Miles Griffith

Miles Griffith clears 6’0” while competing in the high jump Thursday at the Lou Platte Track Meet. Griffith went on to win the event clearing 6’5”.

HASTINGS — There was no place like home for the Adams Central track and field teams.

The Patriots took advantage of competing on their home turf as both came away with Lou-Platte Conference titles Thursday at Adams Central High School.

However, both won in different ways.

The Patriot girls won only one event, but they used depth to bring home 18 medalists to take the title with 94 points, five more than Ord.

Meanwhile, the boys dominated by winning seven events with 25 medalists to take the title with 179 points, 115 more than runner-up Kearney Catholic 64.

“It was a great day for both teams,” Adams Central boys coach Bill Carlin said. “It was great to compete at home. For the boys to win was nice, but seeing the girls win as well was just icing on the cake. It was a fun day.”

Ethan Lang and Nick Lindblad did most of the damage for the Patriot boys in claiming two individual events.

Lang won both the 100 (11.31) and 200 (22.64). The Adams Central junior also joined Kristian Anderson, J.T. Engberg and Isaac Stutesman on the winning 1,600 relay (3:38.38).

Lindblad cruised to a win in the 3,200 (10:16.29), but had to battle back to nip Ord’s Robbie Peterson by .09 in the 1,600 (4:53.14).

“Those two had great days for us,” Carlin said. “Ethan is a track athlete and he’s fun to have. He competed very well today. Nick helped our 3,200 relay get second (8:36.99) and came back to win the 3,200. He really showed some guts in running down Peterson in the 1,600 down the stretch there. He’s been a strong kid for us all four years.”

Engberg, Anderson and Stutesman had success in other races as well. Engberg and teammate Nathan Kiolbasa went 1-2 in the 110 hurdles (15.47 and 16.56, respectively), while Anderson and Stutesman went 1-2 in the 400 (52.86 and 53.06, respectively).

Kendall Oberheide was the other winner for Adams Central in taking the shot put (51-0 1/4).

“I thought we competed so well today, whether it was winning events or just fighting to get places in events,” Carlin said. “They really fought for every point we can get. We set a team goal every year to be conference champions and we accomplished that goal. I’m happy for the kids.”

Sophia Conant was the lone winner for the Patriot girls in taking the 3,200 (12:14.69) and also finished second in the 1,600 (5:44.45). She also joined Rachel Kort, Shaelyn Confer and Taraesha Cole on the 3,200 relay get second (10:05.10) to Ord.

Ashley Hermann was part of three second-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (16.31), the 300 hurdles (49.22) and joined Hannah Lonowski, Alli Johnson and Hannah Mulligan take second in the 400 relay (52.75).

Adams Central girls coach Toni Fowler said the 800 was a turning point for her team. Kort and Cole finished third and fifth, respectively, while Ord was able to get only a sixth-place finish from Zoe Ritz.

“That was one of the key moments that helped us. But we lost a few points in some other events we thought we would get, but we also gained some points back as well,” Fowler said. “I thought everyone competed very well. There were some impressive times today. Our kids really had to compete well just to medal. Both Rachel and Taraesha had to run under 2:30, just to medal. That shows how tough that race was.”

Fowler said winning the conference meet is a good confidence builder heading into the Class B, District 5 Meet in Aurora Thursday. The B-5 district is always considered one of the toughest districts in the state, regardless of class.

“There’s a lot of confidence going into next week for both teams,” Fowler said. “We had a lot of personal bests today and the kids will need probably need to do what they did today, if not better, if we want to get some kids qualified to state. For example, the 3,200 relay ran a 10:05.10 today and they’ll probably have to run faster to have a shot.”

Also, Wood River’s Jessica Rauert was part of four victories on the day. The Eagle senior captured the 100 (12.81), the 200 (26.62), the 400 (1:01.00) and joined Emily Loy, Cierra Huxtable and sister Jocelyn Rauert on the winning 400 relay (51.99).

Ravenna’s Alexis Dale captured her fourth Lou-Platte Conference high jump title (5-6).

Lou-Platte Conference Meet

BOYS

Team Standings

Adams Central 179, Kearney Catholic 64, Ord 54, Centura 52, St. Paul 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 38, Arcadia/Loup City 37, Gibbon 34, Ravenna 21, Wood River 4.

Individual results

Shot put — 1, Oberheide, AC, 51-0 1/4; 2, Rodriguez, GIB, 47-8; 3, Walker, GIB, 47-4 1/4.

Discus — 1, Rodriguez, GIB, 146-0; 2, Stieb, ALC, 142-1; 3, Oberheide, AC, 137-0.

Long jump — 1, Baker, ALC, 19-11 1/2; 2, Griffith, SP, 19-9; 3, Holcomb, CEN, 19-7.

Triple jump — 1, Baker, ALC, 40-6 1/4; 2, Holcomb, CEN, 40-0; 3, Goldenstein, AC, 39-1.

