The 2018 Iowa girls and boys State Track and Field Meet began yesterday at the Blue Oval in Des Moines. Charles City’s Sydney Loeckle participated in the Class 3A discus throw. Her best throw was 114 feet 11 inches which gave her a fifth place finish at this year’s State Meet. Comet senior Gavin Connell finished his track career with a 10 minute 47 second 3200 meter run yesterday. The team of Gillian King, Whitney Martin, Sami Heyer and Marley Hagarty came in ninth place for the Comets in the girls 4X800 meter relay in Class 3A. And the Comet girls shuttle hurdle relay team consisting of Lynn Hoeft, Tayler Schmidt, Alex Litterer and Sadie Ruzicka did not qualify for the final, so their season came to a close as well. Ruzicka will run in the 100 meter hurdles today and Kiki Connell will run in the 1500 meter finals tomorrow to finish the meet for the Comets.
The Nashua-Plainfield girls 4×800 meter relay team of Kylie Laube, Faith Carpenter, Kaylee Cerwinske and Emma Sinnwell finished their race in 10 minutes and 34 seconds which placed them 17th in the event. The Husky boys 4×800 team of Isaac Chambers, Dayton Hansen, Ike Sinnwell and Luke Cerwinske finished with a time of 8 minutes and 46 seconds which put them in 23rd place. Nashua still has their girls Distance Medley, the boys Sprint Medley, and Dayton Hanson to run in the 800 meters at this years meet.
The Osage boys shuttle hurdle relay team of Wesley Smith, Lucas Schwamman, Thurston Taets and Gage Belz ran a 1:03 in their preliminary, but were unable to qualify for the finals. Mia Knudson finished her 300 meter run for the Green Devils with a time of 12 minutes and 48 seconds which gave her 24th. Osage’s Brenna Jacobs finished her 400 meter race with a time of 1 minute which placed her eighth and gave the Green Devils one point in the team race. Paige Kisley will be in the 100 meter hurdles for Osage today, and the Green Devil 4×100, 4×400 will run today as well and then their Sprint Medley Final will be tomorrow.
North Butler’s Morgan Arjes ran a 1 minute and 2 second 400 meter dash which put her in 14th place. Nicole Heeren threw the shot put 36 feet and 2 inches for North Butler which put her in 10th place. The Bearcats will have Heeren throw the discus today and Mady Klingenborg will run the 800 tomorrow.
Grace Heimer of Saint Ansgar threw the shot put 35 feet 6 inches which gave her a 14th place finish, Addy Carlson ran an 11 minute 47 second 3000 meter for the Saints for a 17th place finish, the Saint Ansgar 4×800 relay team of Lauren Bork, Shelby Heimer, Hali Anderson and Addy Witt had a time of 10 minutes and 43 seconds for a 21st place finish, Taylor Hanna ran a 1 minute 400 meter dash for eighth place and a point in the team race for the Saints. Saint Ansgar’s girls still have plenty of events left which include their Distance Medley, 4×100, and 4×400 today and then the Sprint Medley tomorrow. The Saint Ansgar boys had Ethan Kirchgatter run in the 200 meter preliminaries and he finished with a time of 23.79 which did not qualify him for the final, Theo Baldus had a shot put throw of 49 feet for an eighth place finish and a point for the Saints boys, Kirchgatter also ran in the 400 meter finals and finished with a time of 51.98 to finish in ninth and Skylar Blunt ran a 52.41 in the 400 meter final for an eleventh place finish. Collin Kramer will run the 110 meter hurdle preliminary today, Baldus will throw the discus today, and the Saints boys will have their 4×400 preliminary today. Then, Seth Hershey will run the 800 and 1600 tomorrow for the Saints. KCHA will have continued reports from the State Track Meet today and tomorrow.