The Albion News area will again be well-represented at the annual Nebraska State Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday.
Along with the five Boone Central/Newman Grove athletes who qualified, 17 competitors from area schools will be vieing in 25 events at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Riverside’s Alix Bloom leads that contingent after a triple-gold performance in the D-5 District at Fullerton last week. In a meet featuring area schools Riverside, Spalding Academy and St. Edward, Bloom swept the 100 (12.60) and 200 (27.10) meter dashes and won the long jump (17’½).
In girls competition, Bloom’s teammate Becky Schmeits won the 100 meter hurdles (16.80), St. Edward’s Shonda Shanle triumphed in the 300 meter hurdles (47.40), and Academy’s Maddie Esch captured top honors in the high jump (4’10). The Shamrock relay quartet of Esch, Briana McKay, Beth Keber and Elizabeth Bauer also won the 4×100 (52.60) and 4×400 (4.23.90) races.
McKay was the 400 meter dash runner-up and Riverside’s Maddie Walkowiak qualified in the long jump and triple jump events with second-place performances. Schmeits was runner-up in the high jump, Charger Amber Berger placed second in the 3200 meter run, and St. Edward’s Treva Tharnish was second in the shot put.
Noah Valasek of Riverside was the only News area performer to garner gold among boys, winning the triple jump (40’11). The area did have multiple qualifiers, however. Valasek placed second in the long jump, St. Edward’s Jonah Micek was runner-up in the 100 and 400 meter dashes, Beaver senior Brayden Olson ran second in the 800 meters, and St. Edward’s Keenan Rasmussen was runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family qualified three athletes for the state championships in the C-6 District at Battle Creek.
Taya Beller won the girls triple jump (36’4¾) and qualified in the long jump (16’3) with a third-place finish. Jenna Beller earned her trip to Omaha with a runner-up performance in the shot put (35’5¾).
In a battle Bulldog Coach Joe Hesse said “was about as intense as I’ve seen in a field event,” Kenny Osten edged teammate Ashton Dohmen for a state spot in the triple jump. The pair tied for second at 41’7¾, and the state qualification came down to a tiebreaker. On his final attempt, Osten went 41’5 to edge Dohmen’s 41’3 tiebreaker mark. Osten also qualified in the long jump, placing third.
Complete district track/field results in Print & Online editions of Albion News