Fans of track and field felt relief, and fans of severe weather went home disappointed on Friday as an early storm subsided after a one-hour delay on the second day of the state track meet at Drake Stadium
The weather of the meet’s first two days couldn’t have been more different. While the first day of the state meet saw record high temperatures, Friday saw lots of wind and rain. The start of the day was pushed back, but once the action started, North Iowa area athletes had several solid finishes.
• One of the more exciting finishes of the day was the boys 2A distance medley. The race was close throughout, but on the final stretch, Spencer Moon of South Central Cal and Reece Smith of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura were neck-and-neck. The crowd shouted in excitement as the two sprinted on the final stretch. In the end, Moon won, clocking a time of 3:35.00 for South Central, as the Cardinals finished at 3:35.59, barely missing out on a state title.
• Osage's Paige Kisely won the girls 2A 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.06. She will go into Saturday's final as the No. 1 seed, with a good chance at a state title. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura runner Madeline Hinz ran the event in 15.93, good for 11th overall. In the 3A event, Abigail Holmes from Algona finished 10th overall, with a time of 15.88.
• In the 2A boys distance medley, Forest City stumbled. The Indians ran a 4:30.33, seventh in their heat, and 23rd overall. In the girls 3A distance medley, Charles City ran 4:29.91, 21st overall.
• Osage hurdler Wesley Smith came in eighth in his heat in the 2A boys 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 16.43, good for 22nd, out of 24.
• The 3A boys long jump saw a pair of North Iowa athletes secure top-10 finishes. Clear Lake’s Jorge Rivera jumped 19-08.25, earning him sixth place. Charles City senior Ryan Zuspan had a mark of 19-04.25, and finished in ninth. On the girls side, Liz Fiser of Charles City finished second, with a distance of 16-07.50
• Clear Lake senior Drew Enke struggled in his hurdle events, finishing 17th overall in the 110 meter hurdles, at 15.80 seconds, and 24th in the 400 meter hurdles, with a time of 1:00.70. Enke also in the 4A 4x400 meter relay, in which the Lions finished eighth in their heat, at 3:38.66, 24th overall.
Two other area teams participated in the event. Charles City ran 3:26.78 to finish eighth, and Hampton-Dumont placed 21st, at 3:36.44.
• In the relay events, results were mixed. The Lake Mills boys finished ninth overall in the 2A 4x200, with a mark of 1:31.88. In 3A, the Clear Lake boys ran the event in 1:32.84, 10th overall.
For the girls, Osage ran in the 2A 4x200, and did not finish. In the girls 4A 4x400, Forest City finished sixth in its heat, and 17th overall, with a time of 4:14.90.
• In the 2A 4x400 meter relay, Forest City was third in its heat, and 11th overall, at 3:29.01. In 3A, Charles City finished 23rd overall.
• In the boys 1A 110 meter hurdles prelims, Logan Benjegerdes of Northwood-Kensett ran a 15.09, second in his heat, and fourth overall. Collin Kramer of Saint Ansgar finished 15th, with a time of 15.75.
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• In the boys wheelchair 800, Wyatt Willand of Northwood-Kensett had the second-fastest time in the event, blowing away the field with a time of 2:08.19. It was the first time that the event had been run since 2002. Keri Siebrecht won the girls event, in 3:08.81.
• The 1A girls distance medley wasn’t quite as eventful. The winner was Kee, Lansing, which ran a 4:15.28, compared to second-place Tripoli, which ran a 4:19.19. The Northwood-Kensett team finished 16th overall, at 4:30.85. The Saint Ansgar girls ran the medley in 4:35.83, in 22nd place.
• Elijah Weaver of Forest City jumped a 5-11.00 in the high jump, tied for 15th overall,with seven other jumpers.
• Algona junior Kamryn Etherington came in seventh in the 3A shot put finals, with a distance of 34-01.75.
• Four area athletes competed in the 1A girls discus throw. A day after coming in fourth in state in the shot put, Riceville senior Abby Marr finished third, throwing for a distance of 126-01.
• Abigayle Angell finished eighth in the 1A discus throw for Central Springs, tossing for a distance of 119-08.
• Senior Kaitlyn Wilder, of Dunkerton, took the title with a mark of 136-00, her second win in two days after taking the 1A shot put title on Thursday. Kira Baldus of Saint Ansgar threw a 107-08, and finished 15th, while Laura Hopperstad of Northwood-Kensett finished 17th, at 105-00.
• On the boys side, five area discus throwers went for a title. Sage Hulshizer had the best finish, coming in 10th place with a mark of 137-10. In 11th was senior Aizik Hodak of Central Springs, who tossed the disc 133 feet, two inches. Chase Eiklenborg shot a 132-09 for North Butler to finish 12th. The 16th-place finisher was Teddy Behrends of Central Springs, with Northwood Kensett’s Kyle Nichols close behind in 17th, at 127-01.
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• One notable finish from a non-area athlete was the 3A 400 hurdles win from Glennwood runner Janette Schraft. Schraft’s win was her ninth individual state title. She also won the 3000 meter run title on Thursday, and won seven titles while attending Lake Mills.
• The Central Springs girls finished fifth overall in the 1A girls 4x100 meter relay prelims. The four-girl team of Braxton Pinske, Alivea Harms, Macy Wyborny, and Kessa Fingalsen ran a 51.69, just behind Don Bosco, who finished at 51.65.
• The Mason City girls team had a great performance in the 4x200 meter relay. Odeliene Daugherty, Nienke van Aalst, Hannah Thomas, and Jada Williams won their heat with a time of 1:46.40, three tenths of a second away from a school record. That time was good for 14th place, as Waukee took the title, with a time of 1:41.00. In the 4x400, the Mohawks finished 22nd, at 4:14.24.
• Grace Tobin turned in a solid performance for the Mohawks in the 4A shot put. Tobin finished fifth in state with a mark of 39 feet, seven and ¼ inches. Waukee senior Kat Moody won the title with a mark of 46-04.75.
• In the boys distance medley, the Mohawks ran 3:40.49 , seventh in the first heat, and 18th overall. They finished just behind CR Kennedy, which ran a 3:39.98.
• Bishop Garrigan finished 10th in the prelims of the girls 1A 4x400 meter relay, at 4:13.18. Saint Ansgar wasn’t far behind, running a 4:13.29, good for 12th. Northwood-Kensett was 22nd, with a time of 4:20.51.
• Four area schools ran in the men's 1A 4x400 meter relay prelims. Saint Ansgar had the best day, finishing eighth, with a time of 3:29.58. Central Springs was in their heels, and wound up ninth, at 3:30.14. Bishop Garrigan ran a 3:33.63 to finish 15th. Northwood-Kensett rounded out the field, after receiving a DNF.