Friday Events Schedule
Class 3A Boys 400-meter hurdles final * Friday - 9:40 a.m.
Mitch Zenk (Le Mars Community) - Zenk will make his run his second event in the 2008 Iowa State Track Meet in the 400-meter hurdles after running in the shuttle hurdle. Zenk won his event at Orange City with a time of 56.58 which gives him the sixth seed in the second section of the race. His time at the district track meet was his season best and ties Kyle Rogers of Marion.
Rogers and Zenk will be racing against some tough competition in Mike Koehler of Washington who holds two of the best times in the state. Koehler held the season's best time in the state with a time of 54.16 before besting his own record in districts with a time of 53.78. This will be Zenk's first appearance at the state track meet.
Class 3A Boys 110-meter highs prelims * Friday - 11:20 a.m.
Tyler Lancaster (Le Mars Community) - Lancaster set his season best time in the 110-meter high hurdles at the district meet in Orange City as he placed first. The first place finish gives him the sixth seed in the second heat of the event. This year's meet will also mark the first appearance for Lancaster at the state track meet.
Lining up beside Lancaster will be Dan Schmall of Xavier, Cedar Rapids, who is the first seed in the second heat with a time of 14.73. Jordan Mullen, the first seed in the first heat, holds both the season and district best times this season. Mullen was the season leader with a flat 14.0 before qualifying with a 14.33 in districts.
Class 3A Boys 4x100 Relays prelims * Friday - 12:40 p.m.
Le Mars Community (Matt Mertes, Nate Fischer, Tim Newman, Zach Reed)
The foursome is headed to state after finishing third at the district meet in Lawton with a time of 45.59. The team's time earned them the eighth seed in the first heat of the meet. The 4x100 squad will be chasing Xavier, Cedar Rapids, who owns the best times in districts and overall this season. Xavier held the season time with a 43.0 earlier this season but beat it with a 42.89 at districts.
Mertes is the only returning state qualifier as he ran in the shuttle hurdle last year. This will be his second appearance of the meet. Zach Reed will be making his first appearance as a freshman.
Class 3A Girls 4x100 Relays prelims * Friday - 1 p.m.
Le Mars Community (Alyssa Louison, Jess Reuter, Rachel Nilles, Emily Anderson) - The freshman Anderson ran the anchor leg on the team that finished fourth at the regional meet at Orange City but qualified by beating the Class 3A cutoff of 52.27. The team's finish earned them the seventh seed in the third heat. Walhert Dubuque has the top seed in the heat with a time of 50.79. Benton Van Horne is the overall top seed with a 50.19.
The team ran their best race of the year at the Lakes Conference in Estherville with a time of 51.77. Anderson will be making her first appearance at the state track meet but the other three are veterans. In 2007, Reuter, Nilles and Louison joined with Chasie Sloan ran a 52.54 but did not make the cut. Reuter, Nilles and Louison also ran on the 4x200 team that finished 19th overall with a time of 1:50.34.
Class 1A Girls Discus * Friday -- 2 p.m.
Shelby Johnson (Akron-Westfield) -- A three-time state qualifier in the discus, Johnson recorded a spin of 110-11 at the regional in Lawton to punch her ticket to state. The senior comes to Des Moines ranked fourth in a field that is led by Underwood's Devon Jensen, who threw 120-01 at her regional. Johnson's season best spin of 116-0 came at the War Eagle Conference meet in Sergeant Bluff. Last spring, she placed fifth in the field with a spin of 114-7 after placing fifth as a sophomore (115-5).
Kelci Teut (Hinton) -- A first-time state qualifer, Teut recorded her personal and season best spin to qualify for state at Saturday's regional in Lawton. Her throw of 101-6 is good to place her 17th in the 24-member field.
Class 1A Boys High Jump finals * Friday - 2 p.m.
Kyle Groon (Akron-Westfield) - Groon is making his third appearance in the high jump at the state meet. The senior jumped 6-4 in the event at the Lawton district meet, placing second. His jump tied him for the third seed going into the Iowa meet. Groon will look to knock off Ethan Miller of Seymour who had the high jump in district competition with a jump of 6-6 1/2. Travis Leuer of Laurens-Marathon had the season's best jump with a 6-10.
