CMB wins state qualifying meet, NP places second

OGDEN – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and North Polk boys’ track teams stood tall at the Class 2A coed state qualifying meet in Ogden May 9.

North Polk qualified for state in eight events and CMB moved six events on to the big meet in Des Moines this Thursday through Saturday. CMB ended up winning the team championship at Ogden with 107.5 points and North Polk was right behind with a runner-up score of 103.

A strong showing in field events helped CMB capture the state qualifying meet title. The Raiders moved four individuals on to state and had two individuals place in all four events.

Zach Samson won the shot put and took second in the discus to move on to state in both events. His throw of 56 feet, 4.5 inches in the shot is tops among all 2A state qualifiers, and his toss of 160-4 in the discus ranks fourth.

"Zach had a personal best toss in the discus and his throw in the shot was just half an inch off his best ever," CMB head coach Neil Seales said.

Patrick Girard was also an automatic state qualifier in the shot for CMB. He came in second behind Samson with a throw of 49-7.

Clayton Weltha had to wait a day before finding out he joined Samson in qualifying in the discus. Weltha placed third at Ogden, but his throw of 148-5 was good enough to place among the top eight non-automatic qualifying throws in 2A and earn him a spot at state.

Bryce Kemp added a first-place finish in the long jump for CMB with a personal-best jump of 21-0.5. Zach Huffaker came in fifth at 19-11, coming just short of the 20-3 state cutoff for non-automatic qualifiers.

Hunter Gunderson and Jordan Coughenour took fourth and sixth in the high jump with respective jumps of 5-8 and 5-6.

On the track Kemp was a star as he moved his total number of state-qualifying events to four. Kemp won the 110-meter high hurdles, anchored the Raiders to a runner-up finish in the shuttle hurdle relay and qualified for state on time in the 200.

"Bryce had a great night," Seales said. "He had personal bests in the 110 highs and long jump to win both of those events. We’re also excited to get our shuttle hurdle relay team through. It was a fine effort by those guys."

In the 110 highs, Kemp ran a time of 14.98 seconds to just edge North Polk’s Russell Greene, who clocked with his best effort of the year at :15.01, for the gold. Kemp and Greene’s qualifying times rank second and third respectively in 2A behind the :14.90 by Clarke’s Logan Weers.

Kemp placed fifth in the 200, but his time of :23.06 was good enough to get him through to state.

Coughenour, Joey Nissen and Austin Moorman ran the first three legs of the shuttle hurdle for CMB. The Raider team took second to North Polk with a time of 1:02.62.

CMB also had good efforts from Aaron Ward in the 3,200 and 1,600, Coughenour in the 400 low hurdles and Mark Deutsch in the 3,200.

Ward placed fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:39.18 and sixth in the 1,600 with a 4:59.15 showing. Deutsch came close to state in the 3,200 with a third-place time of 10:31.35 and Coughenour ran under one minute in the 400 lows, clocking in at :59.46 to place fifth.

The Raiders added a fourth-place finish in the 4 X 800 as Kyle Cather, Zach Hartgers, Seth Balke and Moorman teamed up to run an 8:56.64. CMB also placed sixth in the 4 X 400.

"We were very pleased with the efforts and performances at the meet," Seales said. "I thought the guys competed extremely hard and demonstrated great focus. Consequently, we ended up with several personal-best performances, which is a great way to end the regular season."

North Polk dominated relay events and was also able to double up in state qualifiers in two individual events. The Comets won the 4 X 800, shuttle hurdle, distance medley and 4 X 400 relays, and moved two runners on to state in both the open 800 and 110 highs.

"It was a great night for our boys and our program," North Polk head coach Bill Capaldo said. "The weather was terrible with wind, cold and rain, but I was proud of how we handled the elements and the pressure of qualifying for state and kept the will to win. We really wanted the district title, we just came up a little short to a really good CMB team."

The shuttle hurdle was North Polk’s most dominant relay. The team of Clay Cory, Jordan Nathan, Austin Williams and Greene nearly beat CMB by three full seconds for first as the clocked in with an outstanding time of :59.78.

North Polk’s shuttle hurdle time ranks fourth among all 2A qualifiers and the Comets are less than a second behind the top qualifying time of :59.04 by Beckman Catholic.

The Comets are also tied for the 10th-best qualifying time in the distance medley and they have the No. 11 time in the 4 X 800.

Matt Cox, Greene, Reed Smith and Ryley Sandberg ran a time of 3:43.99 in the medley to tie Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central for 10th among 2A qualifiers. The Comet quartet beat Des Moines Christian’s 3:44.94 for first at Ogden.

Smith and Sandberg teamed up with Dillon McBee and Nathaniel Long to win the 4 X 800 at Ogden with a time of 8:20.74. Roland-Story finished nearly 10 seconds behind the Comets with a runner-up time of 8:30.40.

