Brady Kilgore State silver medal winner


Drew Biesecker for the Western Nebraska Observer

Brady Kilgore perfects his high jump at the Best of the West meet earlier this season.

Kimball High's Brady Kilgore closed out his junior year of track and field with a silver medal performance at the 2018 Nebraska State Track Meet in Omaha! Kilgore brought home 2nd place honors in the Class C 110 meter high hurdles, clocking 15.17 in the finals after running 15.273 in the prelims. It climaxed a very rewarding season for the talented young Longhorn who won all of his races this season with the exception of District and State where he finished 2nd. His 2nd place at this year's state meet was a step-up from the 5th place medal he brought home as a sophomore. He has been a state qualifier for 3 years, with one year remaining. As a dual event state qualifier, Brady also cleared 6'0" at the state meet in the high jump, but finished just out of the top 8 medal group.

When asked what his plans are for the summer, Brady said, "I plan on working, of course, and also playing some baseball." He went on to say that he enjoyed the track season and what he accomplished. His fastest time this season was his race at District when he ran 15.08.

Kimball had two other state qualifiers in seniors, Hannah Biesecker and Kaden Adrian. It was Biesecker's 3rd state meet, but like a lot of other state qualifiers in the Class C long jump, she came up short of her district marks. Hannah's best at state was 15'.75", well short of the 16'8" she jumped at district. She finished 23rd in the event from a reported field of 59 Class C jumpers.

It was a first time to Omaha for Adrian, who made it by an additional fastest time out of his very fast district, which took five runners in the 800. Kaden also ran well short of his district time of 2:04.59, clocking 2:11.06 at state to place him 22nd. Congrats to all three runners for making the select group of athletes who had the privilege of competing at this year's state meet.

Congrats going out also to MaKenna Dahlgrin of Banner County, who brought home the gold medal in Class D by winning the shotput with her throw of 39'0" and finishing 4th in the discus at 121'2". Congrats also to sophomore Deven Sullivan for his strong showing in both the 1600 and 3200 at the state meet. Sullivan ran 12th in the 1600 with his time of 4:57.86 and was 9th, and just one place out of a medal, in the 3200 with his time of 10:47.7. The future looks bright for this young man, indeed.

Congrats to Potter-Dix's Trinity Langley for her win in the Class D girl's high jump, taking the gold with a leap of 5'2". Langley also finished 11th in the triple jump at 31'10.5". Payge Hoffman also qualified in two events for the Coyotes, finishing 18th in the long jump at 14'8.75" and ran 13.77 in the 100 meter dash, but failed to make the finals.

Drew Biesecker for the Western Nebraska Observer

Brady Kilgore leads the pack in hurdles earlier this season during the Best of the West meet.


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