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Panthers Qualify 13 For Omaha; Both Fillmore Central Boys, Girls District Team Runners-up

Fillmore Central enjoyed an excellent meet on Thursday in Hebron, as the Panther boys and girls both earned team runner-up honors at the C-4 District Meet at Thayer Central.  And when the smoke cleared, FC had a baker's dozen qualifiers for this Friday and Saturday's NSAA State Track and Field Championships.
The Panther boys scored 93 points on May 14 and qualified nine athletes for Omaha.  The FC girls team amassed 98 points and will send four thinclads to State.  Wilber-Clatonia won the girls team district title and host Titans were the boys champs.
FC enjoyed three gold medal performances in Hebron on Thursday.  Panther Jamey Broman zipped to the win in the 200-meter dash in 26.7 seconds.  The FC freshman also punched her ticket to Omaha in the 100-meter dash (second, 12.9) and 400-meter dash (runner-up, 60.5).  Conrad Schelkopf ran the field off their feet in the 1,600-meter run on May 14 and won the race in 4 minutes, 47.3 seconds.  Schelkopf will also compete in the 3,200-meter relay event in Omaha (an additional qualifier with a New School Record time of 8:24.10).  The Panther senior is joined by Leyton Hopken, Davis Jacobson and Lance Donovan on the team.
The Panther boys 400-meter relay squad struck gold in Hebron sizzling home in 44.20 seconds for victory in the event.  Team members include Xavier Bridges, Josh Taylor, Nate Rasmussen and Christian Lovan.  Bridges, the lone senior on the squad, enjoyed an outstanding day on the track and in the field earning spots in Omaha in the 100-meter dash (second, 11.0), 200-meter dash (second, 22.7) and long jump (second, 21-feet, 1.75-inches).
Panther senior Jarrod Hinrichs set a New School Record heaving the shot put 52-2, placing second at the C-4 District Meet and earning a trip to State.  A pair of FC freshmen will be competing in Omaha.  Grace Jacobson placed second in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 13:23.2 and teammate Alexis Schmidt threw the shot put 37-1.5 to earn district runner-up honors.  Cori Knapp completes the Panther contingent in Omaha by placing second in the pole vault clearing 8-6.
"I think the boys did very well," FC head boys track coach Adam Verhage said.  "Two school records...shot and four by eight...  I'm very proud of the effort.  We had a lot of boys medal today."
Additional medals at the C-4 District Meet for the Panther boys came from:  Nate Rasmussen, fourth, long jump; Jarrod Hinrichs, third, discus; Wyatt Schiermeyer, fifth, pole vault; Aaron Poppert, sixth, triple jump; Chandler Schelkopf, fifth, high jump; Poppert, sixth, high jump; Josh Taylor, fifth, 100-meter dash; Rasmussen, sixth, 100-meter dash; Kole Karcher, fourth, 1,600-meter run; Ethan DeLong, third, 400-meter dash; Heath Boman, sixth, 400-meter run; Leyton Hopken, sixth, 800-meter run; Boman, sixth, 200-meter dash; and 1,600-meter relay of Schelkopf, Hopken, Donovan and DeLong, fourth.  The Panther boys scored points in every event except the two hurdle races.
Earning medals for the FC girls in Hebron on May 14 were:  Alexis Schmidt, third, discus; Ashton O'Brien, fourth, pole vault; Aiwa Temme, sixth, pole vault; Emileigh Kennel, third, triple jump; McKenzie Scheil, third, shot put; Sophia Frook, fourth, high jump; 3,200-meter relay team of Frook, Sydney Jividen, Melissa Rosenquist and Temme, sixth; Shelby Schelkopf, fifth, 100-meter dash; Grace Jacobson, third, 1,600-meter run; 400-meter relay squad of Jamey Broman, Scheil, Schelkopf and Knapp, third; Schelkopf, fourth, 200-meter dash; and 1,600-meter relay team of Schelkopf, Jacobson, Kennel and Frook, fourth.
The Panther boys 3,200-meter relay team has the sixth best qualifying time.  Bridges has the second-fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter dash and is in the final flight of the long jump. The FC boys 400-meter relay squad has the fifth fastest qualifying time. Hinrichs is in the final flight of the shot put. Broman's time in the 400-meter dash is in the top eight at State.