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Eagles get strong start at UNK Indoor

KEARNEY—Enthusiasm is high among Brady track and field athletes and expectations are even higher following the Class D portion of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Indoor Invite at Cushing Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Coach Rich Britten said he was pleased with the effort and results at the meet. The Eagle boys finished third with two individual champions and a relay win. The girls were seventh.

But Britten is cautiously optimistic.

“We still have a long way to go,” Britten said. “It’s early.”

Still, hopes are high.

One school record fell in the first meet of the season.

Senior Kyle Pohlman broke a decades-old mark in the long jump sailing 21 feet, 10.25 inches for a gold medal. The previous record was 21-9.5 set by Joe Bourge in 1967.

Senior Brad Ward earned the other individual gold in the high jump by clearing 6-0.

Britten said the surprise of the day was a win by the 4x800 boys relay team of Tyrel Grasz, Cole Viter, Zach Mann and Dalton Riedel.

The Eagles battled between first and second the entire race with Riedel running the anchor leg and sitting second with a lap to go. He took over first on the final curve to finish in 9:30.49.

“It was a good time for the first meet but we’re going to have to shave quite a bit of time off that if we want to be running in Omaha,” Britten said.

As a team, the Eagle boys were third behind winning Sargent and Bertrand.

On the girls side, Bertrand ran away with the team title with Ansley and Chambers-Wheeler Central tied for second.

There were no gold medals for the Eagles but still a handful of solid performances.

Britten said he was pleased to see a fourth-place finish in the high jump by freshman Valerie Most with a height of 4-foot, 10 inches and was happy to see junior Megan Polt medal in two individual running events and one relay.

“I think everyone realizes we’ve still got plenty of conditioning to do,” the coach said. “We haven’t had much time to get in track shape.”

The Eagles will compete next at the North Platte St. Pat’s Invite at Hershey on Saturday.

Field events begin at 10 a.m. with running events set to begin at 11:30 a.m.

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