On Thursday, May 11, the State Qualifying Track meets were held around the state. The Adel-DeSoto-Tigers traveled to Norwalk and the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs and Fillies traveled to North Polk.
The Tigers girls’ track qualified in 10 of the 19 events from their meet in Norwalk.
Keaton Kester finished in first place in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. Kester ran a 12.10 second race in the 100 meters and had a time of 24.81 seconds in the 200 meter dash. According to coach Bart Mueller, she should be going into the State Meet with the top times in both races in Class 3A.
Anna Kenny placed second in the 400 meter dash to qualify for the State Meet. She finished the race with a time of 1:02.
Sadie Juergens ran the 800 meter race for the Tigers and placed first with her time of 2:23.83. With a time of 12:57.04, Ashlie Hauf qualified in the 3000 meter run when she finished in second place.
Sami Schepers was the Tigers’ lone hurdler to qualify for the State Meet. She placed third with a time of 16.01 seconds.
Sydney Bertman was also the only Tiger on the girls’ team to qualify in a field event. Bertman will be competing in the long jump at the State Meet.
With the exception of the 4x200, all of the Tigers’ relay teams ran their season best times according to Mueller. The 4x100, 4x400, 4x800, shuttle hurdle, sprint medley and distance medley teams will all be moving on the the State Meet. The Tigers’ shuttle hurdle team placed third by less than one thenth of a second.
The Tigers boys’ team qualified in six events.
Reece McLaughlin qualified in two events. McLaughlin finished second with a time of 52.56 seconds in the 400 meter dash to move on to the State Meet. He also placed second in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 11.25 inches.
Jacob West qualified in the high jump. He placed third overall with his jump of an even 6 feet.
The boys’ 4x200, sprint medley and shuttle hurdle relay teams will also be moving on to the State Meet. All three relays team finished in second place. The sprint medley and shuttle hurdle teams also broke school records with their qualifying times.
The DC-G Fillies qualified in several events at their meet at North Polk.
Abby Ryan ran the 100 meter dash and placed first with her time of 12.75 seconds to qualify for the State Meet.
Tatum Jorgensen placed second in both the 200 and 400 meter dash. According to the Fillies’ coach Rich Kloster, Jorgensen broke a 37-year long school record with her time of 26.33 seconds in the 200 meter and broke another school record in the 400 meter dash with her time of 58.97 seconds.
Filly Carsyn Vance ran the 100 meter hurdles. Vance finished with a time of 16.07 seconds and placed first to qualify for state.
Sarah Frett will be moving on to the State Meet in the long jump after she qualified with her jump of 17 feet, 2 inches.
The Fillies’ 4x100, 4x200, sprint medley and shuttle hurdle relays teams will all be competing at the State Meet as well.
The DC-G Mustangs qualified in several events.
Rancy Freeman and Jacob Waymire qualified in both of their races. Freeman will be running the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash for the Mustangs, Waymire will be running the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Brian Miner is the second Mustang that can be seen running the 3200 meter run at the Blue Oval.
Damon Clapper and Jacob Prohaska both qualified for the 110 meter hurdles. Prohaska ran a time of 15.53 seconds and Clapper finished in 15.66 seconds.
Garrett Skalnik was the only Mustang to qualify for the 400 meter hurdles. Skalnik placed third with his time of 56.13 seconds.
Trey Washington will be returning to Drake Stadium after qualifying in the long jump. Washington qualified with his jump of 22 feet, 5.75 inches. Coty Lemon and Jacob Comer also qualified in field events. The two will both be in shot put at the State Meet.
All seven of the Mustangs’ relay teams qualified for the State Meet.
The State Track Meet begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.