KEARNEY – Madison Nelson received plenty of support and encouragement from family and friends prior to Friday’s state cross country race.
She used that inspiration to register a time in her third career state event.
Nelson placed 53rd in the Class B State Meet in 22:14.90. The Plattsmouth junior improved her time by more than 12 seconds from this season’s University of Nebraska-Kearney Invite. The Sept. 24 race took place on the same Kearney Country Club course.
Nelson earned a spot in the state race with an eighth-place time at the District B-1 Meet Oct. 11. She captured medals in two of her final three events of the regular season, and she broke the 22:30 barrier in each of her final five contests of the year.
Norris junior Samantha Palermo earned her first career state title in 19:57.70. Palermo had finished seventh in the 2017 state race. Elkhorn’s Maddie Yardley (20:21.50) and Ralston’s Jayden Harrington (20:24.10) finished second and third.
Class B Girls Team Results
Lincoln Pius X 44, Elkhorn 50, Omaha Skutt 73, Norris 75, Hastings 78, Lexington 104, Aurora 105, Ralston 105, Blair 157, North Platte 167, Platteview 186, Omaha Duchesne 199
Top 15 Results
1) Samantha Palermo (Norris) 19:57.70, 2) Maddie Yardley (Elkhorn) 20:21.50, 3) Jayden Harrington (Ralston) 20:24.10, 4) Chelsey Espinosa (Hastings) 20:25.40, 5) Madison Smith (Lexington) 20:30.10, 6) Laura Martin (Lincoln Pius X) 20:34.10, 7) Maya Nachtigal (Aurora) 20:37.10, 8) Rebekah Plugge (Hastings) 20:38.10, 9) Maria Lasala (Omaha Skutt) 20:38.90, 10) Elsianna Rodewald (McCook) 20:40.80, 11) Grace Lamski (Elkhorn) 20:41.80, 12) Adelina Herrera (Lincoln Pius X) 20:42.90, 13) Libby Gourlay (Norris) 20:56.60, 14) Allyson Korus (Lincoln Pius X) 20:58.50, 15) Monica Hanus (Lincoln Pius X) 20:59.70
Madison Nelson 22:14.90 (53rd)