OMAHA, Neb. — The Kearney Catholic girls track and field team  won five gold medals and coasted to a Class C team title at Omaha Burke Stadium.

The Stars scored 86.5 team points, 26.5 points better than second-place Bishop Neumann. The point total was the second-highest of any 2024 team champion behind the Norris boys’ 103.33-point effort.

“They have a great work ethic and they absolutely love winning,” coach Todd Russell said. “They really do not like losing.”

The championship is the third in program history for the Stars. Kearney Catholic also won in 2013 and 1999.

The Stars won the championship despite not having their typical outdoor facility. Miles Field is undergoing renovation, so Kearney Catholic was forced to use UNK’s indoor track or run around the school. 

“This season was tough for us but the coaches and the kids, they just did all the work and… they won,” Russell said.

Kearney Catholic was buoyed by dominant performances by Hazel Haarberg and Alyssa One. Haarberg set a state record by running 11.73 and winning gold in the 100M dash. She also won the 200M dash and finished third in the long jump. Onnen won pole vault, triple jump and was second in high jump. Both sophomores were on the gold-medal winning 4x100 relay team.

Kearney Catholic athletes who earned points:

Hazel Haarberg: 1st 100M dash, 1st 200M dash

Margaret Haarberg: 3rd 100M hurdles, 4th high jump

Payton Dzingle: 6th 100M dash, 4th 200M dash, 6th 400M dash

Jaelyn Witter: 8th 1600M Run

Alyssa Onnen: 1st pole vault, 1st triple jump

Relays: 1st 4x100M relay