State track continues with more noteworthy finishes
Editorís note: Results are from Thursdayís afternoon session for 2A/3A and Fridayís morning session for 1A.
DES MOINES ó Thursday afternoon action at the state track and field meet continued with the 2A and 3A classes at Drake Stadium with several local athletes showcasing their talents.
DeRocher jumps to gold
Hintonís Beau DeRocher brought home a state title in the long jump as a long shot entering the state meet. The junior entered the state field with the 16th best seed mark among the competitors in the field at 20-10, but ended up taking the gold.
DeRocher opened with a jump an 1.75 inches beyond what his seed was entering the field. That jump was good enough for fifth by the time all of the competitors had gone once. From there, DeRocher kept building on, reaching 21-04.50 on his second attempt, 21-10 on his third jump, 22-00.50 on his fourth try and then reaching his best mark on the fifth attempt with a distance of 22-04.75.
The mark ended up tied with Clarindaís Isaac Jones, but the tiebreaker went to DeRocher as he had two other jumps of at least 22-feet compared to none for Jones. Also, Jones fouled on two attempts while DeRocher didnít on any of his six tries.
DeRocher is the eighth Hinton event all-time to claim a state championship and the third in program history to do so in the long jump. Matt Hall won 1A long jump titles in 1993 and 1994.
DeRocher competed in one other event on the day as he took 17th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.85 seconds. Spirit Lakeís Qai Hussey won the event with a time of 47.83.
Kuntz claims silver
KP-WC senior Erika Kuntz finished in second place in the 400 meter dash. She finished in a time of 57.36, exactly one second behind the winning time from Mitzi Evans of Mid-Prairie. Itís a repeat silver for Kuntz who also ended in second place in the event last season.
Kuntz also ran in the 200 meter dash prelims and advanced to the finals in that event. Her time of 26.17 was fourth fastest in the prelims. Evans of Mid-Prairie had the fastest prelim time of 25.55.
The other local entry in the 200 meter event was Hintonís Ashlyn Kovarna. She finished 23rd with a time of 27.98.
Le Mars boys shuttle hurdle makes finals
The Le Mars boys shuttle hurdle team was able to make the finals with the seventh fastest prelim time of 1:01.71. Ryan Sadoski, Konnor Calhoun, David Leusink and Reece Spieler are the members of that relay.
Other Le Mars events from Day 1 included Brandon Vander Sluis in the discus. The defending state champion in the event could not muster up a repeat as he ended up 15th with a throw of 136-03. He fouled his first two attempts before getting a successful throw on his third attempt, but it wasnít enough to advance him to the finals for three more throws. Duke Faley of Dubuque Wahlert took the title with a toss of 165-09.
Sione Fifita finished ninth in the high jump as he ended at 6-feet. He cleared 5-10 and 6-00 on his first attempts but could not clear 6-02 on his three tries. Ian Collins of Charles City won with a height of 6-09.
Cael Kass finished eighth in the 400 meter dash as he finished at exactly 50 seconds. He was just over a second behind the event winner.
The Le Mars girls had two events run on Thursday. Madi Huls finished 15th in the 100 meter dash prelims with a time of 13.30. The time was .41 of a second faster than her state qualifying time and jumped her eight spots from her ranking entering the meet. 12.99 ended up being the cutoff to advance to the finals.
The Le Mars girls shuttle hurdle team finished off the night. The group of Savannah Manley, Liberty Larson, Aubree Leusink and Lilly McNaughton ended in a time of 1:11.20 to finish 18th. District foe Spencer had the fastest prelim time of 1:05.61 while the cutoff to advance to the finals was 1:08.59.
KP-WC stays busy
Along with the two individual events from Kuntz, the KP-WC roster kept busy with other events.
Aubree Bell competed in the 100 meter dash prelims and finished with the second fastest time of 12.52 to advance to the finals. The only faster time was a 12.41 from Panoramaís Jaidyn Sellers.
Bell also competed in the long jump along with teammate Lexi McElrath. Bell finished 13th with a leap of 16-04.25 while McElrath was 23rd at 14-09. Reese Brownlee of Clear Lake won with a leap of 18-07.
