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STATE TRACK: KP/WC's Phelps earns second state discus title

DES MOINES | The state title count keeps going up for the Phelps family.

Nick Phelps captured his second 2A boys discus state title Friday at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships.

Nick Phelps joined his father Scott as a two-time state discus champion in the family as the current Woodbury Central junior won with a best of 183-6.

Action just outside Drake Stadium on a cold and slightly windy afternoon saw the Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central athlete record four of his six throws for over 175 feet.

“It was fun, the conditions were not ideal today, but it was fun to come out and compete with the best,” said Phelps, third in the shot put on Thursday.

“I’m not sure how many we have right now but it’s definitely cool to keep the tradition going.”

Throw in the four discus titles won by older sister Kiana and that gives the Phelps family eight in the same event.

“Were just chasing the number, it’s cool to have state titles,” he said. “In 20 years everyone is going to care about what your best mark is, what your best throw is.

“What I can do next year is try and get the best throw possible.”

Phelps was part of a strong Northwest Iowa showing in the discus as Sioux Center junior Trajan Walhof was fifth, Cherokee senior Ben Lingenfelter was sixth and Western Christian senior Caden Fenchel seventh.

The Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central team enters the final day of the state meet with the team lead with 36 points.

KPWC senior Alec Still ran a 1:54.9 anchor 800 and combined with Ben Burbach, Coby Fischer and Payton Kuchel on a state runner-up distance medley relay squad that ran 3:33.40 behind Anamosa’s 3:33.0.

East Sac County was third in 3:35.54 while Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was fifth in 3:38.49.

Sibley-Ocheyedan sophomore Grant Brouwer cleared 6-4 in the high jump to finish as the state runner-up while teammate Kyle Lowe was seventh in the 400 hurdles.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton stood in third in the Class 3A boys team race after day two after earning a pair of relay medals Friday.

The Warriors foursome of Jorma Schwedler, Zach Shultz, Chris Kroll and Ryley McGregor ran 1:31.62 to finish fifth in the 4x200. Shultz, McGregor and Kroll teamed with Gabe Hannemann on a fourth-place distance medley relay.

The Warriors, positioning themselves for a run at a second straight top-three team finish and a team trophy, moved on to the finals in the 4x100 and 4x400.

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal 

Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Gabe Hannemann takes the handoff from Chris Kroll in the 3A distance medley during the 2017 Iowa State Track and Field Championship in Des Moines.

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal 

Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Ryley McGregor anchors the 3A 4x200 during the 2017 Iowa State Track and Field Championship in Des Moines.