VAN METER – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter track teams combined to qualify for state in 14 events after a successful showing at the Class 2A state qualifying meet in Van Meter May 15.
Competing in cold and rainy weather, the CMB boys made it to state in nine events and the girls moved on in five. The Raider boys are sending eight individuals and the girls seven to compete on the blue oval in Des Moines this Thursday through Friday.
In the boys’ competition CMB won five events, took second in four more and added three bronze medals. The Raider boys scored 146 points to beat out North Polk (128) for the team championship at Van Meter.
"From a team perspective we were very pleased with the overall effort, particularly given the early weather conditions," CMB head boys track coach Neil Seales said. "There were so many excellent teams and athletes at the Van Meter site and we feel very fortunate to be able to capture the team title. Our guys have worked very hard all season and have been a super group to work with. It was especially rewarding to see them finish up their last full-team meet this way."
Bryce Kemp and Jordan Coughenour both qualified for state in three events for the CMB boys. Zach Samson and Austin Moorman each made it in two events and Mark Deutsch, Patrick Girard, Zach Huffaker and Joey Nissen will compete in one event apiece at state.
"We had a few athletes and opportunities that just missed getting through, but we were very pleased with athletes that did qualify," Seales said. "I thought we had some outstanding efforts throughout the meet. We’ll enjoy this one and then focus on competing at state."
Kemp will defend his Class 2A championship in the 110-meter high hurdles at state after winning the event in Van Meter.
Kemp’s time of 14.53 seconds was the fastest qualifying time in 2A. It had to be in order to win at Van Meter as Woodward Academy’s Darius Scott-Crayton turned in the second-fastest qualifying time at :14.63.
Kemp also turned in the top qualifying jump in the long jump. His winning jump at Van Meter was 22 feet, 7.75 inches, easily eclipsed the second-longest qualifying jump of 21-11 by West Burlington/Notre Dame’s Xavior Williams.
Huffaker also had a tremendous showing in the long jump for CMB. His best jump of 21-9 not only took second at Van Meter, but was the third-best qualifying jump in 2A.
The shuttle hurdle relay was Kemp’s other qualifying event. He teamed with Coughenour, Nissen and Moorman to give CMB a winning time of 1:00.29 at Van Meter.
Kemp just missed qualifying in the 100. He placed third at Van Meter with an :11.59 showing and the final non-automatic qualifying time in 2A was :11.56 by Sioux Center’s Dylon Van’t Hof.
In addition to making in it in the shuttle hurdle, Coughenour will also compete at state in the 400 low hurdles and open 400.
In the 400 hurdles, Coughenour ran a :56.74 to beat out the :57.56 by North Polk’s Austin Williams for first at Van Meter. Coughenour’s time is ranked 10th among 2A qualifiers.
Coughenour qualified on time in the open 400 as his :52.14 at the qualifying meet placed fourth behind West Marshall’s Elijah Streeter, Van Meter’s Brennon Dostal and North Polk’s Reed Smith.
Moorman also advanced to state in the 800 based on time. Moorman placed fifth at Van Meter, but his 2:04.01 showing was fast enough to get him through to state.
Samson joins Kemp in defending a championship at state after winning the shot put at Van Meter.
Samson’s throw of 54-9 beat out the 50-7.5 effort by teammate Patrick Girard for the qualifying title at Van Meter. Samson ranks first among 2A qualifiers in the event and Girard is rated fourth.
Samson also pushed through to state in the discus. He placed second at Van Meter with a toss of 141-1, which ranks 17th among 2A qualifiers.
Deutsch qualified automatically in the 3,200. He ran an excellent time of 10:14.73 to take second at Van Meter behind North Polk’s Peter Smith.
In the girls’ competition CMB placed fifth with 72 points. Roland-Story blew away the field with 140.5 points and Des Moines Christian took second with a score of 105.
The Raider girls had three events qualify automatically. They had two girls make it in the discus and one in the shot put plus one relay team got through.
Abbie Haupert won the girls’ discus at Van Meter with a throw of 115 feet, three inches. Mikayla Eslinger took second with a toss of 110-11.
"Our discus girls threw amazing," CMB head girls’ track coach Jerry Meinerts said. " We haven’t gone 1-2 all season and to do that at the qualifying meet is just awesome. Abbie threw like the veteran that she is…. this makes her a three-time state qualifier in the discus. She was just a few inches off her career best throw set earlier this season. Mikayla punched her ticket to state by throwing nine feet farther than she has all season, claiming that second-place finish. Not bad for a freshman."
Haupert ranks 13th among 2A qualifiers in the event. Eslinger is rated 19th.
Payge Jurgens took second at Van Meter in the shot put with a throw of 35-3.25. Jurgens just beat out Roland-Story’s Bryce Holmgren and Kaylee Knutson, who threw 35-0.5 and 34-8.5 respectively.
West Marshall’s Jennifer Davis won the title at Van Meter with a throw of 38-8.5.
"Payge stepped up and claimed that coveted second-place finish in an incredible shot put field," Meinerts said. "Payge hadn’t beaten the two good Roland-Story throwers yet this season, but she picked a great night to do that."
Maddy Poage, Toni Spencer, Bridget Hurley and Mackenzie Schmitz teamed to qualify automatically in the 4 X 100 after placing second at Van Meter with a :53.02 showing. Roland-Story nudged out the Raiders by less than one-hundredth of a second after also running a :53.02.
Poage, Spencer, Hurley and Schmitz also ended up making it to state in the sprint medley.
The Raider quartet took fourth at Van Meter, but their time of 1:57.28 easily got them to Des Moines. The CMB sprint medley team had the 16th-fastest qualifying time in 2A.
