Blue Devils starts state meet with medal

Kenesaw's Kory Heier leads the Class D 3,200-meter relay Friday
morning at the state tournament in Omaha. Kenesaw finished in
fifth place.

OMAHA — The state track and field meet kicked off Friday morning, and after the first racing event, Tribland took home two medals.

The Kenesaw boys 3,200 relay team of Lane Tibbs, Jeremiah Panec, Caleb Weiler and Kory Heier finished in fifth place in Class D with a time of 8 minutes, 31.17 seconds.

Lawrence-Nelson finished seventh in the girls race with a time of 10:37.12. The Raiders’ team consisted of Harlie Himmelberg, Alyssa Miller, Carlie Mazour and Molly McCartney.

“It was fun. With (Tibbs and Panec) here, we wanted to send them out well,” said Heier afterward. “It was tough. It always is.”

Tibbs anchored the race. He received the baton and passed several competitors en route to the finish line.

“Basically, I just wanted to get a place as good as last year or better, which was fourth,” Tibbs said. “I just saw the guys in front of me, set a good pace and started picking them off.”

Weiler was surprised with how tough the competition was.

“It was way more than what I expected. We had high expectations going in. I wish I could have done better,” he said. “We were trying to send those guys off with a good win. We all did pretty well, so I’m happy with it.”

Panec started the race for the Blue Devils. He said the meet’s opening race says a lot about the tournament.

“It sets the tempo,” he said. “It shows us kind of how the competition is. It’s not an exact reference, but you can sort of tell how good everyone is.”

Exeter-Milligan and Bruning-Davenport/Shickley also ran the boys race, but failed to place.

Class D girls 3,200 relay

Lawrence-Nelson, 7, 10:37.12; Harvar10:49.15; Giltner 10:58.82

Class B girls 3,200 relay

Minden, 10:11.40

Class D boys 3,200 relay

Kenesaw, 5, 8:31.17; Exeter-Milligan 8:50.41; Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 8:54.53

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