Two Chadron High athletes, and four from Gordon-Rushville, were among those who qualified to attend the State during last week’s B6 District meet in Ogallala.
Both Dom Nobiling and True Thorne of Chadron placed outside of the top three in their events, but scored well enough to earn their state bid as extra automatic qualifiers.
Nobiling’s 15.57 second run in the 110 meter hurdles, good for fourth-place in the event, was a season best for the Cardinals’ junior, and good enough to send him back to State for a second consecutive season.
As a sophomore, Nobiling placed 24th overall at the State meet in Burke.
Fellow Junior True Thorne will make her first State appearance after a Discus throw of 117 feet, 7.5 inches, good for fourth place, was enough to squeeze in as an extra qualifier.
Other than a slight hiccup earlier this month at the Bayard BCD Invitational that saw Thorne throw only 88 feet, 11 inches, the Cardinal’s girls’ thrower was riding a string of first place finishes through her April meets.
Her personal record throw of 124 feet, 1.5 inches recorded at the Western Conference Championship meet in late-April was the 15th best throw recorded for a Nebraska Class B women’s thrower this season.
The Mustangs of Gordon-Rushville will send four athletes total to State by way of Korby Campbell in both the 400 meters and long jump, and his 1600 meter relay teammates Jared Nelson, Zane Harris, and Denis Mulcahy.
Campbell returns to State for the third consecutive season in the 400 meters, but will be competing in the long jump at State for the first time in his high school career. His leap of 21 feet, 6.75 inches at Districts set a personal record and earned the senior second-place behind McCook’s Morgan Fawver.
Campbell also took second place in the 400 meters at Ogallala, posting a season-best 51.91 second time. The run was the 16th best time recorded in the men’s 400 meters this season. Teammate Denis Mulcahy recorded the 8th best time in the event this season at the Best in the West Classic in April.
Campbell and Mulcahy will be joined at the State meet by relay squad mates Jared Nelson and Zane Harris, after their 4x400 group put together a time of 3 minutes, 31.97 seconds to take fourth place in Ogallala.
Their extra qualifier finish in Ogallala was the group’s best finish this season by nearly three-seconds.
Dawn Dunbar was a name the Chadron Cardinals expected could have qualified for the State meet, but an injury suffered in practice prior to Districts meant the sophomore couldn’t compete. Given the distances she recorded it’s possible she could have placed as high as third at the District meet and earned her first trip to State.
Results for the meet can be found elsewhere in this section.