Troy Buchanan sent five students to the sectional track and field competition on May 17, and one student – Freshman Adrianna Kennedy – placed in the top four, qualifying her to head to state this weekend.
Coach Lane Carl said all the athletes performed well at sectionals, with some just barely missing the qualifying mark.
Dalton Eikel placed fifth in the high jump. Carl said he made the 6-foot mark, and got out at 6’1”.
“One kid made 6’1” on his third attempt,” Carl said. “That was a little heartbreaking, I think Dalton has got another couple inches in him, no doubt.”
Senior Sara Schultz would have had to make a personal record to place in the javelin, and Carl said the coaches are very proud of the effort she put in this year.
“We wish we could have got her through, but that competition is getting pretty strong,” Carl said.
Shane Henke, another javelin thrower, also put in good effort, as did shotputter Kylie Linson.
“Adrianna had to hit a PR to go [to state], and she hit a PR every time she threw the shot,” Carl said. “She did what she had to do to get through.”
Kennedy threw a hair over 37 feet in the shot put, and Carl said she’ll have to gain a foot or two on her toss. It’ll be a challenge for her to get on-podium at state, but the experience of performing at that level of competition as a freshman is valuable, Carl said.
“Either way it’s going to be a heck of an experience, a start of a great career for her,” Carl said, adding that Kennedy is the only freshman in Class 5A shot put.
Kennedy has been “very coachable” with clean technique, and Carl said Troy’s throwing coach has been impressed with her “since day one.”
“Our throws are always strong, coach York does an amazing job over there with those kiddos,” Carl said.
Kennedy will be throwing at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, at the State Competition at Battle High School.
“We’re just excited for her,” Carl said.