Thursday marked the beginning of the 2017 State Track Meet. The day was full of preliminary races in preparation for the finals that will be held on Saturday. A few relays races and field events were also wrapped up today.


The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers competed in nine events today. The girls’ ran the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter dash, the 3000 meter and the 4x800 races.


The 3000 meter race was a final in which Ashlie Hauf was the runner for the Tigers. Hauf finished the race with a time of 12:56.59. The 4x800 meter relay was also a final. The girls’ placed 20th with their time of 10:12.73.


The third final of the day for the Tigers was the 400 meter dash. Anna Kenny ran the race, in which she placed 12th overall with her time of 1:00.55.


Keaton Kester qualified for the final 100 meter dash and the final 200 meter dash. Kester qualified after placing first in the 100 meter with her time of 12.08 seconds and first in the 200 meter with a time of 24.61 seconds.


Reece McLaughlin ran the 400 meter dash for the Tigers’ boys’ team. McLaughlin placed 17th with his time of 52.15 seconds.


Jacob West competed in the high jump for the Tigers. West finished with an even six foot jump and placed 17th.


Both of the Tigers’ shuttle hurdle teams were disqualified on Thursday.


Combined, the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs and Fillies also ran in nine races.


The Fillies ran the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 400 meter dash and the shuttle hurdle relay.


Abby Ryan ran the 100 meter dash for the Fillies, she placed 20th with her time of 12.93 seconds.


Tatum Jorgensen was the Filly to run both the 200 meter and 400 meter dash. Jorgensen placed 16th in the 200 meter dash with her time of 26.27 seconds. Jorgensen placed ninth in the 400 meter dash when she ran a time of 59.34 seconds.


The Fillies’ shuttle hurdle team finished with a time of 1:11.81, but was not able to qualify for the final race on Saturday.


The Mustangs did qualify in the shuttle hurdle relay. They placed fifth in their preliminaries with a time of 59.34 seconds.


Mustang Rancy Freeman also qualified in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Freeman ran the 100 meter in 10.97 seconds and the 200 meter dash in 22.53 seconds.


Jacob Waymire and Brian Miner ran the 3200 race for the Mustangs. Waymire finished in 10:02.76 and Miner had a time of 10:09.03.


The Mustangs’ 4x800 relay team placed first in their heat, but ninth overall. The four runners finished the race with a time of 8:17.22.


The Van Meter Bulldogs competed in several field events on Thursday.


Mackenzie Roberts competed in the shot put for the Bulldogs’ girls’ team. Roberts had a throw of 35 feet 8.5 inches to place 13th. Connor Guess also competed in the shot put for the boys’, he placed 15th with his throw of 49 feet and half an inch.


Carson Rhodes, Meagan Blomgren and Mackenzie Blomgren all competed in the long jump on Thursday. For the boys’, Rhodes placed 18th with his jump of 18 feet 10 inches. On the girls’ team, Mackenzie Blomgren place 19th with her jump of 15 feet 1.75 inches and Meagan Blomgren finished in sixth with a jump of 16 feet 7.75 inches.


The three also ran in the 100 meter dash preliminaries. Rhodes will not be moving on to the finals after he placed 18th with his time of 11.54 seconds. Mackenzie Blomgren and Meagan Blomgren both qualified for the 100 meter dash finals. Mackenzie Blomgren had a time of 12.64 seconds and Meagan Blomgren had a time of 12.70 seconds.


Meagan Blomgren also ran the 200 meter dash, she had a time of 26.28 seconds and just missed qualifying when she placed ninth.


The Bulldogs’ boys’ team did qualify in the shuttle hurdle relay. The boys’ ran a time of 1:01.51 that but them in seventh place.


The Woodward-Granger Hawks only ran one of their two races today. The Hawks girls’ 4x800 relay team finished their race in 23rd with a time of 10:33.45.


The Waukee Warriors ran many of the events on Thursday.


The Warriors qualified to move on to the finals in four events. Both the girls’ and boys’ shuttle hurdle teams qualified and will be running on Saturday.


Dan Blocker qualified in both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Blocker placed first in both races, in the 100 meter he had a time of 10.73 seconds and in the 200 meter he finished with 21.78 seconds.


Josh Andrews ran the 400 meter dash for the Warriors. Andrews placed second with his time of 48.64 seconds.


Running the 3000 meter run for the Warriors was Sydney Schaffer. Schaffer placed fourth with her time of 10:30.99.


Both Warrior teams placed first in the 4x800 relay race. The girls’ team finished with a time of 9:15.17 and the boys finished with a time of 7:49.34.


Owen Minshall placed second in the high jump with his final of six feet five inches. Ryan Keck also competed in the high jump for the Warriors, he placed eighth with his jump of six feet two inches.


On the Warriors’ girls’ team, Ellie Hemesath and Chloe Havermann both competed in the high jump. The two Warriors tied with a jump of an even five feet.


The Warriors had three athletes in discus. Jacob Wiggins and Zach Morrison both competed for the boys’. Wiggins threw a 158 feet seven inches and Morrison had a 153 foot seven inch throw. For the girls’ Kat Moody placed seventh with her throw of 123 feet six inches.


The State Track Meet continues tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) at 9:00 a.m. with the distance medley relay race.