DES MOINES – There were a couple of close Class 3A races that didn’t result in state titles for Siouxland teams, but there were still plenty of solid performances at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships on Friday in Des Moines.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton was just more than a tenth of a second from reclaiming the state title it won two years ago in the Class 3A 4x200 relay. The Warriors faltered ever so slightly with the final handoff and finished second in 1:29.78 while Nevada won in 1:29.66.
“We had one bad handoff and that is about it,” SB-L’s Jorma Schwedler. “We are just in the mode to go fast and go for records here. It is just hard work every single day in practice, even on the weekends, and it is paying off.”
SB-L came back later to take fifth in the distance medley while Spirit Lake was seventh in the same race. The Warriors ran 3:35.25 while the Indians crossed the line in 3:35.44.
The Warriors will look to continue their dominance in the 4x400 relay on Saturday as they go for a third straight state title. They return three of the four runners from last year’s title winners in Schwedler, Britton Delperdang and Ty Boekelman as they had the second-fastest qualifying time on Friday at 3:23.43 behind Atlantic’s 3:22.62.
“I just heard a bunch of opponents thinking that they can get us, and good for them, but they don’t know what is coming in the finals,” Boekelman said. “We have the sprint med and the 4x400 (Saturday) and the goal is to get gold in both of those.
“We have kids that want to work. Me, Britton and Jorma and Zach are really making it happen for us because without a fourth guy we can’t make it happen.”
The Bishop Heelan girls distance medley had to run out of the first section but the foursome of Brooke Doohen, Elsy Meis, Madison Jochum and Amber Aesoph held the lead until the final heat and finished third in 4:10.84. It was almost a 10-second improvement on the relay’s season best.
The Spencer quartet of Ashlyn Nissen, Katelyn Nissen, Nadine Johnson and Abbie Brown took seventh in the 4x200 in 1:46.86.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s Megan Hettinga picked up her second medal in a throwing event in two days, this time in the shot put. Hettinga had a best of 38-10 to finish fourth, the same place she took in the discus the day before.
Bishop Heelan freshman Keyontre Clark earned a seventh-place showing in the long jump with a leap of 20-10.75. Sam McGowan also placed for the Crusader girls in the event with a best of 168.5 to finish eighth.