Comet boys place in four events at state

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Comet boys place in four events at state

DES MOINES - North Polk had four top-five performances and Ballard turned in one sixth-place effort in the Class 3A boys’ competition at the state coed track meet last Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

North Polk had three individuals and one relay team place at the meet. The Comets scored 21 points to place 10th in the final 3A boys’ team standings.

“We thought we could score some points down there and our guys really came through,” North Polk head boys’ track coach Bill Capaldo said. “With (this) our first year moving up to 3A, scoring 21 points and getting in the top 10 is a great accomplishment for our team, school and community. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

Grant Rampton turned in the top individual performance North Polk. Rampton placed second in the high jump after matching a personal and school-record jump of six feet, seven inches.

“I was feeling really good, it’s a beautiful day and it’s state,” Rampton said. “You really can’t ask for a whole lot more.”

Rampton came close to topping 6-8, but wasn’t quite able to get over on any of his three attempts. Spencer’s Cameron Cantrall got over 6-8 to take first.

“Obviously the goal was first, but I mean complaining would be stupid at this point,” Rampton said. “I’m happy with what I got. Senior year - end up getting second. I can’t ask for a whole lot more. It was great.”

Max Karpinske also set a school record for North Polk during Friday’s 3A boys’ long jump. Karpinske peaked with a jump of 21-7.75 to beat the 21-7.5 mark set in 2004 by Eric Bertelsen, a three-time NCAA Division 3 champion at Buena Vista.

“I’ve been working for this a long time,” Karpinske said. “The whole season that was my goal coming in - to break the school record.”

Karpinske, a senior, got the record on his final jump, placing him fifth in 3A. He had just missed the record by a quarter of an inch at a home meet during the regular season.

“I feel accomplished,” Karpinske said. “I got exactly what I wanted out of this.”

Pella’s Chase Van Zant won the 3A boys’ long jump with a jump of 22-0.5.

Brett Haun was another senior that came up big at state for North Polk.

Haun took fifth during Saturday’s open 800 and also helped North Polk finish fourth in the 4 X 800 on Thursday. He accomplished those feats in his first season out for track.

“I’m thinking of my parents and coach Capaldo - they were pushing me and pushing me to come out, so I have to thank them for that,” Haun said. “I didn’t expect this at all. It’s just awesome to be out here and compete.”

In the 800 Haun ran a time of one minute, 58.05 seconds to just edge out the 1:58.07 by Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Josh Gerke for fifth in 3A.

“It hurts a lot,” Haun said. “But it’s something I’ll remember forever.”

Center Point’s Wyatt Gatrost won in 1:56.27, just beating out the 1:56.31 run by Fairfield’s Ross Emmanuel.

During Thursday’s 4 X 800, Haun ran the opening leg and was followed by Brandon Albaugh, Wes Lesher and Austin Smith. The Comet team ran a time of 8:12.36

“Us four guys worked so hard this season and we got rewarded for it,” Haun said. “It’s awesome.”

Mount Vernon won the 3A boys’ 4 X 800 in 8:00.01. Xavier took second in 8:03.24 and Dallas Center-Grimes clocked in at 8:07.31 to place third.

North Polk placed 10th in the distance medley with a time of 3:40.74. Albaugh, Karpinske, Matt Cox and Smith were the four participants in the race for the Comets.

Cox also took 11th individually during Thursday’s 200 dash prelims. He ran a time of :22.80.

Ballard placed in the distance medley at state for the second year in a row. Last year the Bombers placed eighth in 3A and on Friday they raised the bar by running a season-best time of 3:39.99 to place sixth.

“It feels amazing,” Bomber anchor runner Max Stoltz said. “Last year’s team was good, but (this time) I thought we did a lot better as a team overall. It’s just exciting.”

Hunter Wright and Noah Rosing ran the two 200 legs for Ballard in the medley. Kaleb Odden took the 400 leg and then handed it off to Stoltz for the final 800.

“Hunter and Rosing - they just booked,” Stoltz said. “Odden all year has been strong. We just paced off him and said we need to go.”

All four runners will be back for Ballard next season.

Odden and Rosing both ran in an individual event as well. Odden took 17th in the open 400 with a time of :51.69 and Rosing also placed 17th in the 200 with a :23.04 showing.

Ballard’s shuttle hurdle relay team came in 18th. Isaac Schafbuch, Kobe Schulze, Sam Upah and Taylor Roberts teamed to run a time of 1:01.74.

Pella won the 3A boys’ team championship with 62 points, Vinton-Shellsburg came in second with a score of 56.

Individual 3A boys’ results - Ballard and North Polk

Long jump - 5. Max Karpinske (NP); 21-7.75.

High jump - 2. Grant Rampton (NP); 6-7.

4 X 800-meter relay - 4. North Polk (Brett Haun, Brandon Albaugh, Wes Lesher, Austin Smith), 8:12.36.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 18. Ballard (Isaac Schafbuch, Kobe Schulze, Sam Upah, Taylor Roberts), 1:01.74.

400-meter dash - 17. Kaleb Odden (B); :51.69.

200-meter dash - 11. Matt Cox (NP), :22.80; 17. Noah Rosing (B), :23.04.

Distance medley relay - 6. Ballard (Hunter Wright, Rosing, Odden, Max Stoltz), 3:39.99; 10. North Polk (Albaugh, Karpinske, Cox, Smith), 3:40.74.

800-meter run - 5. Haun (NP), 1:58.05; 15. Lesher (NP), 2:02.71.