Area Athletes Gear Up For State Track Championships
The track and field season comes to a conclusion this weekend with the 2010 Iowa High School Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines. This will be the sixth year that the state meet is co-ed, taking place on the historic blue surface of the Jim Duncan Track at Drake.
Locally, athletes from Emmetsburg and West Bend-Mallard/Twin River Valley will be making the trip to Des Moines to compete in various events of the three-day championships.
For the Emmetsburg track and field squads, there are a pair of relays that will compete at the state meet, as well as four individuals in individual events.
Coach Dan Dooley’s Lady E-Hawks qualified for the state meet in the 10-Flight Shuttle Hurdle Relay for the second consecutive year. The foursome of Nicole Leuer, Katie Malm, Jordan Morris and Blake Schany, along with alternates Whitney Kibbie and Jordan Kerber, qualified for the state meet with their Class 2A Regional finishing time of 1:09.35. That time was the eighth fastest in Class 2A across the state.
The relay will compete in the preliminaries at 7:40 p.m. tonight, (Thursday), running in the fifth heat in lanes 5&6, If their time is one of the top eight, the finals for the Shuttle Hurdle Relay Finals at 11:10 a.m. Saturday.
Blake Schany also qualified for the state meet in the 400 meter hurdle event, after finishing second at the Regional meet in Garner. The senior’s time of 1:08.24 was also the eighth fastest time in the state, and puts Schany into the third heat of the 400 hurdles, running in lane eight at 3:40 p.m. Friday afternoon.
For Coach Tyler Beving’s E-Hawks, a disappointment of a year ago has been replaced with excitement of the boys Shuttle Hurdle Relay qualifying for the state meet. The foursome of Joey Naig, Ryan Kliegl, Jake Stubbs and Jake Morris, along with alternates Austin Oppenheimer and Chad Loomis, finished second in the Class 2A District meet at Garner with a time of 1:00.59, which puts them in the fifth heat of today’s preliminaries, which start at 2:40 p.m. The E-Hawks will run in lanes 1&2 in the prelims, and if their time is one of the eight fastest, they would run in the finals at 11:40 a.m. Saturday.
Cory Schultes earned a qualification to compete at state in the 200 meter dash, after he finished with a :23.10 clocking at the District meet. That time puts Schultes in lane seven of the first heat of the 200 preliminaries, which will run at 6:40 p.m. tonight. Should Schultes qualify for the finals in the 200, they would run at 1:35 p.m. Saturday.
Two members of the shuttle hurdle relay also qualified in other hurdle events at the state meet.
Senior Jake Morris finished third in the 110 High hurdles at the District meet, finishing with a :15.69 clocking, and will competed at 5 p.m. Friday in the 110 High hurdle prelims, running in lane one of the third heat of the event.
If Morris qualifies for the finals, they would be run at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
Senior Joey Naig earned a state berth in the 400 meter Hurdle event with his :57.49 effort at the Garner District meet. Naig will run in the first heat of the 400 hurdles on Friday at 3:20 p.m., running in lane seven.
For the West Bend-Mallard/Twin River Valley track squads, the Lady Wolverines will send a relay group and three individuals to compete in four events at state, while the Wolverines send an individual.
Mitch Bonnstetter will be the lone Wolverine entry to represent the purple and gold, as he will compete in the Class 1A Shot put. After earning his state berth with a throw of 43’10.5” at the Laurens District meet, Bonnstetter will throw the shot at state today (Thursday) at 11:30 a.m., competing in the first flight of throwers.
The Lady Wolverines have a dual qualifier in field events, as Missy Abrahamson will throw the shot put and the discus at the state meet. At the Regional meet Friday, Missy came up with a shot put throw of 37’3.75”, the fifth best effort in the state, and will throw in the shot at 9 a.m. today in the second flight.
Missy also threw the discus 117’6” at the Regional, the fourth best throw in the state in Class 1A, and throws Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the third flight.
Jessica Abrahamson will also compete in the shot put today, as she three 34’6.5” at the Regional meet, the 13th best throw in the state. Jessica will throw in the first flight of the competition.
Also qualifying for the state meet was Brooke Bennett in the 3000 meter run. With a time of 1:27.32 out of the Regional, Bennett was the 23rd fastest time in Class 1A and will compete at 9:40 a.m. Today (thursday) on the Jim Duncan Track at Drake.
The Lady Wolverines’ final qualifier is the 4×200 relay squad, which ran na 1:51.80 time at the Regional meet. The foursome of Meredith Collins, Kaley Lempke, Shayla Simms and Kenzie Grimm, along with alternates Megan Foth and Wendy Grimm, will compete in the 4×200 event at 10:50 a.m. Friday morning at the Drake University stadium.