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Tracking Down State

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Sophomore Peyton Negley sprints down the runway on her long jump attempt during the Jo Dusatko Invite at Omaha Burke High School on April 13.

Sophomore Peyton Negley sprints down the runway on her long jump attempt during the Jo Dusatko Invite at Omaha Burke High School on April 13.

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Sophomore Peyton Negley sprints down the runway on her long jump attempt during the Jo Dusatko Invite at Omaha Burke High School on April 13.

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As this year’s track team headed into districts, they couldn’t have been more ready.  “If we run like we know we can, I definitely feel like we can make state this year,” said junior Kathy Mathieu. Mathieu isn’t where she wants to be in her individuals yet, but plans on improving by next year’s districts.  “I’m not where I want to be just yet, but if I keep working on it and trying to better myself then I think I have a pretty good chance at making state.  If I run my PR[at districts], then I know I can qualify,” said Mathieu.  

Mathieu isn’t the only one who was confident of making state. Senior Trevon Weaver thinks his chances of qualifying were pretty high as well.  “I’ve been to state all 3 years so far, and this year I definitely matured more as a runner,” said Weaver.  Weaver also set the school record this season in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69-seconds and also broke the GNAC record.  “Breaking the school record was a huge accomplishment that I had been working for the last 4 years and it was definitely something to be proud of,” said Weaver.

Another school record was set by senior Alli Skala with a shot put throw of 41 feet 8 ¼ inches.  “It was definitely the highlight of the season,” said Skala. She was confident that she would qualify for state as well.  “I worked on my technique so much this season, and that was what really helped me,” said Skala.  Junior Jacob Harvey was also looking forward to districts. “If I vault at my best, I definitely think I can make state,” said Harvey.  Harvey said his biggest accomplishment this season was being consistent.  “Honestly my favorite part of the season was just being with my teammates and doing the sport,” said Harvey.   

Skala said, “We have a really good team this year, not just throwers, but hurdlers, jumpers, and runners too.  I’m really excited to see how we all do at districts.”

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