A little mistake can drastically change an athlete’s fate in the hurdles and the shot put.

A little mistake can drastically change an athlete’s fate in the hurdles and the shot put.

Geneseo’s Billy Blaser and Colton Pischke showed they belong among some of the state’s best at the Class 2A Illinois Top Times competition on March 23.

During the Illinois Top Times Invite, which serves as the unofficial indoor state track meet, the Maple Leafs’ Pischke saved his best performance for last.

A senior, Pischke has qualified for the prestigious invite the past two seasons but never reached the 60-meter hurdles finals.

This season, Pischke wouldn’t be denied finishing sixth in the hurdles in 8.52.

Pischke had another solid performance in the 400 dash finishing in 54.84.

A senior, Blaser earned eighth by setting a new personal record with a distance of 48’7.5” in the shot put.

Blaser’s throw was an inch and a half over the sectional state qualifying standard for Class 2A this season.