Delegates Compete in 2011 Boys’ State Track Meet

This afternoon, under gray, cloudy skies, the delegates gathered at Ed Weir Stadium to compete in track and field. The competition is always a fierce one, since it brings together the most impressive athletes from every corner of Nebraska. Luckily, though the weather was overcast and chilly, the rain did not arrive until several hours after the meet. Thus, the Boys had pleasantly cool temperatures in which to determine who could run the fastest, jump the highest or farthest, or throw the farthest. Of special note, the 4×1 relay was won by the town counselor team, proving once again the value of age and wisdom over youth and vigor.

The 4×1 Winners.

Boys’ State Track Meet Moves the Race from the Ballot Box to the Athletic Field

This afternoon, under the executive direction of Coach Larry Frost, the delegates took to the Ed Weir Track to compete in track and field events. This morning’s thunderstorm was little more than a memory beneath the blaring, humid sun. With skill and determination, the delegates gave their all in a variety of events, including: shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4–100 meter, and 4–400 meter. At the end of the day, while the delegates thoroughly demonstrated their athletic skills, they also learned that their counselors still had a thing or two to teach them.

A high jumper from Bunker Hill

A high jumper from The Alamo

A long jumper from Gettysburg

A discus thrower from Belleau Wood

Delegates fly off the starting line

Educational Associate Tony Leckron fires the starter pistol to begin a race

Delegates fight for position on the track

Athletes mingle on the track in preparation for the next race

The crowd of enthusiastic and supportive fellow-delegate fans

Champions of the 4--400 relay (from left to right): Senior Counselor Philip Rohde (Manila Bay), Senior Counselor Garret Shaal (Manila Bay), Senior Counselor Mitchell Schultze (Belleau Wood), and Junior Counselor Zach Parshall (The Alamo)