As a sophomore, Groon finished ninth at the state meet with a jump of 6-2 before placing 17th as a junior with a jump of 6-0. The senior has gotten close to Leuer's 6-10 as he has jumped 6-8 twice this season. Groon is tied for third with Leuer and looks to knock off Ethan and Kody Gillaspie of Westwood who jumped also jumped 6-6.
Class 1A Girls Distance Medley finals * Friday -- 2:40 p.m.
Remsen St. Mary's (Amy Wiederholt, Brielle Biezuns, Emma Krier, Holly Kockler) -- Biezuns, Krier and Kockler all recorded their season best splits as they led the medley team to a season best overall time of 4:27.65 at the Lawton regional. The Hawks' team is ranked third in their heat, with Wapsie Valley recording the fastest time in regionals with a 4:20.57.
Hinton (Kinsey Bak, Ashton Moody, Shawnee Miller, Brandi Schindel) -- The Blackhawk team recorded their season best 4:29.44 at Lawton's regional to qualify. They are ranked fifth in their heat, which is the same as RSM. The top regional time in their heat belongs to Lake Mills with a 4:26.92.
Class 1A Boys 400-meter hurdles final * Friday - 3:20 p.m.
Chris Carlson (Akron-Westfield) - After not breaking the 60-second mark all season, Carlson broke the barrier when it mattered most and got second place at the district meet and qualified for state for the first time. Carlson ran 59.36 and has the fourth seed in the first heat of the event.
Carlson will be running along side of Brock Caves of Van Buren Keosauqua who holds the season and districts' best times of the year. In districts, Caves ran a 55.83 but couldn't quite upstage his season-best time of 54.67 set earlier this year.
Class 1A Girls 400-meter hurdles final * Friday -- 3:40 p.m.
Kayla Hatting (Gehlen Catholic) -- Hatting took the gold at Lawton, clocking in at 1:10.74 in the event to qualify for state for the first time. The junior is tied for the top regional time in her heat and sits 17th overall. The top time from regionals belongs to North Tama's Blaire Dinsdale, who recorded a 1:04.63 in the event. Hatting clocked her season best 1:10.07 at the Blackhawk Relays in Hinton.
Lauren Blinde (Akron-Westfield) -- Blinde, a first-time qualifier in the event, ran a 1:11.07 in the event at Saturday's regional in Lawton. She is ranked sixth in her heat and 21st in the field. The sophomore clocked her best time of the season at the regional meet.
Class 1A Boys Discus finals * Friday - 4:30 p.m.
Ryan Kunkel (Remsen-Union) - Kunkel makes his first ever appearance at the state track meet in the discus. Kunkel threw a distance of 125-5 at the district meet to place first and will go into the meet as the ninth seed in the first flight of throwers.
Earlier this year, Kunkel threw 126-9 at the Blackhawk Relays. Dominic Alvis of Logan-Magnolia currently is the top-seed thrower after a throw of 164-9 at the district meet. Alvis threw a Class 1A season best 165-9 earlier this year.
Class 1A Girls High Jump finals * Friday -- 4:30 p.m.
Briana Schaeuble (Kingsley-Pierson) -- Last year's state champion in Class 1A, Schaeuble enters this year's competition ranked first in the field after clearing 5-3 to win the event at Saturday's regional in Lawton. The junior is a three-time state qualifier, placing ninth as a freshman and clearing 5-0. She cleared her personal best 5-4 last spring and has cleared 5-3 on three different occasions this sesaon--at Holstein, the Drake Relays and the regional in Lawton.
Karly Groon (Akron-Westfield) -- A two-time state qualifier in the event, Groon's second place regional jump of 5-3 is good to rank her third in the state, behind last year's champion Schaeuble of K-P and Tiffany Bormann of Preston, who both cleared 5-3 at their regionals. As a freshman, Groon cleared 4-10 to tie for ninth at state. This spring, she recorded her personal best at the Huskie Relays in Elk Point, S.D., clearing 5-foot-6.
Emma Krier (Remsen St. Mary's) -- The freshman will make her debut appearance in Des Moines ranked 10th in the 24-member field, behind K-P's Schaeuble and A-W's Groon. Krier matched her personal best with a jump of 5-0 at the regional in Lawton. She also cleared 5-0 at the War Eagle Conference meet in Sergeant Bluff-Luton earlier in the season.
Class 1A Girls 4x200-meter relay finals * Friday -- 4:30 p.m.
