Due to a pair of teams being disqualified in the race, Alto was able to finish fourth to earn eight points and just edge Falls City for the team championship. Alto ended the meet with 66 points to the Beavers’ 64.
“It’s satisfying, but we really wanted the whole thing,” said Austen Camber, who ran the second leg in the really. “We wanted the state championship. Second place isn’t that bad, but we really wanted it all.”
Justin Twine ran the third leg and Joseph Swierc crossed the finish 3 minutes, 20.31 seconds. Sudan was second in 3:22.05.
Collinsville was disqualified for a false start and Panhandle was later disqualified for passing out of zone. Panhandle’s disqualification meant Alto received eight points instead of four in the event.
“If it wasn’t for Panhandle getting DQ’d, we would have wound up winning,” Camber said.
The Beavers were put into position for the state title thanks to a victory in the 800 relay and individual gold-medal performances by Twine and Swierc.
Swierc, Connor Dziuk, Stulting and Twine teamed for the 800 relay victory in 1:28.96. Twine won the long jump Friday with a leap of 22 feet, 11 3/4 inches and was fourth in Saturday’s 100 in 10.89. Swierc won the 400 in 49.91.
Falls City’s Tyler Malcolm finished eighth in the pole vault Friday by clearing 13-6.
In the girls division, the Beaverette’s 1,600 relay team of Kaelan Cheatham, Sara Moore, Alyssa Dziuk and Haleigh Blocker missed getting a medal by .29 as it finished fourth in 4:04.76. Shelbyville won the event in 4:03.94 and was followed by Goldthwaite (4:03.97) and Wellington (4:04.47).
Lyssy placed fourth in the pole vault Friday by clearing 10 feet. Ozona’s McKenna Moses won with a vault of 11 feet.
Falls City’s 800 relay team of Cheatham, Lyssy, Dziuk and Blocker finished seventh in 1:47.82.