HAMPTON -The final full track meet in Collins-Maxwell-Baxter history resulted in the Raiders qualifying for state in a total of six events at the Class 2A state qualifying meet in Hampton May 11.
The meet was an emotional conclusion to a highly-successful track program for both boys and girls at CMB. When the races had concluded at Hampton, both Raider teams took the track one last time together.
“As we go our separate ways next year, it was fitting that our girls and boys ran one last lap after the meet was over — singing the Raider fight song on the home stretch as they finished together one last time,” CMB head girls’ track coach Jerry Meinerts said. “Many tears were shed tonight. Some happy tears as we had girls qualify for state, some sad tears as that will be the last time I hear the Raider fight song.”
The CMB girls moved four athletes onto the blue oval in Des Moines after scoring 91 points to place third in a competitive 12-team field. West Marshall won the girls’ qualifying meet title with 135 points and Aplington-Parkersburg edged CMB for second with a score of 95.
Automatically qualifying for state from the Hampton meet for the CMB girls were Heather Jessen in the 3,000-meter run, Sailor Hinegardner in the long jump and Lauren Ratliff in the 800. Brenna Thomson qualified on time in the 3,000 and Hinegardner also made on time in the 100 hurdles.
Jessen ran her best race of the season in the 3,000. Her time of 11 minutes, 34.59 seconds enabled her to just nudge past Hampton-Dumont’s Patty Teggatz (11:35.06) for the victory to return to state in the event for the second consecutive season.
“There was a great pack of four runners running together for the first two kilometers, then they started to race that last kilometer,” Meinerts said. “I thought they got out a little slow, but they really picked the pace up there at the end.”
Jessen’s time ranks 18th among 2A qualifiers.
Thomson ended up placing fourth in the event behind Jessen, Teggatz and Denver’s Caroline Stokes (11:36.08). Thomson clocked in at 11:49.24 and her time was good enough to qualify for state as the 22nd-fastest time in 2A.
Hinegardner took second in the long jump at Hampton with a jump of 15 feet, 7.5 inches. East Marshall’s Melinda Puumala just edged out Hinegardner for first with a jump of 15-8.
“It really wasn’t a good day at the long jump, but it only takes one good jump to qualify and that is what happened with Sailor,” Meinerts said. “After the prelims, I believe Sailor was sitting in fifth. We couldn’t get her steps right for some reason, but then before finals she was able to get some more run-throughs in and we got her dialed in and that’s when she jumped her 15-7.5, just missing first place by a half inch.”
Hinegardner made it in the 100 hurdles after running a :16.56 to place third at Hampton behind the :15.89 run by West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell and :16.21 effort by Hampton-Dumont’s Cassy Miller.
“There was some really good competition and we knew she might finish as low as fourth,” Meinerts said. “So our focus in that race was just to run a clean race and run a decent time, which she did.”
Hinegardner is rated 21st among 2A qualifiers in both the long jump and 100 hurdles.
Ratliff advanced to Des Moines in the 800 after taking second at Hampton with a time of 2:30.62. Alayna Kollasch of Dike-New Hartford won in 2:27.66.
“Lauren ran a smart 800 race tonight,” Meinerts said. “It wasn’t her fastest time of the season, but it was still good enough to get her ticket punched to state.”
Ratliff is rated 19th among 2A qualifiers in the event.
Ratliff also just missed out on state in the 1,500 after placing third at the qualifying meet with a 5:13.89 showing. The Raider shuttle hurdle team of Gracie Cheville, Brianda Bane, Mary Schabilion and Hinegardner also came close to state — placing fourth with a time of 1:11.50.
The Raider 4 X 100 team of Rachel Kenney, Bane, Megan Ritter and Hinegardner also came just short of state after taking third at the qualifying meet with a :52.87 showing. Kaylin Van Ryswyk was close in the discus as well, peaking with a fourth-place throw of 107-11.
The CMB boys advanced both Brady Kemp and Will Clapper to state in the shot put.
The Raider boys scored 42 points to place ninth out of 12 teams. Dike-New Hartford and Denver occupied the top two spots in the boys’ standings with 110 and 109 points respectively.
Kemp and Clapper both had to wait a day before finding out they were state bound. Kemp took third at the qualifying meet with a throw of 51-1.5 and Clapper came in fifth at 49-9.25.
“Proud of Will and Brady for qualifying…2A is really tough in the throws this year, so to get through was a real testament to their work,” CMB head boys’ track coach Josh Russell said. “Both are capable of throwing well and ending up with a medal. That is goal I know both have for the state meet.”
Denver’s Brock Farley and Mason Neisen went first and second in the shot at Hampton with respective throws of 54-0.25 and 51-2.25. East Marshall’s Justin Ridout placed fourth with a toss of 51-0.5.
Kemp is rated 10th among 2A qualifiers in the event. Clapper is 13th going into state.
Clapper and Kemp also competed in the discus at the qualifying meet. Clapper came in sixth and Kemp seventh with respective throws of 134-6 and 134-0.
The Raider boys added top-five finishes in the shuttle hurdle, 4 X 800 and distance medley at Hampton.
