Published On: Sun, Mar 23rd, 2008

Bakke leads HPS in season opener

WAYNE — Hartington’s Zach Bakke was in mid-season form in last week’s season-opening track meet as he walked away from the meet with a pair of golds and one silver medal.
The HPS junior speedster earned first-place honors in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.91. He also earned gold in the long jump at the Wayne State College Class II indoor track and field meet March 18.

His long jump effort of 21 feet, 10 inches was good enough for a new meet record. The new record breaks the old mark held by former teammate Josh Creekmore.
He also earned a silver medal on the day, finishing second to Howells’ Tyler Gooch in the 200-meter run.
“Zach Bakke jumping that far in the first meet should give him confidence early on,” said Hartington boys track coach Blair Kalin. “He has the potential to jump over 22 feet this season as long as he remains healthy. He also proved that he will be one of the top sprinters in the area this season, winning the 55.”
Two other meet records were also set in the contest. Dodge’s Jacob Kreikemeier set a pair of meet records in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Bakke wasn’t the only local athlete to bring home gold. His older sister also earned a gold, as did Becca Heikes and Austin Driver.
Hartington senior Kylie Bakke claimed top honors in the pole vault with a jump of eight feet.
Heikes earned a gold medal in the 55-meter hurdles. She finished the event with a time of 10.07.
Driver earned gold medal honors in the pole vault with a jump of nine feet.
He also earned a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of :59.Hartington’s Miles Methany also brought home a medal, finishing as the silver medalist in the shot put, with his throw of 43-10.
“Miles Methany and Caleb Lammers threw the shot put well for the first meet. Aaron Newton is going to provide depth for our throwers,” Kalin said.
Mason Miller also fared well, qualifying for the finals in the 55 meter dash.
“Mason Miller in the 55 performed very well. He should give depth behind Zach in the sprints all season. No team scores were kept at the meet,” Kalin said.
Coach Kalin said the Hartington team fared well for its first time out.
“For our first meet, we noticed some techniques we need to work on but, I was pleased overall with the team,” he said.
This was a good experience for the newcomers to the team, he said.
“Our younger participants garnered some experience in their events,” Kalin said.
Wynot High School also earned a gold medal, as Rachel Wieseler tossed the shot put 37-4 to claim top honors in the meet.
The Hartington track teams are next scheduled to compete Tuesday March 25 in the season-opener at the Hartington Community Complex.
The meet, the Cedar Catholic Invitational, is set to begin at 1 p.m..
HPS will host a six-team meet on Thursday, April 3, at the Hartington Community Complex. This meet will also begin at 1 p.m.