Bluepeak donates $1,000 to Raiders sprint medley relay team to compete at the Nike Outdoor Nationals

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Speed matters to Bluepeak, formerly known as Vast Broadband. That’s why they sprinted at the opportunity to donate $1,000 Tuesday to the record-breaking Rapid City Stevens High School’s 1600-meter sprint medley relay team that has qualified to compete at the Nike Outdoor Track and Field Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, June 16-19.


From left to right: Alex Gire, Chris Karn, Tanner Lunders, Alex Otten, Jeff Fierro, Jake Gabel. Photo courtesy of Bluepeak.

The team consisting of Tanner Lunders, Justin Juniel, Alex Otten, and Simeon Birnbaum qualified for the 2022 Nike Outdoor Nationals in May when they broke the national record at the time, with a time of 3:27.  The time also upset the previous Stevens High School record in the relay that had stood since 1976 and it is also the second-best time in the state’s history.

Birnbaum will also compete in the 800-meter, one-mile, and two-mile events at the Nike Outdoor Nationals.

The Nike Outdoor Nationals is not a school-sanctioned event, leaving the cost of the trip to each individual athlete and their families.  The local community has generously donated more than $5,000 for the team to make the trip possible, reported Rapid City Stevens Coach Jeff Fierro.

“We’re excited to help the relay team compete at the national level and represent the state of South Dakota,” said Rich Fish, CEO of Bluepeak. “We’re a different kind of internet provider that values pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and these young men have shown they do as well. We wish them the best in Oregon!”

“Thank you for everyone that supported us., from local businesses to family, friends, and neighbors We really appreciate you guys supporting Stevens High School,” said athlete Alex Otten.

Lunders said that the team has had been “doing a ton” of tough workouts to prepare for the event and that they are all really excited about the opportunity.

“I definitely want to thank all of the people involved with helping us just get to this point. Our team is made up of two distance runners, a sprinter, and a hurdler, and so there are three different coaches, a head coach involved as well. So there are a lot of coaches involved. Our athletic director and the activity staff. And then, of course, everybody that’s donated to our cause. We’re just really appreciative of all the help that we’ve had and all the work that everybody’s put into making this effort possible,” said Fierro.

Fierro said that the athletes have really come together as a team and have become good friends on and off the track.

“They’re good at what they do, and we like our chances at Nike Outdoor Nationals,” he said.


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