Lincoln (July 18, 2021)— The main weekend of the Cornhusker State Games wrapped up Sunday, with over 40 sports taking place across Omaha, Columbus, Lincoln, and surrounding communities. Saturday alone had 40 different events take place.
One of the main highlights from the weekend came from Beechner Field at Lincoln High School for the track and field meet. Carol Frost, 76, of Lincoln, broke not one but two American records in the 75-79 Masters division shot put and discus events. Frost tossed a staggering 82’1″ in the discus and 33’7″ in the shot put. The two previous records were from 2015 (discus) and 2018 (shot put).
On Friday, the duo of Presley Liberty and Olivia Reitsma of Papillion won the Doubles A division in the youth sand volleyball tournament at Spikes Beach Bar and Grille. In the 14U Gold division, Tucker Biskup and Isaac O’Neill of Sumner took home the gold.
The Youth Golf Two-Person Scramble, held at Jim Ager Memorial Golf Course, took place on Friday. Mike Salem and Noah Hayes of Lincoln won the 8U scramble. Other gold medal winners include Naryn Kim and Halle Rech in the 9-11 division and Henry Stempson and Max Moss of Lincoln in the 12-13 division.
Over 100 participants sparred in the Taekwondo event on Saturday at Lincoln North Star High School. Shawn Labadie of Lincoln won the Forms Masters Black Belt division. In the Forms Women’s 38+ Black Belt division, Jennifer Vigil of Lexington won the gold.
Elmer Murman of Hastings competed in the track and field meet. The 91-year-old was the oldest track and field athlete and competed in the 50- and 100-Meter dashes.
Nine-year-old Baylee Adam of Lincoln had a great day in the pool, winning three gold medals and one silver in the swimming meet held in Columbus. Columbus hosted the swim meet for the first time.
Seventy-four players took to the course in the Disc Golf tournament at Mahoney State Park on Saturday. Vail Erickson of Lincoln defended his 2020 individual title. Disc Golf competition resumed with team doubles on Sunday. The competition was tight in the Men’s Doubles tournament as the top three had a difference of two throws (89-91). Seth Pierce and Andy Ahrendt edged out Kyle and Vail Erickson by one throw (89-90).
HEMA fencing and Energy Sword featured athletes from across the U.S. Out of the 34 participants in HEMA, 23 were from out of state. Energy sword had six out-of-state competitors. States that were represented included California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
The Chess competition took place Sunday at Southeast Community College. Chess had 140 participants, which is a new record for participants. Eight different states were represented in the chess tournament including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Connor Parrish, 14, of Lincoln, a middle schooler, decided to shoot in the High School 16 Yard Male event and beat out all the high schoolers to win the gold. Audrey Irvine, of Papillion will brought home the gold in the Overall High School division. Youth trapshooting was held at Lincoln Izaak Walton Gun Club. Youth trapshooting had 265 shooters making it one of the bigger individual sports by participation.
The Adult 5 v. 5 Basketball tournament was held at Speedway Sports Complex in Lincoln. News Channel Nebraska broadcasted the Men’s Gold Division championship game. Captown Elite took on Prolific, and Captown Elite dominated the second half of the game with good ball movement and solid defense. Captown elite featured former top-level college and high school players from Nebraska.
The 37th annual Nebraska sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities with 70+ sports. Officials announced that participation numbers are the highest they have been since 2019 with over 9,400 participants and entry remains open in various sports. Officials are still expecting more the 10,000 participants.
The weekend schedule and current results can be found at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
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