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FC Boys Qualify 8 For Omaha

The Fillmore Central boys will be sending eight qualifying athletes and two relay alternates to the 2016 NSAA State Track & Field Championships.  Punching their tickets to Omaha on May 12 in Geneva were Nate Rasmussen (second, 20-feet, 1.5-inches) in the long jump and Ethan DeLong (second 52.5 seconds) in the 400-meter run.
The Panthers also qualified two relays, as the 400-meter relay squad of Rasmussen, Josh Taylor, Heath Boman and Christian Lovan were victorious on Thursday in 44.80 seconds.  The FC 3,200-meter relay team of DeLong, Chandler Schelkopf, Leyton Hopken and Noah Temme received an at-large bid, as the quartet's second-place time of 8:23.80 was the third fastest time ran in Class C at districts.  Thayer Central won the event in Geneva (8:21.80).
"I think we had a good day," FC boys head coach Adam Verhage said.  "We had some kids that really competed... We also had some kids that were really close."
Among the near misses were:  Hopken, third, high jump; Aaron Poppert, third, triple jump; Schelkopf, third, pole vault; Taylor and Rasmussen, third and fourth, respectively, 100-meter dash; and Taylor, third, 200-meter dash.
Additional district scoring for the Panther boys, who finished fourth in the team standings behind Thayer Central, Hastings St. Cecilia and Sutton, was turned in by: Kole Karcher, fourth, 1,600-meter run, 5:02; Hopken, fourth, 800-meter run, 2:06.60; Schelkopf, sixth, 800-meter run; Lovan, fifth, 110-meter high hurdles; Corey Maloley, sixth, 400-meter dash; and the 1,600-meter relay squad of DeLong, Schelkopf, Taylor and Hopken, third, 3:44.50.
Rasmussen sets midway in the second flight in the long jump, which takes place at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday.  The Panthers drew the less-than-ideal lane one in the 400-meter relay, which will take place on Saturday around 1 p.m.  FC has the seventh-best qualifying time with Mitchell (43.6), Aquinas Catholic (43.9) and Archbishop Bergan (44.3) leading the pack.  Bridgeport comes in with the best 3,200-meter relay time of 8:19.51.  This race will begin at 3:30 p.m. this Friday. DeLong is in lane six of Heat 3 in the 400-meter dash.  This race is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m., this Friday at Omaha Burke.