Titans, Wolverines Qualify Entries For State Track
by Dan Voigt
MANSON – Athletes from Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate earned qualification for the 2016 State Track and Field Championships following Class 1A Regional/District track action Thursday.
The Titans of GT/RA will send two girls and a boy to the State Meet while the Wolverines will send one male and a girls’ relay to the state meet.
The Titan girls team will send two individuals to the State Meet at Drake University next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 19-21.
Toni Alesch earned qualification in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash following Thursday’s 1A Regional meet at Manson. In the 100 meter dash, Alesch finished with a time of :13.59, the 23rd fastest time in the state. Alesch then finished the 200 meter dash in :27.11, which is the 11th fastest qualifying time in Class 1A, to earn the right to compete in Des Moines.
Teammate Madison Norris also qualified for the state meet in the 800 meter run, turning in a time of 2:33.97, which was the 20th fastest qualification, to punch her ticket for the state meet.
For the GT/RA?boys, Jacob Conlon also earned a double qualification, earning his trip to the state meet with first place finishes in both the 800 meter run with a 2;05.62 clocking, the 14th quickest time, and the 1600 meter run, where he finished with a 4:48.16, the 13th fastest qualification in Class 1A, and also set a new school record in the process.
Michael Girres would finish second in the 100 meter dash with a :12.19 clocking but missed out on qualifying for the state meet.
Cole Hagedorn was fourth in the shot, throwing 42’3.25″, while the 4×100 relay, with Nate Larson, Kolton Roth, Magnus Vangsbo and Michael Girres finished fourth with a time of :46.44, also setting a new school record.
The Titans got a fifth place finish from Michael Girres in the shot as he threw 40’6.75″ and Cole Hagedorn was fifth in the discus with a throw of 117’11”. Nate Larson ran the 100 meter dash in :12.37 and Chris Conlon ran the 800 meters in 2:10.0.
Eric Sundall set a new school record in the 400 meter hurdle with a time of :59.44 and the Shuttle Hurdle relay, with Eric Sundall, Noah Stukey, Jared Sikora and Kolton Roth, also set a new school record with a time of 1:08.69.
“We placed fourth as a team and set four school records and several personal records,” noted Titan Head Coach David Peterson.
For West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate, two entries will make the trip to the Jim Duncan track at Drake this coming weekend.
The Lady Wolverines will send their Distance Medley Relay to the State meet after running a 4:34.98 at the Regional meet Thursday night in Manson. The relay, with Autumn Mogler, Trissa Schmidt, Isabell Gehrt and Anna Zaugg, has the 18th fastest time in the 24-team field in class 1A.
The Wolverines will send Harmon Atwood to state in the 800 meter run after he finished second with a time of 2:06.02, which is also the 18th fastest time of the state qualifiers in Class 1A.
The Wolverines’ Shuttle Hurdle Relay, with Jack Banwart, Hunter Jergens, Danie Riesenberg and Nolan Dahlhauser, also finished second with a time of 1:06.1, but missed out on qualifying, despite setting a new school record in the process.
The 4×800 relay, with Harmon Atwood, Danie Riesenberg, Colman Grimm and Lincoln Fehr placed third with a time of 9:24.1
Jack Banwart placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles with an :18.1 clocking and Nolan Dahlhauser was sith in the long jump, leaping 17’7.75″ and then placed seventh in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:02.81.
The 4×200 relay, with Jeff Riesenberg, Garret Schmidt, Hunger Jergens and Nolan Dahlhauser placed seventh in 1:43.55 and the 4×100 relay with Jeff Riesenberg, Garret Schmidt, Jack Banwart and Hunter Jergens also placed seventh in :49.47.
Danie Riesenberg turned in a time of 2:13 in the 800 meter run to finish eighth and the Medley relay of Garret Schmidt, Hunter Jergens, Jeff Riesenberg and Colman Grimm finished eighth with a 4:17 effort.
“I am real happy for Harmon qualifying in the 800 meter run,” noted Wolverine Coach Jerry Vanderhorst. “He was worked hard all Spring. He was edged out for first placer in the last 15 yards. Everyone on the team did well Thursday. Isaac Rodriguez in the shot and disc threw his personal bests in both, and the 4×100 and 4×200 relays ran well and our hurdlers did a nice job as well.”