DES MOINES – From the highest of highs to a low in the matter of a few seconds.
The Sergeant Bluff-Luton boys 4x400 relay team looked to have secured its third straight state title in the event in school-record breaking time, but the Warriors were disqualified for running outside their lane.
It was a tough end to a day that still saw the Warriors crown an individual champion and finish third in Class 3A for the second time in three years at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships Saturday.
“We had a lot of good things that went really well and we had some things that didn’t go our way,” SB-L coach Monte Larsen said. “That is what happens when you get to a meet like this, and obviously we wanted to score a few more points but things like that happen.”
The 4x400 team of Zach Shultz, Jorma Schwedler, Britton Delperdang and Ty Boekelman were just off the state record time set by Bishop Heelan of 3:18.24 in 2009 before it was wiped away.
“It was tough, I really didn’t have the words to say,” Larsen said. “They broke what our school record was before by two seconds so that part is hard to get through.”
As disappointing as that was it was elation earlier in the day for Schwedler as he captured the state crown in the 200 meters in 21.72.
“Honestly, it is something I have been wanting since I started track in middle school,” he said. “I was scared (over the final 100 meters) because I knew I had to kick it in because most of those runners in that 200 heat are stronger in their second 100. I pushed through and got the win.”
Schwedler had a strong day in the sprints as he finished as the runner-up in the 100 in a time of 10.93 behind Dallas Center-Grimes’ Rancy Freeman’s 10.88. Spirit Lake’s Joe stein was third in 11.03.
Bishop Heelan’s Madison Jochum ran in the first section of the 800, but put down a fast 2:17.26 to win and place third overall. It was her fastest time of the year and secured her third state medal after finishing as the runner-up in the 400 and helping the distance medley relay to a third-place effort.
Jochum used her Drake Relays experience from earlier this season to benefit her this time around.
“I (went out fast) at Drake and I kind of died the second lap a lot, but I decided I might as well try it again this is it,” she said. “I just kept going and it worked. The weather is a lot sunnier and I feel a lot stronger with what I have been training since Drake.”
The Crusaders also saw sophomore Amber Aesoph place in the 800 as she finished behind Jochum in 2:19.17 to take eighth. Aesoph would close out her state meet with another medal in the 1,500 when she finished fourth in 4:50.10 giving her four medals on the weekend.
The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley boys took fourth in the sprint medley relay in 1:33.95 as Glenwood set a new state record in the event to win in 1:33.11. Sergeant Bluff-Luton finished fifth in 1:34.68. Billy Rankin anchored the Nighthawks sprint medley and came back to take sixth in the 800 by winning his section and crossing the line in 1:58.32.
“I just really wanted to win that heat and I just wanted to push through all the way to the end,” Rankin said. “I just really like competing down here.”
The Nighthawks would place in the 4x100 relay as Cade Moser, Cody Post, J.T. Van’t Hul and Riley Teunissen took sixth in 44.26.
Denison-Schleswig’s foursome of Whitney Weiss, Tia Petersen, Alex Mohr and Ellie Mendlik finished fifth in the sprint medley in 1:50.39.