STATE TRACK: Boerm jumps back onto medal stand

DES MOINES – NorthTama’s Mitchell Boerm may never set another personal best in the high jump. And you can blame some added weight.

The heavier Boerm still scored a top-six finish at the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships on Friday after clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.

“It is my personal best for this year, but I jumped 6-5 my sophomore year,” Boerm said. “But I have gained about 45-50 pounds since then.

“I think I jumped well. I got nervous when I missed that 5-10 but peaking at state was a good thing.”

Boerm’s jump of 6-2 earned him a sixth place tally for the Redhawks. Six total jumpers cleared 6-2 and the winner was Josh Markert of Manson-Northwest Webster. Markert kept the bar still at 6-4.

“I came in 12th or 13th and got sixth so I am happy,” Boerm said. “My goal was to jump 6-2 and that is what I did.”

AGWSR, Gladbrook-Reinbeck and North Tama all find themselves on the board of the Class 1A team standings. The Cougars led the field after day one but only fell back to second Friday.

AGWSR currently has 33 points, scoring five points Friday. Four of those points came in the distance medley relay where Austin Heitland, Dylan Heetland, Nick Pieters and Isaac Montes captured a fifth-place finish to keep the pressure on Class 1A leader Manson-Northwest Webster, which has 46 team points.

Wapsie Valley is in third with 26 and Lisbon and West Lyon each have 18. Gladbrook-Reinbeck is on the board with seven points and North Tama has 6.5 points.

“It’s really exciting, we were leading 1A yesterday,” said Heitland. “We’re just hoping to come home with a trophy or banner.”

AGWSR’s other point was awarded after Kyle Lippert threw his way to an eighth-place finish in the discus. Setting three different personal records on the day, the Cougar senior was marked at 142-3 to advance to the finals and then moved up to a 144-2 on his sixth and final toss.

“I am really happy. This was a different practice week than usual. I slowed down my spin and got more consistency,” said Lippert, whose best throw coming into the weekend was 139-10. “The first couple of throws seemed really short because the concrete extends so far. I was surprised it went out to 140. It’s not too different though. I like performing for people, so that helped me.”

Andrew McCune of Woodward-Granger won the discus with a throw of 160-4. The winning distance medley time of 3:39.03 came from Hinton, while Earlham was second at 3:40.42.

The other top 10 performance came from Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Three different area athletes competed in the 400 hurdles and Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Eric Stoakes ended up seventh with a time of 56.80. Luke Asche of BCLUW was 10th at 58.03 and Colo-NESCO’s Tyler Erickson was 18th with a time of 58.82. Kevin Harrick of Fremont-Mills won the race in 55.17.

There also were multiple athletes in the 110 high hurdes. Grundy Center’s Jordan Stoner was 16th with a time of 16.22, while AGWSR senior Josh Bagley ended up 23rd with a time of 16.67.

Joining Boerm in the high jump was GMG junior Brock Fisher. After breezing through the first few heights, Fisher ran into trouble at 5-10 and finished in a tie for 14th overall.

Montes won the 3,200 on Thursday and also helped the Cougars take the title in the 4×800. He anchored the distance medley relay Friday but was forced to use a different strategy after getting the baton in fifth.

“I wanted to catch those leaders really badly,” Montes said. “I felt like I maybe went out a little too fast, but I just wanted to be up there. I thought maybe I could catch them, but my legs just started killing me.

“I saw that kid fall and I was like, ‘Ooh I can get another place’ and I just tried to catch as many as I could. It was tough, really tough.”

Montes will run in the 1,600 today at 1:45 p.m. He will be joined by North Tama’s Omar Martinez. The 2A mile will feature South Hardin’s Tim Rose, while the 3A race includes South Tama County’s Brady Ellenbecker.

“The legs felt good earlier and now they’re tired but I think I have more left in me,” Montes said.

Martinez and Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Wyatt Swanson will both run in the 1A 800, while STC’s Clay Waterbury competes in the Class 3A race. The 800 will kick off at 10:30 a.m.