December 9, 2022


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Chase County girls win third straight Class C state title | NE Prep Zone

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Chase County starts and finishes every practice by running a lap together. As the sun was setting on Burke Stadium — and the track season Saturday evening — the Longhorns ran one final lap together as state champions.

“The culture that we’ve been building here has been great and I think that’s a big part of our success,” junior Bryn McNair said. “Our coaches have built an amazing culture and it’s the big center around all of this.”

And McNair has been at the center of it.

“Bryn is just a phenomenal kid,” Chase County coach Troy Hauxwell said. “She has the ability to stay present and stay in the moment, and she has a unique ability to focus on the little details. She (never) ceases to amaze you at the right time.”

McNair picked the right time again Saturday.

The junior took home the high jump title, defended her gold in the 400 and led the Longhorns to their third straight Class C girls title.

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“We had to stay locked in and we had to work for what we got,” McNair said. “We couldn’t just assume that we were going to be champions again and we did work for it. We might not have had the best times, but we sure proved that we belonged.”

Bryn McNair

Chase County’s Bryn McNair and Sutherland’s Story Rasby compete in the Class C 400-meter dash.

After leading the class in the high jump this season (5-6), she one-upped it Saturday with a 5-8, earning her the all-class gold medal.

“Last year I jumped 5-4, and I was trying my hardest to break 5-6,” she said. “I couldn’t do it and I placed third last year, but I think that motivated me a lot. Then earlier this year, I started to believe that I could do it and get all-class. I knew that I could get 5-8 if my step was on and thankfully I got it.”

A few hours later, McNair found herself neck-and-neck with Sutherland freshman Story Rasby in the 400. In a photo finish, McNair edged Rasby, 58.18 seconds to 58.67.

“I was very stressed about everything and nervous coming into today,” she said. “But in the end, I knew that no matter what the outcome was my team was still going to be behind me. So I’m so fortunate for that.”

Though this was her second time at state, it didn’t make taming those nerves any easier. But as Hauxwell said, it goes back to McNair’s ability to stay in the moment. McNair said her team’s support also played a big part in her success.

The team culture was on display throughout the day, and the Longhorns and McNair standing on the podium didn’t come as a surprise to their coach.

“You always know that you’re going to get the same kid showing up everyday and she’s a fantastic competitor,” Hauxwell said. “She didn’t get her freshman year because of COVID and then she came in as a sophomore and proved herself right away.

“The sky’s the limit for her and more important than anything, she knows her identity doesn’t come from sports. It comes from the way she lives her life each and every day.”