The Nebraska State Activities Association State Track and Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Burke Stadium in Omaha. The following is a look at leading Siouxland athletes in several events.
Brian Santiago, Hartington-Newcastle: Santiago, a senior, turned in a time of 10:07.89 while winning the 3,200 Thursday night at Ponca that currently ranks first among Class C state qualifiers. During last year’s Class C state meet, Santiago was the Class C state runner-up in the 3,200 and a third-place finisher in the 1,600, another event where he is slated to compete.
Cole Schmidt, Hartington-Newcastle: A senior, Schmidt has Class C’s top qualifying effort in the triple jump (44-4) and is also ranked second in both the long jump (22-0.25) and the 100 (11.09). He’s also scheduled to compete in the 200.
Lincoln McPhillips, Hartington-Newcastle: The junior enters Class C high jump competition tied for first with Southwest senior Derek Greenleg, both whom have cleared 6-6.
Solomon Peitz, Wakefield: Peitz gave Hartington-Newcastle’s Cole Schmidt a run in the triple jump at Ponca, going 42-10.50 to finish second. Peitz enters C state competition ranked third.
Corbin Sudbeck, Wynot: The senior ranks first among Class D long jumpers with a qualifying distance of 21-1. A year ago, he took sixth with a leap of 19-11.25.
Haley Arens, Crofton: The senior heads into Class C state action ranked fourth in the 3,200 (12:13.81), an event she won a year ago. She was also last year’s C state runner-up in both the 1,600 and 800, events in which she also compete.
Paige Steinman, Emerson-Hubbard-Pender: Steinman is the Class C leader in the 3,200 (12:00.39), an event where as a freshman, she finished third at the state meet. Steinman will also compete in the 1,600.
Sara Reifenrath, Hartington Cedar Catholic: Potentially, the Trojans’ sophomore could have a big state meet, as she’s ranked first in the Class C 200 (24.93) and third in the 400 (58.57), an event in which she finished seventh at last year’s state meet. She will also compete in the 4x400 relay.
Ashley Ostrand, Emerson-Hubbard-Pender: The freshman won the 200 at Ponca with a 25.78 effort that ranks second heading into Friday’s Class C state preliminaries. She’s also listed for the 100 and the 4x100.
Kylie Hammer, Wayne: The senior will compete in four Class A state events, including the triple jump, where she’s ranked third (36-8.75). Also ranked fifth in the long jump (17-9.25), Hammer will also compete in the 100 and