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Here are five storylines to watch headed into the state meet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Going out on top
Anna Hostetler already has earned eight medals, including two straight 1500 meter run titles. She can join an elite class and potentially become the 45th in IGHSAU history to win four titles in one meet.
She has the No. 1 seed in the 800, 1500 and as part of the distance medley. Hostetler also owns the fastest 3000 time run in Class 2A this year.
Class 2A team race
With 14 entries into the Class 2A meet and seven entries seeded in the top eight, the Golden Hawks boys will look to compete for a state team title.
The boys primary competition will be a some familiar faces in Pekin. The Golden Hawks battled Pekin last week at their district qualifying meet, but the Panthers have 11 entries and a majority are seeded near the top.
Floyd Evans leads the Golden Hawks with a No. 1 seed in the 1600 meter run and has the second fastest time in Class 2A in the 3200. Cary Schaefer is seeded top eight in the 400 and 800 meter runs. Peyton Miller is seeded No. 3 in the 400 meter hurdles and is less than a second off the No. 1 seed.
The Mid-Prairie boys sprint and distance medley relays could be poised to score points, the 4x800 will be competing against Pekin once again for a title and the 4x400 is seeded fifth.
On the girls’ side, Anna and Marie Hostetler have the potential to score 50-plus points again.
The Mid-Prairie girls also have the potential for a win in the distance medley relay and to score points in their other qualified events.
When it comes down to Saturday afternoon, the Golden Hawks could be looking to compete for state titles.
Taking a big jump
Emily Yahnke could become the first girls field event champion for Highland since Nancy Waldschmidt won the high jump in 1972.
Yahnke jumped 17-feet 3-inches at the district qualifying meet. That mark was seven inches longer than the second-seeded jumper.
Aly Stokes also qualified in the event and a big day from her could have two Huskies scoring in the event.
Huskies have a shot
The Huskies also have a shot in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. The group of Sarah Schneider, Aly Stokes, Kristy Thomann and Emily Yahnke will compete in both.
They’re seeded No. 3 in the 4x100 with a qualifying time just .06 seconds off the lead. In the 4x200 of the same group, they’re seeded No. 2 and just 0.3 seconds off the lead.
Lone Tree 4x800 title hopes
The Lone Tree 4x800 meter relay of Brady Dauber, Harmon Miller, Keegan Edwards and Brock Smith had a qualifying time that puts them in the hunt for a state title. Seeded No. 3 and five seconds behind No. 1 seed Lisbon.