). Woitzel runs 3rd (56.90) while Lincoln Southwest’s Kylie Gokie places 2nd (56.76).
Boys 400 Meter—Lukas Hulett can rest easy another year as Cody Rush wins in 47.31. James Parks ran an impressive 48.36 career to win class A and take all-class silver over Levi Gipson’s 48.62. Omaha North senior Lee Banks (48.83) was second in Class A and my man Sam Foltz finished third (49.26).
Girls 300 LH—Shelton’s Kayln Brannagan winc C (45.08), Holdrege sophomore Julianna Burr wins B (44.92) and—New—all-class gold medal 300 LH winner is Class A’s Rachel Bramhall who ran a career PR, 4th all-time chart 43.58.
Boys 300 IMH—Millard South senior Alexander Moreland surprises everyone with a Nebraska season-best 38.62 Class A win to take the all-class gold. Banderas finished second (39.12) while Pille won Class C (39.21).
Girls 200 Meter—Clara Nichols sweeps the all-class gold sprints in style with a career PR and all-time chart No. 6 24.67, 200 meter.
Boys 200 Meter—After Cody Rush ran 21.59 to win Class B sophomore Kenzo Cotton sets new 200 meter state record—21.31. I told you all he is going under 21 before he gets out of high school! (click link to read Kenzo Cotton: How Fast Will He Go?
Day 1 Session 1
…Grand Island Northwest senior Cody Rush sets new Class B 400 meter record winning his prelim heat in 47.05. The time ranks No. 2 on the all-time chart. Saturday, Rush will have one last shot in the Class B finals to break the all-class 46.98 400 meter record set by Bellevue East’s Lukas Hulett in 2007. He nearly did it today.
Class B Boys 100 Prelims—Bris Covington, sophomore Boys Town, ran fastest time, winning his heat in 10.83. Cozad’s Jake Paulsen had 5th fastest qualifying time winning his heat in 10.97.
Class B Girls 100 Prelims —Auburn’s Tierra Williams runs fastest qualifying time—12.21.
Class B Girls 3200 Final—Holdrege sophomore Gabriella Gracia wins in 11:23.05.
Class B Boys 3200 Final—Reigning 3200 meter all-class gold medalist Thomas Feichtinger, Mt Michael Benedictine, won with a time of 9:40.98, well off his 9:32 win last year. The heat can wreck havoc on some distance runners.
Class B Boys High Jump Final—Cozad sophomore Jake Paulsen jumps 6-7 to win title.
Upset Alert—Class B Girls long jump Finals: Gothenburg—freshman—Tiani Reeves upsets reining Class B long jump champ and all-time chart jumper Tierra Williams. Reeves captured the title by leaping 18-7.5 to runner-up William’s 18-5.75.
Class D Boys Shot Put Final: South Dakota State football recruit Mike Shoff put major all-class gold pressure on the rest of the top boys in classes yet to throw. Shoff wins class D with a toss of 60-11.75.
Class B Boys 200 Meter Prelim—Oh my! Cody Rush will give reigning boys 200 meter all-class gold medalist Kenzo Cotton something to worry about. The Nebraska recruit jammed a 21.73 to post the top finals qualifying time in his class. Paulsen (22.88) placed second his heat behind Covington (22.05).
Class B Girls 200 Meter Prelim—Auburn’s Tierra William’s is having another bad day at the state meet. She barely qualified to make finals with a 26.05. Lexington’s Lindsie Woolley has the best time going into finals (24.43).
That wraps of Day 1 Session 1
Day 1 Session 2 with classes A and C kicks off shortly.
Nebraska State Track and Field Meet Top Results Day 1 Session 2 Results:
Class A Girls 100 Meter High Hurdles—Omaha North senior Brianna McGhee breezes to season-best 14.55 for fastest qualifying time.
Class C Girls 100 Meter High Hurdle Prelims—Shelton Junior Kayln Brannagan leads C qualifiers with 15.25
Class A Boys 110 Meter High Hurdle Prelims—Class of 2013 Nebraska football recruit Josh Banderas (Lincoln Southwest) leads qualifiers with 14.54.
Class C Boys 110 Meter High Hurdle Prelims—Class C state record holder Sean Pille leads qualifiers with 14.32.
Class A Girls 100 Meter Prelims—Omaha Central junior Chelsea Baker out leaned Millard South’s Clara Nichols in their heat to lead all final qualifiers. Both girls ran career PR’s 12.036 for Baker and 12.04 for Nichols.
Class A Boys 100 Meter Prelims—Papillion La-Vista sophomore Kenzo Cotton blazes to 10.49. That’s a All-Class state record time if no wind. Gusty winds today.
Freshman Watch: Omaha Central’s Anthony Sanders qualified 4th with a time of 10.78.
Class C Girls 100 Meter Prelims—12.53 is good enough for Shelton’s Brannagan to lead.
Class C Boys 100 Meter Prelims—St Cecelia senior Black Micek’s 10.91 leads qualifiers.
Class A Girls 400 Meter Prelims—Nichols wins heat 1 56.46 followed by Woitzel with 57.37 heat 2 best.
Class C Boys 400 Meter Prelims—Levi Gipson leads with 48.52.
