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State track meet, 5/19/18

Norfolk Catholic's Dylan Kautz (second from right) wins the Class C 100-meter dash during the state track meet Saturday at Omaha Burke Stadium.

Norfolk Catholic’s Dylan Kautz is Nebraska’s all-time 11-man high school career rushing leader, but the senior is passing on college football to run track at South Dakota beginning next year.

He announced his intentions on Twitter on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Kautz chose South Dakota track over several Division II football offers and a grayshirt walk-on football opportunity at Minnesota. Kautz, the fastest athlete currently in Nebraska high school sports, won the Class C boys 100- and 200-meter state titles last spring. It was his third straight gold medal in the 100 and second consecutive in the 200.

Kautz is tied for second on the boys’ state all-time charts in the 100 (:10.3) and tied for sixth in the 200 (:21.3).

After helping Norfolk Catholic win the C-1 state title in 2017 as a junior, Kautz rushed for 2,737 yards and a C-2 state record 47 touchdowns this past season in leading the Knights to a state runner-up finish.

Kautz, a second-team Super-Stater and C-2 all-stater, finished his prep football career with 7,580 rushing yards.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.


Sports reporter

Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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