STATE TRACK: STC’s Stephenson bounces back to gain sprint finale

DES MOINES – Kyle Stephenson missed the cut once.

He wasn’t about to let it happen again.

Rebounding from missing the 100-meter finals by two places and two-hundredths of a second, the South Tama County senior advanced with the final spot in the 200, clocking 22.87 seconds during the Class 3A boys section of the Iowa Co-Ed State Track Meet at Drake Stadium Thursday.

“After the 100, I kind of wanted it to get some payback,” Stephenson said.

“And prove to everybody that I could come back in the 200.”

Stephenson posted a 10th place time of 11.56 in the 100 prelims, though his freshman teammate, Kaleb Davenport, suffered an even closer margin in ninth.

Davenport’s time of 11.569 was three-thousandths of a second behind Norwalk’s Cory Harding (11.536), though the freshman couldn’t fault his first effort at state.

“I felt like I got a pretty good start, probably my best start all year,” Davenport said.

“For my first year being here, it felt really good to run on this track.”

Davenport took 13th in the 200 prelims clocking 23.22, while Keokuk’s Darrion Sanders led the field in 22.40.

The Trojan tandem will have additional chances at redemption today when they join Daryl Bidwell and Dylan Kalinay in the 4×100 and 4×200 prelims.

While South Tama enters with the top time in both, Stephenson didn’t want to talk about previous times or future races.

“I don’t want to say a whole lot about it right now,” Stephenson said of the upcoming races.

Instead, it seems he and the rest of his teammates will let their legs do the talking.

Also taking the blue oval for the Trojan boys was the 4×800 quartet of Brady Ellenbecker, Robert Tyynismaa, Tyler Martens and Clay Waterbury, which posted a time of 8:26.70 to place 20th.

Samantha Holtz represented the Trojan girls squad with a 13th place heave of 108 feet, 11 inches in the discus.