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The Lions left the track with two automatic state-qualifiers on Thursday as Casey Shalla won the shot put and Brady Dauber placed first in the long jump.
For the rest of the Lone Tree track team, it was a long wait until Friday.
Emily Feldman finished second in the 100-meter hurdles after breaking the 17-second barrier for the first time.
“I was kind of disappointed at first because I had clipped two hurdles, but then I realized what the time was and so I was happy again.”
It was around noon the next day when she learned that she had qualified individually along with the second place shuttle hurdle relay.
“I was actually running out to get pizza and a friend of mine came and told me and it was so exciting.”
Holley Johnson, Chloe Jacque and Zoie Simonsen were the other three members of the hurdle relay, which set a new school record at the district meet.
“I was kind of expecting (to qualify) just from looking at times on Quik Stats, but the wait just wears on,” Simonsen said.
“We found out around lunchtime and I just ran to Emily again like I did last year, and then I found Chloe and we found Holley later on.
“Going to state is just another huge accomplishment for all of us, for Emily and I in our senior year especially.”
The 4x800-meter relay of Macie Bopp, Natalie Patterson, Sydney Alt and Heather Geiger also finished in second place with a time of 10:44.
Holley Johnson took third place in the 100-meter hurdles.
“Last night I felt awesome and the team felt awesome,” coach Caylon DeVaul said on Friday.
“Almost everyone PR-ed and if there’s a night to PR, it’s the district night. And when you do something like that, it means hopefully that you did everything there was to leave it out there and give yourself a chance, and we did. The girls did great.”
The Lady Lions finished ninth out of 15 teams with 36 points. Danville finished in first with 119. Lisbon won the boys title with 130.5 points and Lone Tree finished fourth with 65.
Brady Dauber started things off on the right foot for the Lions with a jump of 20-2 on his first attempt. He wasn’t sure if it would be enough though.
“I wasn’t really confident with that jump,” he said.
“I still wanted to improve because that kid from Cardinal had jumped 20-foot-11 and I didn’t think it was good enough.”
No one else would jump farther than 19-9.5 in Wayland on Thursday. Dauber is the Lions’ sixth state long jump entry over the past five seasons, following Jared Hudson and two-time state champ Jovonte Squiers.
“I’m trying to live up to that, it’s pretty awesome,” Dauber said. “Coach DeVaul is a great coach, and he teaches me new things every day.”
Casey Shalla also arrived at the meet ready to go, throwing 43-3 on his first attempt. That distance kept him on top of the leaderboard for the rest of the afternoon.
“Through the whole thing I was pretty confident,” Shalla said. “But going through the last throws of the final round, I was taking a deep breath every time someone let go of the shot.”
It will be the second trip to the state meet for the Lone Tree senior.
“Last year going in the discus, this year going in the shot put is just … I guess, fulfilling for me,” Shalla said. “The experience is something I’m really just going to savor.”
Brock Smith finished fourth in the 800-meter run, but learned on Friday that he finished in the top-ten overall in 1A with a time of 2:04.
“I felt really good on the first lap and then felt really good on the next 350, but that last 50 meters really hit me,” Smith said. “I knew state was on the line so I just kept going.”
Smith anchored a school record-setting 4x800 meter relay that included sophomores Dauber, Harmon Miller, and Keegan Edwards. The Lions finished second to Lisbon, but learned on Friday that their time of 8:22 was third among all 1A qualifiers.
“I was with Brady and Harmon at the time, and I was really excited,” Smith said. “We all got up and gave each other hugs and high fives, it was a big moment for us to see where we landed.”
The same quartet took third place in the 4x400 meter relay, and the shuttle hurdle relay of Alex Viner, Levi Sotzen, Konner Coppinger and Ty Griffin finished third as well.
Griffin finished third in the 400-meter hurdles and Cale Yoder took fifth in the shot put.
“I’m proud of these kids, they’ve all PR-ed, they all ran hard,” coach Bailey Donovan said. “You talk about competing, when the big night comes, do your best and they’ve done that. I’m happy for them. They’ve worked their butts off.”
Donovan credited his seniors for a successful season.
“It all starts with Brock Smith’s attitude and Casey Shalla’s attitude, they’re just the spark plugs of our team,” he said. “Their positive attitude has gotten to our freshmen. ‘It’s about us. It’s we, not me.’ And it’s been great to see the kids grow.”
Girls results (place, name, result):
100 meter dash – 18, Skylar Smith, 15.29.
100 meter hurdles – 2, Emily Feldman, 16.99. 3, Holley Johnson, 17.16.
400 meter hurdles – 9, Skylar Smith, 1:26.08.
Shuttle hurdle relay – 2, Johnson, Simonsen, Jacque, Feldman, 1:11.53.
4x400 meter relay – 5, Bopp, Johnson, Patterson, Jacque, 4:31.21.
4x800 meter relay – 2, Bopp, Patterson, Alt, Geiger, 10:44.66.
Long jump – 7, Emily Feldman, 14-7.
Discus – 11, Jordan Akers, 81-9. 17, Kailyn Pettit, 72-11.
Shot put – 14, Kailyn Pettit, 25-2.5. 17, Allison Marshek, 24-9.75.
Boys results (place, name, result):
100 meter dash – 19, Tyler McCullough, 12.79.
200 meter dash – 12, Aaron Slaughter, 25.83. 22, Ryan Warbach, 28.51.
400 meter dash – 23 Matt Carlson, 1:12.61.
800 meter run – 4, Brock Smith, 2:04.25. 8, Harmon Miller, 2:20.31.
1600 meter run – 11, Cale Christofferson, 5:35.41.
3200 meter run – 8, Nick Saltzman, 11:29.64. 11, Alberto Cortes, 12:35.05.
110 meter hurdles – 9, Caleb Viers, 19.90.
400 meter hurdles – 3, Ty Griffin, 1:00.09.
4x100 meter relay – 10, Coppinger, Viner, McCullough, Knock, 50.31.
4x200 meter relay – 5, Viner, Coppinger, McCullough, Knock, 1:41.31.
4x400 meter relay – 3, Dauber, Miller, Edwards, Smith, 3:39.56.
4x800 meter relay – 2, Dauber, Miller, Edwards, Smith, 8:22.64.
Distance medley – 10, Hotz, Slaughter, Kirkpatrick, Christofferson, 4:17.22.
Shuttle hurdle relay – 3, Viner, Sotzen, Coppinger, Griffin, 1:07.70.
Sprint medley – 15, Kirkpatrick, Hotz, Warbach, Yoder, 1:59.64.
Long jump – 1, Brady Dauber, 20-2.
Discus – 5, Casey Shalla, 130-10. 11, Cale Yoder, 101-0.
Shot put – 1, Casey Shalla, 43-03. 5, Cale Yoder, 40-6.