Track & field teams pile up at-large state entries
Scratching and clawing for each and every bid, the Marshalltown girls track team earned six state berths, three of which made the final spot.
Eisha Oden, the Bobcats’ lone automatic qualifier, ranks 10th in the 200-meter dash at 26.21 seconds and anchors Marshalltown’s 11th-seeded 4×200 relay (1:48.22) joining Chione Brooks, Cassidy Blackford and Tabby Steffensen.
Rachel Blagg made the 800 field (2:24.61) and led off both the 4×400 and 4×800 which each claimed the last slot in the field. Blagg will team with Jasmine Scott, Steffensen and Oden in the 4×400 (4:16.52), before joining Victoria Jones, Michaela Huey and Emma Runquist on the 4×800 (10:13.81).
Maddison Wignall also made the cut in the discus with a throw of 105 feet, 8 inches.
Pedro Gomez and Brady Arment will represent the Bobcat boys. Gomez ranks 11th in the shot put (49-05), while Arment is tied for sixth in the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.
STC boys poised for points
After making plenty of noise at the Drake Relays, the South Tama County boys track team is ready to create some more fireworks in its return to the blue oval.
Boasting 10 state qualifying bids, including the top-ranked 4×100 and 4×200, the Trojans have plenty of opportunities to rack up some major points.
STC’s Kaleb Davenport, Dylan Kalinay, Daryl Bidwell and Kyle Stephenson form both top-seeded relays including the school-best time of 43.25 seconds in the 4×100. They also lead Class 3A with a 4×200 clip of 1:30.33.
Stephenson (11.29, 23.04) and Davenport (11.47, 23.14) will also compete in the 100 and 200, while Sam Kuhter enters the long jump field with a leap of 20 feet, 1/4 inch.
Clay Waterbury made the 800 (2:03.55) and Brady Ellenbecker is among the top half of the 1,600 field. The tandem will join Robert Tyynismaa and Tyler Martens in the 4×800 (8:19.25).
Samantha Holtz leads the STC girls with bids in both the shot put (37-3 1/2) and discus (117-10), where she ranks seventh in the field. The Trojans’ distance medley (4:29.30) of Shelby Bradley, Jade Rohach, Belle Tyynismaa and Kelsey Kupka rounds out the Trojans’ contingent.
Tigers’ Boomgarden busy
NICL West Division Outstanding Performer Sarah Boomgarden of South Hardin will display her versatility in Des Moines this week and highlights Class 2A’s 15 area qualifiers advancing in three individual events.
Boomgarden enters tied for third in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches, while ranking ninth in the 100 at 13.02 seconds and 16th in the 200 (27.09). Kayla Prosser will also compete for the Tigers in the long jump (15-10), while Claire Damon is in the 3,000 (11:44.38).
East Marshall claimed six state berth with a strong presence in the mid-distance events. Paige Miller made the field in the 3,000 (11:27.56) and 1,500 (5:14.69) ranking ninth and 13th respectively, while Haley Fye advanced in the 400 hurdles (1:10.20) seeded 13th. Madisen Hinegardner is four spots behind Fye in the race at 1:10.77.
The trio will join Kristen Amendt on the Mustangs’ 13th ranked 4×800 (10:12.16), while Fye and Miller team with Theresa Hatch and Kelsea Anderson in the distance medley (4:32.32).
West Marshall earned four bids led by Jennifer Davis’ fourth place position in the shot put (40-6). Kaitlyn Nichols (116-10) and Victoria Pothast (2:27.46) rank 13th in the discus and 800 respectively. Pothast also anchors the Trojans’ 4×400 unit joining Sadie Simatovich, Shelby Larsen and Rachel Freland (4:22.30).
Trojans’ sprinting quartet
Led by a quartet of individual qualifiers, the West Marshall boys track team will send five entries to Drake Stadium this week.
Duncan Ferch made the 200 in 23.05 seconds and Elijah Streeter advanced in the 400 (53.18). The tandem joins Devin Chesler and Justin Weitzell in the 4×100 (45.52). Nick Juel enters 10th in the long jump at 20 feet, 4 3/4 inches, while Colby Dunn punched his ticket in the discus (145-03).
South Hardin’s Bryce Zeisneiss brings the third best throw of 161 feet into the discus, while Tim Rose will round the blue oval in both the 1,600 (4:42.80) and 3,200 (10:21.91).
East Marshall’s distance medley quartet of Mitch Berry, Freddy Artner, Zach Rubenbauer and Ben Terrones qualified in 3:45.53 to round out the Class 2A area boys qualifiers.
