Near Perfect Day One at State Track Meet

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GIRLS CLASS 1A SCORING COMPLETE FOR THURSDAY

  1. Pekin 19
  2. Hudson 18
  3. Griswold 15
  4. Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 10

BCLUW 10

North Linn,  10

  1. Algona Garrigan 8

Edgewood-Colesburg 8

B-G-M Brooklyn 8

  1. Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction 7

 

GIRLS CLASS 4A SCORING COMPLETE FOR THURSDAY

  1. Linn-Mar 30

2, Pleasant Valley 24

  1. Muscatine 17
  2. Urbandale 14
  3. Johnston 13.5
  4. Clinton 13
  5. Newton

Bettendord  10

  1. Ames  9
  2. Dubuque Senior 8

BOYS CLASS 1A SCORING COMPLETE FOR THURSDAY

  1. Lisbon 28
  2. GMG, Garwin 18
  3. Alta/Auerlia 16
  4. Adair-Casey 12

Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 12

  1. Lawton-Bronson 10
  2. Algona Garrigan 8

Central, Elkader 8

  1. AGWSR 7

Denver 7

 

BOYS CLASS 4A SCORING COMPLETE FOR THURSDAY

  1. Waukee 34
  2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 25
  3. Johnston 18
  4. West Des Moines Valley 13
  5. Ames 12.5
  6. Linn-Mar 11

West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 11

  1. Cedar Rapids Prairie 10
  2. Pleasant Valley 9

Bettendorf   9

Cedar Falls 9

 

GIRLS RECORDS

  Class 2A shot put -- Kate Birchmeier, Davis County, 43-9. Old record 43-4 1/4, Birchmeier, 2014.

   Class 3A 200 -- Kari Dufoe, ADM, 24.59. Old record 24.85, Rose Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption, 24.85.

  Class 2A 100 -- Natalie Halfman, Saint Ansgar, 12.14. Old record 12.17, Jenny Kordick, Interstate 35, 12.17.

   Class 1A 100 -- Katie Maschmann, Montezuma, 12.25. Old record 12.26, Meredith Kosmacek, Tri-Center, 2004.

   Class 4A 100 -- Briyana Carter, Des Moines Roosevelt, 11.95. Old record 12.09, Jessica Gehrke, Iowa City West, 2009.

 

REPEAT GIRLS CHAMPION

Maddie Nilles of Dubuque Wahlert won the Class 3A discus for the third straight year.

Kate Birchmeier of Davis County won the Class 2A shot put for the second straight year.

Maria Wrage LaPorte City Union won the her second straight high jump title, winning in Class 3A after taking the 2A crown last year.

Rebekah Topham of Griswold won the Class 1A 3000 for the second straight year and third time in four years.

  Stephanie Jenks of Linn-Mar won the Class 4A 3000 for the third straight year.

  Sarah Kalkhoff of Newton won the Class 4A discus for the second straight year.

   North Linn won its second straight championship and third in fourth years in the Class 1A 4x800.

Kelli DeGeorge of Pleasant Valley won the Class 4A high jump for the third straight year.

 

MULTIPLE  GIRLS WINNERS

   Payton Wensel, Linn-Mar, Class 4A 400, 4x800

   IS EIGHT ENOUGH?

North Linn senior Nicole Miller earned her eighth state relay championship -- all as the anchor -- when she brought her team home in the Class 1A 4x800. It was the third time the Lynx have won that event with Miller on the final carry, following titles in 2012 and 2014. Miller also has anchored two victories in the 4x400, two in the distance medley and one in the sprint medley. She was voted Miss Iowa Basketball this past season, was captain of the Class 2A all-tournament team and will play basketball at Drake next season.

   SUPER FOURSOME

  Linn-Mar moved to No. 7 on the state's all-time list with its victory in the Class 4A 4x800. The Lions ran 9:14.75, which ranks 14th nationally this year and is just off the meet record of 9:13.88 set by West Des Moines Valley three four years ago. Maddie Saville, Payton Wensel, Hanna Saville and Amber Decker ran for Linn-Mar. Decker and the two Savilles gave Linn-Mar the title in the 4x400 last year.

   PLEASANT VALLEY JUMPER KEEPS SOARING

High jumper Kelli DeGeorge of Pleasant Valley likes the jumping area at Drake Stadium. DeGeorge won her third straight Class 4A championship in the event, which comes after the she at the Drake Relays last month. She's the 11th athlete to win the event at least three times and the second in Class 4A. Burlington's Khanishah Williams won three in a row from 2009-11. DeGeorge next year will have a chance to join Megan Glisar of Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley as four-time champions.

