Panther Boys SNC Team Runners-up

Published on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:14
Written by thenebraskasigna

The Fillmore Central boys' 400-meter relay squad of  Xavier Bridges, Nate Rasmussen, Josh Taylor and Christian Lovan struck gold at the 2015 Southern Nebraska Conference (SNC) Track and Field Championships winning the event in 44.78 seconds.  The Panther boys' 3,200-meter relay team of Leyton Hopken, Lance Donovan, Conrad Schelkopf and Davis Jacobson, once again, set a new school record on May 2 in David City at the SNC Meet placing third in the event in a record time of 8:28.28.
The Panther boys landed in runner-up in the team standings at the SNC Meet.  Thayer Central was team champions with 97 points, while FC scored 67.  Sutton was a close third, scoring 60 points at the 10-team meet.  Girls results were unavailable as of Monday's press time.
"I feel the boys did very well with runner-up," Panther head boys track coach Adam Verhage said.  "The four by eight set the school record again...the four by 100 was very fast and looked good.  The kids are really doing well.  This was a great meet to prepare us for districts."
Bridges enjoyed a solid SNC Meet.  The Panther senior battled Titan State Champion Simon Wiedel in both the long jump and 200-meter dash finishing behind the Thayer Central thinclad in both events—jumping 20-feet, 6.5-inches in the long jump and zipping 22.69 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
Rasmussen placed sixth in the 200-meter dash (24.15) and fifth in the long jump (19-8.5) in David City.  FC's Jerrod Hinrichs threw the discus 140-10 to place fourth at the SNC Meet and the Panther senior heaved the shot put 46-9.5 to also place fourth.  Riley Chapman took fifth place in the high jump on May 2 with an effort of 5-9 and also placed sixth in the triple jump after covering 39-11.  Panther Ethan DeLong placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 53.79 seconds.
Due to computer and print-out problems, five of the boys' events at the SNC Meet were unavailable at press time.
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Last Tuesday, FC joined Adams Central and Kearney Catholic for a triangular in Hastings.
Winning events for the Panthers on April 28 included Garrett Whitley, 3,200-meter run, 11:35.50; and Josh Taylor, 200-meter dash, 24.86. Taylor combined with Nate Ramussen, Christian Lovan and Heath Boman to win the 400-meter relay in 46.35 seconds in Hastings. The squad of Boman, Ethan DeLong, Lance Donovan and Leyton Hopken cruised to gold in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:53.21.
Other top performances by FC at Hastings Adams Central last week were turned in by Cori Knapp, third, 100-meter dash; Brandi Simacek, fourth, 100-meter dash; Ashton O'Brien, fifth, 100-meter dash; Rasmussen, second, 100-meter dash, and second, long jump; Taylor, third, 100-meter dash;  Lovan, fifth, 100-meter dash; DeLong, third 400-meter dash; Hopken, fourth 400-meter dash, and third 800-meter run; Melissa Rosenquist, third, 800-meter run; Aiwa Temme, fourth, 300-meter hurdles; Rasmussen, third, 200-meter dash; Temme, third pole vault; Knapp, fourth, pole vault; O'Brien, fifth, pole vault; Wyatt Schiermeyer, second, pole vault; Simacek, third, long jump; Mariana Martinez, fourth, long jump; Alexis Schmidt, second, shot put, and third, discus; and Trevor Adams, second, discus, and fifth, shot put.