GENEVA – The battle ground to determine the Class C girls state track and field title will be in Omaha at Omaha Burke Stadium next weekend.
The two-time defending state champion Fillmore Central girls put another district title notch in their belt on Thursday, out scoring a game Lincoln Christian team 125.50 to 103 with Freeman in third and area team McCool Junction finishing with 27 points in eighth.
On the boys side, Thayer Central’s balance between the field and track events led to a 148.33 to 100 advantage over runner up Freeman, third went to Fillmore Central with 90.16 and fourth was McCool Junction with 69.
The Fillmore Central girls qualified six, five in multiple events.
Leading the way was junior Audrey Malone as she won the triple jump (35-10 ¼), was second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.87 and in the long jump she went 17-1 ¾ for third, but made the automatic qualifying distance.
She was also part of the 4x400 relay team of Christa Scott, Macy Jones and Lindsey Maloley who took first with a time of 4:08.86.
Scott was second in the 800 (2:27.04), went 16-6 ¼ in the long jump to automatically qualify and was part of the 4x800 meter relay team that took second with a strong time of 10:11.03, 18 seconds better than their previous best this season. They will have to wait and see if that time will qualify.
FC’s Jones won the pole vault, (10-6), first in the 100 (12.59) and was part of the 4x400 winning relay. Also making it to state in the pole vault was Ashton O’Brien as she was second with a jump of 8-0.
In the 400, Lindsey Maloley won the race with a time of 58.90, was part of the 4x400 team and was also on the second place 4x800 team. In the long jump, Tracey Maloley went 16-6 on her final jump to make the automatic qualifying mark. She was also on the 4x800 team that will find out later today if they made the 16 team Class C field.
Rounding out the 4x800 team was Rachel Hoarty.
The McCool Junction Mustangs’ Brooklyn Swantek will make her fourth consecutive trip to the state finals as she won the 3200 with a time of 12:35.80 and was second in the 1600 with a clocking of 5:47.21.
The FC boys qualified eight athletes who will be in action next weekend in Omaha.
The only double individual event qualifier was Zach Ekeler as he won the shot put with a throw of 49-9 and took second in the discus with a toss of 138-11. In the shot put, teammate Trevor Adams will join Ekeler as he took second with a toss of 47-0.
In the pole vault, Tyler Loontjer dueled Dalton Kenning of Thayer Central to the end and won the event with a jump of 14-2.
In the 1600 Kurt Karcher was second with a time of 4:50.23 and in the triple jump, Dillon Graham went 42-9 to cover the automatic qualifying distance.
Joining Graham on the winning 4x100 relay team was Xavier Bridges, Kinser Gergen and Dillon Loontjer. They ran a 44.92.
The Mustangs’ Coleman Cogswell dominated the distance races as he won the 1600 (4:43.49) and the 3200 with a clocking of 10:23.75.
The Mustangs’, Jared Morner won the discus with a toss of 139-2, Alex Preslicka was third in the triple jump, but went 42-10 to make the automatic qualifying distance and Jake Sanner cleared 5-8 in the high jump for second.
The Class C portion of the state meet will get underway at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17.
Girls Team Scoring – Fillmore Central 125.5, Lincoln Christian 103, Freeman 95.33, Thayer Central 47.83, Southern 47, Tri-County 41, Wilber-Clatonia 39.33, McCool Junction 27.
Boys Team Scoring – Thayer Central 148.33, Freeman 100, Fillmore Central 90.16, McCool Junction 69, Lincoln Christian 43, Wilber-Clatonia 33.5, Tri-County 28, Southern 14