RANDY SPEER Sportswriter
The 2022 All-Area Female Athlete of the Year is Fremont senior Lucy Dillon.
Dillon was a workhorse for the Lady Tigers, especially in the Class A State Meet.
The senior competed in four events in Omaha and won four medals – state titles in the 4x400m and 4x800m, second in the 400m and third in the 800m.
The two times in the relays – a 9:17.34 in the 4x800m and 3:59.39 in the 4x400m – topped the overall gold standings.
Fremont’s winning time in the 4x800m was also the fastest in the state this spring.
His second-place time in the 400m, a 57.77, was also good for second place in the All-Gold standings.
Dillon owned the fastest 400m of the season, clocking 56.7 in the Class A-6 district meet to win a district title. Not only did that time top the rest of the state in 2022, it broke a 36-year-old Fremont school record.
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His time of 2:18.21 over 800m earned him third place in Class A and fifth in the All-Gold standings.
Dillon also won three individual Heartland Athletic Conference titles, winning the 400 m and 800 m as well as a stage for the 4×800 m conference champion unit.
Arlington – Kailynn Gubbels, Keelianne Green, Hailey O’Daniel, Chase Anderson
Fremont – Ella Cooper, Elli Dahl, Mattie Dalton, Hadeley Dowty, Sydney Glause, Tania Gleason, Chloe Hemmer, Mackenzie Kinning, Mia Knigge, Taylor McCabe, Hailey Newill, McKenna Olson, Emmalee Sheppard, Mia Wagner.
Cedar Bluffs – Addy Sweeney
View Logan – Kylie Kloster, Malorie Weaklend
North Bend Central – Kaitlyn Emanuel, Mikayla Settles, Natalie Knapp, Madison Bishop,. Lindsey Emanuel, Aleya Bourek, Karlene Bourek, Sydney Emnauel
Honorable mention based on qualifying for state track and field competition.