Area standouts compete in state track/field – Riverside hurdler gold medalist

Photos courtesy Jeremy Buss Photography


Throughout the 2021 Nebraska high school track and field season, the intrepid trio of Tony and Ryan Berger, and their cousin Jeff Schmeits, carried the Riverside Chargers to impressive achievements.
At the Nebraska State Championships in Omaha this past week, those Chargers, especially the brothers Berger, again carried the day.
Tony Berger recorded the highest of Riverside highlights in state competition, winning gold in the Class D 110 meter high hurdles. Berger had the best qualifying time (15.60), then raced to the finals victory in an Albion News/Boone County Tribune best 15.22 Saturday.
The younger Berger also showed his prowess in field events, placing third in the triple jump (42’5½) and fourth in the long jump (20’4¾). The only of his four events he failed to qualify for the finals in was the 300 meter hurdles, finishing 11th in prelims (43.28).
Ryan Berger closed his Charger career by placing third in the Class D 3200 meter run (10:10.30) and sixth in the 1600 meter run (4:42.84). Both times were also new bests for 2021 in the News/Tribune area.
Schmeits took sixth in the triple jump (41’6), seventh in the long jump (19’10½) and eighth in the 100 meter dash (11.54) in his final high school state competition. He was 15th (23.66) in the 200 meter dash prelims.
Riverside’s Haley Munn was the lone Lady Charger in Omaha, finishing 14th in the Class D triple jump (31’9¼).

Spalding Academy’s Jacob Diessner joined Tony Berger in the Class D hurdle events, finishing 11th in both the 110 meter high hurdle prelims (16.70) and 300 meter hurdle prelims (43.63).
Paige Beller represented Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family with aplomb in her four state track/field events. Beller placed eighth in the Class D 400 meter dash (1:02.15), eighth in the long jump (15’8½) and joined teammates Autumn Bender, Ali Brandl and Barbie Korth to place sixth in the 4×100 meter relay (52.12). She finished 13th in the D high jump competition (4’9).
On the boys side, Bulldog Zachary Pfeifer finished 14th in the shot put (44’4½) and Ashton Sims was 19th in 100 meter dash qualifying (11.77).