NP will compete in three events
OGDEN – A stacked field of opposition made it tough for the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and North Polk girls’ track teams to move people on to state at the Class 2A coed state qualifying meet May 9 in Ogden.
With powerful Des Moines Christian and Roland-Story programs at the meet, plus several other talented competitors from the 12-team field, CMB and North Polk only had two automatic qualifying events between them. But thanks to some outstanding personal-best performances both teams will have multiple events competing at the state meet this week in Des Moines.
CMB had to endure an anxious two days after placing fifth in the team standings with 57 points, despite failing to do better than fourth place in any event. With no automatic qualifiers and some 2A meets being postponed to Friday, the Raiders had to wait nervously until Saturday morning to find out if anyone made it through.
"It has just been one of those seasons," CMB head coach Jerry Meinerts said. "At the beginning we couldn’t do anything wrong, but at the end we just weren’t running the splits we needed and we weren’t getting any breaks."
But the breaks finally did swing the Raiders way Saturday morning as they found out Abbie Haupert and Bridget Hurley qualified individually, and their 4 X 800 and 4 X 400-meter relay teams will also be moving on to the blue track in Des Moines.
"We are really pleased to have four events qualify for the state track meet," Meinerts said. "We weren’t quite sure after our regional meet if we would get anyone in, but our times were good enough."
Haupert qualified in the discus and Hurley advanced in the open 400. Both individuals placed fourth at the state qualifying meet, which was the best any Raider event did on the evening.
Haupert had the best throw of her career in the discus at 112 feet, 10 inches.
That distance trailed Panorama’s Shelby Lane (124-10), West Marshall’s Kaitlyn Nichols (116-10) and Des Moines Christian’s Paige Carlson (114-4) at Ogden. But it was just good enough to get Haupert to state, ranking 19th overall among 2A qualifiers.
Hurley crossed the finish line of the 400 in one minute, 3.62 seconds.
Hurley trailed Des Moines Christian’s Oksana Kovy (1:01.71) and Ashley Stevens (1:02.04) and Ogden’s Madison Diggs (1:02.40) at the qualifying meet. But she just made the final cut among non-automatic times, ranking 20th among qualifiers.
"Bridget started her track legacy by qualifying for two events in her first year of track," Meinerts said. "She is such a strong runner. I look for her to run some big season personal records down at Drake Stadium."
Hurley will also anchor CMB’s 4 X 400 team at state.
CMB also took fourth in the 4 X 800 and the Raiders were fifth at Ogden in the 4 X 400.
Ashley Girard, Kayla Hennick, Shelby Berg and Anne Deutsch ran the 4 X 800 in 10:21.50 for CMB at Ogden. That time ranks 20th among 2A qualifiers.
Hennick, Haupert and Deutsch ran the first three legs of the 4 X 400. That Raider group earned their spot at state by the skin of their teeth as they were the final team to make the non-automatic cut, ranking 22nd out of 24 qualifying teams with a time of 4:24.65.
Chasity Moody and Hayley Leonard did well in the 3,000 for CMB, despite not qualifying for state.
Moody and Leonard finished fourth and fifth in the 3,000 respectively at the qualifying meet. Moody ran a 12:05.43 and Leonard finished in 12:05.65.
Courtney Ubben also came in fifth in the shot put with a throw of 35-0.5 and Jenna Ziesman, Taylor Ross, Jenna O’Hara and Brittany Peterson teamed up to run a fifth-place time of 1:15.62 in the shuttle hurdle.
Deutsch came in sixth in the open 400 with a 1:06.33 showing and Peterson took sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of :17.95.
North Polk made state in three events. Each event qualified automatically as Sybbie Sears won the 100 hurdles and the Comets took second in both the shuttle hurdle and 4 X 400.
Sears clocked in at :16.41 in the 100 hurdles to beat out Roland-Story’s Mikenzie Monthei’s time of :16.70 for first. Monthei had defeated Sears at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet a few days earlier, but Sears stepped up when it really mattered to rank seventh among all 2A qualifiers.
"Sybbie ran her personal best time," North Polk head coach Scott Huether said. "I was very impressed."
Sears also helped North Polk move on in the shuttle hurdle.