Class A Boys 400 Meter Prelims—Lincoln high senior James Parks leads qualifiers with 49.12 heat 2 win. Omaha North senior Lee Banks won heat 1 in 49.43, but it’s the third best finals qualifying time behind Grand Island’s Sam Foltz (49.29).
Class A Girls 3200 Meter Final—UPSET! 2011 Class A champion Sydney Hirsch finished 3rd behind Lincoln North Star freshman Jeralyn Poe (11:18.52) and new Class A 3200 champion and all-class gold medal winner Mary Hillis. The Lincoln Southwest senior ran a career PR 11:07.24. Hirsch finished well back with a n 11:24.62. Like I said the heat greatly impacts some distance runners.
Class A Boys 3200 Meter Final—In an exciting finish Lincoln North Star Junior Mohamed Hamdan (9:41.28) edges Millard North’s Ryan Cox ( 9:41.36). Last year’s Class A champion Danny Aldaba finished 6th (9:46.30). Despite Hamdan’s Class A win, for the second year in a row the 3200 meter all-class gold medal goes to Class B’s Thomas Feichtinger (Mt. Michael Benedictine). He ran a 9:40.98 in session 1.
Class C Girls 300 Low Hurdles Prelims—Shelton’s Brannagan qualifies with 45.93 top time.
Class C Boys 300 IM Hurdles Prelims—Johnson-Brock senior Kale Wolken wins heat 1 with top qualifying time (39.50). Pille wins heat 2 with second best 39.75.
Class A Girls 300 Low Hurdles Prelims—Papillion-La Vista South junior Rachel Bramhall turns in best time of meet 44.27.
Class A Boys 300 IM Hurdles Prelims—Josh Banderas qualifies with meet’s fastest time—39.17.
Class A Girls 200 Meter Prelims—Clara Nichols wins heat with 25.34 but it’s third fastest qualifying time behind heat 2 winner Kadie Rolfzen (25.19), jr. Papillion-La Vista South, and runner-up Kylie Gokie (25.22), jr Lincoln Southwest.
Class C Boys 200 Meter Prelims—Micek wins heat 2 with second fastest qualifying time (22.64). Logan View senior Nathan Kreikemeier leads with a 22.35going into final.
Class A Boys 200 Meter Prelims—Kenzo Cotton leads all final qualifiers with 21.69.
That’s it for Day 1.
Final 2012 Nebraska H.S. Track and Field Leaders
Final 2012 Active Nebraska H.S Athletes on All-Time Chart — the most new times and marks in 5 years of MHN coverage.
Kenzo Cotton: How Fast Will He Go?
May 22, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
In my opinion the race of the meet was the A girls 4×400. 3 teams in the top 10 with lead changes galore, new meet record, and a the team championship up for grabs. WOW!!!! Nichols and Woitzel both ran unbelievable legs as well.
Track Fan Stevie
May 23, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
Nebraska girls track is going to be weak for awhile. First LaQue Moen-Davis and now Clara Nichols are gone. They were two of girls track biggest stars for the past several years. Those kinds don’t grow on trees, ya know. And I don’t see any young girls in the pipeline to replace their star power and record breaking ways. Will Cummings, you agree?
May 24, 2012 @ 8:45 am
It’s very rare to have two girl athletes like LaQue and Clara come in as freshman in back-to-back years and perform at an all-class state championship level and then continue to improve and break records throughout their entire high school careers. It was exciting for me to see their potential early on and then to see them both realize it.
This year no freshman (boy or girl) exploded onto the scene and took all-class gold at state. However, there are several girls out there that could set state records and even more who could make it into the all-time charts. Rachel Bramhall is right there for a state record in the 300 LH: Chelsea Baker—if she works smart and stays focused—is capable of breaking the 100 meter state record. McCook’s Molly Sughroue is only a sophomore and she almost had an all-time chart all-class gold medal 800 meter performance at state. If she dreams big and puts in the effort she could set a record before the end of her career; Kearney freshman Megan Sughroue was 3rd in the 1600 with a 5:05. And because Kearney produces some of the best distance runners there is no telling what she is eventually capable of . I also like state cross country champ Jerayln Poe. The freshman performed admirably at state. She just needs to transition her grass and dirt skills onto the track.
So all is not lost—there is still plenty of talent out there and you never know—a freshman may walk in next year and start things all over again.
May 24, 2012 @ 7:06 am
Kylie Gokie impressed me, not star power like the others. However she could maybe squeak a top 10 400, plus Chelsea Baker from Central has the potential for a sub-12 100. If the Shelton girl hits the weight room in the off-season she could certainly lower her hurdle times.
May 24, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Will, I was wondering if you were planning on putting videos together of the championship races like last year? I really enjoyed them!
May 24, 2012 @ 4:31 pm
I didn’t videotape this year.
May 25, 2012 @ 12:48 am
whats with the voodoo comment // on the 800 meter race//no class
May 25, 2012 @ 9:26 am
Ah, that was in reference to Mach Dojiok and Mohamed Hamdan previously getting the best of Jacob Olson in close races.
I’m assuming that your “no class” reference is implying that the comment was racially or culturally insensitive? If so that wasn’t the intent of my attempt at humor.
I’m black and I understand very well how the voodoo comment could be taken by some—I also understood it when I wrote it, too. However, because I know that it was meant only as word to represent a hex or a curse—and nothing more— I chose to use it. If that means I have no class then so be it.