Schlarman’s Scott Krapf used Friday’s Class A sectional meet at Unity as his last test before next week’s state meet.

The Hilltopper senior knew, baring a major problem, he would advance to state in both of the long-distance events.

As expected, Krapf won both the 3,200 and 1,600 meter races.

But now, the real test will happen after this meet.

“I want to see how my legs responded after doing a true double at a big meet before I decide if I’m going to run both at state next week,’’ Krapf said. “I want to make sure that I’m at my best for the state championships.’’

Being in a class all to himself on Friday, Krapf was allowed to hone his abilities.

“Early in the year, I was having problems at the start of my races,’’ he said. “So, that was something that I’ve really been concentrating on in the last few weeks. Tonight, I started well in the 3,200, but I haven’t been pushed at the finish, and I’m not real happy with my times in the final stages of that race.’’

So, what did the future Illinois State Redbird do in the 1,600?

“I wanted to get better in that last lap,’’ he said. “And, I think my time in the final 400 or 600 meters is more like what I expect for myself.

“Now, if I could just combine the start of my 3,200 and the finish of my 1,600, I would be happy.’’

Krapf was the only local competitor to win two events at Friday’s sectional meet.

Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac’s Corey Lomax along with Salt Fork’s Josh Horton and Beau Atwood are joining Krapf as state qualifiers in two events.

Horton advanced to state in the 400 and he is the third runner on the Storm’s 400 relay team.

“I was pleased with the way things turned out,’’ Horton said. “We ran a really good relay race and my 400 was everything I had.

“It’s the event that I’ve always ran in track, so getting to state in it is a real good accomplishment.’’

His efforts in that 400 were a factor in Horton being disappointed in his 200 race.

After having one of the two best preliminary times, he fell off to a fifth-place tie.

“I wasn’t even going to run it, but some of my teammates convinced me to do it,’’ he said. “I’m a senior, and I didn’t want to look back and think, what if I had ran that race?

“But right from the start, I knew I didn’t have it in me to make a run for a top spot.’’

Atwood, who is also a part of Salt Fork’s relay team, advanced in the 100 with a time of 10.92 seconds.

Tyler Lyons of Salt Fork continued his winning streak in the discus with a toss of 152-5. It was a full 14 feet farther than his nearest competitor.

Lomax will be advancing to Charleston in the long jump and the high jump.

The Comet senior just missed setting a new school record in the high jump.

He won the event with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches, defending his sectional championship, but his best attempt at 6-4 was just barely missed.

“I got my body over the bar, but I just kicked it with my feet,’’ he said. “I know with another good week of practice this week that I will clear it next week at state.’’

Lomax nearly qualified in three events as his leap of 41-2 in the triple jump was a personal best but it was only good enough for fourth.

“At the time, I was in second place,’’ he said. “But two Tuscola kids beat that and I just came up short. I jumped my best, but it wasn’t quite good enough.’’

One of the happiest state qualifiers on Friday was Westville hurdler Danny Lewis.

His second-place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.64 seconds will make his the first Tiger hurdler to reach state since Gabe Spezia in 1995.

“I was nervous all the way through,’’ Lewis said. “I didn’t think there was any way that I could make it.

“I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I kept working all season. It’s an unbelievable feeling.’’

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman will be taking three individuals to state.

John Fermon and Logan Myers finished 1-2 in the shot put, while Daulton Lorenzen qualified in the 3,200.

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