Alex Quick, Lilly Lomica and Melanie Leach ran the first three legs before Sears took over. The Comet team ran a 1:11.06 to just beat Panorama’s 1:11.87 for second, and they only trailed the 1:10.23 by Roland-Story.
"The shuttle hurdle was a close race," Huether said. "The wind definitely gave us some issues, but a personal-best split by Lilly helped get us to state."
North Polk’s time ranks 14th among 2A qualifiers in the event.
Sears and Quick were joined by Brandi Rose and Samantha Sinclair in running a time of 4:21.76 in the 4 X 400. Des Moines Christian won with a time of 4:18.28 and West Marshall was third in a time of 4:22.30.
"I knew the 4 X 400 was going to be close with about four teams," Huether said. "I am just so proud of the girls for coming out of there with a trip to state."
North Polk’s time ranks 15th among 2A 4 X 400 qualifiers.
The sprint medley was North Polk’s most successful non-qualifying event as the team of Malinda Van Dorn, Lomica, Quick and Sears ran a time of 1:57.9 to place third. Rebecca Sieve was sixth in the discus with a throw of 108-4; the Comet distance medley team ran a sixth-place time of 4:46.67.
As a team North Polk placed ninth with 45 points. Des Moines Christian won with a score of 130 and Roland-Story placed second with 117 points.
The Class 2A competition at the state coed track meet runs from 2 p.m. through 7:40 p.m. today and Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. All classes will compete from 9 a.m. through 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Final team scores: 1. Des Moines Christian 130 points, 2. Roland-Story 117, 3. Panorama 96, 4. East Marshall 66, 5. CMB 57, 6. South Hardin 53, 7. South Central Calhoun 51, 8. West Marshall 50, 9. North Polk 45, 10. South Hamilton 36, 11. West Central Valley 20, 12. Ogden 19.
Individual results – CMB and North Polk
Shot put – 5. Courtney Ubben (CMB), 35-0.5; 7. Payge Jurgens (CMB), 33-4.5
Discus – 4. Abbie Haupert (CMB), 112-10; 6. Rebecca Sieve (NP), 108-4; 8. Makayla Burt (NP), 95-9
High jump – 7. Alex Broderick (CMB), 4-10
Long jump – 7. Alex Quick (NP), 15-7.5
3,000-meter run – 4. Chasity Moody (CMB), 12:05.43; 5. Hayley Leonard (CMB), 12:05.65
4 X 800-meter relay – 4. CMB (Ashley Girard, Kayla Hennick, Shelby Berg, Anne Deutsch), 10:21.50; 7. North Polk (Rachel Zimmerman, Tessa Subra, Emerson Sears, Vanessa Erickson), 11:08.4
Shuttle hurdle relay – 2. North Polk (Quick, Lilly Lomica, Melanie Leach, Sybbie Sears), 1:11.06; 5. CMB (Jenna Ziesman, Taylor Ross, Jenna O’Hara, Brittany Peterson), 1:15.62
Distance medley relay – 6. North Polk (Lomica, Leach, Brandi Rose, Samantha Sinclair), 4:46.67
400-meter dash – 4. Bridget Hurley (CMB), 1:03.62; 6. Deutsch (CMB), 1:06.33
4 X 200-meter relay – 8. North Polk (Burgus, Mallory McDonald, Jackie Moeckly, Veronica Greene), 2:03.3
100-meter hurdles – 1. S. Sears (NP), :16.41; 6. Peterson (CMB), :17.95
800-meter run – 4. Hennick (CMB), 2:35.62; 8. Subra (NP), 2:45.9
200-meter dash – 7. Hurley (CMB), :27.64
Sprint medley relay – 3. North Polk (Van Dorn, Lomica, Quick, S. Sears), 1:57.9; 8. CMB (Maddy Poage, Jurgens, Carter Larson, Girard), 2:07.74
1,500-meter run – 8. Berg (CMB), 5:34.45
4 X 100-meter relay – 7. CMB (Poage, Jurgens, Ross, Toni Spencer), :55.59
4 X 400-meter relay – 2. North Polk (Quick, Rose, Sinclair, S. Sears), 4:21.76; 5. CMB (Hurley, Hennick, Haupert, Deutsch), 4:24.65.