Eight points are all that separated Shelby-Rising City and McCool Junction during the Crossroads Conference track championship on Saturday at Osceola, but it was the Huskies that took home the conference crown.
Mason Schleis was the top scorer for Shelby-Rising City, winning three of the four events in which he was entered and contributing 38 points to the cause. He won the 200-meter dash, 400 and triple jump and took silver in the long jump.
Alison Nekl also had a successful day scoring in all four of her events.
She won the high jump, took silvers in the 300 hurdles and 400 and placed fifth in the 200.
Kamryn Pokorney dominated in the throwing events. She won both the shot put and discus.
Austin Coffin won the long jump and took fourth in both the 100 and 200.
Aspyn Harrison took fifth in the high jump and long jump, and Kira Pavlik took fifth in the triple jump.
Connor Rathman and Garrett Ingalls took fifth and sixth in the 800, and Dylan Rathman took sixth in the 1600.
Connor Rathman also tied for sixth in the high jump.
Wyatt Whitmore won bronze in the 300 hurdles, and Hunter White placed sixth in the 110 hurdles.
Colin Wingard and Nick Vavricek took fourth and fifth in the shot put, respectively.
The Husky boys took silver in the 400 and 1600 relays and won the 3200 relay.
"Tough day weather-wise to compete but the kids did a nice job being consistent in their performances that we have seen throughout the season," said head coach Terry Chadek in comments sent to the Banner-Press.
East Butler was also at the meet and finished ninth as a team out of 13.
Cody Heise picked up a silver medal in the 3200 and was followed by Josh Spatz and Cristian Hofpar who took third and sixth, respectively.
Heise also won a bronze in the 1600 while Hofpar took fourth.
Matthew Janak took a bronze in the 200 and finished sixth in the 100.
Olivia Bohac scored in the 3200 for the girls taking sixth.
Allie Rigatuso finished fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles.
The 3200 relay for the Tiger girls won bronze, and the 1600 relay placed fifth.
Jaden Rhynalds placed sixth in the 200 and high jump.
The boys 3200 relay team placed second, the 400 took bronze and the 1600 placed fifth.
Tristan Rezac took sixth in the shot put.
East Butler and Shelby-Rising City are both in action next at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cross County Invite
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net