SIOUX CITY, IOWA (KCAU) – Our track events got off to a roaring start! Wakefield’s Jordan Metzler wins the Class C 800 meter run in a time of 2 minutes and 14 seconds for a new state and meet record while Addison Smith of Wausa took home first in the boys Class D event, as the only runner finishing in under two minutes. A long season of hard work and determination paying off in the biggest moment.
“It’s a surreal feeling coming across the finish line first knowing that you got the gold medal and then to hear them say that it was a state record, too. It was just a bunch of emotions at once. But also, so crazy that it’s just kind of not hitting me yet,” Metzler said.
“I just remember that obviously in the beginning of the season, you don’t see the results that you imagine yourself having. I just have the mindset that if I keep doing the work that it’ll pay off on the big stage and that’s exactly what happened today,” Smith added.
Moving over to the 100 meter dash in Class C, Pender’s Brady Krusemark showing off the speed, dashing across the finish line in just over 11 seconds, winning by just .06 seconds. A dream turned into reality for the junior.
“I can’t really believe it. I came in seeded 12th. So, I wasn’t ever thinking I was going to get first. But after prelims, my confidence went up and really I think I was relaxed the whole race. I wasn’t straining or stressing and I think that’s what helped,” Krusemark mentioned.
Norfolk Catholic had a pair of strong performances in the 4×1 relay races. The girls quartet with a second place finish while the boys squad broke the school record, crossing the finish line in 43.37. The Knights achieving their goals in the best way possible.
“It’s been a grind all year. We worked really hard in practice every day. Every meet, it seemed like we PR’d. We’d always go into the next meet wanting to run faster and we eventually broke the school record at the end of the season. So, we accomplished a lot of goals. It was a good year,” Norfolk Catholic senior Mason Timmerman said.
A pair of perennial powerhouses competing in the Class C 1600 meter race. Starting off with the girls, Crofton junior Jordyn Arens looking to defend her title. She’s won the last two races. The Warriors’ runner trailing until the final turn and she squeaks past the leader and pulls off the comeback victory! Arens secures the three-peat, with it coming right down to the wire.
“I didn’t have a great 800. But, I guess I was like okay I gotta go and then I also I heard my family cheering because they were sitting right there and I was like I gotta go, I gotta do it for them,” Arens added.
On the boys side, a pair of local products ranked 1 and 2 in the final race in Cedar Catholic’s Carson Noecker and Dyami Berridge of Winnebago. The two local runners standing out among the field, with Noecker finishing in first at 4:19 while Berridge earned third place with a 4:32. Noecker adding yet another state title to his illustrious career.
“I feel like it really won’t hit me all at once. I feel like I’m gonna go through my life and I’ll always be remembered and I know I’ll be able to reflect and communicate with people I got to run against and run with and that’s the beauty of the sport. It’s one of those things where it’ll hit me later on. But, it’s been fun and I truly enjoyed it,” Noecker highlighted.
A great state meet for all of our Siouxland runners in Nebraska, with the Plainview Pirates boys team earning the Class D title while the Battle Creek boys team finished second in Class C