Hemingford Bobcat Track and Field Coach Randy Hiemstra was proud to take Bobcats Casey Lashley and Josie Stewart to compete at State for the second year in a row.
“Both Josie and Casey ended their careers where they wanted to and that was at Omaha Burke, site of the Nebraska State High School Track & Field Championships, so they can be proud of their seasons, their accomplishments, and their careers,” Hiemstra said.
He went on to say how the pair did.
“Casey ran 16.57 in his heat of the 110 hurdles, which landed him a 6th place finish in that heat and a 21st place time overall in the prelims. Josie vaulted 9' which was good for 14th place in the pole vault, ran a 1:04.34 which was 8th in her heat and 22nd overall in the 400 m dash prelims, and ran a season best 48.95 in her 300 hurdles, which narrowly missed qualifying for finals with a 10th place finish in the prelims.”
Both Lashley and Stewart have been outstanding Bobcat athletes and will undoubtedly be missed not only on the track and basketball courts but they will be missed in the classrooms and halls as well.
“I have mixed feelings about high school being over,” Lashley said. “I will definitely miss my friends and teammates. They helped me accomplish many great things in my high school career. But then again I am extremely excited to start the next chapter of my life.”
Basketball is his true passion and where he really shines. He has signed to play this fall at Doane University in Crete, Neb.
“Playing college basketball is a dream of mine I’ve always had since I was little,” he said. “Thinking about it being just two-three short months ahead… I can’t wait to get started. I’m hoping to go down there and compete for a varsity spot. I know there will be good competition down there and I’m ready to hit them head on, nothing to lose. Also to get started on school is a scary thing with not knowing what I need and trying to get the things I know I do need.”
Overall, “I’m little upset to leave my friends behind but I’m glad to start my next adventure!”
Regarding the end of her days of high school, Stewart said, “I am honestly very happy high school is over and I am ready for new opportunities and adventures coming my way!”
“However, when I had to turn in my track jersey down at state last Saturday it hit me pretty hard and it was probably the saddest thing about my high school career ending,” Stewart added.
With them both being two time State qualifiers they felt that this year they were a little more prepared as they knew what to expect.
“It’s a great experience for anyone,” Lashley said. “I was there last year and ended up not doing my best. I don’t if I froze up with how big the crowd was or if I just mentally was not ready. This year I went down there looking to take home a medal. Sadly I wasn’t able to but it was fun competing against Brady Kilgore one last time.”
Kilgore ended up taking First Place, Lashley noted.
“This year I qualified in three events: pole vault, 300 hurdles, and the 400,” Stewart said. “This year I felt like I competed a lot harder and was able to have a great time. Last year I only made it in the 300 hurdles.”
It will be exciting to see what these two accomplish as they take the next step in life. Congratulations on your achievements so far and good luck on your future endeavors.