Scotus Central Catholic had six track and field athletes qualify for the NSAA Class B State Track and Field meet on Tuesday at Pawnee Park Memorial Field in Columbus.
Grace Mustard qualified for her third state meet. Chloe Walker and Hailey Steffensmeier earned their second-straight trip to Omaha and three Shamrocks, Kyra Bowen, Jude Maguire and Tim Sliva will make their state debut.
Mustard, the reigning state silver medalist in the 100-meter hurdles, will have the chance to claim a spot on top of the podium in Omaha after placing second Tuesday with a time of 15.36 seconds. Arlington's Kailynn Gubbels won the race in 14.83 seconds.
For the first time at state, Mustard qualified for the long jump. The senior recorded a mark of 17 feet, 9 inches for second place. She finished just 1 and 1/2 inch behind Arlington's Keelianne Green.
Walker qualified for the state discus throw Tuesday with a third-place mark of 124-01. The senior returns to Omaha after placing seventh in the event last year.
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After qualifying for the shot put event last year, Steffensmeier will join Walker in the discus throw. The junior recorded a throw of 120-7, which earned her the third additional qualifier spot.
Bowen recorded the third-longest triple jump Tuesday with a mark of 33-3.25. The sophomore will make her state track and field debut next week.
Maguire and Sliva will represent the Shamrock boys in Omaha for the first time. In a photo finish in the 1600, Maguire crossed the finish in 4 minutes, 43.15 seconds, good for third place. He beat out Blair's Calin O'Grady by 0.03 seconds for the final automatic qualifying spot.
Sliva's high jump mark of 5 feet, 11 inches was good for third place. Boone Central's Jaxon Lipker recorded a district-best jump of 6-1, and O'Neill's Sean Coventry posted the same mark of Sliva.
The NSAA Class B state track and field meet will take next Wednesday and Thursday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
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