  FORMER CHAMPION TOPPLED

Mallory Vawter of BCLUW won the Class 1A long jump for the first time and she earned her title, beating two-time champion Lindsey Koch of Hudson. Vawter, the defending champion in the 100 hurdles, jumped 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Koch, the 2A champion the past two years, was second at 17-1 1/2.

  ENTER THE YOUNG

Freshman Payton Wensel of Linn-Mar is having a great time in her first state meet. Wensel helped Linn-Mar win the Class 4A 4x800 relay, then beat a strong field to win the 400 in 55.96 seconds. That puts her 21st on the state's all-time list, with three more years to move up.

  RINGING THE BELL

Hudson's Maddie Bell isn't running the event she won last year, the 100, but she's a state champion anyway. Bell won the Class 1A 400 in 57.75 seconds, finishing more than a second ahead of runner-up Jolissa Kriegel of BGM, last year's state champion. Bell was the 2A champion the 100 last year and was the top qualifier out of today's prelims in the 200, winning her heat in 25.51.

 THEY JUST KEEP ROLLING ALONG

Gehlen Catholic of Le Mars celebrated its 27th consecutive appearance at state in the shuttle hurdle relay by qualifying for the Class 1A finals. Gehlen won its preliminary heat in 1:09.15, with a strong anchor leg from Morgan Whitehead, who'll be in a contender in the 100 hurdles.

 

BOYS RECORDS

  Class 4A 4x800 -- Ames, 7:41.43 (all-time best). Old record and all-time best 7:44.06, Ames, 1987.

Class 2A 200 -- Isaiah Trousil, West Burlington/ND, 21.76. Old record 21.78, Jeff Neilsen, Britt, 1980.

   Class 2A 4x800 -- Monticello, 7:50.39. Old record 7:53.46, Monticello, 2013.

 

REPEAT BOYS CHAMPIONS

Chandler Diercks of Clear Lake won his third straight title in the long jump. Diercks won in Class 2A this year after winning twice in 3A.

Thomas Pollard of Gilbert won the Class 3A 3200 for the second straight year.

   Monticello won the Class 2A 4x800 for the third straight year.

Jared Seay of Johnston won his second straight championship in the Class 4A high jump.

Keegan Tritle of Lisbon won his third straight title in the Class 1A shot put.

MULTIPLE  BOYS WINNERS

Thomas Pollard, Gilbert, Class 3A 3200, 4x800.

 WHAT A RUN!

  Ames set a blistering pace in the Class 4A 4x800 and shattered the all-time best, a mark many thought would not be touched. The Little Cyclones finished in 7:41.43, which is the second-fastest time in the nation this year. An Ames team held the previous meet record and all-time best of 7:44.06 in 1987. Before today, the closest anyone had come to that 1987 mark since then was 7:48.06 by Iowa City High in 2013. Daniel Chan, running by himself in the lead, anchored for the Little Cyclones in 1:51.8. Lee Grim led off in 1:59.4, Kuol Chol followed in 1:55.8 and Atem Akok set Chan up with a 1:54.4 leg.

 ALL IN THE FAMILY

With the Ames victory in the 4A 4x800, the Duea family now has four generations of coaching a state track champion. It's the first for current coach Ben Duea. His father, Jim Duea Jr., also coached state champions, as did his grandfather, Jim Duea Sr., and great-grandfather, Ben Duea.

 LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN

Keegan Tritle of Lisbon earned his third consecutive title in the Class 1A shot put, becoming the seventh thrower to win the event three times. Tritle claimed the championship with a throw of 57-2. Nathan Fitzgerald of Elkader Central was second at 56-6 1/2. The last three-time champion was Starmont's Matt Banse, who won from 2005-07.

 A GAME OF INCHES

Before he just missed the meet record in the Class 1A 100, Adair-Casey's Emmit Wheatly came oh so close to winning the long jump. Bryce Newcomb of GMG won the Class 1A event at 21-9 1/4 -- a mere 2 inches ahead of Wheatly. Wheatly won his heat in the 100 in 10.86, two-hundredths of a second off the record.

 PUTTIN' ON THE FRITZ

A swift anchor by Mitchell Fritz helped Alta-Aurelia win the Class 1A 4x800. Fritz covered the final 800 meters in 1:59.6 as the Warriors finished in

8:11.29 to easily beat runner-up Bishop Garrigan of Algona. Garrigan ran 8:18.16.

SPECIAL GROUP

Clear Lake's Chandler Diercks joined an elite group when he won his third straight long jump title, this one in 2A after two championships in 3A. Only four others have won the event three times and they represent a Who's Who of long jumping in Iowa -- Chris Walker and Kenny Gilmore of Davenport Central, Tim Dwight of Iowa City High and Adam Haluska of Carroll. Diercks also is a two-time Drake Relays champion. He just missed becoming a four-time champion, finishing second as a freshman in 2012.

(Special thanks to Mike Mahon.)