By Rich Winter
Meant to get to this a few weeks ago but following the Platte-Geddes home invitational Field and Track meet on April 29, baseball teammates and fellow seniors, Riggs Priebe and Cole Nachtigal talked some trash.
Priebe, who spent his day long and triple jumping and hurdling didn't take it lightly that Nachtigal and his teammates (Hayden Stluka, Eli DeNeui, and Kade Starr) won the 800 relay with a time of 1:37.87.
"Nachtigal got lucky we didn't run the 800 relay," Priebe instigated.
After hearing the comments, Nachtigal fired back.
"Listen, I realize Priebe is having a great season but he's not a very good athlete and I have no idea how he slops out in the events he does," Nachtigal said. "We would have have dusted those guys anyway."
Of course I jest-ish, but wanted to give a little shout out to the Black Panthers and Cubs as the Region meets approach:
Did anyone notice the MASSIVE 3200-meter PR from sophomore Caden Tegethoff?
Was very excited to go through the results from Howard Wood and see that Platte-Geddes sophomore, Caden Tegethoff got towed around the track to a lifetime best of 10:16 in the 3200 meters. Along the way, Caden punched his ticket to the state track meet by breaking the automatic qualifying standard. West Central's Derick Peters has the fastest Class A time of 9:22, followed closely by Custer's Joe Rush with a 9:29.
Tegethoff has the 11th fastest time in Class A. Whether he places in this event at state, with some serious horse-power graduating from the A ranks, Fall of 2018 could be a tremendous cross-country season for this young man.
At that Platte-Geddes meet in April the guys showed they could be dangerous in every relay from 4x200 to 4x800
800 RELAY: 1, Platte-Geddes (Hayden Stluka, Eli DeNeui, Cole Nachtigal, Kade Starr) 1:37.87;
1600 RELAY: 1, Platte-Geddes (Eli DeNeui, Kade Starr, Jalen Severson, Kade Boltjes) 3:47.31;
MEDLEY RELAY: 1, Gregory 3:51.91; 2, Platte-Geddes 4:00.77;
3200 RELAY: 1, Platte-Geddes (Nate Whalen, Kade Boltjes, Caden Tegethoff, Jalen Severson) 9:08.57;
Over the years we have seen some great 4x8's come out of Platte so look for that team to drop some time at the Region meet...
Junior Hayden Stluka is already pre-qualified in the 100, 200 and long jump.
Junior Kaetlyn Engebretson headed to state:
Platte-Geddes junior Kaetlyn Engebretson is pre-qualified in the 100 and 200 meters. Some tough competition awaits from MVP at the Region 5A track meet but Engebretson should be in the mix for titles at 100 and 200 meters. In addition, her speed could help any one of the P/G relay teams make it to state.
Couple of athletes to watch at the Region meet will be pole-vaulters, Jaydon Johnson and Reagan Stegmeier. In addition, hurdler Sawyer Naasz and discus thrower, Candice Knutson have opportunities to make the state meet.
Shout out to Riggs Priebe:
Heard early in the season that Priebe was giving the long-jump a test. Kinda hard not to with the success the Priebe's have had in this event over the years.
Really pleased to see Priebe posting some big-time jumps over the last few weeks.
Long jump: 21'4.75"
Triple jump: 43'8" (He and Brady Fritz of Winner had a brilliant competition a couple of weeks ago...Like that...means your battle tested when the state meet goes down)
Priebe has the 6th-farthest long-jump in Class A.
Priebe is tied with Fritz for the 3rd-best Triple-jump in Class A (Pretty good stuff for a guy that only picked up the event this year...Chamberlain jump-coaches do an amazing job)
Priebe and the hurdles:
110 hurdles: Hasn't broken the qualifying standard in the event...right at 16...Wouldn't be surprised to see Chamberlain load up a relay at regions.
300 hurdles: 41.21, third fastest in Class A...
Nash Hutmacher - Big guy got the shot put out to 51'10.5 last week. That performance moves him to 3rd in Class A. Seasons best of 148'5 in the discus that has Hutmacher as the 4th ranked Class A discus guy.
Carson Powers and Drayton Priebe have both been over 19-feet in the long jump. Look for the Miller and Chamberlain guys to have a real battle at the Region meet.
Chamberlain throws down MASSIVE medley relay at Howard Wood
Always get excited when I see any of the south-central/central teams do well so I was pleased to see the Chamberlain girls BANG out a 4:21.41 to finish 3rd for Class A girls.
Chamberlain girls that have pre-qualified:
SHOT PUT - Mady Handel has the 4th-best throw in Class A at 37'7"
Discus: Handel has the 10-best throw in Class a with 113'6"
High jump: Hannah Anderson has pre-qualified in the high jump with a leap of 4'11"
Long jump: Avany Long has the third-best long-jump in Class A, 16'8"
800 meters: Ella Byers has the fifth fastest time with a 2:22.94
1600 meters: This event is going to be a good one at state...
3.Byers, Ella 5:13.84Chamberlain
3200 meters: Same deal in this event:
1.Simmons, Karlee 11:18.20Hill City
3.Byers, Ella 11:26.66Chamberlain
Avany Long is really good in the hurdles and the jumps. Just off a state qualifier in the triple-jump, she could be a factor at the state meet.
Looking for coach Renee Long's squad to dominate the Region 6A meet and hopeful this squad can score some serious points at the state meet.
Good luck to both squads as the post-season begins.