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Class 3A Automatic State Qualifiers: Mount Pleasant Dominates, Fairfield Competes

By Jason Van Arkel, May 12, 2017

The Mount Pleasant track teams narrowly missed out on sweeping their Class 3A state qualifying meet on their home track Thursday, winning the boys championship but coming in second in the girls competition. The Panthers racked up a combined 20 automatic qualifiers for the state meet (that includes four events where Mount Pleasant qualified two athletes each), while Fairfield scored three automatic qualifiers. In Class 3A, only the top two finishers of each event qualify automatically for state. The remaining spots in the state field are filled by the next best 8 performances statewide, so both of those schools may send more athletes to state. The full list of state qualifiers will be announced sometime on Friday. Below are the automatic qualifiers.

FAIRFIELD (2 girls events, 1 boys event)

Girls 400-meter hurdles: Aluna Olaniyi

Girls high jump: Malory Jones

Boys discus: Michael Fritz

MOUNT PLEASANT (5 girls events, 11 boys events)

Girls 100-meter hurdles: Allison Buckert

Girls shot put: Grace Bittle

Girls discus: Bailey Johnson

Girls 4×800 and shuttle hurdle relays

Boys 800 meters: Adam Bodenham and Brody Bender

Boys 1600 meters and 3200 meters: Cody Mertens and Logan Murray

Boys 110-meter hurdles: Cole Burns and Jake Lowe

Boys 400-meter hurdles: Jake Lowe

Boys long jump: Keegan Rich

Boys 4×400, 4×800, sprint medley, distance medley and shuttle hurdle relays

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS (Mount Pleasant meet)

2. Mount Pleasant 129

3. Fairfield 115

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS (Mount Pleasant meet)

1. Mount Pleasant 195.5

6. Fairfield 53