Scotus Central Catholic boys track and field will be represented by two athletes when the state meet begins next week at Burke Stadium.
Senior Grant Shanle is back in Omaha again after a state qualification in the discus a year ago. He'll take part in the same event and will run in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Justin Sliva will be joining him thanks to a bronze medal in the hurdles.
The top three in field events at each district meet plus any others that hit pre-determined qualifying marks are invited to state. The 300 hurdles also invites the top three plus the next six fastest regardless of placing.
The Scotus boys scored in a total of eight events and put together a team total of 35 points - good enough for eighth among a field of 10. The Pierce boys took the team title with 147.
"This was right up there with one of the tougher district fields we've had," coach Joe Schoenfelder said. "Going in, on paper, Grant was the only one that was going to make it to state in the 110 highs. Sliva was going in sixth in the 300 hurdles, and we were pleasantly surprised. He had a great effort."
Scotus sent five athletes to state in 2018, two in the pole vault, the 400 relay, Shanle in discus and Elliott Thomazin in the 3200.
Thomazin was fourth in the two mile, ran his best time of the year, but missed making the field of 32 by more than 20 seconds behind the final qualifiers.
Shanle was also fourth in the shot put, Sliva took third fourth in the 110 hurdles, Michael Gasper was sixth in the 3200 and the 3200 relay team of Nathan Schumacher, Ben Juarez, Nick Schultz and Gasper were fourth.
"It was a pretty stacked field," Schoenfelder said. "They gave it everything they had. Unfortunately, other team's good events were also our good events."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.