Hinton (Shelbi Derochie, Abby Hageman, Mackenzie Small, Kylie Poss) -- This speedy relay team ran their season best time of 1:49.05 at the regional in Lawton. Logan-Magnolia tops their heat and the field with a regional time of 1:47.78.
Class 1A Girls 100-meter hurdles prelims * Friday -- 5:20 p.m.
Kayla Hatting (Gehlen Catholic) -- The junior ran her season best time of 15.27 for first place and her first ticket to state in the event at Saturday's regional in Lawton. Hatting's time ranks her second in the 24-member field in Des Moines, behind Cardinal Eldon's Sarah Yeager who ran a 14.79 at her regional meet.
Megan Sauer (Gehlen Catholic) -- Sauer clocked a 15.95 in the event at the regional in Lawton which ranks her ninth in the state field. The first-time qualifier ran her season best time of 15.94 at the conference meet in Sergeant Bluff earlier this spring.
Jordan Harris (Akron-Westfield) -- A first-time qualifier in the event, Harris clocked a 16.33 in Lawton Saturday to punch her ticket to state. Ranked 20th in the field, she ran her season-best 15.93 at the Blackhawk Invitational in Hinton.
Kinsey Bak (Hinton) -- Bak finished third at the regional in Lawton with a time of 15.74 to qualify. The senior comes into the state meet ranked seventh in the field. A two-time qualifier, Bak placed fourth in the event last spring, crossing in 15.56 seconds. She ran her best time of the 2008 season at the Heartland Relays in Marcus, with a 15.42.
Class 1A Girls 4x100-meter relay prelims * Friday -- 6:40 p.m.
Hinton (Shelbi Derochie, Abby Hageman, Kylie Poss, Mackenzie Small) -- The Blackhawk team set a new school record running the 4x100 in 51.94 at the regional in Lawton on Saturday. Their season best time ranks them third in the field which is topped by Dunkterton's time of 51.61 seconds.
Class 1A Girls 4x400-meter relay prelims * Friday -- 7:40 p.m.
Hinton (Abby Hageman, Kinsey Bak, Mackenzie Small, Brandi Schindel) -- With a qualifying time of 4:13.53 at the Lawton regional, the Blackhawks' 4x4 team tops their heat in Des Moines. Overall, their season best time from Lawton ranks them third, two spots behind Griswold's top time of 4:10.37.
Saturday Event Schedule
Class 1A Girls Sprint Medley relay finals * Saturday -- 9 a.m.
Kingsley-Pierson (Jessica Washburn, Kayla Kuchel, Dani Sudbeck, Brianna Hobbs) -- The Lady Panthers' sprint medley ran a 1:57.75, their season best, at Saturday's regional in Lawton to qualify for state. Ranked third in their heat, their regional time is just four seconds short of the top team in the field, Dunkerton, who ran a 1:53.75 at their regional.
Class 1A Girls 800-meter run finals * Saturday -- 9:50 a.m.
Holly Kockler (Remsen St. Mary's) -- A four-time state qualifier in the 800, Kockler ran her season and personal best time at Saturday's regional meet in Lawton. Her 2:27.85 ranks her 15th in the field. The senior ran her best time at state last year when she placed 19th in 2:28.42. She also took 19th as a sophomore and was 17th as a freshman.
Brandi Schindel (Hinton) -- A first-time state qualifier in the event, Schindel heads to Des Moines ranked eighth in the 24-member field. Her regional time of 2:25.75 not only punched her ticket to state, but it also marked her personal and season best times in the event. North Tama's Blaire Dinsdale tops the 800 with a regional time of 2:21.67.
Class 3A Boys 800-meter run * Saturday - 10:30 a.m.
Ty Westphal (Le Mars Community) - Westphal will be making his third appearance of the meet in the 800-meter run. After running a season best 1:58.24 earlier this year, he ran a 1:58.93 and placed first at the track meet in Orange City. This is Westphal's third time qualifying for the event. As a sophomore, he finished 10th overall. In 2007, Westphal ran a 2:00.82 to place eighth.
The senior comes in ranked second in his section. Issac Wendland holds the top seed and holds a .10 advantage over Westphal with his time of 1:58.83 in the district meet. Scott Sperfslage of Western Dubuque ran the top time of the season with a 1:57.80.