Axtell Boys win first state track title since 2006

The Axtell boys track team poses on the stage after accepting their Class D state championship trophy. (May 19, 2018) (KHGI)

The Axtell Boys track team left Omaha with a shiny new state championship trophy. It's the first boys track title since 2006, when the Wildcats split the state crown with Falls City Sacred Heart. Axtell had a close call last year when they finished the 2017 meet, 3 points behind Class D champion, South Loup.

The Cats leaving their competition in the dust this time around, clearing second place Giltner by 23 points. Axtell placed athletes in the top 3 across 7 different events. Braidan Gomez fought his way through a hamstring injury to win the 100 meter dash, while Creighton Kring took home the long jump and triple jump titles. The Wildcats say their depth, made them the toughest team to beat.

"We came in twelve events and we scored in ten, and nine kids earned a medal," said head coach Eric Havranek. "Our kids are distanced out so that we have a good distance runner in Lincoln Trent, we have a good jumper in Creighton obviously. Then Braidan in the sprints and then Lane in the hurdles also, so we had tremendous balance and that's been our strength all season long. "

"Our distance kids have been working really hard, like my cousin in hurdles, pole vault, I mean just everybody all around," said senior Jarrett Bertrand. "We just work really well as a team together. There's not really any one person who stands out, it's just everybody."

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