The Seward boys’ track team had a productive state track meet May 17 and 18. The Bluejays finished fourth in the Class B team standings, and all but one of the competitors brought home medals.
“I’m super pleased with how we performed,” Coach Kyle Royuk said. “It’s cool to walk away with a state medal.”
He said the team’s goal was to finish in the top five, and that was accomplished.
Junior sprinter Davon Brees led the way with a pair of silver medals, taking second in the 100-meter dash by 3/100ths of a second and in the 200-meter dash by 14/100ths of a second. His time of 10.68 seconds in the 100-meter prelims set a new school record.
Chase Berry was the pole vault runner-up, clearing 15-6 for second place.
Trey Dickey threw a personal-best 158-5 in the discus to finish fourth. Gabe Knisley finished fourth in the long jump despite not having his best day and was fifth in the triple jump with a personal best 44-7.25.
Reece Foreman placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles after turning in the fastest qualifying time. Royuk said a combination of stress over the schedule (the long jump was going at the same time as the hurdle finals) and hitting a hurdle slowed the SHS senior in the finals.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Wyatt Warner, Foreman, Knisley and Brees ran its best time of the season and finished sixth. Royuk said the Jays were bumped on the final handoff or they might have run faster.
Ethan Ideus was the only non-medal winner for the Bluejays, but he ran a personal-best 4:35.93 in the 1,600-meter and entered the top 10 list for Seward High.
In the girls’ Class B competition, the 4x100-meter relay team of Kennedy Goldsmith, Emilee Rech, Jordin Battaglia and Shantel Koranda raced to seventh out of the first heat. Keegan Beisel added a seventh-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
After struggling in the early part of the race, she finished strong, Royuk said.
Brooke Meyer tied for seventh in the high jump, clearing 5-2. Royuk said they’re hoping for big things in the future from the freshman.
“I’m so blessed and happy for them,” he said of the athletes.
Seward graduates seven seniors – Foreman, Berry, Koranda, Goldsmith, Samantha Warren, Kelly Vyhnalek and Macie Spotanski.