|Cardinal relay team wins state title|
|Written by Andy McCallister|
|Sunday, 20 May 2012 14:48|
OMAHA — Like a quick change of Nebraska weather, the Crete High girls’ 4x100-meter relay team was like a cool, refreshing breeze for Cardinal fans after a hot weekend of state track spent in the doldrums.
The Cardinal quartet — Nikki Muff, Breanna Fye, Tayler Doremus and Kaitlin Bradley — came out of lane seven to win the Class B 4x100 Saturday in a school record-shattering time of 49.93 seconds, highlighting the Crete weekend at Burke Stadium.
Until then, the Crete girls’ only points on the board were from a shared seventh-place finish by Fye in the high jump from earlier that morning.
The girls’ team went on to score twice more before the end of the day, with a fifth-place finish from Logan Sieck in the 1,600-meter run and an eighth by Muff in the 100-meter hurdles final.
The Crete boys were led by Colin Lauenroth and Garrett Wahl, who placed third and sixth in the triple jump. Mitch Marvin added two points for seventh in the 110-meter hurdles.
Four teams were in contention for the Class B girls’ 4x100 title at the final exchange, but Bradley emerged from the pack and nosed out Lexington and Boone Central at the line to give Crete the win.
The top three teams were all under 50 seconds, covered by just 0.06 of a second.
The time blew away the old hand-timed school record of 50.6 set two years ago by Muff, Amanda Reetz, Shaylea Duba and Bradley.
“You know you can be optimistic about our chances in the relay when Kaitlin hits the straight within one or two steps of the leader,” Crete coach Dustin Heuer said. “We’d been in a lot of meets this season where we’d run okay, but knew we could still clean up our exchanges quite a bit.
“(The exchanges) still weren’t perfect today, but with the adrenaline of the state meet going, the girls got to running pretty fast.”
For more on how the Cardinals fared at the state meet, see the May 23 print or E-edition of The Crete News.