Competing in the Class 4 District 2 meet Saturday, the Pacific track Indians qualified 14 for the sectional round.
Pacific’s boys placed third in the meet with 95 points, while the girls team finished eighth with 51 points.
Rockwood Summit, the meet host, won the boys meet with 203 points, while Parkway West placed second with 102 points.
Webster Groves won the girls meet with 141 points, followed by Lutheran South (103.5) and Parkway West (99).
Pacific boys Head Coach Joe Fuchs feels his team will have many athletes qualify for the state meet.
“We had a good showing at districts,” said boys Head Coach Joe Fuchs. “We qualified 12 athletes for sectionals, and about half of those have a good chance of seeing the state championships.”
Girls Head Coach Justin Perriguey was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The Pacific girls competed really well in the events that we had a good chance to advance,” he said.
Pacific had two event winners in the district meet.
The 3,200-meter relay of McKenzie White, Jai Thompson, Saxon Hagemann and Corbin White finished first in 8:16.63.
“Their season best prior to districts was an 8:30,” Fuchs said. “We knew they were capable of 8:20 based on training and their post-season performance last year. We changed up the order a bit, and fired on all cylinders wire-to-wire. They were able to not only secure a district first-place finish, but they also easily eclipsed our previous school record of 8:18 with a run of 8:16.63. That was a 27-year-old record, so our athletes were ecstatic.”
Gavin McDonald won the pole vault at 13 feet.
Corbin White came in second in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 41.62.
Breanna Van Meter placed second in the 300-meter hurdles in 48.82.
“Breanna Van Meter set a new personal best in the 300-meter hurdles to place second,” Perriguey said. “Even though she was clearly in second place she still competed through the finish. I am excited to see what she can run next Saturday.”
Grace Liebhart placed third in the high jump at 4-8 and finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.10.
“Grace Liebhart had the best day of any of the girls,” Perriguey said. “Grace has been competing at a high level for much of the season and continues to look strong.”
Jacob Hoehne finished third in the 110-meter hurdles, running in 16.40.
Joseph Elking and Dylan Boggs both qualified in the javelin. Elking finished third with a throw of 135-11 feet, while Boggs placed fourth with a throw of 131 feet.
Casie Cullinane came in fourth in the pole vault at 9-6.
“Casie Cullinane placed fourth in a tiebreaker and actually cleared 9-9 in the jump-off,” Perriguey said. “Not sure how it works on which jump should have been actually recorded, but that sets a new personal best for her. She has been trending to clear higher heights more consistently. I would not be surprised to see her set another personal best next weekend.”
Robert Hamilton placed fourth in the 400-meter dash, running in 51.26.
The 800-meter relay team of Hamilton, Corbin White, Jai Thompson and Ben Davis placed fourth in 1:33.82.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Thompson, McKenzie White, Hoehne and Hamilton came in fourth in 3:32.45.
Devon Johnson placed fourth in the long jump at 20-3.5.
Pacific’s qualifiers will travel to Hillsboro.