Area teams collect 8 automatic bids from Grundy Center meet

GRUNDY CENTER – Isaac Montes had little time to rest Thursday.

And after another standout performance, he better set aside his schedule for a busy weekend at state.

Sweeping the 3,200 and 1,600, while also racing on the winning 4×800 and distance medley relays, Montes led the Cougars to a ninth place finish in a Class 1A district meet Thursday.

AGWSR’s Clay Meinders earned a berth in the shot put, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Wyatt Swanson was the other auto qualifier taking the 800.

Montes claimed the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 17.53 seconds, before winning the 1,600 in 4:51.58.

Montes also led off the Cougars’ victorious 4×800 joining Miguel Reyes, Kendal Gast and Sully Hofmeister for a time of 8:23.52. Montes anchored the distance medley teaming with Austin Heitland, Dylan Heetland and Nick Pieters (3:45.54). Meinders’ heave of 50 feet, 9 inches won the shot put, while G-R’s Swanson broke the tape in 2:05.19 in the 800.

Final team standings were not available.

On the girls side, Grundy Center’s Heather Hook advanced to the blue oval with a winning height of 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump while BCLUW’s shuttle hurdle relay also qualified.

The Comets’ Nicolette Simpson, Olivia Callaway, Bobbi Paper and Nicole Lutes took the shuttle hurdle relay in 1 minute, 13.62 seconds to punch their ticket to Drake.

Janesville took the team title with 128 points, while North Butler (92) and Jesup (78) completed the top three. The Spartans finished sixth (73), edging one spot ahead of BCLUW (72.5). AGWSR (41.5) took ninth and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3) wrapped up the 13-team field.

Mustangs’ Miller doubles up for state

OGDEN – Punching her ticket twice, Paige Miller is headed back to the blue oval and teammate Haley Fye is joining her.

The duo combined for East Marshall’s three automatic state berths in a Class 2A state-qualifying meet Thursday.

Miller claimed the 3,000 in 11 minutes, 27.32 seconds before taking runner-up in the 1,500 in 5:14.95. Fye also advanced by winning the 400 hurdles in a season-best clocking of 1:09.96.

The Mustangs finished fourth in the field with 66 points, while Des Moines Christian led the way with 130. South Hardin took sixth (53) and West Marshall was eighth (50) in the 12-team field. No other individual results were made available.