Tristan Rezac

East Butler's Tristan Rezac throws a discus during the Crossroads Conference track meet on April 27. Rezac was one of three Tiger boys to qualify for the state meet.

East Butler track and field will be represented in a total of 10 events at the state track meet thanks to a successful district meet in Osceola on April 10.

The Tiger girls qualified four individual events and two relays while the boys are sending four events between three athletes.

"I am pretty happy with the district results from Friday," said head coach Dale Nielsen. "The kids took advantage of the great weather and really competed well. We got season-best efforts from just about everyone, especially the relays. The boys 3200 and 400 relays fell a bit short, especially the 400 relay, but they gave it their best shots and improved a lot. 

"I was happy for our throwers, they had best efforts from several kids to get a medal. The 3200 relay made it a goal to get to Omaha without Amanda (Aerts), and they accomplished that. Our boys graduated a lot of talent last year, but this group improved all season." 

Those who will compete at Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday include Cristian Hopfar, Matthew Janak and Tristan Rezac for the boys team and Erin Barta, Allie Rigatuso, Vittoria Ruffa and Whitney Spatz for the girls team.

Sophia Bergman, Olivia Bohac and Moran Jones are going as well as members of either the 1600 or 3200-meter relay.

Class D district meets were competed at nine separate district locations with automatic state bids going to the top two finishers in each individual running event plus the next six fastest times from across the state. Field events qualify first and second place and any athlete who hits a pre-determined mark. State relay invitations were given to district winners and the next seven fastest.

The East Butler girls scored points in 14 top-six performances in Osceola led by Spatz winning the 1600 and runner-up finishes for Rigatuso in the 300 hurdles, Ruffa in the shot put, Barta in the discus and the 1600 relay team.

The Tiger girls scored a total of 73 points and took the second spot in the team standings, trailing Osceola by just five points.

The girls sent just three entries to state last year, but doubled that number in 2019.

The boys sent nine but graduated five team members who accounted for six of those events. Janak in the 100 and 200 won state medals, and will be back in both of those events after winning the district title in those two sprinting events.

Hopfar is joining him in the two mile after taking third at district. Rezac is in thanks to a runner-up throw in the shot put.

The Tiger boys scored points in 14 events for a team total of 88. That was good enough for third, four behind High Plains and 16.5 back of district champ Osceola.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The David City Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.

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