OSCEOLA – The East Butler track and field teams turned in impressive performances at the Class D-2 District Meet in Osceola on May 10.
The girls team finished district runner-up after scoring 73 team point and will send seven athletes to the 2019 Nebraska State Track and Field Championships on May 17 and 18 in Omaha.
Tiger throwers Vittoria Ruffa and Erin Barta will both get the chance to perform at the state meet after finishing second in the shot put and discus events respectively. Ruffa finished with a mark of 34-4.5 in the shot put and Barta notched a mark of 86-3 in the discus.
Senior Whitney Spatz will compete in three events at the state meet. She won the mile event in Osceola with a time of 5:55.12.
She will also run on the 1600-meter and 3200-meter relay teams.
Spatz will team with junior Sophia Bergman, junior Olivia Bohac and freshman Allie Rigatuso in the mile relay. The team finished second at the district meet and got in as an additional qualifier with a time of 4:25.56.
Spatz, junior Morgan Jones, Bohac and Bergman combined to win the 3200-meter relay with a time of 11:02.80.
In addition to the relay, Rigatuso also qualified in the 300-meter hurdles, after breaking the tape with a time of 49.64.
The boys team scored 88 team points at the district meet and ended up third.
Sophomore Tristan Rezac qualified for the state meet in the shot put after finishing runner-up at the district meet with a mark of 41-5.
Junior Matthew Janak returns to the state meet in the 100 and 200-meter dash events.
He won both events in Osceola with times of 11.66 and 23.31.
Senior Cristian Hofpar will cap his high school career at the state meet after he finished runner-up at the district meet in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:04.20.