Family: Parents, Leonard and Sheri; brother Brandon (23) and Michael (20).
Favorite athlete: Former Green Bay Packers defensive back Nick Collins.
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Other sports: Basketball, football.
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends.
Toughest opponents: Maurcel Gaines-Banister of Hitchcock-Tulare and Mark Moeller of Rosholt.
Future plans: Attend college at South Dakota School of Mines, majoring in electric engineering.
Best athletic memory: Placing third at State B basketball tournament.
BY SHAWN WERRE
After dashing into the record books at the region meet, Nick Alberts is eager to see what lies ahead at the state high school track and field meet this weekend.
The Langford senior had a productive day at the Region 1B meet in Groton last Thursday as he produced state-leading times in Class B in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes and ran an anchor leg on Langford's 1,600-meter relay team, which improved on its time which is second among Class B squads.
In the process, Alberts broke the school and region records in the 400, held by Bryce Carson, plus the Lake Region Conference 200 record, also held by Carson. For his efforts, Alberts is the American News Athlete of the Week.
A strong performance heading to the state meet was what Alberts wanted to accomplish at Groton and all his races were extremely competitive with fierce competition.
I was going to try to do the best I could, Alberts said. I knew I was facing Maurcel Gaines-Banister and Mark Moeller. The races were all really close.
Alberts had his eye on the 400-meter record and was honored to break Carson's mark.
He was really great, said Alberts of Carson. It has been a goal all year to get (the record). I didn't think I was running that fast, so I was pretty surprised when I heard the time.
Alberts, 18, has qualified for the state meet in eight events, four individual and four relays. He will run the 100, 200, 400 and the 800 relay during the state competition. The other members of relay squad are Chris Campbell, Kyle Johnson and Drew Planteen.
The 400 is both a favorite event and his most challenging event, Alberts said. His goal is to record a time of under 50 seconds at the state meet. That is the event which he has done the longest, while the 100 is the newest addition to his events.
Langford coach Taylor Reints said Alberts put together a solid senior season and made the most of his opportunities.
Nick has had a good season. He has a great work ethic, is highly motivated and focused on achieving his goals, Reints said. Nick has a team-first attitude and everything he does he does with the team in mind. Even though track is largely comprised of individual efforts, Nick knows the harder he works and better he does individually leads to the team being more successful.
Alberts counts his older brothers as influences in track and has tried to follow in their footsteps.
I've always looked up to my brothers. They've set the bar pretty high, Alberts said. I try to do the best I can and as well as them.
This will be the third trip to state for Alberts, who ran in some relays as a freshman, and missed his sophomore season due to heart surgery. At last year's state meet, Alberts was fourth in the 400 and 200, and seventh in the 100. He believed he would have the motivation to do even better this season.
I was hoping for a great season, he said. You never know until the season starts. I had a little glimpse of it (last year), but you still have to work hard.