Timberwolves Qualify 10 For State

Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:02
Written by thenebraskasigna

Exeter-Milligan qualified 10 athletes for action this weekend in the 2015 NSAA State Track and Field Championships.  The Timberwolf boys finished district team runner-ups with 86 points, while the E-M girls landed fourth in the team standings with 79 points at the D-6 District Meet in Henderson.  The Giltner boys and girls claimed both team trophies at Heartland High School.  Bruning-Davenport/Shickley were second in the girls' race and the host Huskies were third.
The Timberwolf girls scored points in 14 events on May 13—in all events except the discus, 300-meter hurdles and the 3,200-meter run.  The E-M girls earned a pair of district championships, as Marietta Purtschert and Maityln Thomsen finished one-two in the long jump in Henderson with leaps of 15-feet, 9.75 inches and 15-9.5.  The pair also teamed up with Amber Pribyl and Kelsey Bigelow to win the 1,600-meter relay in 4-minutes, 17.1 seconds.
Madison Horne punched her ticket to Omaha with a second-place leap of 32-9 in the triple jump.  Thomsen will also be competing at Burke Stadium in the 100-meter hurdles (second, 15.9).


The E-M boys scored points in 13 events at the D-6 District Meet—all events except the shot put, 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash.  The Timberwolves earned two gold medals in Henderson with Dalton Zelenka winning the 3,200-meter run in 11:07.60.  Zelenka also teamed up with Derek Luzum, Jack Dinneen and Sam Zeleny to win the 3,200-meter relay in a clocking of 8:50.40.
Zelenka also punched his ticket to State with a runner-up finish in the 1,600-meter run in 5:04.20.  Zeleny was second in the 800-meter run in 2:11.50.  Trystan Brandt qualified for Omaha with a runner-up leap of 20-4.25 in the long jump.  Timberwolf Dusty Axline soared past an automatic-qualifying height in the pole vault by clearing 13-0 (third).
Several other athletes earned medals on May 13 at Heartland.  Earning district medals for the E-M girls included:  Amber Pribyl, fourth, high jump; Hannah Beethe, fifth, high jump; Tara Mueller, fifth, shot put; Kelsey Bigelow, fourth, pole vault; Madison Horne, sixth, 100-meter dash; Maitlyn Thomsen, third, 200-meter dash; Pribyl, fourth, 400-meter dash and fifth, 800-meter run; Bigelow, fourth, 800-meter run; Sydney Hall, sixth, 1,600-meter run; 400-meter relay squad of Hailey Luzum, Marietta Purtschert, Bigelow and Horne, fourth; and 3,200-meter relay team, fifth.
Additional scoring for the Timberwolf boys at districts were turned in by Broc Mueller, fourth, discus; Derek Luzum, fourth, high jump; Trevor Luzum, fifth, high jump; Jack Dinneen, fourth, pole vault; T. Luzum, sixth, long jump; Samuele Columbo, third, triple jump; Dusty Axline, sixth, 100-meter dash; Trystan Brandt, fourth, 200-meter dash; 400-meter relay team of Elliot Erdkamp, T. Luzum, Sam Zeleny and Brandt, third; and the 1,600-meter relay squad of Axline, D. Luzum, Brandt and Zeleny, fourth.
The E-M boys 3,200-meter relay time has them setting fifth in the state.  Axline has the fifth best pole vault mark entering State. Thomsen's hurdle mark has her poised to make the finals at State. The Timberwolf girls' 1,600-meter relay qualifying time was the third best in the state.