High jump — 1, Griffith, SP, 6-5; 2, Bauer, RAV, 6-4; 3, Engberg, AC, 6-2.

Pole vault — 1, Packer, CEN, 13-6; 2, Wright, AC, 12-6; 3, Pearson, GIB, 12-0.

100 — 1, Lang, AC, 11.31; 2, Pfeiffer, DT, 11.69; 3, Griffith, SP, 11.89.

200 — 1, Lang, AC, 22.64; 2, Holcomb, CEN, 22.94; 3, Griffith, SP, 23.88.

400 — 1, Anderson, AC, 52.86; 2, Stutesman, AC, 53.05; 3, Osentowski, KC, 53.11.

800 — 1, Osentowski, KC, 2:04.67; 2, Cass, AC, 2:05.70; 3, McCoy, KC, 2:06.25.

1,600 — 1, Lindblad, AC, 4:53.14; 2, Peterson, ORD, 4:53.23; 3, Wells, ORD, 4:55.12.

3,200 — 1, Lindblad, AC, 10:16.29; 2, Lockhorn, RAV, 10:47.70; 3, Dowse, CEN, 10:54.45.

110 hurdles — 1, Engberg, AC, 15.47; 2, Kiolbasa, AC, 16.56; 3, Coufal, ORD, 17.58.

300 hurdles — 1, Schuppan, DT, 40.17; 2, Engberg, AC, 40.47; 3, Kiolbasa, AC, 42.10.

400 relay — 1, Doniphan-Trumbull (Schuppan, Pfeiffer, Ediger, Schultz) 45.67; 2, Adams Central 45.70; 3, Centura 45.91.

1,600 relay — 1, Adams Central (Anderson, Lang, Engberg, Stutesman) 3:38.38; 2, Ord 3:39.01; 3, Kearney Catholic 3:44.11.

3,200 relay — 1, Kearney Catholic (no names given) 8:29.29; 2, Adams Central 8:36.99; 3, Ord 8:41.27.

GIRLS

Team Standings

Adams Central 94, Ord 89, Wood River 69, Kearney Catholic 67, Centura 53, Arcadia/Loup City 50, St. Paul 44, Ravenna 25, Doniphan-Trumbull 19, Gibbon 17.

Individual results

Shot put — 1, Henry, ALC, 41-10; 2, Grint, ALC, 39-7 1/2; 3, Beans, KC, 38-11 1/2.

Discus — 1, A. Squiers, KC, 137-6; 2, Henry, ALC, 137-0; 3, Grint, ORD, 125-6.

Long jump — 1, M. Squiers, KC, 16-4; 2, Myers, CEN, 16-2; 3, Krabel, AC, 15-8.

Triple jump — 1, Roth, CEN, 33-9 1/2; 2, Myers, CEN, 33-9 1/2; 3, Allen, AC, 33-2 1/2.

High jump — 1, Dale, RAV, 5-6; 2, Hinrichs, DT, 5-2; 3, Smith, GIB, 5-0.

Pole vault — 1, Alexander, ORD, 10-0; 2, Kosmicki, CEN, 10-0; 3, Myers, CEN, 9-6.

100 — 1, Je. Rauert, WR, 12.81; 2, Loy, WR, 13.13; 3, Mulligan, AC, 13.22.

200 — 1, Je. Rauert, WR, 26.62; 2, Horky, SP, 26.93; 3, Lee, KC, 27.31.

400 — 1, Je. Rauert, WR, 1:01.00; 2, Kuck, ORD, 1:02.36; 3, Lukasiewicz, SP, 1:02.61.

800 — 1, Smith, GIB, 2:25.50; 2, Eurek, ALC, 2:26.55; 3, Kort, AC, 2:27.08.

1,600 — 1, Alexander, ORD, 5:32.72; 2, Conant, AC, 5:44.45; 3, Fiddelke, RAV, 5:47.64.

3,200 — 1, Conant, AC, 12:14.69; 2, Ritz, ORD, 12:23.54; 3, Mudloff, SP, 12:36.75.

100 hurdles — 1, Micek, KC, 16.19; 2, Herman, AC, 16.31; 3, Loy, WR, 17.06.

300 hurdles — 1, Kuck, ORD, 48.35; 2, Herman, AC, 49.22; 3, Loy, WR, 49.61.

400 relay — 1, Wood River (Loy, Je. Rauert, Huxtable, Jo. Rauert) 51.99; 2, Adams Central 52.75; 3, Ravenna 53.13.

1,600 relay — 1, Kearney Catholic (Schmaderer, Long, Lee, Laudenklos) 4:12.69; 2, Ord 4:13.60; 3, Adams Central 4:17.02.

3,200 relay — 1, Ord (Alexander, Ritz, Smith, Carson) 9:53.81; 2, Adams Central 10:05.10; 3, Arcadia/Loup City 10:09.35.

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