Mason Schleis won three events at the district meet on April 9 at Utica Centennial and will lead a team of seven boys entries to the state meet for Shelby-Rising City track and field.
In total, the Husky boys qualified just three individual events but with three for Schleis, two for Austin Coffin, one for Wyatt Whitmore and the 1600 relay, SR-C will have another chance for a top-10 team finish with the right results.
"I was pleased with the number of athletes we had qualify for state," said head coach Terry Chadek. "I felt our district was one of the toughest in Class C so getting 7 kids in 9 different events to state was a great accomplishment on their part. Breaking two school records at districts proved that the kids competed well and were able to peak at the end of the year.
Hopefully, we can do the same at the state meet. A top 10 finish would be a goal for the boys team on Saturday. "
The girls team is sending four entries among two athletes. Both Allison Nekl and Kamryn Pokorney earned double state bids with solid performances in Utica.
Class C district meets were held at nine separate sites. Individual running qualifications for state went to the top two at each district and the next six fastest times. Field events invited the top two finishers to state and any athlete that reached a pre-determined mark. Relays took district champs plus the next seven fastest.
The SR-C boys scored points in 13 events and put together a total of 91 for sixth place overall in a field of 10 teams. David City Aquinas took the top spot with 105 points - besting Malcom by just five.
Schleis led the way winning the 200 in a time of 23.39 seconds, just .06 ahead of the runner-up, winning the 400 again by just .06 and taking gold in the long jump with a top leap of 21 feet, 4 inches.
That was six inches ahead of Coffin, who was the runner-up in the long jump and the winner in the 100-meter dash on a time of 11.59.
That duo will be joined in Omaha by Wyatt Whitmore after his 300 hurdles time of 43.22 finished third but made it in on time.
The 1600 relay group of Schleis, Whitmore, Max Hoatson and Grant Lindsley won by over a second and will represent the Huskies at Burke Stadium as well.
Shelby-Rising City sent 10 entries to state in 2018 among four athletes who accounted for eight events on their own plus two relays. The Huskies collected medals in five events and scored 21 points - good enough for ninth.
However, two of those medals came from a senior. Schleis took seventh in the triple jump while Coffin was seventh in the 100.
The Husky girls scored 91 total points with top-six finishes in seven events at the district meet. That score was fourth among 10 teams, just four back of third. The David City Aquinas girls won the meet with 105 points.
Pokorney led the way with a win in the shot put on a throw of 37-6 - three inches beyond second place. She was fourth in the discus but passed the 109-10 qualifying mark by eight feet earning her a second state qualification.
Allison Nekl was third in the high jump, third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 400. Her top high jump mark was three inches above the pre-determined mark while her 400 time was the second-fastest time among the six extra qualifiers.
Other district medalists included Kira Pavlik taking fourth in the pole vault and Aspyn Harrison finishing sixth in the high jump.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The David City Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.