North Polk also beat Roland-Story for first in the 4 X 400. Smith, Sandberg, Long and Cory ran a 3:36.13 and beat the Norsemen’s time of 3:37.24.

Five relay teams qualified for state in all for North Polk as the 4 X 200 team took second at the qualifying meet. Cox, Williams, Long and Cory ran a 1:34.82 to trail only the 1:33.62 by Roland-Story.

The open 800 was the best individual event for North Polk as Long and McBee placed first and second respectively. Long’s winning time was 2:05.35 and McBee clocked in at 2:07.55.

Nathan joined Greene in qualifying individually in the 110 highs. Nathan had to settle for fifth place competing in a loaded field, but his time of :15.71 ranks as the 16th-fastest among 2A qualifiers.

Cory was the other individual qualifier for North Polk.

Cory placed third at Ogden behind South Central Calhoun’s Jake Petzenhauser and South Hamilton’s Triston Twedt in an exciting 400 low hurdles race with a time of :55.77. Petzenhauser (:55.16), Twedt (:55.21) and Cory rank second, third and fourth respectively among 2A qualifiers, with Monticello’s Brian Turnis turning in the fastest time at :54.73.

Greene narrowly missed qualifying in the 200, despite coming in seventh as his time of :23.19 was just a hair behind the final non-automatic qualifying run of :23.16 by Iowa City Regina’s Alex Balke.

McBee added a fourth-place individual time in the open 400 at 56 seconds flat, Cox was fifth in the 100 at :11.51 and Paul Robidoux took fifth in the 3,200 with a 10:40.38 showing.

The state coed track meet will be held today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Class 2A competition will go from 2 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. today and Friday, and all classes will compete from 9 a.m. through 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

Final team scores: 1. CMB 107.5; 2. North Polk 103, 3. Roland-Story 69, 4. West Marshall 66.5, 5. South Hamilton 60, 6. South Hardin 56, 7. (tie) Des Moines Christian and Panorama 50, 9. South Central Calhoun 43, 10. West Central Valley 41, 11. East Marshall 38, 12. Ogden 17.

Individual results – CMB and North Polk

Shot put – 1. Zach Samson (CMB), 56-4.5; 2. Patrick Girard (CMB), 49-7

Discus – 2. Samson (CMB), 160-4; 3. Clayton Weltha (CMB), 148-5

High jump – 4. Hunter Gunderson (CMB), 5-8; 6. Jordan Coughenour (CMB), 5-6

Long jump – 1. Bryce Kemp (CMB), 21-0.5; 5. Zach Huffaker (CMB), 19-11

4 X 800-meter relay – 1. North Polk (Dillon McBee, Reed Smith, Ryley Sandberg, Nathaniel Long), 8:20.74; 4. CMB (Kyle Cather, Zach Hartgers, Seth Balke, Austin Moorman), 8:56.64

3,200-meter run – 3. Mark Deutsch (CMB), 10:31.35; 4. Aaron Ward (CMB), 10:39.18; 5. Paul Robidoux (NP), 10:40.38

Shuttle hurdle relay – 1. North Polk (Clay Cory, Jordan Nathan, Austin Williams, Russell Greene), :59.78; 2. CMB (Coughenour, Joey Nissen, Moorman, Kemp), 1:02.62

100-meter dash – 5. Matt Cox (NP), :11.51

400-meter dash – 4. McBee (NP), :56.00

4 X 200-meter relay – 2. North Polk (Cox, Williams, Long, Cory), 1:34.82

110-meter high hurdles – 1. Kemp (CMB), :14.98; 2. Greene (NP), :15.01; 5. Nathan (NP), :15.71

1,600-meter run – 6. Ward (CMB), 4:59.15; 10. Deutsch (CMB), 5:04.55

200-meter dash – 5. Kemp (CMB), :23.06; 7. Greene (NP), :23.19; 10. Nick Kibby (NP), :24.45

400-meter low hurdles – 3. Cory (NP), :55.77; 5. Coughenour (CMB), :59.46; 7. Williams (NP), 1:00.09; 8. Brady Stover (CMB), 1:01.38

Distance medley relay – 1. North Polk (Cox, Greene, Smith, Ryley Sandberg), 3:43.99; 9. CMB (Nick Little, Hartgers, Gabe Schabillion, Moorman), 4:08.74

800-meter run – 1. Long (NP), 2:05.35; 2. McBee (NP), 2:07.55; 5. Moorman (CMB), 2:12.98; 10. Balke (CMB), 2:17.64

4 X 100-meter relay – 7. North Polk (Kibby, Williams, Nathan, Cox), :47.38; 9. CMB (Little, Samson, Hartgers, Huffaker), :48.45

4 X 400-meter relay – 1. North Polk (Smith, Sandberg, Long, Cory), 3:36.13; 6. CMB (Ward, Gunderson, Huffaker, Coughenour), 3:48.79.