Saturday, June 23, 2018
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A first for firsts

Brady boys, girls teams win titles at Gothenburg.

Brady’s boys earned seven gold medals and Eagle girls matched with seven event wins of their own to take first in both team title races at the Brady/Gothenburg Invite on Thursday.

Coach Rich Britten said it may be the first time in school history for both the boys and the girls to win a high school meet.

“I’ve been around a long time and I can’t remember it ever happening,” Britten said.

The Eagle boys racked up 158 team points while the girls had 133. Maxwell finished second in both.

“I thought the kids did very well for the conditions,” Britten said.

Intermittent rain combined with strong winds made competition miserable.

Still, the coach said, the Eagles had solid individual performances.

Event winners for the boys were led by junior Brad Ward who took first in both the high jump and long jump.

Other individual gold medalists were Kyle Pohlman in the triple jump, Corbin Blede in the shot and Levi Widick in the discus.

Both Brady’s 4x100 and 4x800 relays were winners.

“I’m really proud of our relays,” Britten said. “That’s a group thing and they’re really working hard together.”

That includes the winning 4x100 weightmen’s relay and the 4x400 relay for the girls, he said.

Big winner of the day for the girls was sophomore Megan Polt, who not only took first in the three sprint events but also ran on the winning relay.

Other girls taking first were Courtney Widick in the 800, Molly Hannon in the 1600 and Shelby McClellen in the discus.

Having a large number of athletes will be an advantage for the Eagles, Britten said, as they travel to Valentine for the Sandhills Conference meet on Thursday.

“Simply filling an event with bodies is one thing,” Britten said. “We have multiple quality athletes who can score team points. That should help us at the conference meet.”

The meet is hosted by Cody-Kilgore at Valentine because, like most small schools, the Cowboys don’t have a competition track.

“Arnold is the only Class D school around here that has an all-weather track,” Britten said. “We run there an awful lot. It will be nice to go somewhere else for a change, even if we have to travel a long distance to get there.”

The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Valentine.

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