OMAHA – Day one of the Classes C and D NSAA State Track and Field Championships is in the books with prelims and field events taking center stage. However, there were a few record setting performances by panhandle athletes.

Bridgeport’s Ruthie Loomis-Goltl saved her best in the Discus Throw for the state meet. The junior took second place with a toss of 137'8", which was not only a personal best, it was a new Bulldog school record. Fellow Western Trails Conference competitor McKinley Grover of Gordon-Rushville finish fifth with a throw of 125'7".

The only other points scored on Friday from panhandle athletes came from Class D boys. Garden County got on the board when junior Johnny Vargas took eighth in the Triple Jump with a leap of 40'6½". The Eagles added to their total when the relay team of Zeke Christiansen, Johnny Vargas, Gunner Roberson, and Nate Billey finished sixth in the 4x800 Meter Relay.

Thomas Muldoon of Potter-Dix scored the Coyotes’ first point with an eighth-place finish in the High Jump. The senior equaled his personal best when he 6'0" on his second attempt.

Competition continues on Saturday with finals at Omaha Burke Stadium in Omaha.