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A hive of champions, Giltner girls track win fourth state title

2018 class D state champions, scoring 89.5 points as a team. (KHGI)

The Giltner girls have done it again.

Let's take a victory lap with NTV's Team of the Week.

As the sun sets on another track season, the dynasty of Giltner girls track continues to shine. The team doesn't have a track at school, yet still sits atop class D with four consecutive state titles.

"I can't put it into words," junior Brooke Wilson said. "It's a great feeling, I don't really know what to say. It's a really good feeling, it's awesome."

This year the hornets brought nine girls to the state meet competing in 11 events where they walked away with points in every single one.

"Because of that we get to celebrate this moment because everybody does their part," senior Reagan Janzen said. "Especially our relays, our relays are so strong and there's different people throughout each of them."

"We got some very talented girls in a lot of areas," head coach Nancy Lockmon said. "Theirs also some very talented girls from different schools in the state of Nebraska that were probably a little bit better than ours in some events, but we compete as hard as we can and try to place as high as we can and these girls buy into that," Lockmon continued. "You know we don't have to win everything, but it's kind of fun to."

The biggest contributor to Giltner's scoring came in the relays as they swept all three, starting with their third straight title in the 4X800 and never looked back.

"It really set the tone and it was a great tone," Wilson said. "We're really all excited to come and do some great things to the best of our ability."

"We had to set the bar when we began the meet," Janzen said. "And we had some younger ones like my younger sister and some of the sophomores and juniors on the relays and individual events."

Then as the meet progressed, the Hornets saw six more top three finishes, totaling 89.5 points scored as a team. A commanding 40 point lead over second place.

"It's so amazing we've had the talent to do this for four years," senior Jordan Hansen said. "From winning barely my freshmen year to blowing it out now, it's truly amazing we've had the opportunity to do this."

Giltner graduates only three seniors from this years roster, giving the girls high hopes for the legacy to continue in the future.

The Hornets finished first over runner-up Elm Creek who scored 49.5 points.

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