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Mick Strikes Gold Three Times!!!

On May 22-23, the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley track team members, who qualified, traveled to Omaha for a chance to participate in the 2015 NSAA State Track and Field Championships.  The Eagle girls scored 30 points and ended in eighth place (just six points from team runners-up and eight points behind meet champion Giltner), while the BDS boys scored six and ended up in a tie for 36th.
The boys 3,200-meter relay got things going for the Eagles on Friday by running to a New School Record of 8 minutes, 52.15 seconds and placing 12th.  Members of that relay were seniors T.J. Krupicka, Jayden Otto, Charlie Martin, and freshman Karson Dixon.  Sam Christensen, who was running in the 110 hurdles at State for the third year in a row, ran 16.64 to finish fourth in his heat but didn’t qualify for the finals on Saturday finishing 14th.
The Eagles' 1,600-meter relay team finished off the boys portion of the meet with a solid run in the event and a seasons best time of 3:34.4, which was good enough for a third-place medal.  Members of that relay were seniors Chris Rohr, Grant Norder, T.J. Krupicka and junior Kendall Dixon.
“Our senior boys really did an outstanding job of leading us in our two relays all year long,” said BDS head coach Fred Kluck. “I remember when they were little freshmen and sophomores and struggled to compete with other team’s older kids and we kept reminding them work and wait when you’re juniors and seniors things will fall into place.  Well, they did it and now they own school records and State medals.  They’ve really been good leaders by example for us in all ways this entire school year.”
Catherine Mick led the way for the Eagle girls.  The BDS junior brought home gold medals in each of her three individual events and anchored the 1,600-meter relay team, which broke the school record with a time of 4:18.17 and finished in ninth place.  Other members of the relay were Kristin Troyer, Tristen Mosier and Courtney Kamler.  Troyer capped off her senior year by leaping 32-feet, 10.25-inches, which just missed making the finals in the triple jump as she finished 11th place.  Eagle freshman Megan Grote had an opportunity to participate at State for the first time in the high jump where she failed to medal but got some valuable experience.  

  After qualifying in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles on Friday, Mick began her day Saturday with an extremely close win in the 100-meter hurdles by beating the competitor who had just edged her out for first place in the same race the year before (Pawnee City sophomore Mariah Willey).  Catherine's winning time was 15.35.  Things got a little more complicated later on as the Class D girls pole vault and the 300-meter hurdle final often overlap at State.
“It didn’t seem to affect Catherine much, and maybe the cooler weather helped some,” commented Kluck.  “Some years, we’ve had jumpers who are really worn down by their races and had a difficult time coming back to field events.  This almost seemed to help her.”
Mick won the 300-meter hurdles with a New School Record time of 45.39 and then turned around and broke her own State Class D Meet record in the pole vault with an eventful leap of 12-3.  The ultra-busy junior also had to leave and run the anchor leg on the 1,600-meter relay prior to the pole vault's completion, but by that time, Mick had already set the new State mark.  
In addition, Catherine won the school’s first All-Class Gold Medal by beating all the pole vaulters in Omaha in classes A, B and C.
“It’s difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t come to practice each day just how hard Catherine works out,” Kluck said.  “Sometimes, she makes things seem pretty effortless, but that’s because of an extreme determination she exhibits continually in her workouts.  She’s a great example for our younger kids.”
With a healthy senior campaign, GICC's Jenny Green's All-Class State Record of 13-3 (13-0 at State) could be in Mick's crosshairs.