Hot Nebraska HS Athletes: Freshman Maddy Nygren Dashes to Top of Chart
Hot Nebraska HS Athletes
|Maddison “Maddy” Nygren, FR, Mead—the Class D-2 high school freshman blazed to what is to date the fastest girls 100 meter time of the year, when she hit the tape in 12.28 seconds at yesterday’s Douglas County Invite.It’s not often that you see a Class D boy or girl at the top of the sprint charts, but so it is! The 5-foot –4-inch Nygren was also a Class D honorable mention all-state basketball player this past season. She’s an athlete to watch!||Terry Grigsby, JR, Omaha North—the big 6-2 junior is regaining the form and confidence that once made him one of the country’s elite Junior Olympic runners. He is the first sprinter this year to turn in a sub 50 second 400 meter time, posting 49.80 at the South Invite this past weekend. That’s a pretty good time coming so early in the season. But hold on Grigsby. There are about a half dozen other sprinters around the state that are poised to join the club. It’s shaping up be a good year for the event.||Clara Nichols, JR, Omaha South—the Golden Girl has come out the blocks strong in 2011, turning in an impressive early season 400 meter time of 58.27 at the South Invite. With two-time all-class gold 100 medalist Maia Reynolds being out for the season, Nichols’ chances of a state meet Class A sprint sweep (100, 200 and 400 meter races) improves significantly, but there are still two mighty opponents standing in her way: reigning all-class gold 200 meter champ Brianna McGhee; and teammate Morgan Woitzel in the 400. Before it’s over, don’t be surprised to see a new face or two in the hunt. Mead’s Maddy Nygren is proof of that.|
|Other Notables |
Sidney Hirsch, SO, Millard West—for a good part of the 2010 season the freshman held the girls’ fastest times in the 1600 and 3200 meters. Now a sophomore, she’s earning the distinction again with times of 5:19.43 and 11:42.80 respectively.
Cale Korbelik, JR, Millard North—holds the boys fastest 100 meter time of the season—10.88.
April 6, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
I see Terry grigsby winning state with a 47 this year.
Hot 4 Clara
April 7, 2011 @ 2:24 pm
That Clara Nichols is hot alright. She is sizzling hot.
April 7, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
Terry is a good athlete, but my money is on a Sophomore from Pius X named Garrett Teel. He already beat Terry once this year.
April 7, 2011 @ 7:17 pm
Ooh! Looks like a rivalry in the making. Garrett Teel beat Grigsby pretty handily indoors. Both are capable of producing some Lukas Hulett-type performances over the next few years. Well see who gets there first. And that’s why I said the 400 is shaping up to be a good event this year.
April 7, 2011 @ 7:36 pm
I like it too…this event could be a real highlight for Nebraska track. There are others as well. Can’t wait to see what Sam Foltz GI does as well. And to think none of these kids are Seniors this year. Should be fun.
April 7, 2011 @ 10:34 pm
Do U think the Nichols girl is big college track material? Just currious about your opinion being that you been following Nebraska track for a while now. I mean you correctly recognized Laque Moen-Davis as a “great” athlete when she was just a freshman and said she would break records. What’s the difference between the two girls in your estimation? Because Nichols won an all-class gold as a freshman with a very good time and she can run all three sprints very well. What gives here? I think she can easily grow to make some noise in college as a 400 meter sprinter.
April 10, 2011 @ 11:40 am
Currious: Nichols is most definitely a D-1 caliber sprinter. The difference I saw between her and LaQue as freshmen was power. That’s what held me back a little on her overall potential. But as far as smooth mechanics and ideal frame she is the best Nebraska HS girl I’ve seen. Her coaches have done an excellent job in developing her. And you are right; she has the potential to do some damage in college. If she gets with the right college program I could see her developing to be among the top 400 sprinters.