Lady Hornets very much at home on track’s biggest stage

The Lady Hornets wrote a chapter in Nebraska sports lore this weekend, posting a mark few other teams in any sport ever have.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Giltner girls won the Class D state track and field championship, and this one wasn’t even close. When Reagan Janzen crossed the line as the anchor leg in the 4x400 relay, the Lady Hornets added another gold medal to finish with 89.5 points, 49 more than runner-up Elm Creek.
The Hornets finished with 13 total medals, led by seniors Reagan Janzen, Alexa Preissler and Jordan Hansen. This dynamic trio put a lot of points on the board at the state meet throughout their high school careers, and they left no doubt Saturday that they fully expected to do as well as they did.
Watching the senior leaders handle a parade of post-meet media interviews, you couldn’t help but notice that their sense of sportsmanship was as impressive as their speed and raw talent. The girls handled themselves well, constantly referring to the total team effort and solid coaching it took to reach their ultimate goal.
The familiar orange and black uniforms were fun to watch this year and not just because of the impressive times, heights and distances. This group of young ladies has a visible sense of humble poise, pride and confidence, as well as a combined talent that was turning heads throughout Omaha Burke Stadium.
“Wow, those girls are good,” was a phrase heard more than once along media row.
And for other Class D schools keeping score at home, Giltner sent a message that they’ll likely be back in 2019 with several underclassmen hoping to take the baton and go for an amazing fifth straight title.
The Giltner boys had a good weekend as well, finishing with a flurry of points in the final three events to sneak under the wire as the Class D runner-up.  
The Hornets may not have a home track of their own to practice on, but they’ve made themselves quite at home on the state’s biggest track and field stage!!!!
Kurt Johnson

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