ALLEMAN - The North Polk and Ballard boys hit their stride at exactly the right time after combining to qualify for state in 10 events at the Class 3A coed state qualifying meet May 10 in Alleman.
North Polk made it to state in seven events. Five of those events were based on time/distance in the strong 3A field featuring Dallas Center-Grimes, Carlisle and Norwalk.
“We had a great night,” North Polk head boys’ track coach Bill Capaldo said. “We think we have some great events going to Drake Stadium next week and have chances to score some points and medal. Couldn’t be prouder of this team.”
Quinten Sommers gave the Comets gold in the 400-meter hurdles and he also made state in the 110 high hurdles.
Sommers won a thrilling race with Garrett Skalnik of DCG in the 400 hurdles. Sommers crossed the finish line in 56.77 seconds and Skalnik in :56.89.
Sommers qualified on time in the 110 highs after placing fifth in :15.48. Carlisle’s Max Goodhue (:15.11) and Brunsen Nelson (:15.17) went first and second and DCG’s Damon Clapper (:15.33) and Jeff Spaur (:15.37) third and fourth.
Heading into state, Sommers is ranked 10th in the 400 hurdles and 11th in the 110 highs.
Michael Williams was runner-up in the long jump for North Polk with a jump 20 feet, 4.75 inches. Goodhue won with a jump of 22-2.5.
Williams enters state rated 22nd in 3A.
North Polk also won silver in the 4 X 400 relay. Grant Croat and J.D. Elefson teamed with Sommers and Williams to run a 3:30.65, coming in behind only Perry’s 3:30.22.
The Comet 4 X 400 team heads into state ranked 15th in 3A.
Williams, Sutton Sears, Grant Croat and Alec Bolletta gave North Polk another qualifying relay team in the 4 X 200. They finished fourth at the qualifying meet with a 1:33.93 showing behind DCG (1:30.19), Carlisle (1:32.47) and Norwalk (1:33.32) and are rated 18th out of the 3A qualifiers in the event.
Elefson made it individually in the 200 after running a :22.80 to tie for fifth. DCG’s Sean Madsen (:22.00) and Cade Bertrand (:22.31) went first and third, Saydel’s Craig Garrison (:22.30) placed second and Norwalk’s Scott Anderson (:22.36) ended up fourth.
Elefson is ranked 15th among 3A qualifiers.
Caleb Lomica will be be competing at state for the first time in the shot put after taking fourth at the qualifying meet with a throw of 49-11. DCG’s Jacob Comer threw 52-1.5 to get the win, and Norwalk’s Drake Leek and Tyler Enders were second and third with respective tosses of of 51-11.25 and 51-2.5.
Lomica enters state ranked 14th in 3A.
North Polk also did well in several other events.
The sprint medley team of Bolletta, Sears, Croat and Elefson took third and finished four-hundredths of a second away from qualifying with a 1:36.78 showing. Jacob Wilcox took third in the 3,200 with a time of 10:29.69 and fifth in the 1,600 with a 4:57.30 showing and Lomica was fifth in the discus with a throw of 130-1.
Williams, Sears, Croat and Bolletta came in fourth in the 4 X 200 with a time of 1:33.93. Williams, Sommers, Chris Banwart and Will McCormick also earned a fourth-place finish in the distance medley with a time of 3:55.24
The Comet 4 X 800 team of McCormick, Flint Vernon, Matt Crabb and Thomas Jones ran an 8:37.80 to take fifth.
“The team really peaked at the end and we had some season bests at the meet to finish off the season,” Capaldo said. “Most impressive were our 4x8 guys, who improved by 11 seconds. We also broke the school record in the sprint medley.”
North Polk scored 95.5 points to place third out of eight teams. DCG won with 182 points and Carlisle was second with 152.
Ballard came in seventh with 45.5 points. The Bombers didn’t have great depth, but they made the most of their opportunities by pushing two individuals and one relay team through to state.
“(It was a) good night for the Bombers,” Ballard head boys’ track coach Al Christian said. “(A) young group that set many PR’s.”
Kegan Odden provided the biggest Bomber highlight by winning the boys’ 400. Odden completed his trip around the track in :52.80 to easily top Perry’s Reece Dunlap (:53.23) for the gold.
Odden is rated 21st among 3A qualifiers.
Noftsger — a 2017 state participant in the long jump — was the individual who tied Elefson for fifth in the 200 with a time of :22.80. He is ranked 16th in 3A heading into state.
Noftsger is also part of Ballard’s shuttle hurdle relay team that is returning to state. Nic Edwards, Dawson Lego and Isaac Schafbuch ran the other three legs as the Bombers finished in 1:01.51 to place third.
