Gehlen, RSM advance events to finals at state track

Friday, May 20, 2022

Editor’s note: Results are through Thursday’s first session.

DES MOINES — The Gehlen Catholic and Remsen St. Mary’s track and field teams were able to qualify events for the finals on Thursday’s opening session of the state track and field meet as the 1A and 4A schools competed first.

The Remsen St. Mary’s girls shuttle hurdle team kicked off the day’s events with high expectations after entering the state field with the third fastest state qualifying time. The Hawks went in the third of six heats with Halle Galles, Mya Bunkers, Whitney Jensen and Claire Schroeder finishing in a time of 1:09.25 to win their heat. After all the heats were completed, that time ended up being the fourth fastest among the 24 teams and easily qualified them for Saturday’s finals as they were over a second faster than last time to advance to the finals. The fastest prelim time came from Bishop Garrigan at 1:08.06.

Gehlen’s Keaten Bonderson qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes after being ranked within the top five by seed time entering state.

In the 200 meter dash prelims, he won his heat with a time of 22.57 seconds. His time ended up being the third fastest of all the heats. Brendan Monahan of Council Bluffs St. Albert had the fastest prelim time at 22.48.

Bonderson finished with the third fastest prelim time in the 100 at 11.31 seconds as once again, Monahan of St. Albert had the fastest prelim time at 11.25.

The 100 and 200 meter dash finals will be held Saturday afternoon.

Blowe leads field events

Akron-Westfield’s Ian Blowe finished in fourth place in the shot put competition. His best throw came in his first attempt as he reached 51-01. The winning distance of 53-06.50 came from Ogden’s Abraham Christensen. Blowe was sixth in the event last year.

The other field event competitors of the morning were Emily Dreckman of MMCRU and Sophie Ruden of Gehlen Catholic in the long jump. Both reached 15-11.50 on their second jumps. Dreckman added a quarter of an inch on to that with her next jump which allowed her to advance to the finals with the top eight. Ruden finished ninth with her top jump of 15-11.50. Dreckman was unable to add to her distance with an additional three jumps, fouling on the next two and hitting 15-01.50 on her last jump. She finished eighth in the event. The pair entered state ranked 19th and 20th based on their state qualifying marks as each finished 11 places better than how they entered the field.

MMCRU boys hit the track

The MMCRU boys 4x800 team ended 10th with a time of 8:35.25 from Owen Alesch, Jace Colling, Kyler Bork and Brett Staab. The time was over 14 seconds faster than their state qualifying time which was the 18th fastest entering the state meet.

In the boys 3200 meter run, teammates Kaden Galles and Brayden Dirks hit the track. Galles finished 12th with a time of 10:22.16 and Dirks ended 24th with a time of 11:05.26. Galles was 11 seconds faster than his state qualifying time while Dirks was 17 seconds slower than his state qualifying mark.

In the boys 100, MMCRU’s Gunnar Johnson had the 20th fastest time in the prelims at 12.03. The last time to qualify for the finals was 11.51. His placing matched where he entered based on state qualifying times.

Other Class 1A Day 1 events

In the girls 200, Akron-Westfield’s Lauryn Saathoff ended 14th in the prelims with a time of 27.76. Her time tied with Edgewood-Colesburg’s Ella Aulwes at the hundredths of a second, but Saathoff finished just before when extended out to thousandths of a second as her time was 27.753, .004 better than Aulwes. The last time to advance to the finals was 27.08. Saathoff entered state with the 11th best qualifying time of 27.27.

Remsen St. Mary’s had a pair of 16th place results. Claire Schroeder ended 16th after the prelims of the 100 meter dash. She ran a time of 13.67 which tied with Alburnett’s Gralynn Martin. When extended out to thousandths of a second, Martin edged out the 15th place spot with a time of 13.666 compared to 13.669 for Schroeder. The last time to qualify for the finals was 13.47 from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn’s Emily Mutombo. Schroeder entered with the eighth fastest state qualifying time of 13.04.

The other 16th place finish for RSM came for Whitney Jensen in the 400 meter dash. She finished in a time of 1:01.82 in the race. Her time was .13 of a second better than her state qualifying time which she entered with the 13th fastest time. Kadence Huck of Nashua-Plainfield won the event with a time of 57.35 seconds.

Gehlen’s Chance Kallsen finished 18th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.17. He tied at the hundredths of a second with Kolby Culbertson of Coon Rapids-Bayard, but nosed out the 18th place spot at the thousandths of a second with a time of 53.161, .004 in front of Culbertson. Kallsen entered the state field with the 15th fastest state qualifying time of 52.36. Ryce Reynolds of Mount Ayr was state champion in a time of 49.22.

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