May 14, 2022

Trojan track finishes 1-2 at league to take 7th NCAA title in 2022

Posted May 14, 2022 9:21 PM

By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor

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Despite a rain postponement mid-event the Southeast of Saline track and field teams stayed red hot, with the boys winning this year’s NCAA League meet to make it a back-to-back, and the girl's team finishing runner up.

All in all the Trojans took an unprecedented 39 podium places, including 16 gold medals, 14 silver, and 9 bronze between the two teams.

With another meet victory, the boy’s team has now won four in a row, peaking at the perfect time as several athletes return to full strength.

While a medal count of 30 was impressive enough on it’s own, the Trojans locked out all three spots on the podium in five different events, taking first, second and third in the 100m and 200m dashes, 3200 and both the long and triple jumps.

SES also swept all three relays, setting a new league 4x100 time in the process.

Dylan Sprecker kept his undefeated 2022 run alive breezing to victory in the 800 and 1600 on the day.

Chase Poague remains undefeated in the hurdles, handily winning both the 110 and 300m races, but was bested by teammate Michael Murray, who won both 100 and 200m dashes on the day.

In the 100m dash, Jude Golden would come home third to lock out the first all-SES podium, while Nakari Morrical-Palmer and Connor Caselman took second and third in the 200 to secure another sweep.

Morrical-Palmer would get a win of his own in the 400 where he was joined on the podium by teammate Omar Calzada who came home third.

Rounding out the top finishers in the distance runs Levi Allen took gold in the 3200 followed by Cayden Walker and Damion Jackson. Allen also finished second behind only Sprecker in the 1600.

It was also a dominant showing for Tate Nernberg and Tucker Thaxton, as Nernberg won both the high jump and triple jump and Thaxton took first in the long jump, the two securing the top step of all-purple podiums.

Joining Nernberg, Connor Caselman and Caden Parry would take second and third in the triple jump while Lorenzo McVay and Nathan Friesen did the same to lock out the long jump.

Just one spot in one boy’s jumping event went to a non-Trojan as Luke Obermeyer wrapped up his day with a bronze in the high jump.

Before all was said and done SES would add three more second-place finishes thanks to Jude Golden in the javelin, Caden Parry in the 110m hurdles, and Drake Augustine in the 800.

It was also an impressive showing on the girl’s side of things as the Lady Trojan's second-place finish marks their best result of the season.

Jentrie Alderson was on another level this week, breaking her own league record en route to a win in the 3200 (11:26) and breaking a league and school record with a first-place time of 2:19.38 in the 800.

It was a great day for SES in the distance runs as the girls took two podium places in the 800, 1600, and 3200.

Ashley Prochazka tallied two of those medals with a second-place finish in the 1600 and a third-place finish in the 3200.

Cali Augustine added a silver medal behind Alderson in the 800 while Abby Commerford found the podium with a bronze in the 1600.

The SES relay teams took third in all three races, adding silver in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 relays.

With the boy's league title wrapped up, Southeast of Saline has won all or a share of seven of the nine sports on the table for all NCAA schools this year, in football, baseball, boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls cross country.

Both teams will have a week to rest up and prepare for this year’s regional which will take place on May 20.