Carlisle won the boys’ shuttle hurdle title at Alleman with a time of :58.20 and DCG took second in :59.32. Ballard’s qualifying time is ranked 17th in 3A.
Ballard also placed in the top six in four other events.
Sam Petersen and Blaine Hermann joined Noftsger and Odden in running a fourth-place time of 1:39.82 in the sprint medley. Petersen, Hermann, Noftsger and Schafbuch finished fifth in the 4 X 100 with a time of :46.10 and Ryan Ledet, Gage Long, Jonah Olson and Jace Beall took sixth in the 4 X 800 with a 9:24.28 showing.
Lego also placed sixth in the high jump with a jump of 5-6.
The state coed track meet takes place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The 3A competition begins at 2 p.m. today and Friday, and all classes start at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Final team scores: 1. DCG 182 points, 2. Carlisle 152, 3. North Polk 95.5, 4. Norwalk 88.5, 5. Bondurant-Farrar 67.5, 6. Perry 59, 7. Ballard 45.5, 8. Saydel 42.
Individual results - Ballard and North Polk
Shot put - 4. Caleb Lomica (NP), 49-11; 5. Jeff Lamp (NP), 44-9.75.
Discus - 5. Lomica (NP), 130-1; 10. Lamp (NP), 108-5.
Long jump - 2. Michael Williams (NP), 20-4.75; 10. Ryan Fausch (NP), 17-2; 13. Donovan Bertrand (B), 16-4; 14. Ben Hokel (B), 16-2.
High jump - 6. Dawson Lego (B), 5-6.
Sprint medley relay - 3. North Polk (Alec Bolletta, Sutton Sears, Grant Croat, J.D. Elefson), 1:36.78; 4. Ballard (Sam Petersen, Blaine Hermann, Skyler Noftsger, Kegan Odden), 1:39.82.
3,200-meter run - 3. Jacob Wilcox (NP), 10:29.69; 11. Seth Subra (NP), 12:29.72; 13. Evan Anderson (B), 13:35.68.
4 X 800-meter relay - 5. North Polk (Will McCormick, Flint Vernon, Matt Crabb, Thomas Jones), 8:37.80; 6. Ballard (Ryan Ledet, Gage Long, Jonah Olson, Jace Beall), 9:24.28.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 3. Ballard (Nic Edwards, Dawson Lego, Noftsger, Isaac Schafbuch), 1:01.51; 4. North Polk (Jacob Ford, Hunter Manock, J.T. Stocker, Luke Maring), 1:07.76.
100-meter dash - 7. Bolletta (NP), :11.64; 8. Hermann (B), :11.74; 11. Petersen (B), :11.82; 15. Jake Johnson (NP), :12.48.
Distance medley relay - 4. North Polk (Williams, Quinten Sommers, Chris Banwart, McCormick), 3:55.24; 7. Ballard (Hokel, Cody Wolfe, Logan Harmeyer, Long), 4:16.14.
400-meter dash - 1. Odden (B), :52.80; 9. Quinton McArthur (NP), :57.51.
4 X 200-meter relay - 4. North Polk (Williams, Sears, Croat, Bolletta), 1:33.93; 7. Ballard (Hermann, Lego, Blake Henga, Brooks Fleischmann), 1:38.52.
110-meter high hurdles - 5. Sommers (NP), :15.48; 8. Edwards (B), :16.85; 9. Ford (NP), :17.91; 11. Jeremiah Wilkinson (B), :18.84.
800-meter run - 6. Jones (NP), 2:09.30; 7. Vernon (NP), 2:09.62; 15. Anderson (B), 2:43.55.
200-meter dash - 5. (tie) Elefson (NP) and Noftsger (B), :22.80; 8. Schafbuch (B), :23.24; 10. Clark Hood (NP), :24.05.
400-meter hurdles - 1. Sommers (NP), :56.77; 5. Stocker (NP), 1:03.1; 13. Edwards (B), 1:08.15; 15. Wilkinson (B), 1:12.35.
1,600-meter run - 5. Wilcox (NP), 4:57.30; 7. Ledet (B), 5:03.36; 11. Gabe Drake (NP), 5:13.58; 12. Beall (B), 5:19.02.
4 X 100-meter relay - 5. Ballard (Petersen, Hermann, Noftsger, Schafbuch), :46.10; 6. North Polk (Bolletta, Sears, Fausch, Lomica), :46.14.
4 X 400-meter relay - 2. North Polk (Croat, Williams, Sommers, Elefson), 3:30.65; 7. Ballard (Odden, Fleischmann, Hokel, Henga), 3:58.45.