D-T freshman pulls away to win title

Doniphan-Trumbull's Madi Quist competes in the Class C
800-meter run Saturday morning during the state
tournament at Burke Stadium in Omaha.

OMAHA — On Friday, Doniphan-Trumbull freshman Madison Quist admitted being overwhelmed and nervous running at her first state track and field meet.

If she was still nervous Saturday, it didn't show.

She won the Class C girls 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 18.98 seconds, pulling away over the final 300 meters to win by nearly 8 seconds over the second-place finisher.

"My first race (Friday) was really overwhelming because it was the first one in Omaha," Quist said. "I was nervous for all of them."

Quist placed second in the 3,200 (11:51.07) Friday and added a fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:21.17).

The 1,600 was a close race for the first three laps before Quist pulled away over the final lap to win easily. Crofton's Allison Arens was second in 5:26.62.

"I knew by the end, I needed to push it harder," Quist said. "That's the earliest I've ever taken off.

"I just wanted to get done and eat food. That's what I wanted to do."

Quist beat her best time of the season by nearly 20 seconds.

"All I was going for was a PR," Quist said, "and it turned out to be pretty awesome."

Led by Quist, Doniphan-Trumbull finished just out of the top 10 with 25 points for 11th place. Sophomore Lauren Hinrichs added a seventh-place finish in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.

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