Senior Devin Johnson will compete in four events in Saturday’s finals.
He had the second-best long jump of the day (21-11), was third in his heat and seventh overall in the 400 in 50.57 and anchored a pair of relay teams that won their heats.
“Both my top two jumps would have put me in first for a while until the Chester jumper (Kyle Landon) went an inch farther,” Johnson said. “I want to go 23-6. That’s what I want do on Saturday. I just need some rest, some nutrition and some sleep. I was able to jump 22-6 for most of the year, and 22-7 is my farthest. So, I know I can go that far.”
Darius Owens, Nate Andreas and Chris Bauer joined Johnson in qualifying third overall in the 400 relay in 43.65 and fourth in the 800 relay in 1:30.77.
“We just wanted to get into the finals and save me some energy for the 400,” said Johnson, who took third in his heat and qualified seventh overall in the 400 in 50.57.
Andreas said the Panthers could do better in the relays.
“The four-by-1(00), we had a bad handoff, but we’ll get fixed for Saturday,” he said. “It felt good, but I know we can run a faster time. It didn’t go exactly how we planned, but it’s something we can fix. We know that if we make a mistake and still run that time, that when we fix that, we’ll be in good shape.”
Owens earned a spot in Saturday’s finals in the 200, running it in 22.58 to qualify eighth.
Both of the Panthers’ throwers also stayed alive in the competition.
Ethan Oleson had the ninth-best shot put toss (47-9), while Jon Butts ranked 11th in the discus (140-6). Ryan Pearce of Villa Grove led both events, throwing the discus 162-1 and he shot 58-6.75.