SHS track and field wins nine state medals


Led by two silver medalists, 10 Bluejays represented Seward High at the Class B state track and field championships May 17 and 18 and brought home nine medals.

“The qualifiers all competed very well,” Coach Jeff Hass said. “It was a great team experience and, as always, it is fun to see all of the athletes from around the state come together and give it all their all in pursuit of a gold medal.”

Kalen Knott finished his Seward High career in second place in the pole vault, clearing 14-6.

Kelsey Miller picked up second in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 15 seconds. She was sixth in the high jump at 5-1 and in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.42 seconds.

Miller joined Coral Collins, Eden Schulz and Vicki Wang to finish fourth in the 4x100-meter relay. Their time of 49.59 seconds was their second fastest of the season, Hass said.

Lovely Hibbert won two medals, placing third in the discus at 134-0 and fourth in the shot put at 41-6.5, a personal-best distance for her, Hass said.

The toss was on her final throw and moved her from sixth to fourth place, he said.

Tessa Greisen and Karnie Gottschalk ran in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Both placed in the 3,200, with Greisen sixth in 11:57.43 and Gottschalk seventh in 12:01.91, a season best time. Their times in the 1,600 were 5:36.38 and 5:37.32, respectively.

Schulz also qualified in the 100-meter dash and finished her preliminary heat in 13.1 seconds. Caden Brooks jumped 20-5 in the long jump but did not advance to the finals. Colin Standifer ran the 1,600-meter run in 4:49.57 but finished out of the medals.