JEFFERSON - North Polk had a big day at a weather-shortened Heart of Iowa Conference track meet May 1 in Jefferson.
The Comet girls were crowned the conference team champions and the North Polk boys came in third, narrowly missing second place. The meet was called with three events remaining — the 1,600-meter run and 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 relays — due to inclement weather.
The North Polk girls scored 129 points to beat Prairie City-Monroe by 25 points for the team title. The Comets won five events and added three silver and bronze medals apiece.
Maria Gorham had a huge day individually for the Comet girls. Gorham won all three individual sprints — the 100, 200 and 400 — and also placed second in the high jump.
Gorham and Greene County’s Megan Durbin — the first and second-place finishers in last year’s 3A girls’ high jump at state — had a tremendous rivalry going during the day.
Gorham edged Durbin for first in both the 100 and 200 and also defeated her in the 400. Durbin held a slight advantage in the high jump.
In the 100, Gorham crossed the finish line in :13.34 to edge Durbin’s :13.41. Gorham also won a close one in the 200, running a :26.33 to Durbin’s :26.77.
The open 400 saw Gorham cross the finish line in :59.15. Durbin took third in 1:02.68 and Prairie City-Monroe’s Paytan Schut was second with a 1:02.13 showing.
Gorham cleared the bar at five feet, two inches in the high jump. Durbin, the 2018 Drake Relays girls’ high jump champion, jumped 5-4 to take gold at the conference meet.
The North Polk girls also won the 4 X 800 and distance medley relays.
Sierra Lambert, Kennedy Wendel, Grace De Valois and Sophie Blanchard ran a winning time of 10:40.93 for North Polk in the 4 X 800. PCM came in second after finishing in 10:54.45.
Kara Gorham, Jazmyne Bailey, Elli Mandernach and Amelia Lesher won the distance medley for North Polk in 4:37.96. Roland-Story clocked in at 4:40.85 to take the silver.
Lesher joined up with Rebecca Ley, Mia Schumann and Liz Turk to take second in the sprint medley with a 1:57.92 showing. PCM captured the gold in the event after running a 1:55.19.
Lambert, Wendel and Turk were joined by Eva Schoenberg in running a runner-up time of 1:52.25 in the 4 X 200. PCM took first in 1:50.37.
Blanchard came in second in the 800 with a time of 2:32.40. Gilbert’s Cara Heuer won in 2:25.91.
Schumann teamed up with Cassandra Cory, Bailey Drent and Reagan Demmon to win a bronze in the shuttle hurdle relay with a 1:14.40 effort. South Hamilton won in 1:13.30 and Greene County ran a 1:13.94 to place second.
Demmon was also third in the 400 hurdles with a 1:14.44 time. PCM’s Margo Chipps easily won the race in 1:08.39 and Greene County’s Melanie Doran took second in 1:11.68.
Sophie Schaffer placed third for North Polk in the 3,000 with a time of 11:55.04. Teammate Emily Patterson just missed a medal with a fourth-place time of 11:58.09.
The Comet boys scored 114.5 points to come in just 3.5 points behind Nevada’s runner-up score. Gilbert won the boys’ team competition with a score of 135.
The North Polk boys didn’t win any events. But the Comets did rack up six silver and five bronze medals.
J.D. Elefson and Grant Croat placed second and third in the boys’ open 400 for North Polk with respective times of :51.53 and :53.29. Gilbert’s Will Greder won in :50.78.
Elefson also took second in the 200 and third in the 100.
In the 200, Elefson clocked in at :23.38 to finish just a hair behind the :23.21 run by Saydel’s Craig Garrison. Elefson finished the 100 in :12.03 to finish behind Garrison’s :11.56 and the :11.85 run by PCM’s Preston VanWyk.
Quinten Sommers took second in both the 110 high hurdles and 400 hurdles for North Polk. Sommers came in behind Gilbert’s Alex Sharp on both occasions.
In the 110 highs, Sommers ran a :15.76 and Sharp finished in :15.59. Sommers finished the 400 hurdles in :56.73 and Sharp was just a half step ahead with a :56.12 showing.
Caleb Lomica won silver in both the shot put and discus for North Polk.
Lomica’s best throw in the shot of 48-10 only trailed the 50-9.5 toss by South Hamilton’s Logan Klemp. In the discus, Lomica peaked with a throw of 139-4 and Roland-Story’s Zach Shadlow took first with an impressive 154-9 effort.
