Competition in the 2011 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium produced some impressive results by competitors from the Albion News coverage area.
Four gold medals for Lindsay’s Andrea Weeder. Holy Family’s third consecutive Class D girls title. A 4th place finish by Boone Central’s Jaime Kennedy in the 200 meter dash.
Along with those shining performances by area girls, Newman Grove junior Troy McCuiston highlighted the boys side of competition by sprinting to silver medals in the Class D 100 and 200 meter dashes.
McCuiston, son of former Albion three-sport standout Marion McCuiston, dashed through the rain to win his 100 (11.424) and 200 (23.169) preliminary heats Friday, then Saturday was a challenging runner-up to Axtell’s Brandon Benson in both the 100 (11.331) and 200 (22.861).
“It’s exciting. I wanted to get first, but it’s all good,” said an enthusiastic McCuiston.
The Cedar Valley girls also had an ample medal haul in Omaha. The Mavericks saved their best for last, finishing the competition with a runner-up performance in the girls 4×400 relay by the team of Kim Wood, Darian Erickson, Tara Doughty and Skyler Erickson (4:10.992).
Wood placed 3rd in the 400 meter dash in 59.888 after taking 2nd in the first preliminary heat Friday (59.427). Skyler Erickson was 4th in her 300 meter low hurdle prelim Friday (48.706), then placed 5th in Saturday’s final (48.491).
Spalding/Spalding Academy was paced at state by Dustin Henry. The Knight senior joined teammates Levi Connelly, Kyle Berger and Steven Schmeits to place 4th in the 4×100 relay (46.489), took 7th in the 400 meter dash (53.858) after a runner-up prelim finish Friday (53.268), and placed 7th in the 800 meter run (2:04.83).
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