Source article: http://bit.ly/2ELFzBY
WICHITA — Undoubtedly, the highlight of the State Outdoor track and field championships for Nemaha Central senior Jacy Dalinghaus was sweeping the girls Class 3A throws — discus, javelin and shot put — but not by as much as you might think.
The Thunder star was also over the moon about her team’s one-two-three finish in the javelin.
Dalinghaus, who won the discus on Friday, won the javelin Saturday with a throw of 146 feet, 9 inches, while sophomore Hannah Scott was second (134-8) and sophomore Hannah Macke closed out the sweep with a third-place finish (130-3).
“Incredible. That was amazing,” Dalinghaus said. “Oh my gosh, I just can’t believe it still.
“It was 20 minutes after we were up on the (medal stand) and we couldn’t believe that happened. That’s crazy.”
Dalinghaus’ huge performance at the 2019 state meet came after she won the javelin title, placed fourth in the discus and was second in the shot put as a junior.
She admitted that she had thought about winning all three this time around.
“It was like the figurative goal I guess, like, ‘Hey, it would be pretty cool if I got all golds at state,’ ” Dalinghaus said. “It’s a dream come true, honestly.”
The goal became more realistic for Dalinghaus after regionals, when she was the top 3A seed in the shot put and javelin and a close No. 2 in the discus.
Dalinghaus then went out and delivered on her lofty seeds, winning the shot put and the discus by more than 2 feet over Riley County’s Ames Burton and taking the javelin crown by more than 12 feet over her teammate.
“My coach literally told me in practice, ‘Don’t change anything. Just do what you normally do and treat it like a normal meet,’ ” Dalinghaus said.
ROSSVILLE SPRINTERS SHINE
Rossville senior Trevor Johnson knew that he and sophomore Woodrow Rezac could put together a strong performance at state in the 2A boys 100-meter dash.
In fact, Johnson floated that suggestion to his teammate long before state.
“When we started training this year, I told him that I was going to win it and I wanted him right behind me,” Johnson said.
That’s exactly how things turned out at Cessna Stadium, with Johnson winning in 11.02 seconds and Rezac finishing second in 11.20.
“We’ve been pushing each other all year long trying to get first and second, and it’s nice that we finally reached that goal,” Johnson said. “I get my name up on the wall (as a state champ) and I’m waiting on him to do it next year.”
Rezac easily surpassed the very modest goal he set entering the race.
“To be honest, I didn’t want to get last,” he said. “I knew I was pretty close to Trevor and I tried to beat him. I didn’t, but second’s second and I’m not going to argue.”
Rezac picked up a state title and Johnson got his second gold later in the day when the Bulldawgs teamed with senior Benjamin Price and sophomore Tyree Sowers to win the 400 relay in 43.98.
SKILL OF THE IRISH
Chapman distance stars Aaron Modrow and Taylor Briggs pulled off a rare achievement Saturday, sweeping the 4A boys and girls 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs.
Briggs, a sophomore who swept the two races for the second straight year, won the 3,200 in 11:10.31 and the 1,600 in 5:06.18, while Modrow, a senior, won the 3,200 in 9:49.25 and the 1,600 in 4:34.31.
“Knowing Taylor personally, it’s definitely really awesome because she puts in so much work that people don’t see,” Modrow said. “It’s not just track practice. She goes and runs on her own and she does all the little things that make a champion a champion.
“I think it’s really cool that I was finally able to put myself together to do that, because we were capable last year, too, but mentally I wasn’t there. Now that I’m all there, it’s really cool. I can’t wait to go celebrate with her and tell her what an awesome feat that was.”
Despite her success in ’18, Briggs said she didn’t really feel any added pressure in this year’s state meet.
“I try not to let it get to me,” she said. “It felt a lot bigger last year. I mean it still feels really big this year, but I guess (last year) was my first year and I was a little more overwhelmed. It’s a good experience still.”