Joe Keeling, Marcus Mitchell, Brett Livesay and Ben Gunderson ran the shuttle hurdle in 1:05.02. Jack Cheville, Evan Bianchi, Logan Berg and Carter Fricke finished the 4 X 800 in 8:53.84.
John Newton and Braydon Aker teamed with Bianchi and Fricke to complete the distance medley in 3:54.83.
The state coed track meet takes place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The competition in 2A will begin at 2 p.m. today and Friday, and all classes start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. West Marshall 135 points, 2. Aplington-Parkersburg 95, 3. CMB 91, 4. Dike-New Hartford 85, 5. Hampton-Dumont 62.5, 6. Jessup 56, 7. Denver 53, 8. Roland-Story 46, 9. BCLUW 45, 10. East Marshall 38.5, 11. South Hardin 28, 12. Columbus Catholic 6.
Boys: 1. Dike-New Hartford 110, 2. Denver 109, 3. Aplington-Parkersburg 92, 4. Jessup 83, 5. Roland-Story 81.5, 6. East Marshall 67, 7. BCLUW 58, 8. West Marshall 43, 9. CMB 42, 10. Columbus Catholic 23, 11. Hampton-Dumont 21.5, 12. South Hardin 10.
Individual results - CMB
Shot put - 5. Kaylin Van Ryswyk, 33-6.
Discus - 4. Van Ryswyk, 107-11; 7. Amber Weltha, 100-0.
Long jump - 2. Sailor Hinegardner, 15-7.5; 7. Megan Ritter, 14-8.
Sprint medley relay - 7. CMB (Rachel Kenney, Shasta Moody, Trinity Stover, Emily Nation), 2:02.59.
3,000-meter run - 1. Heather Jessen, 11:34.59; 4. Brenna Thomson, 11:49.24.
4 X 800-meter relay - 5. CMB (Ashlee Johnson, Mikayla Houge, Holly Jessen, Lauren Ratliff), 10:22.50.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 4. CMB (Gracie Cheville, Brianda Bane, Mary Schabilion, Hinegardner), 1:11.50.
100-meter dash - 7. Ritter, :13.33; 13. Kenney, :13.77.
Distance medley relay - 7. CMB (Nation, Schabilion, Piper Larson, Thomson), 4:56.12.
400-meter dash - 6. Abby Husak, 1:06.93; 15. Bryn Schultheis, 1:09.39.
4 X 200-meter relay - 4. CMB (Stover, Bane, Moody, Josie Wierson), 1:54.24.
100-meter hurdles - 3. Hinegardner, :16.56; 10. Cheville, :18.01.
800-meter run - 2. Ratliff, 2:30.62; 8. Johnson, 2:40.03.
200-meter dash - 9. Stover, :29.03; 12. Moody, :29.43.
400-meter hurdles - 6. Bane, 1:14.00; 9. Wierson, 1:18.81.
1,500-meter run - 3. Ratliff, 5:13.89; 7. Jessen, 5:36.31.
4 X 100-meter relay - 3. CMB (Kenney, Bane, Ritter, Hinegardner), :52.87.
4 X 400-meter relay - 11. CMB (Nation, Larson, Cheville, Husak), 4:36.50.
Shot put - 3. Brady Kemp, 51-1.5; 5. Will Clapper, 49-9.25.
Discus - 6. Clapper, 134-6; 7. Kemp, 134-0.
Long jump - 13. Brett Livesay, 17-2; 18. Wade Zahurones, 15-11.5.
High jump - 9. Livesay, 5-6; 10. Ben Huff, 5-4.
Sprint medley relay - 10. CMB (John Newton, Zach Schafer, Marcus Mitchell, Braydon Aker), 1:46.73.
3,200-meter run - 6. Ian Thomson, 10:48.40.
4 X 800-meter relay - 5. CMB (Jack Cheville, Evan Bianchi, Logan Berg, Carter Fricke), 8:53.84.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 4. CMB (Joe Keeling, Mitchell, Livesay, Ben Gunderson), 1:05.02.
100-meter dash - 12. Alexander Huff, :12.04; 16. Schafer, :12.23.
Distance medley relay - 5. CMB (Newton, Aker, Bianchi, Fricke), 3:54.83.
400-meter dash - 7. Max Van Maanen, :55.99; 12. Creighton Caple, 1:00.26.
4 X 200-meter relay - 6. CMB (Mitchell, Aker, Newton, Blake Coughenour), 1:40.03.
110-meter high hurdles - 6. Livesay, :16.83; 9. Gunderson, :17.08.
800-meter run - 11. Cheville, 2:13.52; 15. Noah Rhoades, 2:21.85.
200-meter dash - 13. Schafer, :25.04; 14. A. Huff, :25.15.
400-meter low hurdles - 8. Mitchell, 1:01.38; 13. Gunderson, 1:03.90.
1,600-meter run - 11. Berg, 5:07.43.
4 X 100-meter relay - 7. CMB (Newton, Coughenour, A. Huff, Kemp), :47.76.
4 X 400-meter relay - 9. CMB (Aker, Bianchi, Keeling, Fricke), 3:48.41.