July 25, 2016

2016 CSG Comes to a Close

The 32nd annual Cornhusker State Games came to a close Sunday, July 24 with more than 10,400 athletes competing in 68 sports held in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas over the past nine days.  Outdoor competitors welcomed Sunday’s cloud cover and high temperatures in the 80’s after triple-digit heat indexes most of the past two weeks.

The final day featured 10 sports, including the Triathlon at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, where 59 year-old Lincoln Murdoch of Omaha was the overall male winner in a time of 1:04:11.  Top female was Abby Burke, 19, of Lincoln in 1:09:55.

Earlier in the weekend, Brian Johnson, 32, of Omaha, wrapped up Cycling’s Dirt Rouleur Award by winning the Mountain Bike Expert Senior Gold Medal.  The title of Dirt Rouleur rewards the top overall rider in Mountain Bike and the Gravel Grinder 100-mile route, in which Johnson took the silver medal.

A team called “No Name Just Game” took the flag football gold medal, but team Nebraska Storm, made up of Special Olympics athletes, stole the show and earned the Sportsmanship Gold Medal for the tournament.

College cross country runners Ty Masco (UNK), 18, of Milford and Emily Berzonsky (South Dakota State), 19, of Lincoln were the overall winners in the 5K Road Race held Saturday at Holmes Lake Park.  Masco, who won two class C state individual titles, broke the tape in 16:36 and Berzonsky, who, along with Burke, helped Lincoln Southwest to a state cross country title in 2013, finished in 19:07.

Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik expressed gratitude to the volunteers and sponsors for the success of the Games.

“We are truly blessed to have people and businesses willing to give their time and resources to make this event great.  The spirit of the Games is alive and well in Nebraska,” Mlnarik said. 

Track and Field athlete Dorothy Ekblad, 89, was the oldest participant and WalkOmaha participant Ruby Young of Council Bluffs was the youngest at 17 months.

Medal results can be viewed and sorted by athlete, city or county at CornhuskerStateGames.com.  Athlete of the Year nominations are now being submitted and winners should be announced by mid-August, Mlnarik said.

The Nebraska Sports Council staff now turns its attention to the Mud Run, set for Aug. 20 at Lancaster Event Center, and the Pumpkin Run, which will be held Oct. 8 at Pioneers Park.  The 33rd annual Cornhusker State Games take place July 21-30, 2017.

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