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STATE CHAMPIONS!!! Allen Boys 4 X 800 relay win a thrilling finish at Burke…………

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Allen Boys 4 X 800 relay win a thrilling finish at Burke…………

If it were not made for television, it surely should have been.  The finish of the Class D boys 4 X 800 relay was an amazing sight to see.  After losing the 2016 championship on the final straight away for the finish line, the Eagles were not going to let that happen again.  The question was, “but by how much”?

Two teams, South Loup and Allen, stirred the 20,000 in the rain soaked stadium, as the Eagles won by one tenth of a second.

After two miles, it came to one stride.  Allen anchor leg, Devin Twohig, outlasted the South Loup anchor to hold on and win the second state championship in the relay in the past ten years for the Eagles.

The winning quartet of Isaac Verzani, Brogan Jones, Tayler Kumm and Devin Twohig circled the oval eight times in a season best time of 8:32.9 and more importantly winning a state championship.  

The Eagles were in fourth place after the opening leg of the race, but freshmen Brogan Jones cleared the field by the end of his second lap, setting up the Eagles, as Tayler Kumm pounded out a 65 meter lead for the anchor leg, Twohig, who then calmly ran, and saved enough to outlast the final South Loup runner and it got a large crowd reaction.

Although that was the event of the meet that highlighted the Eagles, there were other athletes and events.

Junior, Bri Hingst, returned to Burke after a year absence to try her luck at the 300 hurdles.  In a down pour, Hingst was clocked in 51.5.  Not her best time of the year, but the conditions and circumstance it truly dictated a gutty performance.  Hingst, was converted to a hurdler just 45 days ago, and to be in the state elite, was the ultimate compliment to her hard work.  Without a doubt, Hingst will be a force in the hurdles next year.

Tayler Kumm completed a very accomplished high school career at the meet.  After his thrilling, 2:03 leg of the 4 X 800 relay earlier in the meet, Kumm ran 10:25.7 in the 3,200 to win a silver medal for a strong very strong second place finish.  Kumm gave a good run for gold, as he led five of the first eight laps, and then sat on the shoulder of the Boyd County runner until the final straight away of the race, but the magic of the sprint had left Kumm.  Even so, Tayler then finished the meet Saturday morning with a 2:11.9 time in the 800 meters.  They sting of the day before was apparent, and Kumm pulled back saving his energy for his final career run in the 1,600 with a 4:46.3 clocking gathering a sixth place medallion.  A three medal meet would be a dream for most track athletes. Tayler ends his career with seven state medals.

The Eagle boys squad scored 21 points, finishing 13th in Class D.  The total was the highest boys or girls team score posted by any Lewis & Clark team regardless class C or D, although the Eagles only finished third in the their district competition.  That speaks volumes.

Coaches Comments:

“We as coaches are blessed to have special kids to work with.  The effort they give us is unbelievable.  We never demanded anything from them other than they just compete when on the track and they just get keep getting things done.  Bri Hingst, has taken it upon herself to become a potential three event athlete here next year by just taking on one hurdle race as a new event this year.  The boys on the relay, ran mile after mile, drill after drill for splitting laps, and did it without complaining or cutting corners.  A truly great future for the three underclassmen will be in the cards.  Tayler, ends a great career, and our coaches know many area schools are glad he is finally going to be off the track.  The families, school, community and anyone associated with these young people should be very proud.  The coaches are.”

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