Distance runner Nicole Mello led a group of five Hickman athletes that qualified Saturday for next weekend's Class 4 state championships in Jefferson City.
Mello, a junior who placed ninth in the state cross country meet last fall, won both the 3200- and 1600-meter run in sectional competition Saturday in West Plaines. Mello ran the 1600 in 5 minutes, 8 seconds and finished the 3200 in 11:24.
Junior Corey Potter also qualified for Hickman with a second in the 300-meter low hurdles, running a personal best :46.5.
The Kewpies other qualifiers included Hannah Corbine, Tiana Schimming and Mikayla Logan, who joined Potter in the 4 x 400-meter relay and placed second in 4:03.