DES MOINES — Dallas Center-Grimes scored in three events on the final day of competition May 18 to sneak into the top 10 for the third year in a row.
The Fillies finished ninth in Class 3A with 27 points, 14 of which came on the final day of competition. The day began with a fifth-place finish in the sprint medley by Rachel McCarthy, Madisen Quick, Maci Masching and Kennedy Jennings, who clocked in at 1 minute, 52.04 seconds. Madison Waymire claimed second in the 800, running a 2:18.69 out of the first section to net the Fillies eight points. She came back later in the day to post a seventh-place finish in the 1,500 in 4:57.69.
"We were very pleased with our team’s performance," said Fillies coach Rich Kloster. "A ninth-place finish marks the third straight season we have finished in the top 10 in Class 3A, but this one seemed much more of a team performance."
Waymire added a fourth-place finish in the 3,000, increasing her state-meet medal haul to 12 in the past three seasons, and McCarthy, Quick, Masching and Jennings placed fifth in the distance medley in 1:52.04.
McCarthy, Masching, Jennings and Kaitlin Wenell also teamed up to finish fifth in the 4x200 in 1:46.29.
While the Fillies scored in six events, they were one spot shy of adding points in two other relays. The shuttle hurdle team of Masching, Wenell, Olivia Weaver and Bailey Norland was ninth in 1:08.72, and McCarthy, Masching, Norland and Wenell were ninth in the 4x100 in 50.79.
In addition, the Filies’ 4x800 team of Sydnee Hendricks, Emma Bravard, Sam Liebe and Heidi Tuttle was 20th in 10:18.62.
A-D-M scored in five events and came away with a 13th-place team finish. Sophomore Kari Dufoe claimed third in the 100 in 12.68 and fifth in the 200 in 26.39, capping a season in which she broke the 45-year-old school records in each event.
"Though Kari is happy about her finishes, she is the type of person who will do what it takes to drop more time and improve her placing next year," said A-D-M coach Bart Mueller. "Last year she went to the state meet just hoping to place, while this year she came in with the confidence to place high."
Dufoe also anchored the 4x400 team to a fourth-place finish, teaming up with Torrie Hook, Brianna Mueller and Regan Engleman to shatter the 39-year-old school record by more than 2 seconds, finishing in 3:59.28. The team had run a 4:02.75 in the prelims.
"The 4x400 was the highlight of the weekend and season for me," Bart Mueller said. "I expected us to run well and maybe get to 4:01 and flirt with the school record, but I could not have imagined that three of the girls would drop time from (the prelims)."
Brianna Mueller also claimed sixth in the 800, running a 2:19.70 in the first section in an event she had qualified 16th. She also anchored the distance medley team of Haley Schepers, Engleman and Hook to a seventh-place finish in 4:14.50.
Brennan Hook placed 18th in the 3,000 in 11:46.68. Freshman Maggi Bjustrom ran a 17.36 to place 21st in the 100 hurdles, and Madi Bertman jumped 15-0 to place 21st in the long jump. Erica Baier, a two-time qualifier in the discus, finished 24th with a throw of 88-2. The 4x200 team of Hook, Schepers, Engleman and Dufoe also competed but did not finish.
The Mustangs scored in two events, but like their Fillies counterparts were one spot from placing in two other events. Reese Iversen cleared the high-jump bar at 6-2 to finish sixth, while Josh Prohaska claimed a fifth-place finish in the 800 in 1:57.37.
Iversen, Prohaska, Jake Lewis and Austin Grosklags were ninth in the distance medley in 3:37.58. They entered the race qualified second and improved their time by 2 seconds, but saw a crowded, talented field edge ahead in the final standings.
The 4x800 team of Josh Kidman, Grosklags, Austin Goode and Prohaska was also ninth with a time of 8:13.13.
Prohaska finished 19th in the 1,600 in 4:39.72, and Grosklags was 21st in the 800 in 2:01.71. Iversen also qualified in the long jump, but did not compete in the event.
A-D-M was paced by a ninth-place finish in the 4x200, with Grant Goeden, Tate Jensen, Beck Goplerud and Jordan Grove finishing in 1:31.57. Jensen was also 12th in the 110 hurdles (15.63) and 12th in the 400 hurdles (56.17).
Jesse Bennett threw 47-9 1/2 to place 12th in the shot put, and Grove, Goeden, Goplerud and Kyle Hovey finished 15h in the distance medley in 3:41.58.
Both the Tigers’ 4x100 (Goden, Goplerud, Jensen, Grove) and shuttle hurdle (Kolby Whisner, Ricky Chestnutwood, Seth Crow, Josh Berger) teams were disqualified.