by Stephanie Croston
With eight medals in their pockets and six new personal best marks, you could say the Centennial track team had a good state track meet.
“All of the Centennial athletes were at the top of their peak performance as many of them set new personal records or came up just short of their all time best,” Coach Rob Johansen said. “As a coach, that’s what you are striving for in the final weeks of the season. You can only be at the top of your game for about two weeks before beginning to fall off some. I think our kids hit it just right.”
Quinn Butzke and Garrett Fehlhafer hit their best throws of the season in the discus and finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Cooper Gierhan cleared 13-8 in the pole vault to place sixth.
For the girls, Lilly Cast medaled in both her events, placing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the triple jump. Kate Hirschfeld also earned two medals, finishing sixth in the 400-meter dash with a season best time of 1:00.4 in the prelims and placing seventh in the triple jump.
Johansen said keeping legs fresh during the state meet is tough.
Brooklyn Gierhan tied for eighth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-0.
Daylee Dey and Gavin Dutton-Mofford turned in personal best marks, although they didn’t earn medals. Dey ran a 2:29.48 in the 800-meter run, and Dutton-Mofford turned in a split of 2:09.76 in the 4x800-meter relay.
Centennial graduates Butzke, Cast, Fehlhafer, Brooklyn Gierhan, Marcy Delgado, Wyatt Ehlers, Sid Farley, Jack Hirschfeld, Peyton Johansen, Chris Medow, Erin Pankoke, Helle Rasmussen, Hattie Schoepf, Lucas Sheaffer, Max Tomes, Shelby Ziegler and Savannah Zimmer.