Area athletes leave mark at state track championships

Alix Bloom races to her third straight Class D 100 meter gold medal (Photo, Jeremy Buss)

It was quite a successful weekend for Albion News area competitors in the 2019 Nebraska State Track/Field Championships, paced by Riverside senior Alix Bloom.
Bloom closed the curtains on a sensational high school track and field career at Omaha Burke Stadium, winning her third consecutive gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and adding a gold in the long jump. She finishes with eight career Class D state event victories.
Bloom ran season and Albion News area best times of 12.51 and 25.93 to win the 100 and 200 dashes, respectively, and sailed 17’7¾ to capture the long jump gold.
While shining the brightest, Bloom was not the only News area star in Omaha. Although she did not qualify for the Class D 200 meter dash final, placing 4th (27.09) in the same Friday heat as Bloom, Taya Beller of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family left her own mark in the state triple jump. A former Class C champion in the event, Beller added a D gold with a mark of 37’1¼ – more than two feet farther than runner-up Emma Niemeier (Friend). Bloom’s fourth event in Omaha was the triple jump, where she finished 11th with a best of 33’.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family athletes brought home additional medals, as well. Addison Schneider placed 6th in the Class D shot put with a season and area best throw of 36’9 and the Bulldogs’ 4×400 meter relay teams of Brittney Veik, Brooklynn Magsamen, Autumn Bender and Paige Beller won heat one and placed 6th overall in a time of 4:20.44.
Paige Beller finished 14th in the long jump competition (15’5½), but did not clear a height in the high jump. The lone Bulldog competing in the boys division of the state championships, Ashton Sims, finished 19th in the 1600 meter run in a new season and area best time off 4:58.39.
Jeff Schmeits brought home Riverside’s other medal from the 2019 event, placing 6th in the Class D long jump (20’3¾). Schmeits also finished 10th in the triple jump (41’½). Hope Schalk did not place in the girls pole vault, but tied the News area 2019 best of 8’ while finishing 15th in Omaha. The final Charger participant, Ryan Berger, ran 15th in the 3200 meter run in 10:58.59.
St. Edward’s Lainey Werts added to the News area medal list with two state placing efforts. Werts lowered her personal and area best time to 1:01.35 while placing 3rd in the 400 meter dash prelims’ heat two Friday, then placed 6th in Saturday’s final in 1:02.19. She finished 6th in section two of the 800 meter run (2:29.66), good for 8th place overall. Werts also cleared 4’8 in the high jump, finishing 17th in the Class D field.
Jacob Riggs-Ramage finished 10th in the Class D high jump (6’) and senior Beaver teammate Trevor Rasmussen ran 17.64 in the 110 meter high hurdles, finishing 8th in heat one of the event prelims.
Spalding Academy athletes did not win any medals in Omaha, but had several strong efforts in the girls competition.
Beth Keber finished 4th in heat one of the D 100 meter dash prelims Friday (12.90) and 6th in the 200 dash prelims’ first heat (27.20), missing the finals in both events. Elizabeth Bauer was 5th in heat two of the 400 meter dash prelims (1:03.64) and Mary Glaser finished 18th in the 3200 meter run (13:37.85). Brooke Keber recorded 14’7 in the long jump, finishing 19th.
Beth and Brooke Keber, Elizabeth Bauer and Rachel Bauer finished 5th in section one of the 4×100 meter relay (53.75), which placed them 11th overall in the 16-team field.