The Brady Eagles flew with a small but mighty team at the NSAA Class D State Track and Field Championships May 20-21 at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Dillon Miller brought home three medals to lead the Eagle athletes with a bronze in the 100 meters, silver in the 200 meters and fifth place in the 4x100 meter relay that included Rylie Shirk, Blake Lusk and Shane Most.
Cooper Franzen ran a 2:12.99 800 meters for 22nd place and Most went 6 feet in the high jump for 11th place.
Freshman distance runner Jocelyn Franzen took 12th place in her state track debut in the 3200 meters and Sierra Carr was 15th in the 400 meters.
“I think the kids did great,” head coach Rich Britten said. “Obviously, we hoped everyone would place or improve their earlier performances, but they did great.”
Britten continued to say that the big stage that is the state meet can be intimidating and overwhelming for some, but that was not the case for his athletes.
“It is a really big stage with great competition and everyone wanting the same thing,” he said. “They were focused and you hope the best for them.”
Four of the athletes who competed this past week had their first experience at state, and Britten said he hoped that would play well into future seasons.
“Blake, Rylie, Sierra and Jocelyn had a great first experience,” he said. “They did well and will hope to do better and more next year.”
This was Miller’s second appearance at the state meet and Britten said the results in his work are evident.
“He improved on last year,” he said.
While the Eagles did not have a big track team, they did send a big number to state in consideration of how many competed for Brady this season.
Britten said he hopes the success the returning athletes had this season will spark more interest in the program.
“We are excited about the people we have coming back,” he said. “They now have experience and might inspire others to come out for track. We hope our junior high will add to our numbers in the coming years.”