Area athletes qualify for state track & field, Northwest sweeps District B-5 titles

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Published: May. 9, 2023 at 10:43 PM CDT
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HOLDREGE, Neb. (KSNB) - Some of the area’s best track & field athletes in Class B competing in Holdrege Tuesday for the District B-5 meet.

Nine teams made the trip to compete in the 10-program district meet. Featured events in the embedded video include the boys and girls 4x800-meter relay, boys 110-meter hurdle prelims, girls 100-meter hurdle prelims, boys and girls high jump, boys long jump, girls triple jump and girls pole vault.

Hastings won the girls 4x800-meter relay.

“I was definitely just thinking, ‘Finish it,’” said Kelyn Henry-Perlich, who anchored the final leg. “I knew we were so close, we were right there with them. I just didn’t want to give it all away in that last 100 meters. Having someone in front of me definitely pushes me to just do better and catch them. I knew we could do it. Once I got the baton I knew I could close the gap and finish it.”

Fellow Tiger Nolan Studley won the boys high jump, clearing 6-3.

“It feels great,” he said. “When I cleared 6-1 I knew that there was only three jumpers left, it was just a big weight lifted off my shoulder. I wanted to set an achievable goal that I could get, but clearing 6-3 in these conditions, I think that’s still pretty good for me.”

Aurora’s Addison Fahrnbruch was district champion in girls triple jump with a 35-11.5 mark.

“It is so exciting because not only do I get to go to state, but also my partner in crime Savanna James gets to go to,” she said. “It was really cool for us to go one, two like that with Aurora.”

Watch as central Nebraska stars earn the chance to compete on the biggest stage in Omaha. Full results can be found here.