OMAHA - Scotus Central Catholic senior Grant Shanle enjoyed a swan song of sorts at the state track meet on Friday.
Shanle qualified into the 110-meter hurdles for the first time in his career. Though he came in with the 24th-fastest, and slowest, qualifying time, Shanle viewed the race as a reward. A cherry on top for the hard work of four years.
But while he might have been a heavy underdog to make the finals, Shanle certainly didn't just accept his fate. Instead, he set a new personal record and finished seventh in his heat. Sure, it won't go down as a legendary performance in the annals of Scotus athletics, but Shanle can walk away from his career satisfied he at least made it to Burke Stadium.
And he still gets to throw the discus on Saturday, an event in which he could challenge for a medal.
"It was awesome. I ran a a really ugly race, but I still got a personal best," he said. "Just hearing the crowd yell as everything is announced. I kind of kept up with them for a little bit. Some of those guys are really good."
"I am satisfied. It was everything I expected it to be," Shanle said. "I think I even beat one guy."
Where Shanle was finishing his career on the track, freshman Grace Mustard was just getting started. A freshman who started her varsity career by setting the school's 55-meter indoor record in the first meet of the year, Mustard came in to state with a qualifying time that looked to be good enough for finals.
But after overcoming some nerves before settling down during the race, Mustard ran a tenth off her personal best at 15.5 seconds and was ninth.
"It was definitely scary in the blocks, but that's to be expected. It was really fun," she said. "My best is 15.4. It's only a tenth off, so I'm proud of myself."
"Eventually, it was just like any other race."
Other Scotus results from Friday included Kelsey Faust running 12:26.43 in the 3200 and Liza Zaruba finishing just behind her teammate in 12:35.08.
Faust was 11th and Zaruba 12th.
For Faust, who's already received her Scotus diploma, Friday was the final run of her Shamrock career.
"It's bittersweet. I feel like I'm happy to be done, but I'm also kind of sad. I wish I could have ended with a PR but I did what I could with the conditions today," she said. "I was thinking about it being my last one a couple times, but, it's bittersweet. It pushed me to finish and leave it all out there."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.