Stock just short of final
OMAHA - Britney Stock ended her Lakeview career one spot short of medal position but nonetheless proud of what she has been able to accomplish during her Lady Vikes career.
The Lakeview senior, a four-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash, was back at Burke stadium in that event for a fourth straight year. But this time her schedule also included the 400, something new to her event schedule mostly this season.
She started Friday’s first round of the Nebraska state meet back in the 100 and ran 13.01 in the first heat. That time was good enough for 20th place.
But what she was most excited about, despite her experience in the 100, was finding out just what she could do in the 400. Perhaps a medal?
“I was really nervous since I was in lane five. But I knew if I went out there and did my best I’d have a shot at finals,” she said.
And that’s exactly what happened. Stock was third in the first heat of the 400 on a time of 1:00.54. She stood along the fence watching the next two races hoping that might be enough to earn a medal.
Unfortunately for her, it was just short of a top-eight spot and an invitation to Saturday’s finals by .23.
“That’s my all-time career personal best. Right now, I’m eighth or ninth. If I’m ninth, I walk away with a personal best knowing I tried my hardest” Stock said after the event before all the results had been calculated. “I’ll be pretty happy with that. If I get in, I’ll be even more excited.”
Senior Cameron Drozd was also in action for Lakeview taking 18th in the triple jump on a mark of 40 feet, 7.25 inches. He’ll be in action again Saturday in the 800 and 1600 while Kienan Prorok will compete in the long jump and Zeth Gerkensmeyer in the pole vault.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.