HARTINGTON — It was a pretty strong week for the Wynot Blue Devil track squads.
The Blue Devils headed over to the Hartington-Newcastle Invitational and when the feet stopped pounding the track, the girls finished third with 96 points, just nine points behind winner Wisner-Pilger, while the boys brough home fifth-best honors with 63 points.
“We had a lot of positives with two School girl records broken,” Wynot head coach Lee Heimes said. “We had a lot of improvement from meet one to meet two. The boys had 33 personal bests and the girls had 28 personal bests.”
Heimes said the team still has some work to do though, especially in the relay exchange zones and overall block starts.
The Wynot athletes were able to earn plenty of medals to get the season moving in a positive direction.
Krystal Sudbeck did more than just earn a medal, as she also broke the Wynot school record in the long jump at 16-03, breaking the previous mark by Holly Lauer (16-01 in 2015).
The 4x100 relay team won in Hartington while Sudbeck finished third.
The 4x100 relay team of Kinslee Heimes, Karley Heimes, Myrah Sudbeck, and Krystal Sudbeck also set a new record 52.01. That beat the 17-year-old standard of 52.7 set by Brittany Hans, Tracy Boeckman, Heidi Gowery, and Heather Gowery in 2004.
Another top finisher for the Blue Devils includes Peyton Wieseler (discus, 134-04).
The Blue Devils also had several second-place finishers on the day: Karley Heimes (high jump, 4-10) and Jack Kuchta (high jump, 5-10)
Amber Lawson brought home fourth in the girls triple jump (30-07.5) while in the discus, April Folkers was the fifth-best girl (84-08) while Kuchta did the same in boys long jump (18-11) and Garrett Lange as well in the shot put (41-04).
Charlie Schroeder also medaled with a sixth place finish in the high jump (5-06).
Karley Heimes felt the teams did a very good job coming out for the sport after a year off. She really enjoyed seeing the younger athletes step up.
“We worked really well together and ran our hearts out,” she said. “We put our heart into it like we do in all sports and didn’t hold anything back. Just to have the feelings right before a race, it’s like, oh my gosh, we didn’t have that last year. It’s nice to feel that again.”
Heimes said she and the rest of the team just needed to get back into the track mindset.
“Then we all remembered, and it all fell into place again,” she said. “We need to keep improving our times on the longer distance and relays and stuff, but we broke a couple of records, so we are getting there.
Heimes said she can always find some room for improvement in her efforts.
“I did pretty well, but I could do better in the longer distance so I can help my team out a little bit more, but I feel pretty good,” she said.
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