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story.lead_photo.caption Gracie Schultz of Belle flies into the sand pit during the long jump Friday in the Class 2 state track and field championships at Adkins Stadium. Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

The entire Belle girls track and field team stepped up to the top of the podium. All two of them.

Susan Moman and Gracie Schultz both ended their high school track and field careers Friday by winning an individual Class 2 state championship at Adkins Stadium.

After Schultz placed first in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 6 inches, and took her spot on the podium, Moman joined her for a hug and a photo to commemorate the accomplishment the Tiger duo achieved as seniors.

"Me and Susie, we love to go to meets and just kind of sweep the board and score as many points as we can, just the two of us," Schultz said. "It just shows how hard we work and how much we put in it."

Moman took home the state title in the javelin, posting a throw of 129-6 on her first attempt to finish 16 feet, 6 inches ahead of Mid-Buchanan's Kacie Livengood.

"It feels pretty great knowing that my sophomore year I was coming off of an ankle injury and it took my throw down quite a ways, so I'm really glad I got it back," Moman said.

A fourth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 113-4 for Moman earned Belle five points to give the duo 25 points, which tied them with Brookfield and Palmyra for ninth place as a team.

STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley took the top spot in eight events to claim the team title with 80 points. Belle and STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley were the only schools to win multiple events.

North Platte was second with 58 points, West Platte was third at 35 points and Blue Eye earned a fourth-place state trophy with 31 points.

Beating out teams with much larger rosters has been a theme this season for Moman and Schultz.

"It's so satisfying knowing that so many teams have seven or eight (athletes) and then us coming in and taking third on a team score out of like eight teams," Moman said. "We took fifth out of 18 teams once. It was pretty satisfying."

In her final event of the day, Moman placed 11th in shot put with a throw of 33-4.

Schultz ran the 100-meter dash in 12.93 seconds for a 10th-place finish and posted a time of 27.29 seconds in the 200 for a 14th-place result.

"We kind of practice apart, obviously, because she's a thrower and I'm a jumper," Schultz said. "But we do our best to always support each other and it's nice to kind of just have one person to lean on and be your best friend."

It took beating her personal record by eight inches for Schultz to claim the long jump title by just half an inch ahead of Clark County's Alexis Ellison.

"I knew I had it in me," Schultz said. "This is my last meet so I wanted to finish strong."

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