Big effort by Maag has Cats leading by seven at intermission

Scottsbluff High School senior Jonathan Maag has done his part to help the Bearcats repeat as Class B state champions at the Nebraska Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium this weekend.

The University of South Dakota football recruit finished second in the shot put Friday and as big as that eight points was, his eight point performance in the discus Saturday was even bigger.

Maag entered the state meet with just the 12th best district discus throw amongst the contestants. His 157-3 effort Saturday was nearly 13 feet better than his district best.

When Maag was done the Cats were up 50-37 over the Bison. McCook inched closer, at 50-43, after Austin Cherry finished third in the 400 meters.

That was the last event prior to intermission.

After the break there are four events left on the track. Scottsbluff should score points in the 1600 and 300 IM hurdles and the 1600 relay. They don't have anyone in the finals of the 200. There is just one field event remaining, the long jump where McCook has Jacob Schlager competing.

Kelsy Wood added more points to the Hemingford total. Her latest effort was a fourth place in the 100. She earlier got second in the 100 hurdles and she will close out her brilliant career with the 300 low hurdles after intermission.

Bayard's Alanda Kildow picked-up .33 points for a three-way tie for eighth in the Class C girls high jump.

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