Brady track athletes traveled to Hershey last Saturday for their second outing of the year, and came home with several medals to show for it. Abby Jurjens claimed first in the pole vault and Falon Hatch nabbed first in the discus for the second week in a row; while Blake Lusk crossed the line first in the 400M on the boys’ side.

Coming off a year of no competition, and having a team heavy on young members has been a challenge for the tracksters, but the kids are working hard to make up for the relative lack of experience, and that effort should continue to pay off.

“They are young and have a lot of growing and learning yet,” comments head coach Rich Britten. “I am proud of all of them for being out and working hard.”

Each week, we like to spotlight a different athlete, not just for their results on the track, but their leadership on the team. This week’s spotlight will be on Abby Jurjens and Dillon Miller.

Abby is a well-rounded competitor, and likes to try her hand in many different areas, despite the challenges that come with not having a place to practice field events.

“Abby has always done the pole vault, and she did well on Saturday. It is also an event that right now in our area is not strong. Abby works hard at it, and does well with us having no facility to really practice it,” said Coach Britten. “Then in the triple jump, she was surprised that she made finals, and got a personal best jump.”

Typically Abby competes in the long jump, but due to a scheduling conflict, entered triple jump instead, placing sixth in the event. She rounded out her day with fifth place in the 110M hurdles, and was a member of the 4x100 relay team that posted fourth.

On the boys’ side, Dillon Miller came out of the gate swinging in these first two meets of the year. He brought home second in the 100M and 200M, was part of the fourth place 4x100M relay, and wrapped up the meet with fourth in the long jump.

“Dillon has done well in the 100, 200, and long jump, and will keep getting better,” commented Britten. “He is growing and getting stronger. He’s facing really tough competition in all three events.”

The sophomore shows an impressive display of effort on the track, and will continue to increase his natural talent with his work ethic.

This week, Pleasanton will host the varsity track invite, held at Kearney High School on April 1. The meet starts at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Contact Alisa Mullen at alisa@gothenburgleader.com