A little rain didn’t damper the plans for A-D-M and Dallas Center-Grimes at the Class 3A state-qualifying meet in Winterset on May 9.
The Tigers came away with 17 state qualifiers, including 10 on the girls’ side, while DC-G racked up 16 qualifiers, including nine on the girls’ side.
Kari Dufoe qualified fourth overall in Class 3A in the 100 (12.65 seconds) and sixth in the 200 (26.52). She anchored the 4x200 team of Torrie Hook, Haley Schepers and Regan Engleman to the seventh-fastest time in 1:47.66, and teamed up with Engleman, Emily Hofmann and Bri Mueller for the ninth best time in the 4x400 (4:12.16). The distance medley team of Schepers, Engleman, Hook and Mueller was seventh.
"I believe our three relays have a good chance of placing, and Kari a great chance of placing high in both the 100 and 200," said coach Bart Mueller.
Bri Mueller also qualified in the 800, as did Brennan Hook in the 3,000 (11:39.02), Maggi Bjustrom (16.64) in the 100 hurdles, Madi Bertman (15 feet, 9 inches) in the long jump and Erica Baier (99-6) in the discus.
Madison Waymire will again compete in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 events for the Fillies. She also anchored the distance medley team of Kaitlin Wenell, Kennedy Jennings and Jaymie Block to a winning time of 4:18.50.
Waymire is a two-time champion in the 800, and finished second in the 3,000 and 1,500 in both 2011 and 2012. She and Jennings both ran last year’s second-place distance medley team.
"Class 3A has gotten tougher in the distance races this year, so to repeat her placings from the past two years will be difficult," DC-G girls’ coach Rich Kloster said of Waymire. "But I have found you better not count her out of any race."
Six of the team’s qualifiers came in relay events. The Fillies pushed through in the 4x200 (Rachel McCarthy, Maci Masching, Wenell, Bailey Norland) and sprint medley (McCarthy, Madisen Quick, Masching, Jennings in 1:56.89) relays, as well as the 4x100 (McCarthy, Masching, Norland, Wenell) and shuttle hurdle (Masching, Weaver, Wenell, Norland). The Fillies’ 4x800 foursome, of Sydnee Hendricks, Emma Bravard, Sam Liebe and Heidi Tuttle, also qualified with a second-place finish.
"I’m really hoping we run our best times of the season in every race we run," Kloster said. "Along the way, we might set some new school records and we might place in some events, but we’ll let that take care of itself as long as we compete up to our abilities."
DC-G (135) and A-D-M (112) finished second and third in the points race to Norwalk (149).
A-D-M got a lift from junior Tate Jensen, who helped the Tigers qualify in four events. He won the 110 hurdles in 14.93, then took second in the 400 hurdles in 55.81. He enters the state meet seeded second in the former and seventh in the latter.
Jensen also anchored the shuttle hurdle team of Kolby Whisner, Ricky Chestnutwood and Seth Crow to a second-place finish in 1:02.09, and ran the third leg of A-D-M’s winning 4x100 team, finishing with Grant Goeden, Beck Goplerud and Jordan Grove clocking in at 44.69.
The Tigers also qualified in the 4x200 (Grove, Whisner, Goplerud, Grove ) and distance medley (Grove, Goeden, Goplerud, Kyle Hovey). In addition, Jesse Bennett qualified with a victory in the shot put, throwing 49 feet, 1 inch.
"Coach (David) Zwank and I are very pleased with the times we have been running," said A-D-M head coach Mike Whisner. "I think our athletes are ready to score some points at the state meet.
"Goals would be for them to (set) personal records in their events at state. If they did that, they will place in the top eight."
The Mustang distance medley foursome of Reese Iversen, Jake Lewis, Austin Goode and Josh Prohaska posted the second fastest time in the state, finishing in 3:39.45, just .02 seconds behind their conference counterpart, Perry.
"The DMR is always a tough race at the state meet," said DC-G boys’ coach Chad Gilroy. "A lot of teams load it up every year and we are fortunate enough this season to be able to put together a quartet that we feel can be very successful at the state level."
Iversen also qualified fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-2, and ninth in the long jump, recording a leap of 20-6 3/4.
It’s Iversen’s second trip to state in the high jump. He’s tied for the highest jump of the season in Class 3A — 6 feet, 7 inches — and fifth in the state among all classes.
"Reese has done a great job this season staying focused during meets and really trying to replicate the ‘big meet’ feel at every competition," Gilroy said. "If he goes out and does his thing, he’ll be fine."
The 4x800 team of Josh Kidman, Tyler Johnasen, Austin Goode and Austin Grosklags also qualified. Grosklags and Prohaska will both compete in the 800 field, and Prohaska will also run in the 1,600.
"We are heading down to the state meet to run personal-best times, set records, score points and compete like champions," Gilroy said.
DC-G claimed second in the team scoring with 111 points, behind Knoxville’s 164. A-D-M was fifth with 83 points.