The Sioux Central boys track and field team qualified three individuals for state and one relay team here Saturday at a Class 2A District meet held at Emmetsburg High School.
But coach Nathan Leidahl couldn't help ponder what might have been. The top three individuals at districts qualify for state while the Rebels took fourth in five events.
"We knew we were in one of the tougher 2A districts in the state," Leidahl said. "We knew when we moved up to 2A it would be difficult.
"Our times were good compared to the qualifiers in other districts, but we had a good season and look forward to this week's state meet."
Individually for the Rebels, Cody Wittmaack was first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches. Also qualifying individually was Dan Bernhardt in the 200 meter dash, where he finished third in 23.18 seconds.
Senior Matt McKibben qualified for state in the 110 high hurdles by taking second with a new school record time of 14.82 seconds.
The Rebels' 4x800 team of Kasey Huebner, David Tellefsen, Taylor Heideman and Eric Patten was third in 8 minutes, 23.21 seconds, qualifying for state.
Meanwhile, senior Josh Hyde had a tough finish in the shot put, taking fourth with a fine toss of 52 feet, 10 inches.
Also individually, Jesse Steece was fourth in the open 800 meters in 2:10.96.
Three relay teams finished just out of the money and in fourth place. The 4x200 relay team of Bernhardt, Jason Ferguson, Andrew Phinney and McKibben was fourth in a new school record time of 1:33.72.
The Rebels' medley relay team of Justin Shideler, Andrew Phinney, Jason Ferguson and and Patten was fourth in 3:50.17 while the 4x400 team of Ferguson, Wittmaack, Bernhardt and McKibben was fourth in 3:33.01.
In the field events, McKibben took a sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches.