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2023 boys' track and field: Three stars of state's first day

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DARYL OKEKE, JUDAH CHRISTIAN

Okeke could've let being disqualified from his 110-meter hurdles preliminary ruin the rest of his meet. But the Tribe senior flushed that fact from his memory bank and went on to collect the best overall time in his other three races: the 100 dash (10.92 seconds), 200 dash (21.70) and 300 hurdles (38.38).

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AYDEN INGRAM, BISMARCK-HENNING/ROSSVILLE-ALVIN

The junior's breakout seasons on the football field and basketball court have extended to Class 1A field events as well. Ingram will represent the Blue Devils during Saturday's state championships in both long jump and high jump, after logging prelims leaps of 19 feet, 8 3/4 inches and 6-2, respectively.

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GARRETT TAYLOR, SALT FORK

The Storm senior might be the top star on this short list, if he hadn't proven in the past that Thursday's state preliminaries effort is something he's comfortably capable of. Nonetheless, Taylor will enter Saturday as the top-ranked athlete in both shot put (60 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and discus (176-1).