Hurley also earned a return trip in the open 400.
After competing in the event as a freshman last year, Hurley ran a 1:03.81 at Van Meter to place third. Her time was just fast enough to qualify as she is ranked 22nd among 2A qualifiers.
"This will be the first year running at state for both Maddy and Toni, and it will Mackenzie and Bridget’s second year," Meinerts said. "We are super-excited to get a chance to run these events at state. After the qualifying meet, these four girls told me this will be the second time they’ve run the 4 X 100 at Drake Stadium…they went in middle school at the Drake relays two years ago. They are a little faster now."
Schmitz and Spencer narrowly missed qualifying in an individual event at Van Meter.
Schmitz took third in the 100 with a time of :13.29. Her time was fast enough to beat four state qualifiers, but it was just behind the final non-automatic qualifying mark of :13.27 by Sumner-Fredricksburg’s Becca Pagel.
Spencer placed third at the qualifying meet in the long jump with a jump of 15-2. She was 7.75 inches off the final non-automatic qualifier – Kuemper Catholic’s Abby Derner – and just 3.75 inches behind the runner-up jump at Van Meter by I-35’s Natalie Johnson.
The state coed track meet will take place this Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The 2A competition goes from 2-7:40 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and all classes will go from 9 a.m. through 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Roland-Story 140.5, 2. Des Moines Christian 105, 3. East Marshall 86, 4. I-35 84.5, 5. CMB 72, 6. North Polk 66, 7. West Marshall 63, 8. ColfaxMingo 52, 9. (tie) Clarke and Van Meter 33, 11. Ogden 5.
Boys: 1. CMB 146, 2. North Polk 128, 3. Woodward Academy 83, 4. Roland-Story 63, 5. West Marshall 58, 6. Van Meter 52.5, 7. Ogden 43, 8. East Marshall 39.5, 9. Clarke 34, 10. Des Moines Christian 22, 11. I-35 19, 12. Colfax-Mingo 13.
Individual results – CMB
Shot put – 2. Payge Jurgens, 35-3.25; 14. Bekah Pearson, 29-3.5
Discus – 1. Abbie Haupert, 115-3; 2. Mikayla Eslinger, 110-11
Long jump – 3. Toni Spencer, 15-2; 9. Megan Ritter, 14-1
High jump – 5. Maddy Poage, 4-6
3,000-meter run – 6. Heather Jessen, 12:11.86; 11. Chasity Moody, 13:07.80
4 X 800-meter relay – 7. CMB (Chantel Maxwell, Stephanie Twohey, Patience Engle, Veronica Condon), 12:33.06
100-meter dash – 3. Mackenzie Schmitz, :13.29; 6. Spencer, :13.74
Distance medley relay – 9. CMB (Mercedes Samson, Aly Holsinger, Moody, Elizabeth Jones), 5:31.56
400-meter dash – 3. Bridget Hurley, 1:03.81; 13. Kathleen Baldwin, 1:13.68
4 X 200-meter relay – 9. CMB (Poage, Haupert, Pearson, Ritter), 2:02.55
100-meter hurdles – 17. Taylor Ross, :21.32
800-meter run – 14. Twohey, 2:56.92; 16. Maxwell, 3:01.64
200-meter dash – 6. Haupert, :30.13; 13. Jones, :31.76
Sprint medley relay – 4. CMB (Poage, Spencer, Schmitz, Hurley), 1:57.28
1,500-meter run – 12. Jessen, 5:53.48; 16. Moody, 6:17.10
4 X 100-meter relay – 2. CMB (Poage, Spencer, Hurley, Schmitz), :53.02
4 X 400-meter relay – 10. CMB (Ritter, Baldwin, Twohey, Jones), 5:07.47
Shot put – 1. Zach Samson, 54-9; 2. Patrick Girard, 50-7.5
Discus – 2. Samson, 141-1; 3. Clayton Weltha, 137-4
Long jump – 1. Bryce Kemp, 22-7.75; 2. Zach Huffaker, 21-9
High jump – 4. Hunter Gunderson, 5-8
4 X 800-meter relay – 6. CMB (Kyle Cather, Noah Cather, Seth Balke, Austin Moorman), 8:55.98
3,200-meter run – 2. Mark Deutsch, 10:14.73; 5. Colin Thomson, 10:45.25
Shuttle hurdle relay – 1. CMB (Jordan Coughenour, Kemp, Joey Nissen, Moorman), 1:00.29
100-meter dash – 3. Kemp, :11.59; 5. Huffaker, :11.76
400-meter dash – 4. Coughenour, :52.14; 8. Gunderson, :56.18
4 X 200-meter relay – 8. Nick Little, Brady Stover, Dalton Birchmier, Samson), 1:40.24
110-meter high hurdles – 1. Kemp, :14.53; 5. Nissen, :16.77
1,600-meter run – 7. Evan Bianchi, 5:02.16; 8. Deutsch, 5:02.75
200-meter dash – 9. Little, :25.00; 12. Zach Schafer, :25.12
400-meter low hurdles – 1. Coughenour, :56.74; 3. Stover, :58.79
Distance medley relay – 7. CMB (K. Cather, Birchmier, Gunderson, Balke), 3:57.10
800-meter run – 5. Moorman, 2:04.01; 6. N. Cather, 2:09.28
4 X 100-meter relay – 6. CMB (K. Cather, Stover, Birchmier, Huffaker), :46.79
4 X 400-meter relay – 5. CMB (K. Cather, Gunderson, Huffaker, Coughenour), 3:33.52