Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Moes places sixth in 3,200 meters

Osmond athletes competed in the state track meet in Omaha on Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24.

Junior Cameron Moes took the track for the 3,200 meters on Friday.  He started the race as he likes to do, going immediately to the front.  After the first lap, he was in second place.  He took the lead for lap two and led until the pack caught up and he settled into fourth position. He maintained that position for the next three laps. On lap six, he slipped to fifth place and fell behind the leaders. Early in lap eight, he surged and was closing on fourth place when everyone started their kick to the finish line. A runner from Bertrand slipped past Cameron and he finished in sixth place in nearly his fastest time of 10:19.04. Lane Tibbs from Kenesaw won the race in 9:58.56.

Erica Slagle then went to the starting blocks for her preliminary heat of the 200 meters in lane one of heat three.  She got a good start and ran a strong curve and was in fourth place hitting the straightaway. She finished in seventh place in a time of 28.10. This was fully automatic timing, so a conversion to handheld timing would nearly equal her best time of the year. Regan Miller of Axtell won the event in 27.07.

On Saturday afternoon, Cameron competed in the 1,600 meters.  He had run his best time of the year in the district meet to get here.  At the gun, he sprinted out to the front, as did the entire field, so the first lap saw runners out in lane three.  Cameron settled in the group for the next lap before trying to work his way back to the front.  Working his way through the pack, trying not to trip anyone or himself, he sprinted to the finish in 11th place in his best time ever of 4:47.68.  This time was just seven seconds and change off the school record. Kyle Pierce of South Loup won the event in 4:33.01.

“Cameron ran well in his two races.  We were hoping for a little more in the 3,200 but were pleased with the time of his 1,600,” noted coach Joe Ortmeier. “Erica ran well in her first competition at state, looking calm and relaxed through her race.”