STATE TRACK UPDATE: BHS boys relay, Galbraith highlight 1st day


Editor’s Note: This is an online only update. Full coverage and additional photos will appear in next Tuesday’s Washington County Pilot-Tribune.

The Blair High School boys’ 3,200-meter relay team and Greta Galbraith earned top-three finishes Wednesday, highlighting Washington County’s first day of the NSAA Class B State Track & Field Championships.
First, Galbraith set a new personal best in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet for third in Class B at Omaha Burke Stadium. The junior’s new height topped her previous best by a foot and earned the Bears’ first six points of the championship meet.
The team of Zac Keeling, Ted Lueders, Caleb Funk and Nolan Slominski then claimed eight points for the BHS boys in the 2-mile relay. The Bears clocked in at 7:57.39 for second overall.
Ethan Baessler and Reese Beemer, meanwhile, earned top finishes in the sprints Wednesday to qualify for Thursday’s 100- and 200-meter dash finals. The approximate start time of those events is listed below.
Arlington, however, had a pair of 10th-place finishes to highlight its first day of Class B competition. Taylor Arp was 10th in discus with an attempt covering 117 feet, 1 inch.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Kevin Flesner, Dallin Franzluebbers, Luke Hammang and Nolan May, meanwhile, finished 10th in 8:16.26.
Senior Ely Olberding represented Fort Calhoun in Omaha, too, finishing 17th in the individual 3,200 run — his last high school race.
Washington County’s involvement in the second day of the state championship meet begins 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The full schedule of events and county participants is below.

WEDNESDAY (By order of event)
Girls pole vault: 3, Greta Galbraith, Blair, 11 feet.
Girls discus: 10, Taylor Arp, Arlington, 117-1. 15, Cadie Robinson, A, 108-9.
Boys high jump: 14, Chase Cottle, B, 5-10.
Girls long jump: 19, Hailey O'Daniel, A, 15-2.25.
Boys shot put: 17, Braden McGill, B, 47-9.
3,200-meter relay finals: 2, BHS boys (Zac Keeling, Ted Lueders, Caleb Funk and Nolan Slominski), 7:57.39. 9, BHS girls (Hailey Amandus, Reece Ewoldt, Jade Wickwire and Kate Wulf), 9:58.29. 10, AHS boys (Kevin Flesner, Dallin Franzluebbers, Luke Hammang and Nolan May), 8:16.26.
100 dash prelims: 1, Ethan Baessler, B, 10.73 (finals qualifier). 5, Reese Beemer, B, 12.62 (finals qualifier).
400 dash prelims: 15, Kaden Foust, A, 52.03. 19, Caleb Funk, B, 52.52.
3,200 run finals: 17, Ely Olberding, Fort Calhoun, 10:25.7. 18, Nolan May, A, 10:25.96. 20, Dawson Fricke, B, 10:31.68.
300 hurdles prelims: 20, Schuyler Roewert, B, 49.87.
200 dash prelims: 1, Baessler, B, 22.12. 7, Beemer, B, 25.93.
9:30 a.m.
Girls high jump
Boys long jump: Foust, AHS; Michael Maxon, FCHS
Girls shot put: Robinson, AHS
11:30 a.m.
Girls triple jump: Kaylee Taylor, FCHS
Boys pole vault
Boys discus: McGill, BHS
1:30 p.m.
Unified long jump
Unified shot put: Jaden Rogge and Cornez Tucker, BHS
800-meter run finals: Lueders, BHS; Slominski, BHS
2:10 p.m.
400 relay finals: Keeling, Baessler, Colin McCabe and Ben Holcomb, BHS; Riley Yanak, Lincoln Kruse, Cooper Sorensen and Atticus Dick, BHS Unified
3:05 p.m.
100 hurdles finals
3:15 p.m.
110 hurdles finals
3:25 p.m.
100 dash finals: Ethan Baessler, BHS, and Reese Beemer, BHS.
3:55 p.m.
400 dash finals
4:20 p.m.
1,600 run finals: O'Daniel, AHS
4:55 p.m.
300 hurdles finals
5:15 p.m.
200 dash finals: Reese Beemer, BHS, and Ethan Baessler, BHS.
5:50 p.m.
1,600 relay finals: Funk, Slominski, Lueders and Baessler, BHS

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