Before heading to the state qualifying meet in Carroll on Friday, May 10, Perry junior Kato Dougan talked about his personal best time in the 100-meter dash. He set it last season and hadn’t been able to crack it again this year.


“My back was to the wind,” the sprinter smiled, hoping he could catch that same burst on at the qualifiers.


Exiting the event, he didn’t have to worry about setting a PR. That can wait for the state meet. He finished second-place in the event at 11.73 seconds, with his PR ghost running 0.21 seconds faster.


Dougan now enters the meet as the 24th-seeded runner in the 100, hoping to outpace his time again, saving the best for last.


He isn’t the only Bluejay that will head to Drake Stadium on next week. Senior Kaleb Olejniczak was also extended an invite to the Class 3A state events but he had to wait with bated breath until Saturday morning despite setting a new PR in the 400-meter.


Olejniczak cruised to a sixth place finish in the event at 51.45. With only the top two finishers grabbing auto-bids, the chances fall with each additional placement. But he will enter the state meet as the eighth-seeded runner.


He also participated in the 200-meter dash, grabbing seventh place. That was 0.43 away from the final qualifying time.


Dougan and Olejniczak also helped their 4x800 relay team with Justin Stammer and Joseph Clark set a new group best at 1:37.59. Again, less than half a second away from a slot at state.


There was a litany of other records set for Perry on the night. The field team had a heyday with Cole Snyder launching to 117 foot 1 inch in the discus for a PR, while Luke Holtorf took fourth place in the shot put at 37-08. Jordan Long also set his long jump record at 18-0.25.


On the distance side of the event, Mario Cruz hit a new stride at 2:16.87 for eighth place and helped his 4x800 relay team hold onto fourth place.