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Mustangs, Trojans tally state qualifications in Class 2A

STATE CENTER — The East Marshall girls’ track and field team emerged from Thursday’s Class 2A state-qualifying meet with two automatic state qualifiers — and both of them are Ellie Hull.

The Mustang sophomore finished second to Van Meter’s Clare Kelly in both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs to represent all of East Marshall’s automatic berths to next week’s state meet in Des Moines.

Hull scored silver in the 800 in a time of 2:33.30, while her runner-up clocking in the 1,500 was 5:39.32.

She was the area’s only automatic qualifier on the girls’ side, as West Marshall was without a top-two finish in the meet it hosted. West Marshall did have an at-large qualifier in the distance medley, earning the 21st seed with a time of 4:29.02.

East Marshall’s Morgan Neuroth, who took third in the 400 hurdles, was the 24th seed with her time of 1:11.38. Outside of the top two finishers advancing as automatic qualifiers, the next eight best at-large times and distances qualify for state.

On the boys’ side, West Marshall senior Luke Pinnick placed second in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 11 3/4 inches to advance to state for the Trojans. He’s the only automatic qualifier for either West or East Marshall.

West Marshall’s Jarrin Goecke collected third place in the 400 in a time of 52.42 and was an at-large qualifier as the 13th seed, while East Marshall’s Joe Terrones was third in the 3,200 (10:23.84) and got an at-large spot and the 11th seed.

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