Off and running: Trojans pick and choose spots to score at Nevada

NEVADA – The disadvantages were heaped on the shoulders of the Northeast Hamilton boys’ track team during its season-opening meet here last night.

As the smallest school in the Class B field and with a roster of just eight competitors, the Trojans strategically picked their spots to score points and for the most part it worked.

Northeast Hamilton still finished at the tail end of the six-team class, but managed to pile up 10 medal-winning performances.

Bondurant-Farrar – easily the largest school in the class with an enrollment that dwarfs NEH by 262 students – secured the team title in the bone-chilling conditions. Official point totals were unavailable as of press time.

“I was pretty happy with the way we ran,” NEH head coach Shannon Muhlenbruch said afterwards as he attempted to thaw out. “We haven’t been practicing for long, so it was OK for the first time out. We’re only going to get faster.”

Muhlenbruch admitted it was difficult to set his lineup at this point in the season. NEH was unable to enter a handful of events simply because it didn’t have the bodies.

“I always try to make sure we’re running (400s and 800s) because that’s what we’re best at,” Muhlenbruch said. “I want to get a good medley time at some point, but the problem is then it kills us in team points because we have to get out of a bunch of individual events.”

Nick Jeffers earned the Trojans lone gold medal with a winning discus toss of 121 feet. He later finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24.30 seconds and was part of the bronze-winning 4×400 relay (3:57.00) along with Tristan Nicholson, Kyle Pruismann and Tyler Smith.

Smith gobbled up three individual medals; he placed second in the 110 high hurdles (17.80), and was third in the open 400 (54.60) and 800 (2:15.00).

Nicholson got his evening off on solid footing with a runner-up finish in the high jump (5-4) and he later took third in the 400 low hurdles (1:07.00). Pruismann (1:05.00) finished one spot in front of his teammate.

Tristan Knudson added a third-place finish to the Trojans’ haul in the shot put (38-11).

NEH will travel to Britt on Monday to take part in the West Hancock Relays.