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Homer's Kramper named SportsFource Champion

Homer's Clay Kramper has the fastest times in Class C in the 100 and 200 meters. Homer's Clay Kramper has the fastest times in Class C in the 100 and 200 meters.
When the Nebraska state track meet begins on Friday in Omaha, Homer senior Clay Kramper will be making his fourth straight appearance. After finishing third in the 100 last year and second in the 200, this week's SportsFource Champion is hoping to end his prep career with a few titles.

For the few seconds spectators and fans cheer on Kramper, there's not a lot of time for the senior to take it all in.

"Definitely a blur," Kramper said. "I can't hear and I don't even think that much it's just, go faster."

As a junior, Kramper qualified for the state finals for the first time in the 100 and 200, but finished roughly two-tenths of a second from claiming titles in both events.

"My take on it was last year, he was really excited to make it to the finals and elated to place as high as he did," track coach Dan Schmitt said.  "This year, the mission is more 'let's go win one'."

The senior is in prime position to do just that heading into his final meet.  Kramper not only has the top time in the 200 in Class C, but enters tied for the fastest time in the 100, clocking in at 10.7 seconds.  That mark is a 10th of a second faster than state meet record of 10.8 seconds that was set back in 2000.

"My teammates help push me.  They help in practice all the time. They push me harder and harder and other competitors make me go faster," Kramper said.  "I owe a lot to them because they're the ones that push me so much and make me get the best times that I can."

The 10.7 Kramper ran during the Knights' district meet to qualify for state also set a new school record in the 100, breaking the old mark of 10.8 which stood for 14 years.

"Instant excitement," Kramper said.  "It was really exciting to see the time up on the board. I looked back, that was the first thing I did to see if I actually got the time, and I did," Kramper said.  "I saw all my coaches cheering. It was really exciting."

Kramper is also the anchor leg of Homer's 4x100 meter relay team, which also qualified for state.
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