OMAHA -- Kearney High senior Elle Dahlgren wore a big smile after winning the 300-meter low hurdles at the state track meet Saturday in Omaha.
After all, she had been chillin’ in the team’s RV for a couple hours before the race -- putting her legs up on the wall and taking a nap. And, maybe just as important, forgetting about what had happened in the 100-meter high hurdles, a race she had hoped to win.
“Bad start,” she said, explaining her third-place finish. “And Bad start. Those girls are fast and they ran good times, so it was alright. It was fun.”
So was the 4x100-meter relay that she anchored to victory in its heat, which translated to a seventh-place finish overall.
“So fun. I wish Iw would have run it more,” she said.
She also ran a leg on the Bearcats’ 4x400 relay team that ran after an hour delay in the meet because of lightning.
But her biggest joy came in the 300-meter low hurdles, which she says is her best event.
“I think it goes back to cross country. I went out for cross country the last two years and I think that has helped me gain more endurance for the last hurdles. That's what helped me the most,” she said.
That’s where she won the race on Saturday.
“The last three hurdles are by far my best part of my race. I know if I did what I always do I would come out on top,” she said.
Dahlgren won the race with a time of 44.54 seconds, edging Omaha North’s Nisa Thomas by .15 seconds. Thomas had won the high hurdles.
“It feels good. It's nice knowing all my hard work has led to this,” Dahlgren said.
Her performance set the pace for the Kearney High girls who finished third in the Class A team race, scoring points in several events.
Lincoln Southwest ran away with the team title, scoring 106 points. Papillion-La Vista South finished second with 59 and Kearney accumulated 54 points for third.
To go with Dahlgren’s 16 individual points, the Bearcats picked up 12 points in the throws where Macy Fuller was third in the discus and Lily Novacek placed third in the shot put.
Hannah Godwin contributed 10 points, placing second in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200, and Sammie Scarlett added eight points, placing fifth in the 100 and 200.
Other points came from Courtney Thee (eighth in the pole vault), Addison Wood (eighth in the triple jump) and Grace Bonsall (eighth in the 3,200).