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FC Boys, Girls Shine At Bulldog Challenge

The Fillmore Central girls were easy team champions at the 2016 Bulldog Indoor Track & Field Challenge on Friday in Seward at Concordia University.  The Panther boys missed the team title by just one point on March 18 at the 11-team meet.  The FC girls amassed 110 points to cruise past second-place Arlington.  The Panther boys were outnodded by Bergan 78-77.
Panther speedster Jamey Broman got things started for FC with a New Meet Record clocking of 8.14 seconds to win the 60-meter dash.  The Panther sophomore would go on to set a New Meet Record in winning the 200-meter dash (26.91 seconds).  Broman also took first in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 6-inches.
Panther Grace Jacobson struck gold in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs in Seward.  The FC sophomore one the mile in 6:14.85 and two-mile in 13:25.66.  FC had a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,600-meter run with Lauryn Monteforte second (6:54.10) and Sydney Hiatt third (7:00.05).  The Panther 1,600-meter relay squad of Jacobson, Aiwa Temme, Ines Ortea and Sophia Frook placed third in Seward.
The Panther girls 3,200-meter relay squad of Monteforte, Hiatt, Jayda Gaston and Sydney Jividen placed third.  Panther Cori Knapp won the pole vault with an effort of 9-6.  Teammates Temme and Frook placed fourth and fifth, respectively.  McKenzie Scheil had a solid showing for FC in the throws—finishing runner-up in the shot put (33-10) and third in the discus (97-0).
Panther Josh Taylor was second in the 60-meter dash (7.49) and teammate Nate Rasmussen took sixth. Taylor also took second in the 200-meter dash (24.14) and Rasmusen moved up a spot to fifth.  FC's Ethan DeLong tool third in the 400-meter dash in 54.40 seconds.  Chandler Schelkopf placed second in the 800-meter run (2:15.86) and Noah Temme took third in the 1,600-meter run.  Teammate Kole Karcher was fourth.
Cole Jividen took fifth in the 3,200-meter run.  The Panther boys won the 3,200-meter relay with a clocking of 9:07.10 and runner-up honors in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:45.04. Leyton Hopken cleared 5-8 to place second in the high jump.  Rasmussen covered 19-11.75 to place fourth in the long jump. Aaron Poppert went 38-6.50 to place fifth in the triple jump.
"I think the boys had a good day—a great start to the track season," Panther head track coach Adam Verhage said.  "It was a very close race for first place—it came down to the last race (the 4 by 4).  I like the efforts we are getting out of all our kids.  Also, congratulations to the girls—they are team champions for the sixth year in a row."