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NBC girls wins sixth straight district

NBC girls track- 2008 district champions

by Nathan Arneal
published 5/14/08

• Seven girls qualify for state in 11 events.

The entire NBC girls track team got DQ’d after Thursday’s district track meet.

No, they didn’t get disqualified, but they did make a celebratory stop at the Columbus Dairy Queen after winning the C-4 district in David City. The ice cream run has become a tradition during the Tigers’ string of six straight district titles.

“It started six years ago when I thought we had a chance to win it at Ft. Calhoun,” coach Dan Watts said. “I told them if they won we’d stop in at the DQ in Blair on the way home and I’d buy. Oops.”

Watts’ team was the favorite going into the meet, but the team performed even better than expected, leading to a 28-point win over runner-up Aquinas.

“On paper it was a whole lot closer,” Watts said. “I knew we’d have to do everything just right, and things really fell our way. We had some excellent performances. Even when we didn’t get to go to state, we got some thirds and fourths that were big. It all adds up.”

Kelly Baumert takes second in 800 meters
Kelly Baumert, left, edges Twin Rivers' Alyssa Stankoski for second place and a state berth in the 800 meters.

One of the busiest athletes, especially early in the meet, was junior Samantha Renter. A two-time state medalist a year ago, Renter qualified for state in four events, including three field events: the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Watts said it was a struggle trying to keep Renter’s legs fresh.

“The plan was for her to take a minimum amount of jumps,” Watts said. “Then she scratched her first two long jumps, so there’s two times down the runway I didn’t want her to do.”

Renter left little suspense in the triple jump, where she qualified right away after one of her early jumps measured 34 feet, 10.5 inches, which bettered the automatic qualifying distance of 34-7.

The high jump wasn’t so easy. Renter, who placed fourth in the state high jump in ‘07, missed twice at 4-11 before clearing it on her final attempt. She then cleared the automatic qualifying standard of 5-1, one of four girls in the district to do so.

Renter also needed a come-from-behind finish to qualify in the long jump. Her only legal jump in preliminaries measured 15-7-25, putting her in first place. But while Renter was off at the high jump, two other long jumpers bettered Renter’s mark in the finals, knocking her down to third place, and out of state qualifying position. When Renter returned from the high jump, the other long jumpers were finished and it was up to her. She took care of business on her first jump of finals when her 16-0.5 jump clinched the gold medal and state berth.

The Tiger throwers continued to do their thing, as they swept the top three spots in both the shot put and discus, marking the sixth and seventh times they have swept a throwing event this season.

Deanna Dirkschneider and Megan Jensen went 1-2 in the shot put to claim the two state qualifying spots, while Jensen and Jamie Spath qualified in the discus. Watts said he is expecting more medals out of his throw crew in Omaha.

“I think the throwers are certainly capable of scoring some points (at the state meet),” he said. “If they’re clicking, they’ll be force down there (at state) also, just like they have been all year.”

Junior Kelly Baumert needed a controversial lunge at the finish line to nab a state berth in the 800 meters a year ago. Securing a return trip in the 800 wouldn’t be much easier.

“I knew (returning state medalist from East Butler Marissa) Bongers would have first place,” Baumert said, “but second, third, fourth and even fifth, anyone could have a good day and everyone had to fight for that second spot.”

After one lap, Baumert sat in fourth place. The top two in each event qualify for state. With about 80 meters left, she made her move, but Twin River’s Alyssa Stankoski went with her and rode her shoulder down the home stretch. Visions of last year’s photo finish crept into Baumert’s mind.

“That whole last 100, I thought ‘I can’t let it be that close again,’” she said.

It wasn’t. Barely. Baumert took second with about a foot to spare and cut three seconds off her season’s best time in the process. The race was fast enough that Stankoski qualified for state with one of two statewide wild card spots given in each individual running event.

Cassie Schutt was also the beneficiary of a wild card, as she picked one up after finishing third in the 400 meters. She also qualified in the 200 meters by winning that event.

The final state qualification came from the 1600-meter relay team, where the quartet of Renter, Chelsea Kreikemeier, Baumert and Schutt led wire to wire.

Several other Tigers finished just one place out of qualifiying for state, including Amber Sellentin in the 300m hurdles and high jump, Schutt in the 100m, Baumert in the pole vault, Spath in the shot put and Dirkschneider in the discus.

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