Lee Joins Miller as Walker Athlete at UNL – Nebraska City News Press

In a testament to the athletic prowess of the 2021-22 athletics class at Lourdes Central Catholic, a second Knight athlete plans to walk at the University of Nebraska.

Beau Lee joins Blake Miller as Husker’s backup, Miller entering the football program and Lee recently announced that he will continue with Husker’s men’s track team.

Lee became the first athlete, public school or Catholic school in Nebraska City, to achieve NSAA State Track Meet double gold status by sweeping the long jump and triple jump in May of this year.

Emily Duran of Nebraska City High School won both discus and shot in 2000 and was an all-class gold medalist for both events before beginning her college career at the University of Nebraska.

Lee said he appreciated his connection to Duran’s accomplishments.

“It’s a really cool connection. Knowing that I am now part of Nebraska City sports history is a feeling I cannot describe. I’m happy to have the chance to represent this city in Nebraska, said Lee.

Going to Nebraska was not automatic for Lee. The Knight had to consider all of his options before deciding on a location to practice varsity athletics. In addition to the track season for Lee, there is no doubt that football and basketball seasons have been equally remarkable for the Knight.

He was instrumental in a quarter-final playoff run for the football team and set a receiving record. And Lee also achieved great success for the boys’ basketball team, with the Knights going to the state tournament.

A college career in football or basketball might have made as much sense as the track.

“Yeah, soccer and basketball were two options for me,” Lee said. “I was offered a place on the Wesleyan basketball team, which I considered. I was also recruited by several small football schools. I love football and basketball, so it was fine be a tough decision no matter what, but ultimately I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be a Husker athlete.

Nebraska City’s connection to the University of Nebraska men’s track and field team came thanks to former Pioneer track star and current Lourdes track and field assistant coach Jim Thurman, who himself competed at the University of Nebraska in track and field.

Lee said Thurman reached out to legendary and now retired Nebraska coach Gary Pepin and told him about Lee and his abilities. Pepin then expressed interest in Lee walking with the Huskers.

Lee said he will continue to pursue long jump and triple jump at the University of Nebraska.

In a recent interview with KMA Radio of Shenandoah, Lee said he was intrigued by the excellence of the University of Nebraska athletics program and wanted the chance to be a Husker and compete for championships.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve been a huge Husker fan,” Lee told KMA. “My goal was to become a Husker in every way possible. I’m grateful that I found a way to do that.

The promise of competition is what inspires Lee and coach Thurman said the former Knight will have plenty of opportunities to compete against the Huskers.

“I think Beau has a lot of potential to jump to Nebraska,” Thurman said. “I don’t know who his coach is.

will now be that Coach Pepin has retired, but he will have a great facility to train with and specialist strength and conditioning trainers.

Although Lee won two gold medals in high school, a feat in itself, Thurman is confident he can do even more.

“Beau is just starting to develop his full potential for strength and speed. Coupled with his determination and focus on the sport, he is able to compete at the D1 level. I’m excited to see how he’s doing this fall,” Thurman said.

The challenge will be immediate. Thurman said Nebraska will take 50 male athletes into the indoor season. Getting into that 50 is no small feat, but Thurman isn’t about to count Lee out.

“Beau has a lot of hard work to do before Christmas. But, as you saw in his last season on the track and at the long jump and triple jump state meet, Beau comes out on top every time,” Thurman said. “You never count the child.”

Overall, Thurman expressed excitement for what’s to come for Lee in Nebraska.

“Nebraska has a great tradition in track and field. I enjoyed my competitive years there and I’m really excited to see Beau going to be a Husker,” Lee said.

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