Reeves wins 4 events before final state meet
Nebraska volleyball walkon pledge Tiani Reeves of Gothenburg said she has dealt with a slight knee injury throughout the track season.
"My knee is back. I took some time off, and now it's good," Reeves said. "It wasn't anything major but was just one of those nagging injuries, which are the most annoying."
In the District B-6 meet Thursday at Ogallala, she won the long and triple jumps and the 200-meter dash and anchored the second-place 1,600 relay.
It took only one attempt in the triple jump for Reeves to win and set the meet record with a mark of 38-2 1/2.
"I've been really working on my bound phase in practice. Today I implemented what my coaches and I have been working on, and it really paid off," Reeves said.
Reeves, whose father is Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves, said this last time to state will be emotional. The state meet is Friday and Saturday at Burke Stadium in Omaha.
"I've been going through things, getting ready for graduation, and I have all of these old pictures of me at Burke when I was 6 years old," she said. "I grew up going to the state track meet and have never missed one since I was born. It's kind of surreal that this is my last time competing there, but I'm just so thankful that I get another chance to do that, and it's going to be great."
Towery makes comeback
Wauneta-Palisade senior Lesley Towery had a tough junior year, but she has gotten back to state in a career-best four events.
Coach Isaac Frecks said the sprinter won three state medals as a freshman and sophomore at Hitch cock County before her family moved to Wauneta. Towery then tore her ACL in volleyball and didn't make it back until the final three meets of the 2014 track season. She placed in the 400 but didn't qualify for state.
This year, she'll run in Omaha for the Broncos in the 100, 200 and 400 and also compete in the long jump.
"She is an outstanding kid and student (a 4.0 GPA) who has worked extremely hard to recover from major knee surgery and compete at a high level," Frecks said. "She has aspirations of again medaling at state in multiple events and breaking school records (the school long jump record is 17-1 1/2)."
Freck also noted that the Broncos have been district runners-up this school year in their three girls sports — volleyball, basketball and track.
"I am sure this has happened in the past, but it must be fairly uncommon," he said. "To add to this, we also finished as district runner-up in one-act play production last fall. Most of our athletes participated in the play as well.
"Obviously it has been a very successful, but also trying, year as the girls have come up just short of a district championship four times this year."
First district title for Parkview
Trevor Polivka won four individual events to lead Lincoln Parkview to its first district title in boys track. The Patriots beat host Osceola 98.5-88.5 in District D-2.
Polivka won the long and triple jumps and swept the hurdles.
Henry Tanksley won the high jump, with Isaac Branding and Nosa Iyagbaye collecting silver-medal finishes.
"I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish this year with so very few boys," coach Rusty Robertson said. "I don't know for as long as I have coached track that I have ever had an individual finish first in four individual events. What a great outing by Trevor Polivka. It's a great bunch of guys to coach."
Tie gives Sidney first title
Sidney's tie with Scottsbluff in District B-6 gave the Red Raiders their first taste of a district title in girls track and field.
"Our girls can take a lot of pride in that," Sidney coach John Ganser said. "We're pretty proud of them. We had a lot of kids contribute, and that's what you want."
Gothenburg nearly made it a three-way tie, finishing a point out of first.
Sidney's Preslie Allen, a junior, set a school record in the 800 with a second-place time of 2:18.61. Gabrielle Addleman won the 100 hurdles and joined Abigail Heller and Kelly and Sara Von Seggern on the winning 400 relay. Savanna Rosenbaum won the high jump.
Ord ties girls relay mark
Three of the four runners on Ord's girls 1,600 relay, because of a missed handoff in the 400 relay, weren't going to state in that event.
Jordan Kuck, Tori Beran and Kenzie Drudik got some redemption — and a share of the Class B state record — when they joined Katherine Lansman to post a 3:59.22 in the mile relay in the District B-5 meet in Broken Bow.
"We just had to put that aside and just run together," said Beran, who also won the 300 hurdles in 45.44. "It actually hasn't hit me yet that we just tied the record."
Hervert's new events
Paige Hervert of Kearney Catholic bypassed district competition in the long and triple jumps, although she won both events in Class C the past two years, because of a knee injury from volleyball season.
The Doane College recruit will be at state in the high jump, winning at 5-2 in B-5. She also placed in the 100 and 200, events that put less stress on the knee than the jumps, but failed to qualify.
The Stars, competing in Class B for the first time, also saw Anna Squiers set a school record in the discus at 137-11 in the B-5 meet.
Jewelry ban lifted
The National Federation has lifted its prohibition of athletes in track and field — and cross country — wearing jewelry during competition.
Team sweep for Kearney
Kearney's boys and girls swept the team titles in District A-2 at Bryan Stadium with some superlative efforts.
Bearcat freshman Daisy Maessner won three events for the girls team. The boys won their state-record 27th consecutive district title. Defending state champion Jacob Long led a 1-23 finish in the shot put with a winning toss of 60-9 1/2 to be the first to crack 60 feet this season.