STATE TRACK: West Marshall’s Streeter grabs ninth in quarter-mile

DES MOINES – West Marshall’s Elijah Streeter did not run his best time and did not place where he wanted to Thursday during the first day of the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

But the Trojan junior found a way to accept his performance in the Class 2A boys’ 400-meter dash. He won the opening heat with a time of 51.28 seconds but ended up ninth overall as seven of the eight finishers in the final heat moved past Streeter in the final tally.

It felt good, but I could have run faster. I was faster last year,” said Streeter, who said his time Thursday was personal best in 2013. “I was hoping to be in the top seven, but I came up short. I probably should have run the first 200 a lot harder.”

Cherokee’s Marc Husman won the 400 with a 49.04, while two others also ran faster than 50 seconds.

West Marshall also had two other athletes take part in a first day that brought in more than 12,000 fans to Central Iowa. Streeter’s best time last year was 50.4, but he came into the state meet with the 22nd best qualifying time.

Sophomore Nick Juel did not qualify in the long jump as he finished 16th with a leap of 19 feet, 9 1/2 inches. He hit 19-6 1/4 on his initial jump before scratching his second jump. He came in with a state-qualifying jump of 20-4.

“I think I did all right,” Juel said. “I should have been in the top 10 because that is what I came in at. “I am very pleased with my first experience though. Hopefully next year I will know what to do and where to go and it will be a little easier.”

Junior Duncan Ferch also ran in the preliminaries of the 200 and finished seventh in his heat with a time of 23.57. The final qualifying time in the race was clocked at 23.02.

South Hardin’s Tim Rose was the fourth and final performer in the boys Class 2A field. He ran up near the front of the pack in the 3,200 in the first few laps but fell further and further behind with each lap thereafter.

Rose ended up in 18th overall with a time of 10:37.08. The winning time was from Michael Melchert of Monticello and he was clocked at 9:38.93. Monticello completed the 1-2 sweep after JJ Frawley finished in 9:40.60.

Juel was jumping in his first-ever state meet. An official walked into his running path just before he went into the air. Juel said he was not sure if the mishap affected his performance but it resulted in a scratch.

“That is not the first time that has happened though,” Juel said. “I am not sure what kind of an affect it had on me but I definitely could see him cross the path. It is not the first time that that’s happened though. I guess there’s not much I could do.”

The eighth and final qualifying distance was 20-1 1/2 and the winning jump of 22-10 1/2 came from Colfax-Mingo’s Connor Hainer.