The KP-WC boys finished a tenth of a second back of qualifying for the finals of the shuttle hurdle relay. Beau Goodwin, Conner Beelner, Luke Paulsen and Grant Schroeder finished in a time of 1:02.46 for 10th place.
Braden Coulter ran the 100 meter dash prelims and finished in a time of 11.79 for 22nd. 11.43 was the last time to reach the finals.
Hinton competes in events
DeRocher wasnít the only Blackhawk competing on Thursday. The team had other field events including a pair of throwers.
Lauren Kounkel finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 38-07. Her best throw came on her final attempt. Sydney Eggena of Denver won the championship with a 44-00.50 distance.
Garrett Divis competed in the boys shot after Kounkel finished. He took 12th with a throw of 47-08. Jesupís Carson Lienau edged South Hamiltonís Austin Busch by an inch for the title with a throw of 58-09.50.
The Hinton girls had a pair of relays run. The 4x800 team of Gabbie Friessen, Kaci Allen, Kyra Peters and Kadence Peters took 10th in 10:15.12. Van Meter won with a time of 9:33.48.
The girls shuttle hurdle team finished 17th in the prelims with a time of 1:12.74 from Hannah Poulsen, Carly Hicklin, Madalyn Fox and Anna Coffee. The last time to qualify for the finals was 1:09.83.
Action continued Friday with the local 1A athletes.
Blowe takes bronze in discus
Akron-Westfieldís Ian Blowe followed up his fourth place shot put finish on Thursday with a third place finish in the discus on Friday. His best throw came on his final attempt and reached a distance of 152-06.
Justin Olson of George-Little Rock, who was the only one with a better throw at the district meet, won the state title with a distance of 166-05.
MMCRUís Mitchell Schnepf also competed in the event and finished 14th with a toss of 136-11.
In the girls discus, Gehlenís Miyah Whitehead finished 13th with a toss of 103-07. Audi Crooks of Bishop Garrigan won with a toss of 131-05.
The other field event of Friday morning was MMCRUís Emily Dreckman in the high jump. She finished 19th with a height of 4-09. The winning height was 5-03.
Schroeder qualifies for 100 hurdle finals
Claire Schroeder of Remsen St. Maryís qualified for the finals of the 100 meter hurdles. Her time of 15.68 was the sixth fastest in the prelims.
Gehlenís Sophie Ruden also competed and had the 20th fastest prelim time of 16.95. The final cutoff time for the finals was 15.89.
While Ruden didnít make the top eight to qualify for the finals in the 100 hurdles, she did make the top eight to score points for the Jays in the 400 meter hurdles. She finished sixth in a time of 1:07.73. Kiya Johnson of North Butler beat the rest of the field by over a second with a time of 1:04.90.
In the boys 110 meter hurdles, MMCRUís Colin Pick finished 21st with a time of 16.63. The last time to qualify for the finals was 15.35.
The boys 4x200 featured two local 1A schools. Gehlen Catholic finished 12th with a time of 1:33.67 while MMCRU was 16th in a time of 1:34.26. Running the race for the Jays were Dylan Lehmann, Aiden Spangler, Mitchell Augustine and Keaten Bonderson. The Royals quartet was Xander Tentinger, Kaden Neddermeyer, Eban Hicks and Gunnar Johnson. Lynnville-Sully won the 4x200 event with a time of 1:31.27.
The MMCRU boys raced in the distance medley relay. The Royals finished 21st with a time of 3:46.68. Tentinger, Johnson, Jace Colling and Brett Staab were the runners on the relay. Earlham won the event in a state record time of 3:31.48, nearly a full second under the previous record of 3:32.40.
The Gehlen boys finished 24th in the 4x100 prelims. Lehmann, Chance Kallsen, Augustine and Spangler finished in a time of 46.37 which was nearly two seconds behind the last time to qualify for the finals at 44.60.
The Gehlen and RSM girls competed in the 4x100 prelims. Gehlenís squad took 15th in 52.28 while RSM was 19th at 52.56. Brynn Wendt, Ruden, Cadence Goebel and Lauren Heying ran for the Jays. RSMís team was made up of Halle Galles, Whitney Jensen, Carmindee Ricke and Schroeder. South OíBrien snagged the last time to qualify for the finals at 51.60 while Madrid set a state record in the prelims at 48.72, below the previous mark of 49.57.