The morning started wet and cold as rain and a north wind swept through Omaha Burke Stadium May 18. But the state track competition continued, and athletes were rewarded for their perseverance.

Area medalists were:

First place: Creighton Niemeyer, Tri County, Class D 1,600-meter run (4:31.65)

Second place: Kyle Dickinson, Friend, Class D 800-meter run (2:00.76), Class D 400-meter dash (51.55)

Third place: Aleen Souvannavong, Wilber-Clatonia, Class C triple jump (35-10.75, new school record); Creighton Niemeyer, Tri County, Class D 800-meter run (2:01.87); Devyn Beekman, Malcolm Class C 800-meter run (2:01.93)

Fourth place: Adrianna Sims, Malcolm, Class C triple jump (35-5.5)

Fifth place: Reece Foreman, Centennial, Class C long jump (21-3); Devyn Beekman, Malcolm, Class C 1,600-meter run (4:34.44)

Sixth place: Drake Burton, Milford, Class C long jump (21-1.75); Lilly Cast, Centennial, Class C triple jump (35-4.5), Class C 100-meter hurdles (16.51); Bailey Virus, Malcolm, Class C 100-meter dash (13.04); Andie Koch, Tri County, Class D 1,600-meter run (5:37.71)

Seventh place: Malcolm girls Class C 4x100-meter relay (52.49) (Adrianna Sims, Kylie DeBaets, Bailey Virus, Grace Schleining); Bailey Virus, Malcolm, Class C 200-meter dash (26.61)

Eighth place: Seward girls Class B 4x100-meter relay (51.58) (Anna Sommerer, Kennedy Goldsmith, Jordin Battaglia, Shantel Koranda); Adrianna Sims, Malcolm, Class C 100-meter dash (13.27); Emma Niemeier, Friend, Class D 300-meter hurdles (49.7); Reece Foreman, Centennial, Class C 300-meter hurdles (41.77); Exeter-Milligan girls Class D 4x400-meter relay (4:21.53) (Hannah Beethe, Katherine White, Kate Jansky, Jaiden Papik)

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