Platteview’s girls track and field team continued its strong season by winning the District B-2 championship and entering state on a high note.
The Trojans totaled 140 points to beat runner-up Syracuse by 15 points. Ralston and Gross placed seventh and ninth, respectively.
Every athlete that finished in the top three of an event guaranteed themselves a trip to the state meet next week at Burke Stadium. The top two relay teams also advance to state.
Teri Zanker and Carrie Simonson each won two events. Zanker took first in the 100 and 300 hurdles while adding a third-place finish in the high jump. Simonson won the 100 and 200 while placing second in the long jump.
Simonson also ran on the first-place 400 relay team that advanced to state. Anna Koehler, Jacque McCullough and Abby Husing rounded out the squad.
Koehler was the runner-up in the high jump and 200 while McCullough took second in the 800.
Zanker, McCullough, Koehler and Halle Johnson combined to place second and qualify for state in the 1,600 relay.
Madison Nash (3,200) and Kitia Hobbs (discus) each placed third to clinch a spot at state.
Ralston’s Logan Corcoran and Natalya Wells each placed third to punch their ticket to state. Corcoran placed third in the pole vault while Natalya Wells took third in the long jump
Corcoran and Wells combined with Justice Walker and Gianna Self to place second in the 400 relay and advance to state.
Additional qualifiers: 100 — 4, Natalya Wells, Ralston; 5, Katie Goosen, Platteview. 100 hurdles — 4, Halle Johnson, Platteview. 300 hurdles — 4, Wells.
• The Gross boys were the District B-2 runner-up with Skutt earning the team title. Platteview and Ralston placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Cougars had three athletes pick up two event victories apiece. Jack Sun swept the sprints to finish first in the 100 and 200 with teammate Jared London placing second in the 100 to advance to state.
Will Rice placed first in the 400 and 800 while Ben Larsen was the first-place finisher in the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Cougars, who will have four athletes advance to state.
Jake Nelson led the Platteview team with two individual titles. Nelson finished in first in the shot put and discus while teammate Paxton Swanson took third in the shot put to advance to state.
Braden Johnson finished in a tie for first in the high jump while taking second in the long jump. Stephen George added a third-place showing in the 1,600.
Ralston was led by its first-place 3,200 relay team. Merlin Padilla, Owen Molgaard, Jackson Lepert and Thredrice Jones combined to place first and punch their ticket to state.
Padilla and Jones will also compete at state as individuals after placing third in the 400 and 800, respectively.
Vince Carper, Max Wells, Marvin Islas and Padilla combined to place second in the 400 relay to move on to state. Noah Oellerich (long jump) and Connor McDonnell (110 hurdles) each added a finish of third to qualify for state.
Additional qualifiers: long jump — 4, Jared London, Gross. 110 hurdles — 4, Braxton Karnik, Platteview.