OMAHA — Winning in athletics requires sacrifice and the ability to overcome obstacles. The Fillmore Central girls track and field team made sacrifices and overcame obstacles.
Though the Panthers did not win their second consecutive Class C state championship Saturday, Fillmore Central accomplished what it set out to do — place second.
"We got the goal they wanted. In the beginning of the season, this was the goal. We knew Kearney Catholic was probably going to run away with it," said FC head coach Nancy Kindig-Malone. "But the second slot was up for grabs between three schools."
The Panthers faced adversity before the C-3 district meet when Rachel Workentine tore her ACL, causing Kindig-Malone to revamp the look of her team. Perhaps the most painful change was scratching the 400-meter relay.