It was a productive District A-1 meet for Papio South Friday.
The Titans finished in second in both team races while totaling 33 state qualifiers (17 by the girls team). Lincoln Southwest topped the Titans 174-122 for the district title on the girls side while Bellevue East took seventh.
In Class A’s district meets, the top four finishers in each individual event earns a trip to the state meet while the top three relay finishes in each district advance to state.
The Titan girls had five individual district champions to lead the way. Nina Cuevas won the 100-meter dash and Kaylie Crews took first in the 3,200 for the two winners on the track.
Cuevas also placed fourth in the 200, where Tate Norblade placed second. Norblade also took second in the 400.
In the field events, Mara LeGrand (pole vault), Jessica Hendrix (high jump) and Sunday Thiyang (triple jump) all placed first for the Titans. Trinity Lovings was the runner-up in the pole vault.
Olivia Rosenthal placed third in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600. Sekiya Simmons and Olivia Sattlefield placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 hurdles while Sattlefield took second in the 300 hurdles.
The Titans’ 400 relay team (Cuevas, Norblade, Sattlefield, Simmons) placed third to punch their ticket to state.
Nebtom N’Da placed second in the long jump to claim the only automatic berth to state for East.
Additional qualifiers: Long jump — 8, Isabella Fleming, East; 9, Thiyang. 100 — 5, N’Da. 400 — 7, Emily Richards, PLS; 9, Ashlyn Dierks, PLS. 1,600 — 6, Crews. 100 hurdles — 8, Braelyn Botts, PLS. 3,200 relay — 4, PLS. 1,600 relay — 4, PLS.
• On the boys side, The Titans totaled 99 points to finish behind champion Lincoln Southwest. Bellevue East placed sixth.
Mike McClanahan had the standout day for the Titans. The senior won the 100 and 200 district titles to advance to state in both.
The Titans also qualified all three relay teams, headed by the first-place 3,200 relay team (Zach Jones, Alex Pollett, Peyton Anthony, Robert Price). The 400 relay team (McClanahan, Bradyn Pogue, Eddie Rosenthal, Luke Davis) and 1,600 relay team (Tony Nisotis, Rosenthal, Brian Clausen, Pollett) each placed second to advance to state.
Clausen added a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles with teammate Isaiah Sattlefield placing second in the event. Sattlefield also placed third in the 110 hurdles. Dillon McNeill placed fourth in the 3,200.
Ethen Lamp had the best finish for the Titans in field events by placing third in the shot put. Richard Butler (pole vault) and Sam Laufer (triple jump) each placed fourth.
The East boys saw Preston Welch win the district title in the discus while Chieftain teammate James Larson placed third.
Additional qualifiers: 200 — 6, Pogue. 400 — 5, Nisotis. 800 — 6, Brody Wood, East; 7, Pollett. 1,600 — 6, McNeill. 3,200 — 8, Dane Oliver, PLS.
Papio boys send 8 to state
The Papillion-La Vista boys placed sixth in the District A-2 meet while qualifying eight athletes to the state meet.
The Monarchs tallied 47 points while Fremont won the title with 169.5.
Papio did most its damage in the sprint events. Frankie Allen and Zach Krogman finished in second and fourth, respectively, in the 100. The duo also ran with Troy Almaguer and Tyson Money to place second in the 400 relay to advance to state.
Mitchell Klassen (pole vault) and Alex Herman (shot put) each finished in second in field events wihle Alek Abels took third in the high jump. Patrick Rowe placed fourth in the triple jump.
Additional qualifier: Discus — 7, Alex Herman, PLV.
• The Monarch girls finished in fifth in fifth place in the district while qualifying five athletes for state.
Erica Broin and Jordan McDonald each won a district title to pace Papio. Broin took first place in the high jump with teammate Norah Sis coming in second. Broin also placed second in the triple jump.
McDonald grabbed the top spot in the discus while adding a runner-up showing in the shot put. Noelle Chestnut placed fourth in the district.
Morgan Able placed fourth in the 100 hurdles for the only automatic state qualifier on the track.
18 Dragons state bound
The Gretna girls finished in fourth in the District A-3 meet Friday in North Platte.
The Dragons totaled 53.33 points while qualifying 10 athletes to state. Kearney won the district team title.
Gretna’s only event victory in the meet came in the 3,200 relay. Kayla Adams, Rachel Walters, Raigan Kocian and Kaylee Moore combined to place first for Gretna.
In individual events, Moore placed third in the 800 while Adams took fourth in the 1,600. Jadyn Makovicka took third in the 300 hurdles with Addison Webster placing fourth in the 100 hurdles.
Isabel Bothwell placed second in the long jump with Isabel Henson (high jump) and Kenedy Schaecher (triple jump) each adding finishes of fourth.
Additional Gretna qualifiers: 100 — 5, Bothwell; 6, Madeline Wieczorek. 1,600 relay — 5, Gretna (Makovicka, Webster, Walters, Moore).
• The Gretna boys qualified eight athletes to state while finished in seventh place in the team standings. Creighton Prep won the team title.
Trevor Marshall won the district title in the high jump while teammate Blake Podany came in second. Kellen McLaughlin added a runner-up showing in the 3,200.
Additional Gretna qualifiers: Discus — 6, Jackson Armitage. 400 — 7, Jackson Alexander. 300 hurdles — 6, Andrew Pick. 1,600 relay — 5, Gretna (Marshall, Alexander, Alex Kerns, Bennett Lorenz).
T-bird boys send 9 to state
The Bellevue West boys qualified nine athletes for the state meet during Friday’s District A-4 meet at Westside.
The T-birds recorded 59 team points while Lincoln High ran away with the team title.
The T-birds had two athletes reach state in the pole vault with Gannon Spahn and Christian Lilenkamp taking second and third, respectively. Gage Champion took fourth in the high jump.
Jevyon Ducker will head to state in the 100 and 200 after placing second and third, respectively, in the two races. Jerome Houston placed second in the 110 hurdles.
In the 3,200, Garrett Parker placed second with Caleb Williams coming in fourth.
Additional West qualifiers: 100 — 5, Keagan Johnson. 300 hurdles — 7, Houston. 400 relay — 4, West (Ducker, Houston, Johnson, Sullivan).
• The Bellevue West girls placed seventh with 21 points in the District A-4 team standings.
Three West girls earned an automatic trip to state. Alex Lee (discus), Tania Johnson (100) and Sierra Hiatt (200) each finished fourth to advance to state.
Additional West qualifiers: Long jump — 5, Hiatt. 200 — 5, Johnson.