The Kenesaw boys’ distance runners are looking to build off of last year’s success as they prepare for the 2014 Class D state track and field championship beginning on Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Lane Tibbs won the 3,200-meter gold medal and added a fourth-place finish in the mile. He, alongside teammates Jeremiah Panec and Kory Heier, also finished fourth by just five seconds in the 3,200 relay. As a team, the Blue Devils boys’ 11th-place finish was the highest for an area team in Class D.
Tibbs, Panec, Heier and other Blue Devils highlight a group of 36 boys and 34 girls from Tribland competing at the Class D state meet.
“We’re trying to kind of repeat and build off of what we did last year,” said Kenesaw head coach Nancy Bittfield. “The boys and the coaches are very optimistic that they’re at the point they need to be this season. We have high expectations for them this weekend.”
The Kenesaw boys are sending 10 athletes to compete. Tibbs, Panec and Austin Schnitzler each qualified in four events, while six others are making their first appearance in the meet.