The start of the 3200 Meter Relay in Class C at Omaha Burke did not go as planned for the Fillmore Central Panthers.
When lead runner Rachel Hoarty handed off the baton to second runner Christa Scott, the senior found herself in 14th place of 16 teams and looking at steep hill to climb.
Scott ran a season best 800 with a time of 2:23 and the FC Panthers rebounded for a third lace finish and six key points in their quest for a third title.
Sutton and Crofton went out to a furious pace and left most of the field behind, when Scott received the baton the only thing she had on her mind was to run as fast as she could.
“I had never been in a position like that before,” Scott said following the race. “I knew I had to run as fast as I could run and just do my best.”
Scott did her best and then some as she ran a season best 2:23, 800 and when the final runner Lindsey Maloley took the baton from Tracey Maloley the Panthers were in fourth place.
The senior did her best to catch the field. But the lead was too great and the Panthers settled for third.
‘We knew coming in what we had to do. We looked at the other teams and knew where we had to finish, and this is great,” Scott added. “I didn’t think about how many runners I needed to pass, I just ran my hardest.”
The panthers picked up another valuable eight points as senior Macy Jones and Hershey senior Brooke Fredrick went toe-to-toe in the pole vault.
With the bar at 10-8, both Jones and Fredrick cleared the height and then both went on to clear 11-0 to push the bar to 11-4.
On her first two tries at 11-4, Jones was short on both and on her second try, Fredrick went up and over.
Jones had one final attempt, but barely clipped and knocked the bar off to finish second.
In the long jump, the Panthers had three girls in the event with Audrey Malone and Christa Scott making the finals. Malone finished fourth with a jump of 17-3 ½, while Scott took sixth with an effort of 16-10.
Also competing was Tracey Maloley and she finished out of the qualifying jumps with her best a 14-10 ¾.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Malone punched her ticket to today’s finals with a second place in her heat with a time of 15.504 and she will be in lane six today.
In the 400 prelims, Lindsey Maloley turned in the best time of 58.70 and will occupy lane four when the finals take place today.
Jones competed in the 100 meters but her fourth place finish in her heat and a time of 13.114 was not quite good enough to make the finals.
The Panther will continue their quest for a third straight title today, as the field events events get underway at 8:30 a.m. and the running events at 9:30 a.m.
The Panthers were in a tie for third with 14 points with Kearney Catholic and Southern after four events.
The team leader was Aquinas Catholic with 19, second was Crofton with 18.