Michael Williams took third in the long jump for the Comets with a jump of 20-4. Gilbert’s Ajay Reed won with a 21-5 showing and Nevada’s Sam Abraham was runner-up with a jump of 20-8.
The North Polk boys also placed third in both the distance medley and 4 X 200 relays.
Ryan Fausch, Jake Johnson, Chris Banwart and Flint Vernon completed the distance medley in 3:53.72. Roland-Story won in 3:46.48 and Gilbert clocked in at 3:52.03 to take second.
In the 4 X 200 Williams, Sutton Sears, Clark Hood and Alec Bolletta finished in 1:35.29. Nevada won in 1:30.82 and Saydel was a distant second with a 1:35.01 effort.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. North Polk 129 points, 2. PCM 104, 3. Gilbert 91, 4. Greene County 85, 5. Roland-Story 61, 6. Nevada 57, 7. Saydel 42, 8. South Hamilton 36.
Boys: 1. Gilbert 135, 2. Nevada 118, 3. North Polk 114.5, 4. Roland-Story 67.5, 5. (tie) Greene County and South Hamilton 52, 7. Saydel 42, 8. PCM 41.
Individual results - North Polk
Shot put - 10. Leah Cam, 27-8; 15. Madison Paine, 22-4.
Discus - 12. Cam, 74-8; 13. Grace Walter, 67-9.
Long jump - 4. Jenna Fagen, 15-5.
High jump - 2. Maria Gorham, 5-2; 7. Sadie Long, 4-6.
Sprint medley relay - 2. North Polk (Rebecca Ley, Mia Schumann, Liz Turk, Amelia Lesher), 1:57.92.
3,000-meter run - 3. Sophie Schaffer, 11:55.04; 4. Emily Patterson, 11:58.09.
4 X 800-meter relay - 1. North Polk (Sierra Lambert, Kennedy Wendel, Grace De Valois, Sophie Blanchard), 10:40.93.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 3. North Polk (Cassandra Cory, Bailey Drent, Reagan Demmon, Schumann), 1:14.40.
100-meter dash - 1. Gorham, :13.34; 5. Eva Schoenberg, :14.31.
Distance medley relay - 1. North Polk (Kara Gorham, Jazmyne Bailey, Elli Mandernach, Lesher), 4:37.96.
400-meter dash - 1. M. Gorham, :59.15; 7. Grace Croat, 1:07.46.
4 X 200-meter relay - 2. North Polk (Schoenberg, Wendel, Turk, Lambert), 1:52.25.
100-meter hurdles - 6. Schumann, :17.99; 9. Drent, :18.10.
800-meter run - 2. Blanchard, 2:32.40; 5. Patterson, 2:42.53.
200-meter dash - 1. M. Gorham, :26.33; 9. K. Gorham, :29.29.
400-meter hurdles - 3. Demmon, 1:14.44; 7. Cory,1:17.51.
Shot put - 2. Caleb Lomica, 48-10; 7. Jeff Lamp, 42-9.5.
Discus - 2. Lomica, 139-4; 8. Lamp, 121-5.
Long jump - 3. Michael Williams, 20-4; 11. Ryan Fausch, 17-10.
High jump - 6. Clark Hood, 5-4.
Sprint medley relay - 4. North Polk (Alec Bolletta, Sutton Sears, Quinten Sommers, Grant Croat), 1:41.14.
3,200-meter run - 4. Jacob Wilcox, 10:22.35; 9. Seth Subra, 12:18.25.
4 X 800-meter relay - 4. North Polk (Flint Vernon, Thomas Jones, Matt Crabb, Will McCormick), 8:49.54.
Shuttle hurdle relay - 5. North Polk (Jacob Ford, J.T. Stocker, Hunter Manock, Luke Maring), 1:09.04.
100-meter dash - 3. J.D. Elefson, :12.03; 7. Bolletta, :12.25.
Distance medley relay - 3. North Polk (Fausch, Jake Johnson, Chris Banwart, Vernon), 3:53.72.
400-meter dash - 2. Elefson, :51.53; 3. Croat, :53.29.
4 X 200-meter relay - 3. North Polk (Williams, Sears, Hood, Bolletta), 1:35.29.
110-meter high hurdles - 2. Sommers, :15.76; 10. Ford, :18.84.
800-meter run - 6. Jones, 2:11.47; 7. McCormick, 2:11.84.
200-meter dash - 2. Elefson, :23.38; 5. Williams, :24.37.
400-meter hurdles - 2. Sommers, :56.73; 8. Stocker, 1:02.01.