North Polk boys take second at qualifying meet

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
North Polk boys take second at qualifying meet

GILBERT — North Polk made it to state in six events and Ballard sent four events onto the blue oval in Des Moines from the boys’ side of competition at the Class 3A state qualifying meet in Gilbert May 12.

North Polk sent individuals to state in the high jump, long jump, 200-meter dash and 800. They also qualified in the 4 X 800 and distance medley relays.

Grant Rampton is headed back to Des Moines in the high jump after clearing six feet, two inches at Gilbert. He beat the jump of 6-0 by Gilbert’s Eric Swart for the win and once again came close to getting over 6-8 before settling for 6-2.

“It’s an honor to go to state,” Rampton said. “I’m excited to see what I can do down there.”

Last season Rampton tied for eighth place in the 2A high jump at state.

Max Karpinske will also be competing in a field event for North Polk at state. Karpinske won the long jump at Gilbert with a jump of 20-11 and his effort ranks 12th among 3A qualifiers.

On the track, Brett Haun and Wes Lesher both qualified for state in the open 800 and they also helped North Polk advance in the 4 X 800 meter relay.

In the open 800 Haun clocked in at 2:02.33 to win the event over the 2:03.32 run by Iowa Falls-Alden’s Landon Boomsma. Haun qualified as the fourth-fastest runner in 3A.

Lesher was an at-large qualifier in the 800 after placing fourth at Gilbert with a time of 2:04.19. His time ranks 19th among 3A qualifiers.

Despite being a senior, this is Haun’s first year out for track. He said it exciting to make it to state in two events during his first season competing for the Comets.

“I came into the season seeing if I can do it,” Haun said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. So I feel blessed with any success I have. I’m lucky.”

In the 4 X 800 Brandon Albaugh, Lesher and Haun ran the first three legs. Austin Smith then closed out the win as the Comets ran an 8:27.56 to top Humboldt’s runner-up time of 8:31.82 and return to state in the event rated 13th in 3A.

“I was an alternate last year due to a hip injury, but this year I had something to fight for,” Smith said. “It feels pretty good.”

Matt Cox was an at-large qualifier in the 200 for North Polk. His time of :22.75 ranked third at Gilbert and he is the 12th-rated qualifier in 3A.

North Polk’s strongest showing came in the distance medley. The team of Cox, Karpinske, Albaugh and Smith clocked in at 3:41.08 to win the event and rank second among all 3A qualifiers.

Ballard also looked strong in the distance medley. The Bombers will be returning to state in the event after edging Gilbert for second with a time of 3:42.32.

Hunter Wright, Noah Rosing and Kaleb Odden ran the first three legs for Ballard. Max Stoltz then took over the anchor and he fought off Gilbert’s Garrison Holck by a nose for second place and an automatic qualifying spot at state.

“It was probably the most fun thing I’ve ever done….I’m not going to lie,” Stoltz said. “I was just going as hard as I possibly could and got to the end there and just tried to stride him out. My legs are shot, but it felt amazing.”

Gilbert finished the race in 3:42.65. Ballard’s time is rated the sixth-fastest among qualifying teams and the Bombers placed eighth in the event at state in 3A last year.

Odden gave Ballard it’s lone victory at the meet in the open 400. Odden ran a time of :52.01 to beat out the :52.32 run by Iowa Falls-Alden’s Devin Sheridan.

“I’m a little tired, but it feels really good,” Odden said. “This is the first time I’ve made it in the event. I’m following in Isaiah Johnson’s footsteps. I think we’re really developing our 400 runners.”

Odden is the 18th-rated qualifier in 3A. Last year, Johnson placed 14th at state.

Rosing was an at-large qualifier in the 200. Ballard also earned an at-large bid to state in the shuttle hurdle.

In the 200 Rosing ran a :22.92 to place fourth. He is rated 15th among 3A qualifiers.

Isaac Schafbuch, Kobe Schulze, Sam Upah and Taylor Roberts advanced to state for Ballard in the shuttle hurdle. The Bomber team ran a 1:01.46 to place third at Gilbert and they rank 16th out of the 3A qualifiers.

