Class B: Lexington's Ajack Waikur win two all-class gold medals

Wahoo's Lauren Kavan, left, and Jaclyn Schnakenberg greet their relay teammate Kendal Brigham after winning their heat in the Class B 3,200-meter relay.

It’s pronounced “walker.” More appropriately, it should be “jumper.”

Ajack Waikur, the Lexington senior, won two all-class gold medals Friday afternoon at Burke Stadium. Waikur cleared 6-foot-8 in the high jump, then triple jumped 48-2¾ on his first jump to win that event.

He only took one more jump in the triple jump, landing awkwardly in the pit and hobbling away.

“I think I got a little too much air and came down on my jumping foot a little bit wrong, but it was fine,” he said.

No worries. Later in the day, he qualified for the 300-meter intermediate hurdle finals scheduled for Saturday.

“My coaches wanted to hold me out so we don’t risk anything else. I still have the 300s run,” he said.

He also has the long jump Saturday, which gives him a chance at four gold medals. But medals aren’t as important to him as points.

“Now we have a chance to win Class B state. That’s today’s priority — to get points,” he said.

Even after winning the high jump, the first event of the day, he said it was “pretty exciting, but we still have work to do. We have to finish this out.”

Lexington leads Class B with 36 points after the first five events with McCook second with 24.

Waikur scored 20 with his two jumps and teammate Timothy Ram Nyinguan added eight with a second-place finish in the triple jump, going 45-10½. Alexis Hernandez finished second to Minden’s Aidan Wheelock in the 3,200 for the other eight points.

“My goal since the beginning of the year was to win the (all-class) gold for the triple jump now that we have the chance to win the Class B, that’s the priority now,” Waikur said.

Waikur won the all-class gold medals in the high jump and triple jump, so a long jump title would give him a rare triple crown.

No male athlete in state history has won the all-class golds in all three jumps events in the same year.

Getting that third gold will be the most difficult part of the triple crown. Waikur is seeded fifth in Class B. That event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Aurora’s Knust busy with events

Cassidy Knust had a busy day Friday.

The Aurora sophomore was involved in the pole vault and 3,200 relay. She still managed to get two medals on the day.

After helping the Aurora 3,200 relay team finish second at 10:12.2, she tied for third after going with a personal best 10-10. That has Aurora sitting in third with 13.5 points.

“It was a crazy day but I’m happy with how I did,” Knust said.

Here’s how crazy Knust’s day was: There was some clock issues during the start of the 3,200 relay that forced the race to be restarted four times. After solving the clock issues, there was collision that caused two runners to fall at the start so the race had to be restarted for a fifth time.

After the fifth try, meet officials decided to let the runners rest a little bit and have the race start after the Class D boys race.

Knust then headed over to the pole vault to make opening height at 9-0. But as she was on the runway, the gun went off for the start of the 3,200 relay. She cleared opening height with no problem then hurried over to run the third leg of the relay.

“It was pretty hectic but we made it work,” Knust said.

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