With no track at school, Giltner girls can win fourth straight title

Members of the Giltner track and field team run hills outside of town on May 11, 2018 (KHGI)

Who ever thought you need a track to practice on in order to be good at the sport has never met Giltner's program, who just swept the D2 district title after another season of working out at a trackless institution.

"Our 400's are measured out on the road, whether it's exact or not, we're not sure. We run some 200's out there on the football field, they're probably not quite 200's, but it's kind of like being on a track," said head coach Nancy Lockmon.

Using no excuses to reach their goals, the Hornets have gotten creative when planning their workouts by turning the roads and hills around town into their practice facilities.

From running sprints around the football field, to hill repeats down the road and relays on the street, Giltner is turning this obstacle into an advantage.

"We have to work with what we have, we work with the football field, we work with the road, and we put the marks down," said senior Reagan Janzen, who won the 400 meter and 800 meter races at the D2 district meet and anchored the gold medal winning 1600 meter relay team.

"I guess it is just the mindset, we don't listen to music, we make it as real as we can without a track," said Janzen. "I guess we just have to go off each other and it is hard to run on the road in a straight line."

As a result, the school has seen four state championships since 2015, three of which came from the girls, who have also won seven consecutive district titles.

"We just measure out and the kids run it and push themselves to be in better condition," Lockmon said.

In their latest district victory, the Hornet girls placed first in 11 of 17 events, building a 77 point lead over second place.

Now the young women gun for a fourth consecutive state title this weekend at Omaha Burke.

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