Alliance Sends Several Athletes to State
Gearing up for Competition in Omaha
After putting their skills to the test in Ogallala at district track, the Bulldogs are ready to face off against athletes from all over the state at the meet in Omaha.
Head Coach Nathan Lanik is excited about the performance of his athletes. He said they are ready to take on the challenge.
“I am excited for the State Track and Field meet in Omaha. The best of the best will be there to compete, and our kids have a chance to be right up front in their races. Claiming a District championship in the 400 and automatically qualifying for State is Mason Hiemstra. Running right in his hip pocket was McClain Adamson who was able to take home the third place medal and another automatic spot,” said Lanik.
“Our other two competitors ran great races, but finished just out of the top three. However, they ran good enough times that they were able to swipe up one of the six wildcard spots. Eric Pollack clocked a 52.56 in the 400m and Payton Weber was able to drop her time below 62 seconds. Eric placed fourth and Payton took home the fifth place medal, but times were fast enough to qualify. As a team, we were able to automatically qualify our boys 4x400m relay. The boys team compiled of Eric Pollack, McClain Adamson, Devin Hughes, and Mason Hiemstra clocked a stellar 3:29.22 bringing home the silver right behind Gothenburg. The alternate for this relay team is Reece Jensen and he will be making the trip just in case.”
Lanik said they came close to qualifying the 4X400m relay team, but were beaten out at the last nanosecond.
“Our girls 4x400m relay was literally thousandths of a second from making the trip. In a heartbreak of a race the girls were able to take almost 7 seconds off of their season best race by running a 4:17.57. This time was the exact time of the last wildcard team (Ogallala) in the field at State. The race came down to the wire and Ogallala snuck by at the tape.
“We are looking forward to going to Omaha and competing at our highest level of the season. The quarter mile is not a race for everyone, as a matter of fact, most people would rather avoid the race as a whole. Our kids have embraced the race, and look forward to the challenge in front of them.”
The following are the results from the athletes who placed in the top 10 in their events:
Mason Hiemstra claimed first with a time of 51.47.
McClain Adamson took third place with a time of 51.85.
Eric Pollack placed fourth with a time of 52.56.
Kaden Kindred claimed fifth place with a time of 2:06.76.
Alec Garcia claimed eighth place with a time of 11:17.17.
Erik Folchert claimed seventh place with a time of 43.24.
The Alliance team made up of Peyton Hudson, Chase Boyer, Erik Folchert and Brock Brass claimed seventh place with a time of 46.73.
The Alliance team, made up of Eric Pollack, McClain Adamson, Devin Hughes and Mason Hiemstra, claimed second place with a time of 3:29.22.
The Alliance team, made up of Devin Hughes, Zach Placek, Kellen Muhr and Alec Garcia, claimed seventh place with a time of 9:30.70.
Isaiah Martinez claimed eighth place with a throw of 43’09.50”.
Keegan Grant claimed ninth place with a jump of 5’07”.
Mason Hiemstra claimed seventh place with a jump of 19’11”.
Reece Jensen claimed eighth place with a jump of 38’08.25”.
Dianna Kollars claimed fifth place with a time of 28.57.
Riley Lawrence took sixth place with a time of 28.79.
Payton Weber claimed fifth place with a time of 1:01.97.
Hannah Weare took sixth place with a time of 1:05.04.
Lilly Wagner claimed seventh place with a time of 2:46.95.
Mikayla Seebohm took ninth place with a time of 2:51.25.
Laykin Sperl claimed eighth place with a time of 53.10.
Macala Hood took ninth place with a time of 53.13.
The Alliance team, made up of Nikki Haller, Dianna Kollars, Amauri Browning and Macala Hood, claimed eighth place with a time of 53.57.
The Alliance team, made up of Riley Lawrence, Payton Weber, Lillie Otto and Hannah Weare, claimed fourth place with a time of 4:17.57.
The Alliance team, made up of Lilly Wagner, Mikayla Seebohm, Keeley Mazanec and Braelyn Shrewsbury, claimed fourth place with a time of 11:31.61.
Olivia Knapp claimed eighth place with a throw of 34’04.50”.
Jordan Hopp and Amauri Browning tied for ninth place with a jump of 4’07”.
Leyton Schnell claimed eighth place with a jump of 14’11”.