Spartan relays aplenty
The Grundy Center girls track team leads Class 1A’s area state qualifiers with six of 14 bids including five relays.
The Spartans’ 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, sprint medley and distance medley will all round the blue oval this week.
The 4×800 foursome of Piper Johanns, Katie Lindeman, Kayla Mathews and Hannah Stumberg leads the way with the eighth-fastest clocking of 10:17.73. Jessica Ackerson, Samantha Meyers, Heather Hook and Mathews comprise the Spartans’ 12th seeded sprint medley (1:58.39).
Ackerson, Meyers, Stumberg and Johanns make up the distance medley (4:28.69), while Ackerson, Riley Ackerman, Meyers and Hook join up on the 4×200 (1:53.11). The Spartans’ foursome of Stumberg, Johanns, Ackerman and Mathews form the 4×400 (4:23.75).
Hook completes Grundy Center’s contingent and is tied with the fourth best height in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches.
Colo-NESCO’s Shayla Dean will race in the 400 (1:03.30) as the 16th seed, while Sam Riese and Devin Francis are tied for 11th in the discus (106-8).
BCLUW brings a trifecta of relays in the shuttle hurdle, 4×200 and 4×800. Nicolette Simpson, Olivia Callaway, Bobbi Paper and Nicole Lutes form the shuttle hurdle quartet (1:13.62), while the 4×200 (1:53.67) features Kendall Scurr, Jorie Oaks, Reeba Box and Haley Veldhouse. Veldhouse and Box join Amelia Tonner and Rebecca Steckelberg on the 4×800 (10:40.31).
GMG’s Caitlin Appelgate is in a lock for fourth in the high jump (5-2), while North Tama’s Abi Watson is sixth in the 3,000 (11:15.32). AGWSR’s Katie Gast, Kristen Zacharias, Eri Siems and Jessica Lippert punched their ticket in the distance medley (4:33.61).
Area-heavy 4×800 in 1A
Led by a strong corps of middle distance runners, Class 1A’s area athletes will be well represented this week at Drake with a total of 25 boys entries.
Highlighting the field are four qualifiers in the 4×800 relay – all of them seeded in the top 9.
AGWSR brings in the fourth fastest time of 8:23.52 with a grouping of Isaac Montes, Miguel Reyes, Kendal Gast and Sully Hofmeister. North Tama, Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8:28.20) and BCLUW represent the seventh through ninth seeds in the relay.
The Cougars lead the way with eight event qualifiers led by Montes who owns the top time in the 3,200 (10:17.53) and will also compete in the 1,600 and AGWSR’s third place distance medley (3:45.54) joining Austin Heetland, Dylan Heetland and Nick Pieters.
Heitland and Pieters join Gast and Cody Williams in the 4×200 (1:36.27) and Josh Bagley will compete in the 110 hurdles (16.19). A pair of throwers round out the Cougars’ contingent as Clay Meinders’ heave of 50 feet, 9 and 1/2 inches is the fourth-best mark in the shot put, while Kyle Lippert sits eighth (139-10) in the discus.
North Tama’s Omar Martinez is a two-time individual qualifier in the 800 and 1,600, including the fourth-best clocking (4:43.79) in the latter to lead North Tama’s six state berths. Martinez joins Jacob Watson, Max Mogorean and Dalton Hulme in the 4×800 (8:26.92).
Hulme will team with Clayton Blocker, Jacob Wrage and Mitchell Boerm on the ninth-place distance medley (3:47.48), while Boerm is also ninth in the high jump field (6-0). The Redhawks’ Watson, Hulme, Boerm and Wrage also advanced in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.55).
Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Wyatt Swanson brings the No. 7 time of 2:05.19 into the 800 and anchors the Rebels’ 4×800 unit (8:28.20) also featuring Chase Clark, Trevor Trunck and Eric Stoakes. G-R’s trio of individuals include Stoakes, who is 10th in the 400 hurdles (57.45), Zach Pierce is 17th in the shot put (46-7) and Tyler Bovy is 21st in the 3,200 (10:50.19).
BCLUW has two individual bids with Cole Silver entering third in the 3,200 (10:26.79) and Luke Asche’s 58.04 sits 15th in the 400 hurdles. Derek Coulter, Bruno da Rosa, Isaac Novak and Branden Storjohann comprise the Comets’ 4×800 (8:28.78).
Jordan Stoner is Grundy Center’s lone representative and will compete in the 110 hurdles (15.99) with the 15th best time, while Tyler Erickson is the sole Colo-NESCO competitor and brings the 23rd time into the 400 hurdles (58.88). GMG’s Brock Fisher will represent the Wolverines in the high jump, tied for 14th (5-10).