This past weekend was the 2017 State Track Meet (May 18-20). Both of the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tiger track teams had athletes compete at the meet.
Keaton Kester led the girls’ team at the meet. Kester ran the 100 and 200 meter dash for the Tigers and was crowned State Champion in both races while also breaking state records in both races. Kester finished the 100 meter dash in 12.18 seconds, but in the preliminary race, she broke the state record with her time of 12.08 seconds. Kester broke the state record in the 200 meter dash finals with her time of 24.72 seconds.
“It’s what I’ve been dreaming for (winning both races),” said Kester. “Hopefully I’ll do the same thing (next year).”
The girls’ 4x100 relay team team of Sydney Bertman, Josi Lonneman, Sami Schepers and Kester placed fifth on Saturday with their time of 50.42 seconds.
On Friday, the relays team of Lizzy Lohmann, Elle Hook, Anna Kenny and Sadie Juergens ran the distance medley. The four Tigers finished the race in eighth place with their time of 4:18.59.
The girls’ sprint medley team placed ninth with their time of 1:50.81. With their time, Bertman, Lonneman, Kester and Kenny, broke the school record.
Kenny ran the 400 meter dash for the Tigers’ girls’ team. Kenny placed 12th with her time of 1:00.55.
Bertman was the only Tiger on the girls’ team to compete in a field event. She competed in the long jump and finished in 14th with her jump of 15 feet, 9.75 inches.
The Tigers’ 4x800 relay team placed 20th on Thursday with their time of 10:12.73.
Juergens also ran the 800 meter run, she placed 24th with her time of 2:34.05. Ashlie Hauf also place 24th in the 3000 meter run when she finished with a time of 12:56.59.
On Friday, Sami Schepers just missed qualifying for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles. Schepers placed tenth overall with her time of 15.70 seconds.
The relay team of Kenny, Hook, Lohmann and Juergans ran the 4x400 and placed 16th in the preliminary race with their time of 4:10.29.
“I’m happy overall with our team’s showing but thought we could have done even better,” said girls’ coach Bart Mueller. “we left some points on the table. Fairly young team which should come back as strong or stronger next season with a year of experience under their belt. We will miss Sydney Bertman a lot who has been an incredible sprinter and jumper, a multiple state qualifier and a member of two school record relays.”
The girls’ team placed eighth overall at the State Track Meet with a team total of 25 points.
Jacob West and Reece McLaughlin both competed in field events for the boys’ team. West competed in the high jump where he placed 12th with his jump of an even six feet. McLaughlin competed in the long jump and placed 17th with a jump of 19 feet, 10.25 inches.
McLaughlin also ran the 400 meter dash for the Tigers, with his time of 52.15 seconds, he placed 17th overall.
The boys’ sprint medley team of Kade Barcus, Trey Volz, David Howard and McLaughlin finished the race with a time of 1:37.36 and placed 13th.
Barcus, Austin Flora, Howard and Volz made up the Tigers’ 4x200 relay team. The four finished the race in 16th with a time of 1:33.59.
Both of the Tigers’ shuttle hurdle teams qualified for the State Meet, but unfortunately, both teams were disqualified in their preliminary races on Thursday afternoon.