Will Dudley takes a photo of his brother, Charlie, after they and other VSHS track team members painted windows at Ehlinger’s Vinton Express.

Vinton-Shellsburg Vikette and Viking athletes and coaches planned to leave school around 9 a.m. today for the trip to Des Moines, where the first of the many VS track team members are scheduled to compete in the State Track Meet at around 2 p.m.

VSHS will have athletes competing all three days of the track meet.

The teams celebrated with supper at McDonald’s on Wednesday evening courtesy of Terry Ehlinger and Ehlinger’s Vinton Express. They painted their names and events on the windows of the gas station, continuing a tradition that all VSHS teams going to state have been invited to participate in for the past few years.

See more photos HERE.