OMAHA — In last year's track and field meet, Minden's Addison Woodward failed to advance to the finals of both her individual events. This season, she walked away with three individual medals.
Woodward led the Minden girls track and field team, scoring 14 of its 17 1/2 team points in the Class B competition Saturday at Burke Stadium in Omaha.
The Whippets' junior finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.47 seconds, and she was fifth in both the 100 (12.70) and the 200 (26.06). Woodward said she was most proud of her 400 performance.
"I knew that Molly (Sughroue from McCook) and the girl from Gretna (Mary Janovich) were both very, very good runners," she said. "My goal was to stay with them and have them push me. Of course I wanted to win it, but I was very happy with where I ended up."
Woodward had a full day, running the finals of the 100, 200 and 400 all on Saturday. After the 200, she said fatigue may have set in.
"It didn't really go quite as well as I wanted it to. I didn't PR or hit what I wanted to," Woodward said. "I don't know if that's just a buildup from running the 100 and the 400 already today. I'm glad to place, but it didn't go the way I wanted it to.
"I loved every second of it, though. I was so grateful to be in the finals of all of my events. Overall it went well."
Woodward hopes to get stronger in the offseason. She said her goal is to qualify in the same events next season and place even higher.
Minden's Josie Madsen tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet.
Sarah Allen led the Adams Central girls with a second-place finish in the triple jump on Saturday. Allen leaped for a distance of 35 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
"It feels good to come down here and finally get a good medal," Allen said. "I was ranked second, so I'm glad that I held that and stayed there."
Allen was hoping to set a personal best at the meet but was not able to. But she believes a second-place medal is a good way to end her career.
"I've had a really good four years here," Allen said. "It's good to end on the highest note that I've had."
On the boys side, AC's Evan Lindblad recorded a seventh-place finish in the 110 hurdles, running the race in 15.67 seconds.
The Hastings High track and field team had three athletes competing in Saturday's sessions of the state track and field meet in Omaha on Saturday.
Libby Knapple was the only Tiger girls team member in an event. She threw the shot put 35 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
On the boys side, Dylan Rutt threw the discus 153-2, while Benjamin Clausen jumped in the long jump, finishing with a distance of 17 feet, 1 3/4 inches.
The Hastings High girls finished in 21st place in Class A, while the boys were 26th.