DES MOINES - The final track meet in Collins-Maxwell-Baxter history saw the Raider athletes give quality efforts going against the best of the best in Class 2A at the state coed track meet last Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines.
The CMB girls had four individuals competing on the Blue oval at Drake Stadium.
Sailor Hinegardner competed in the long jump on Thursday and 100-meter hurdles on Friday. In the long jump she placed 16th in 2A with a jump of 15 feet, 6.25 inches.
“Sailor gets so pumped up when she long jumps, and ended up scratching two of her jumps,” CMB head girls’ track coach Jerry Meinerts said. “Her first attempt at state was easily a 16-plus jump, but unfortunately she was a just a hair over. Her second jump was her 15-6.25 and was right in the middle of the board. I didn’t have her move back for her third jump, because we’re trying to get big jumps at state, and was just a hair over on her third attempt as well.”
Hinegardner completed the 100 hurdles in 16.46 seconds to place 17th during Friday’s prelims.
“Sailor’s best time of the year before state was a :16.55,” Meinerts said. “We spent the week after (the qualifying meet) working on some form drills, trying to keep her arms in a little more and she looked pretty good during that race. Last year in the 100 hurdles at state, she ran a 16.96 and finished 18th. This year, she improved by a half second and finished in 17th.”
Senior Heather Jessen and sophomore Brenna Thomson both ran in the 1,500 on Thursday. Jessen clocked in at 11:29.50 to place 19th and Thomson took 21st in 11:34.68.
“You always want your athletes to run their best times at the end of the year, and both these girls did that,” Meinerts said. “Heather ran a five-second PR and Brenna ran a seven-second PR. It was nice that both those girls got to go down and run the state meet together. They train a lot together and they pushed each other to continue to improve throughout the year.”
Sophomore Lauren Ratliff ran in the 2A girls’ 800 on Saturday. She came in 20th at 2:30.72.
“I had big goals going in here I didn’t get, but it was a good learning experience,” Ratliff said. “It was a good field. Everyone was really talented that made it.”
The end of the 800 was a bittersweet history-making moment for Ratliff. She had the honor of being the final athlete to compete in a Raider track uniform.
“It was exciting to wear a Raiders jersey one more time,” Ratliff said. “I’m a little disappointed I didn’t run as well as I wanted to because I’m the last runner for CMB. But I’m excited I got the chance to run here.”
Ratliff will compete at Baxter next year. It will be an adjustment period without Meinerts — who is also the CMB cross country coach — as he will be at Collins-Maxwell.
“When I started cross country in seventh grade, I really did not like it at all and Coach Meinerts kind of raised Shasta Moody, Brenna Thomson and me to become the runners that we are,” Ratliff said. “I wouldn’t be nearly as successful as I am right now without him. We joke about it with him sometimes that next time he steps on the track he’s going to be in enemy territory. But we know that even if we do go state next year as the Baxter Bolts, Coach Meinerts will still be yelling at us in the stands.”
On the boys’ side, CMB had sophomore Will Clapper and senior Brady Kemp both competing in the 2A shot put.
Clapper came in 18th with a throw of 48-2.5.
“Will has lots of upside,” CMB head boys’ track coach Josh Russell said. “As a sophomore, we are asking a lot of him in the circle. He will continue to get stronger, refine his technique and become more consistent in the throws. I fully expect Will to be back down here next spring.”
Kemp took 20th with a toss of 47-1.75.
“Brady gets to end his career as a thrower at the state meet,” Russell said. “That is all you can ask for. We will miss his leadership and prowess at the throws next year.”
Iowa City Regina’s Jared Brinkman won the 2A boys’ shot put title with a record throw of 63-4.
Cascade won the 2A girls’ team championship with 65 points. Madrid and Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central tied for the 2A boys’ team title with 61 points apiece.
Individual 2A results - CMB
Long jump - 16. Sailor Hinegardner, 15-6.25.
3,000-meter run - 19. Heather Jessen, 11:29.50; 21. Brenna Thomson, 11:34.68.
100-meter hurdles (prelims) - 17. Hinegardner, :16.46.
800-meter run - 20. Lauren Ratliff, 2:30.72.
Shot put - 18. Will Clapper, 48-2.5; 20. Brady Kemp, 47-1.75.