KP-WC track teams combine to send 21 events to state

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
(Photo Contributed) The KP-WC girls claimed the team title at the Class 2A state qualifying meet at Holstein on Friday. The group also advances 12 events to state.

HOLSTEIN — It was a successful night for the KP-WC track and field teams at the Class 2A state qualifying meet Friday. They will send a total of 21 events to state, 12 for the girls and nine for the boys.

The girls also claimed the meet team title while the boys finished second in the team standings.

Strong start in field events

The KP-WC girls got a strong start in the field events where they picked up five of their event qualifications. They had two people advance in two of the events.

The team had the top two long jump distances of the meet to earn automatic qualifying spots. Aubree Bell won the event with a leap of 16-08.25. Lexi McElrath was runner-up with a distance of 15-01.25. Of the state qualifiers, Bell’s mark is 10th and McElrath’s is last of the 24.

McElrath also advanced in the high jump with a 4-11 height which was second in the district and will be 21st among the state qualifiers.

The team added two discus throwers to their state qualifying list. Allie Schweitzberger won the district with a toss of 133-04 which is the best mark of all the 2A qualifiers. In a deep district, sixth place Lynsey Countryman also advances as her throw of 111-09 is the 12th best out of the 24 thrower state qualifying field.

Bell, Kuntz advance in individual running events

The individual running event qualifications came from Bell in the 100 meter dash and Erika Kuntz in the 200 and 400 distances.

Bell won the 100 with a time of 12.47 as one of just two in the event to finish below 13 seconds. The time is also the second fastest entering state, trailing only a 12.44 time from Panorama’s Jaidyn Sellers.

Kuntz earned wins in the 200 and 400 with times of 26.25 and 59.02. Both of those times are the third-best in those races among the state qualifying field.

Relays remain strong

The KP-WC girls team will move on four relay events to state. KP-WC has won the state sprint medley title in the last two state meets and they will have a good chance to do so again this year. Their state qualifying time of 1:49.28 from Makenna Bowman, McKenzie Goodwin, Bell and Kuntz is the fastest among the state qualifiers by over a second.

The same group also won the 4x200 district title with a time of 1:47.65 as that time will be the fourth fastest heading into state.

The team added two more relays with the distance medley and 4x400. The distance medley team of Avery Schroeder, Allison Reinking, Brooklyn Beelner and Lillian Ofert ended in a time of 4:31.26, a little over a second behind race winner West Monona. The time is the 21st fastest entering state.

The 4x400 team ended .12 of a second behind Hinton to take silver. Bowman, Reinking, Beelner and Goodwin made up that relay which will have the 16th best seed time entering state.

Boys also successful in relays

The KP-WC boys advanced to state in five of the seven possible relays. The team finished as district champs in the 4x100 with a time of 44.51 from Damon Schmid, Braden Coulter, Kaleb Bleil and Carter Bleil. The time is the 16th best of the state qualifiers.

The 4x200 team won with a time of 1:34.13 from Schmid, Carter Bleil, Josh Harvey and Coulter. While it was good enough to win the district, it is the slowest time of the district champions and 22nd of 24 out of the state qualifying teams.

The 4x400 team placed third but was able to get an at-large berth with their time of 3:30.91. Beelner, Will DeStigter, Eric McGill and Grant Schroeder were the four legs of that relay.

The team finished in second, just .13 of a second behind Manson-Northwest Webster in the shuttle hurdle relay. Beau Goodwin, Schroeder, Paulsen and Beelner completed the flights of hurdles in 1:02.44 as they are in the middle of the pack entering state in that event.

The team’s other relay event to qualify was the sprint medley which won with a time of 1:36.93 from Schmid, Carter Bleil, Coulter and Schroeder. They will enter state with the 20th best time in that event.

Four individuals advance

Along with the relays, the KP-WC boys also have four individual events moving to Des Moines. Coulter won the 100 meter dash in 11.23 as that time is 14th out of the 24 qualifiers.

The other running event is in the 400 meter hurdles. Schroeder finished in second place with a time of 56.50 which is the 11th best of all the qualifiers.

The two other events to qualify are field events. Goodwin placed second with a height of 6-03 as he will be near the middle of the field in that event at state.

Luke Paulsen finished fourth in the discus, but his throw of 137-04 was still long enough to make the field as he will enter state with the 17th best distance from state qualifying.

Team scores: (Girls) KP-WC 141.5, Hinton 83, Ridge View 81, Pocahontas Area 77, Manson Northwest Webster 76, Sioux Central 73.5, East Sac County 44, Southeast Valley 41, West Monona 39, South Central Calhoun 38, OABCIG 29, MVAOCOU 18.

(Boys) Southeast Valley 115, KP-WC 91.5, Pocahontas Area 72, West Monona 69, Hinton 64.5, Manson-Northwest Webster 62.5, Ridge View 59.5, Sioux Central 56, OABCIG 44, East Sac County 34, South Central Calhoun 21, MVAOCOU 13.

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