Scotus Central girls track and field was third overall in the Class B-4 district meet on Thursday at Pawnee Park and qualified four athletes to the state track meet next week at Burke Stadium in Omaha.

Kelsey Faust, Olivia Fehringer, Grace Mustard and Liza Zaruba each punched their tickets and gave Scotus six total entries overall. Fehringer and Mustard both qualified in two events - the 800 and 1600 meters for Fehringer and the 100 and 300 hurdles for Mustard.

Faust and Zaruba will both be in the field in the 3200.

Fehringer was the lone gold medalist on the day for Scotus, earning the automatic bid to state with a win in the 800 and a time of 2:27.73. She was third in the 1600 at 5:50.85, earning another automatic berth.

Mustard brought the top time from the high hurdles preliminaries to the finals then took second among the last eight competitors with a mark of 15.57 seconds. In the low hurdles she was also second, finishing just a tenth of a second back of a runner from Arlington.

Faust was the runner-up in the two mile at 12:18.33 followed by Zaruba in third just a little over five seconds back.

Faust also came close in the mile, taking fourth in a time of 5:58.30.

The top three at six district locations earn a trip to state. Others can qualify as well based on the non-qualifier standard for specific events.

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Faust and Zaruba were also in the 3200 relay in Omaha a year ago, taking 10th and 21st respectively.

The Scotus girls sent eight athletes to state last year in seven events. The Shamrocks had multiple qualifiers in the triple jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 3200.

"We were really pleased with our qualifiers," coach Janet Tooley said. "We did have a few fourth places, but as far as team scoring went, I was really pleased with the third-place team finish. Here toward the end of the season we've had some illness and some injuries. We were able to come back from those and compete really well."

The Scotus girls scored in 13 total events, and, as Tooley mentioned, had two athletes miss an automatic bid with fourth-place finishes. Faust's fourth-place time in the 1600 was just about eight seconds back of Fehringer for the third-place spot.

Anna Ehlers, a state qualifier a year ago in the high jump, just missed 5-1, a mark that would have guaranteed her a spot at state. Instead, she had to settle for fourth in that event and in triple jump as well. She was two inches back of the automatic mark in the triple jump.

"It really was right about what we expected," Tooley said. "We had some real quality kids who, if they perform well, might find themselves in the hunt (at state)."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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