Three in a row, twice.

As expected, Dylan Kautz of Norfolk Catholic won the Class C boys 100 and 200 meters.

“After my freshman year, I wanted to go four in a row,” said Kautz, a junior who won the Class B titles in those races in 2016 and won the Class C titles in 2017. “This is another step.”

His winning times of 10.80 and 22.00 were a bit slower than he had hoped, but Saturday’s rain and wind assured that record times were out of reach.

“The weather doesn’t help, but everyone runs in the same conditions,” Kautz said.

Kautz’s victories were not enough to lift Norfolk Catholic to a second straight team championship. The Knights finished second behind Hartington-Newcastle, which scored 52 points despite bringing just four athletes: Cole Schmidt, Brian Santiago, Turner Korth and Lincoln McPhillips. It was the Wildcats’ first boys title as a combined school. Hartington won in 1948.

Taylor Quiring’s three wins came over two days. The Heartland senior beat defending state champion Rylee Rice of Ainsworth in the girls 800 Saturday. Rice, a four-title winner as a freshman a year ago, won the first heat in 2:20.45 then had to wait to see the results of the second, which Quiring won in 2:19.60.

Quiring won the triple jump Friday and the long jump Saturday. She had a shot at four individual titles. But she finished second to Crofton’s Haley Arens in the 1,600. Arens won the 3,200 Friday.

Rice won the 100 hurdles but was injured during the 1,600 and did not finish. She also was unable to compete in the 300 hurdles.

Quiring scored 38 of Heartland’s 42 points, good for second place in the girls team race. David City Aquinas won with 61 points.

Rebekah Roh ran on the Monarchs’ winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams and won the open 400. It was Aquinas’ fourth state championship and its first since 1982.

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