GRAND ISLAND — When the Central Nebraska Track and Field Championships started Monday, those competing had to endure chilly temperatures and strong winds.
As the meet progressed, the weather only got worse.
During the boys 3,200-meter run, rain started to come down, making for conditions that were not in the athlete's best interests. Officials got together and decided not to continue the rest of the meet after the 100-meter dash and the 110 hurdles were completed.
"The decision was the right one to make at this point in the season. It's just not worth getting anyone hurt with districts and conference coming down the road," said St. Cecilia head coach Alan VanCura. "It's unfortunate, there's no way to reschedule it because of everyone's schedules. It's just one of those things."
Giltner's Jared Hastings was off to a good start Monday. He claimed the top spot in the 110 hurdles, finishing in a time of 15.64 seconds despite the rain already coming down. Hastings also placed second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Hastings was also scheduled to race in the 300 hurdles.
On the girls side, Giltner's Kelbie Lyon finished second in the shot put with a distance of 41-7 3/4.
St. Cecilia's Mason Furman placed second in the discus (160-1), marking his personal best. The winner of the discus, Grand Island Central Catholic's Zach Brittain, had a throw of 195-9, which is the third-best high school mark in the nation, according to www.athletic.net — a site that displays the nation's top performances.
STC's Alex Teano was fifth in the boys triple jump, setting a personal record of 40-9. Josie Prevette finished fifth in the girls high jump (4-10), while the STC 3,200 relay team, consisting of Karlee Wright, Morgan Parr, Cameron Hucke and Shandra Farmer, placed fifth (11:00.32).
"We did OK for the events they got in," VanCura said. "It's unfortunate the weather didn't cooperate."
The Kenesaw boys had a strong showing in the 3,200 relay. Lane Tibbs passed several opponents to give his team the lead after the second leg. After the Blue Devils dropped back a couple spots, Jeremiah Panec made a late push, helping Kenesaw finish second (8:58.91).
Lauren Hinrichs led Doniphan-Trumbull with a third-place finish in the high jump (5-2). Teammate Makenna Niemoth placed fourth in the triple jump (33-6). For the D-T boys, Eric Toben finished fifth in the shot put (47-7 1/2).