The Albion News area will certainly be well-represented at the 2016 Nebraska State Track/Field Championships in Omaha.
Three area schools will send impressive contingents to Burke Stadium May 20-21 after battling in the D5 District at Fullerton Wednesday.
Riverside emerged as the D5 girls champion, with Spalding Academy second. St. Edward captured the boys district title, and all three schools were led by an array of gold medalists.
The Riverside Lady Chargers had three event champions in Molly Berger (100), Karen Schmeits (200) and Fina Choat (discus). Riverside’s 4×100 meter relay (Kalie Bloom, Berger, Schmeits, Alix Bloom) was also victorious.
The Academy girls matched that gold haul with Maddie Esch (high jump), Briana McKay (triple jump), Kaitlynn Carraher (3200) and the 4×800 relay (Erin Bloom, Anna Esch, Beth Keber, Carraher).
St. Edward took home even more top honors in the boys division with victories by Keenan Rasmussen (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Noah Micek (200), Brandon Miller (long jump) and Bryce Hoffmeister (shot put). The Beavers also struck gold in the 4×100 (Rasmussen, Jonah Micek, Brayden Olson, Drake Shanle) and 4×400 (J. Micek, N. Micek, Olson, Miller).
Riverside’s Noah Valasek also captured first place in the D5 triple jump.
Tarrin Beller of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family saved her best (so far) for when it really counted.
Beller popped a long jump effort of 17’3¼ at the C7 District track and field meet in Wisner-Pilger Thursday, winning the event with a new meet record and qualifying for the 2016 Nebraska State Championships. The mark also broke an Albion News area tie with Riverside standout Karen Schmeits in the event.
Beller added a victory in the triple jump (35’10½) and also anchored the Bulldog 4×400 meter relay to a win (4:14.20). She was joined on the relay by Molly Dohmen, Morgan Frauendorfer and Taya Beller.
Taya Beller qualified for state competition with a second place finish in the triple jump (35’¼) and Jessica Olmer punched her ticket to Omaha in the 1600 meter run (3rd, 5:58.50).
H/LHF’s Kenny Osten improved his area best mark to win the triple jump (41’11¼) and qualify for the 2016 state championships.
Complete district results in Print & Online editions of Albion News