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Hayden Goethe, Published May 31 2012

Broncos back on top in Class B track and field after a second-place finish last season

FARGO – A police and fire truck escort might be the norm for Lisbon high school teams returning to the city after winning state championships.

But the impact of the moment last weekend wasn’t lost on one of the boys track team’s senior standouts after the Broncos returned from winning the Class B team title at the North Dakota state meet in Bismarck.

“It was just so special,” said Nick Anderson, who won the triple jump last Friday. “We came up just short last year, and having the whole town behind us was really nice.”

Lisbon finished in second place at last year’s state meet, getting edged out for the title by Central Cass.

But the Broncos started fast last weekend and never looked back, thanks in large part to Anderson. In addition to his triple jump victory, he also finished second in the high jump during the first day of the two-day event.

“We needed him to give us a spark, and he did that,” said Lisbon coach Mark Moss. “But he’s always been a really good triple jumper. … The biggest thing about Nick is just his consistency.”

Anderson added that he feels he performs best on the big stage in Bismarck.

“I’m with supposedly the best people in the state, and I always like to win,” he said. “I love the competition against the best people in the state. It always gets me hyped up to make my best jumps.”

Lisbon was also buoyed Friday by second-place showings from Jace Berg in the pole vault, Tanner Doll in the shot put and Tyler Doll in the javelin.

With 46 points on Day 1, the Broncos had a 28-point lead going into Saturday.

Balance proved to be key in preserving the state title, as Lisbon did not have anyone besides Anderson win a state individual title.

“We did have a lot of guys that were ranked really high,” Moss said. “We had a lot of guys throughout the year that had done really well. … It was a team effort.”


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