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We finally got the outdoor track season underway this past week and the Kimball Longhorns were put to the test with a meet on Saturday at Bayard and a meet in Chappell on Monday. Both days were pretty nice, especially for Western Nebraska. The Horns have some muscle pulls and some ailments they are fighting through but still some good efforts from the Big Red.

Was fun to get to see Potter-Dix and Banner County at Bayard as I don’t get to see them as often as I did in years past. I enjoy talking to the Giffords and to coach Hilpert and his staff.

I always enjoy viewing the meet records and both Potter-Dix and Banner County hold their share of the Class D marks at Bayard. Sorry to report that Kimball doesn’t lay claim to a single Class C record at the Bayard C-D Meet.

Some of those records go back quite a few years. Deb Quillen of Dix set the 200 meter record of 25.2 back in 1972. Lori Linn holds the 100 meter record of 12.2 set in 1977. Over on the boy’s side, Kenny Hessler of Harrisburg set the 300 hurdle record of 41.5 in 1981. Dana Ottoson set the 3200 record for girls back in 1988 while running for Potter-Dix and the 11:59 time still stands. Sheryl Tobin (Biesecker) shares the girl’s high jump mark of 5’2” she set in 1989 while performing for Potter-Dix, and now her daughters are excelling for Kimball.


I always enjoy track and field at Bayard and they are constantly improving their facilities. The latest work being completed is an area near the finish line for the handicapped which puts them up high and able to get there in wheel chairs. Bayard takes their track and field serious!


Kimball will get to show off their newly refinished track at the Western Trails Conference meet we are hosting on April 16. A chance for you fans to see some of the state’s top athletes in action right here at home!

Ryan Muneio, a name you readers are familiar with, is doing his running these days for Doane College and in his first outdoor meet this past week he ran a 52.6 time in the open 400 to finish 15th and also ran that same time in his split of the 4 x 400 relay with his Doane team getting 3rd.


The Kimball Junior High track team opened the season this past Tuesday at Bayard, and the Kimball High Boy’s Golf Team finally got to play some Tournament golf going to Bayard this past Tuesday as well. They are at Mitchell this coming Tuesday and then at Bridgeport on April 14.


Score an error on the Observer Staff this past week in regards to the mis-use of the name Hendrickson. In a picture of the sign at Hendrickson Field which accompanied a story I wrote concerning Legion Baseball, it was written in the photo cut-line that the field was named after Art Hendrickson. We all know that Art is a legend but is known for owning the Observer and Western Office Supply, not for baseball. We also all know that the most legendary baseball figure in Kimball is Dale Hendrickson and the field is named in his honor. I have written stories in the past in regards to his professional career in the sport, and also for the many times he fielded winning Legion Teams while coaching the Kimball Legion. He also took personal care of the Legion Field doing the mowing, and everything else to make it look at it’s best. Hendrickson Field is named in honor of Dale Hendrickson .... not Art, once my former boss, and also a great man.


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