GRAND ISLAND — The York boys track team came away from the B-5 District Meet on Thursday at Northwest High School as team champions.
The Dukes’ 119.5 points were more than enough to distance themselves from runner-up Aurora, which scored 92 points.
York boys automatically qualified athletes in 12 events.
Ricky Hulse, Cole Dickes and Alex Obermier are each going to state in two individual events. Obermier was a double-winner in the 1600 (4:33.23) and the 3200 (9:59.27), while Hulse won the long jump (21-5) and was second in the 100 (11.19) and Dickes placed second in the triple jump (42-4) and third in the 110 hurdles. C.J. Huber won the pole vault (14-4) to earn his trip to state. Finishing second was Evan Neville in the long jump (21-1) and Seth Dixon in the shot put (48-10). Chris Mauer came in third in the 800 with a time of 2:02.95. The Dukes also qualified for state in two relays as the 4x100 team (Hulse, Dickes, Marcus Ellis and Neville) was first (43.31) and the 4x800 team (Mauer, Dalton Obermier, Ty Danielson and Caleb Magner) came in second (8:23.28).
In girls’ action, York placed fourth, automatically qualifying athletes in seven events.
In the field, Kacie Friend set a school-record on her way to winning a district championship in the shot put with a heave of 40-5. In the discus, Emily Kadavy was third at 117-0. Nicole DeBoer came in fourth in the high jump, but made the autopmatic qualifying standard of 5-1.
On the track, Veronica Botts won the 400 in 59.25, while teammate Taylor Kadavy took second (1:01.22). Dacia Stuhr was tops in the 800, turning in a time of 2:19.21 and the Dukes’ 4x400 relay squad of Botts, Aleah Rosenau, Taylor Kadavy and Nicole Belfiore was second (4:06.67).
Several athletes were able to qualify based on their times compared to the other districts around the state.
For the boys, Marcus Ellis’ time of 22.59 in the 200 was good enough to make state, as were Parker Johnson’s times of 15.55 and 42.47 in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, respectively. Duke girls going to state based on time are Botts in the 800 (2:26.25), Lauren Clark in the 1600 (5:39.59) and 3200 (12:14.15) and Micah Lucas in the 3200 (12:31.67).
Winning the girls district championship were the host Vikings, who outlasted Lexington by less than one point.
The state track meet begins on Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Boys team scores: York 119.5, Aurora 92, Northwest 79.5, Cozad 73, Lexington 64, Adams Central 39, Broken Bow 20, Minden 15, Holdrege 14, Central City 11.
Girls team scores: Northwest 97, Lexington 96.33, Holdrege 94, York 81, Aurora 68, Minden 34.33, Cozad 30, Adams Central 23.33, Broken Bow 3, Central City 0