The 2016 state coed track meet will take place this Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The competition begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday for 3A, and all classes start at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Final boys’ team scores: 1. Boone 111, 2. North Polk 102, 3. Gilbert 97, 4. Humboldt 92, 5. Nevada 88, 6. Iowa Falls-Alden 86, 7. Webster City 62, 8. Ballard 61.

Individual results - Ballard and North Polk

Shot put - 9. Connor Jackson (NP), 38-2.75; 13. Jack Baumhover (B), 35-2; 14. Nate Johnson (NP), 34-5; 15. Tyler Maire (B), 33-7.25.

Discus - 7. Jackson (NP), 123-2; 9. Caleb Lomica (NP), 112-2; 14. Baumhover (B), 99-5; 16. Cade Wilson (B), 96-5.

Long jump - 1. Max Karpinske (NP), 20-11; 4. Noah Rosing (B), 19-8.75; 8. Skyler Noftsger (B), 18-4.5; 9. Adam Moxley (NP), 18-0.25.

High jump - 1. Grant Rampton (NP), 6-2; 5. Taylor Roberts (B), 5-8.

4 X 800-meter relay - 1. North Polk (Brandon Albaugh, Wes Lesher, Brett Haun, Austin Smith), 8:27.56; 3. Ballard (Bryce Snell, Kegan Odden, Ian Fletcher, Max Stoltz), 8:32.59.

3,200-meter run - 3. Jacob Wilcox (NP), 10:30.80; 12. Kirk Leach (NP), 12:04.69; 14. Evan Williams (B), 12:33.22; 15. Zach Zeller (B), 13:36.43.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 3. Ballard (Isaac Schafbuch, Kobe Schulze, Sam Upah, Roberts), 1:01.46; 6. North Polk (Rampton, Beau Dodge, Sutton Sears, Quinton Sommers), 1:04.13.

100-meter dash - 10. Reid Summers (NP), :11.60; 11. Hunter Wright (B), :11.65; 13. Hayden Lankford (B), :11.89; 15. Ben Rupe (NP), :12.07.

400-meter dash - 1. Kaleb Odden (B), :52.01; 5. Grant Corat (NP), :55.11; 9. Anthony Capaldo (NP), :57.70; 11. Justus Mai (B), :58.24.

4 X 200-meter relay - 3. North Polk (Summers, Luke Leopold, Karpinske, Matt Cox), 1:34.96; 7. Ballard (Schulze, Marcus Chieves, Roberts, Noftsger), 1:40.02.

110-meter high hurdles - 4. Upah (B), :15.89; 5. Rampton (NP),16.63; 6. Sommers (NP), :16.70.

1,600-meter run - 6. Flint Vernon (NP), 5:05.21; 8. Will McCormick (NP), 5:09.10; 11. Fletcher (B), 5:22.46; 15. Williams (B), 5:45.01.

200-meter dash - 3. Cox (NP), :22.75; 4. Rosing (B), :22.92; 9. Leopold (NP), :24.55; 10. Lankford (B), :24.72.

400-meter low hurdles - 6. Michael Ballard (NP), :59.43; 8. Schafbuch (B), :59.92; 11. Sommers (NP), 1:01.25; 14. Blake Hegna (B), 1:06.12.

Distance medley relay - 1. North Polk (Cox, Karpinski, Albaugh, Smith), 3:41.08; 2. Ballard (Wright, Rosing, Odden, Stoltz), 3:42.32.

800-meter run - 1. Haun (NP), 2:02.33; 4. Lesher (NP), 2:04.19; 6. Snell (B), 2:05.56; 15. Mai (B), 2:26.43.

4 X 100-meter relay - 6. North Polk (Rupe, Cox, Karpinski, Summers), :45.64; 7. Ballard (Wright, Chieves, Wilson, Rosing), :46.23.

4 X 400-meter relay - 5. North Polk (Croat, Capaldo, Haun, Albaugh), 3:39.15; 6. Ballard (Schulze, Kegan Odden, Roberts, Ka. Odden), 3:41.19.