Personal bests were the norm for Milford athletes at the Southern Nebraska Conference track meet April 27 and 29. The meet was contested over two days because of cold, windy conditions April 27. The field events, except the pole vault, were finished Saturday. Running events and the pole vault were done April 29.
Coach Marty Hingst said when the coaches started talking about moving events, Saturday’s temperature felt like 40 degrees. When the decision to postpone was finalized, the temperature felt like 34.
The girls finished with seven personal-best marks, while the boys recorded 10.
While the boys’ team finished ninth, Hingst said its youth will stand it in good stead in the future.
“We are so young, we look at if they’re still progressing,” he said. “We just had to keep working and survive.”
Logan Horsley was Milford’s only conference champion. He won the high jump with a jump of 6-0 on Saturday.
Cade Houk vaulted a personal best 12-6 in the pole vault to place second.
Carter Roth in the 3,200-meter run was the biggest surprise, Hingst said. Roth ran a personal-best 11:26.63 and finished sixth.
Personal bests came from Ayden Shook (11.99 seconds) and Houk (12.06) in the 100-meter dash, Jeremiah Taylor (26.14) in the 200, Collin Piening (16.62) in the 110-meter hurdles, Shook (16-9.5) in the long jump, Eli Vondra (36-2.5) in the triple jump, Isaac Voboril (40-3) in the shot put, Dom Girmus (109-1) in the discus.
“I like the amount of PRs and how we fought and competed in cold conditions and against tough competition,” Hingst said.
Freshman Sydney Stelling ran her best time in the 100-meter dash, placing second in 13.3 seconds. Teammate Makena Stutzman ran a PR of 13.67 seconds in the prelims to advance to the finals. In the 200-meter dash, both ran personal bests in the prelims (27.94 and 28.54 seconds, respectively) and finished fourth and fifth.
Mariah Richards was the biggest surprise of the meet, Hingst said. She improved her shot put distance by about three feet, throwing 34-0 and finishing fifth. Carlin Adams and Lauryn Fransen improved their personal best marks in the discus, as well.
Ashley Kroese won a pair of silver medals. She was second in the 1,600-meter run in 6:00.81, finishing behind Daylee Dey of Centennial. She placed second in the 3,200-meter run in 12:51.12. Chloe Kolb placed second with a jump of 5-0 in the high jump in a jump-off.
The girls’ team finished fifth, but Hingst said the Eagles didn’t have an “A-game meet.”
He thanked everyone who helped with the meet on both days, those who rearranged schedules to be available.
“It takes a lot to run a track meet,” Hingst said.
The Eagles are to compete at Sutton May 2 in the last regular meet of the year. Districts will be Thursday, May 9, at Beatrice.