Athletes in all classes get a unique opportunity around this time each year, as the Mid-Nebraska region’s best of Classes B, C and D gather for the invitation-only Central Nebraska Track Championships at Grand Island Northwest High School.
In Monday’s CNTC, Riverside sophomore Alix Bloom represented her school, the Albion News area and Class D with aplomb, reaping triple gold honors and earning the distinction of 2017 Outstanding Girls Athlete of the Meet.
Bloom had been unbeatable in competition this spring until last Friday’s Nebraska Track & Field Festival at Papillion-La Vista. There, competing against many of the state’s best performers, regardless of class, she finished 6th in the 100 meter dash and long jump, and 7th in the 200 meter dash.
The speedy Charger used that experience to steel herself for Monday’s challenge – and delivered her best of the season.
Bloom began by dominating the long jump competition. She popped a leap of 17’2½ on her third attempt and won the event by 3½ feet over Heartland’s Taylor Quiring.
Next came even higher figurative hurdles, as Bloom battled defending athlete of the meet Karsen Sears of Northwest in the sprints. She cleared those obstacles as well, winning the 100 in 12.58 and the 200 in 26.12.
Albion, Boone Central, and Boone Central/Newman Grove have a long history of success in the CNTC, and 2017 proved no exception.
Jessie Sullivan had the best day for the Cards, with his 3rd in the discus (148’11) and 6th in the shot put (49’5½). Cody Nelson placed 4th in the high jump (5’11), and Kelsey Thompson was 5th in a tough 400 meter dash field (1:01.27).
BC/NG’s 4×100 meter relay team of Tessa and Lauren Hedlund, Jenna Kramer and Niah Kahlandt finished 7th in 54.64. Dalton Wagner took 8th in both the shot (47’3) and discus (136’3), and Christina Stopak ran 10th in the 3200 meters (12:59.54).
Spalding Academy senior Briana McKay placed 4th in the triple jump (34’6) and 7th in the 400 dash (1:01.84), and the Shamrocks’ 4×100 relay quartet of Maddie Esch, McKay, Beth Keber and Elizabeth Bauer finished 6th (53.70).
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