South Tama tacks on to qualifiers

GRINNELL – More than tripling its state qualifier contingent from Thursday, the South Tama County boys track team will send 10 bids to the blue oval next week.

The Trojans boast the top seed in both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays and have two members from those squads also representing STC in the 100 and 200.

Kaleb Davenport, Dylan Kalinay, Daryl Bidwell and Kyle Stephenson enter Drake with a school-record time of 43.25 seconds in the 4×100, while the same quartet owns Class 3A’s fastest 4×200 clip of 1:30.33.

Stephenson also will compete in the 100 and 200 with qualifying times of 11.29 and 23.04 respectively, while Davenport followed suit with clockings of 11.47 and 23.14.

Sam Kuhter, who along with the 4×100 and 4×200 had the Trojans’ other auto qualifier bid, will serve as STC’s lone representative in the field events entering the long jump with a leap of 20 feet and 1/4 inch.

Clay Waterbury earned the final spot in the 800 (2:03.55), and Brady Ellenbecker is among the top half of the 800 field. Both will team with Robert Tyynismaa and Tyler Martens in the 4×800, which qualified with a season-best clip of 8:19.25.

Samantha Holtz will represent the Trojan girls in both the discus and shot put. The junior is seeded 7th in the discus (117-10) and 14th in the shot put (37-03.5).

STC’s distance medley also punched its ticket as Shelby Bradley, Jade Rohach, Belle Tyynismaa and Kelsey Kupka enter with a time of 4:29.30.

Redhawks secure trio

Following successful runs in football and basketball, North Tama’s trio of Jacob Wrage, Mitchell Boerm and Dalton Hulme is hitting the state spotlight once again.

Teaming with Clayton Blocker, the Redhawks won their district in the distance medley with a time of 3:47.48 to earn a trip to Des Moines next week.

Boerm also won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet to make a return individually to the blue oval.

Abi Watson was responsible for the North Tama girls only automatic bid, racing to a winning time of 11:15.08 in the 3,000 meter run.

Class 1A takes the winning district performance along with next 12 best outings in the state.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on its website that the at-large bids will not be posted until this morning.

Area 2A qualifiers aplenty

Class 2A’s area girls athletes will be well represented at Drake Stadium next week as eight auto bids were earned in district action at Ogden Thursday.

East Marshall’s Paige Miller qualified in both the 3,000 and 1,500, while Haley Fye earned a spot in the 400 hurdles.

South Hardin’s Claire Damon finished second to Miller in the 3,000 and enters with a time of 11 minutes, 44.14 seconds. Fellow Tiger Sarah Boomgarden posted the top height in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches.

West Marshall advanced a trio of athletes including the throwing tandem of Jennifer Davis and Kaitlyn Nichols. Davis had the best outing in the shot put with a heave of 40 feet, 6 inches and Nichols’ heave of 116-10 in the discus took second. The Trojans’ Victoria Pothast added a runner-up finish in the 800 clocking 2:27.22.

Only half as many boys punched their ticket automatically though each was an event winner. South Hardin’s Tim Rose swept the 3,200 and 1,600 taking the former in 10:21.67 and the latter in 4:42.56. Bryce Zeisness claimed the discus throw at 161-00, while West Marshall’s Elijah Streeter ran 52.94 in the 400 to trump the field.

Class 2A takes the top two event finishers from each district along with the next eight best performances statewide.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on its website that at-large state meet bids will not be posted until this morning.