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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
CLARENCE — The North Cedar's boys' track team is headed for state after qualifying in three relays at the district track meet.
The state qualifying meet was held in Tipton last Thursday and the Knights won the sprint medley and 400 relays and placed second in the 800 relay.
Coach Scott Kasik said all three relays have a good chance of placing at the state meet, which begins Thursday in Des Moines.
Seniors Bryce Bemer and Jacob Jensen and juniors Miles McCullough and Greg Hansen compete in both the 400 and 800 relays. With school records of 44.43 seconds in the 400 relay and 1:32.95 in the 80, these athletes continue to compete at every meet.
The sprint medley starts off with Jensen and McCullough running 100 meters, Bryce Bemer and Hansen alternate the 200 leg and Seamus Raney anchors in 400 meter.
'Running in the sprint medley means a lot to me, it has been a goal of mine since the beginning of the season to anchor this relay,' Raney said. 'Our sprint medley team will make it to state track and likely medal.'
This confidence comes from the support of Kasik, who, runners said, always is pushing them, which builds their confidence and lowers their times.
Others who qualified for state without placing first or second at the district meet are Raney in the 800 and Bemer in the 200. Raney placed third at the district meet and Bemer placed fourth.
Last year, Bemer placed eighth in the 100 dash and fifth in the 200. This year, McCullough, Raney, and Jensen plan to add to last year's successes.
'It's really fun being successful with your friends,' McCullough said, 'much better than being successful by yourself.'