Crawford County had more than a dozen athletes competing at the IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston Thursday (May 23), but only one remains standing following the preliminary round.
Robinson High School junior Negus Bogard was the lone local competitor to advance to Saturday's finals, as he won his heat of the 1600 with a time of 4:25.71, which was .01 seconds ahead of Bismarck-Henning's Gabe Martinez, who came in second. Bogard was already assured of competing Saturday, as he will compete in the 3200, which is there is no preliminary round for, but added a second event with the win.
Several other Maroons had good days, but just not quite good enough.
Landon Roy finished tied for seventh in his flight of the high jump at 5-11, but that was only good enough to tie for 15th overall, as the height needed to advance to Saturday at 6-2.
Grayson Wolf finished 13th out of 13 in his flight and 31st overall in the shot put with a throw of 42-6 and he was 12th out of 12 in his flight and 40th out of 41 overall in the triple jump with a distance of 37-8.25.
In the relays, Robinson's 3200 team of Zach Buttolph, Wyatt Bonnell, Parker Middleton and Trayton Tragesser finished seventh out of 12 teams in their heat and 23rd overall among 37 teams with a time of 8:36.33, while the 800 team of Trent Rodgers, Tyler Beard, Jordan Peternal and Bonnell came in eighth out of eight in their heat and 30th out of 31 overall with a time of 1:36.17.
Meanwhile, Palestine-Hutsonville's Chase Knoblett had a pair of near misses in the hurdles races.
Knoblett finished third in his heat and tied for 10th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.40, finishing just .02 seconds behind the ninth-place finisher. In the 300 hurdles, Knoblett was again third in his heat and finished 13th overall with a time of 41.31, which was .45 seconds behind the ninth and final qualifier.
Also nearly missing for the Pioneers was Nick Booth in the long jump, as he finished fourth in his flight and 16th overall with a distance of 21-2.5, but the 12th and final distance was 21-5, which was reached by two competitors.
Meanwhile, Palestine-Hutsonville's 400 relay team of Booth, Colton Hayes, Blaize Dedrick and Knoblett finished seventh out of seven in their heat and 28th overall out of 31 teams with a time of 45.45.