DES MOINES | Doug Lane finally has some company.
Lane set the Iowa state meet record in the shot put at 65 feet, 11.5 inches while throwing for Cedar Rapids Jefferson in 1968. No one in the state was able to come close to beating that mark, until now.
Action from day one of the 2018 Iowa High School Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
KP-WC senior Nick Phelps unleased an effort of 67-2 with his first throw of the finals to put a new name in the state record book.
“I was going for that state meet record and after that I was going for 71 (all-time best), and I might have got it on that second to last one but couldn’t quite hold it and (fouled),” said Phelps, who picked up his second state title in the event to go with his first Drake Relays crown earlier this season. “That is big because that is one of my goals at the beginning of the year to get that record. It is cool that it is 50 years old so I was really going after it.”
There was anticipation with every Phelps throw as he quickly turned the competition into himself versus the record book. He opened with a throw of 62-11.75 and that was followed by 65-0 before the big throw that brought cheers from the crowd that clapped in unison before his final throws.
“I was struggling a little in warmups just staying in the circle so that first throw I was just going about 85 percent and I was a little surprised I got it out to 63,” he said. “So after that I knew I had to go get one. “
Phelps wasn’t the only Siouxland athlete to excel in field events on Thursday at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships.
Sheldon junior Ashlyn Albrecht completed her climb to the top of the podium in the long jump as she captured the crown with a leap of 17-10.50. Albrecht finished third as a freshman and was the runner-up last year.
“It feels good because I had to work my way up to it,” she said. “I was motivated because I didn’t want to fall back from going up.”
In one of the most anticipated events on opening day, it was defending Class 1A state champion Jordyn Pester of MVAOCOU that went up to 2A and defended her 400-meter title, winning in 56.63 seconds. Defending 2A champion Lily Peterson of Alta/Aurelia finished fifth in 59.14.
“I knew it was going to be harder because Lily is the defending champ and I have raced against her a couple of times,” Pester said. “I knew she is a good racer, I knew it was going to be hard, but I pulled it out. It pushed me harder because I knew she likes to chase and wanted to chase me down, so I had to get that gap going early in the race to make it impossible for her to catch me.”
Jake Lynott set the mark in the finals of the long jump when he flew 22 feet, three-quarters of an inch. That effort moved him from fifth to first and kept him there until the final jump of the competition. Carroll Kuemper’s Miles Rupiper, the defending high jump and long jump state champion in 2A, reached 22-1 with his final effort to take the title.
“I jumped pretty well and we are not really used to the warm conditions I guess because we only had a couple of meets,” Lynott said. “He pulled out a nice jump right at the end and I am pleased with the way I jumped. It is kind of disappointing but I am satisfied.”
It was the eventual state champion in Class 1A that took the title from Lynott on his second to final jump a year ago as the Falcon was the runner-up.
“It is nerve-wracking and it is the same thing as last year, down to the last jump, but that is the way it goes,” said Lynott, who will play football at the University of Augustana in the fall.
The KP-WC quartet of Suzanne Putze, Kalyn Cameron, Rylee Wright and Makayla Archer finished second in the 4x800 in a time of 9:36.29 to break the school record and record the program’s highest finish in a running event. Western Christian was right behind in third going 9:40.18.
The Sheldon boys finished third in the 4x800 in 8:08.89.