Panthers, Wolves and Warriors added to list of state qualifiers
County schools added a few more state qualifiers in track and field, as athletes from Mt. Pleasant, Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO have earned at-large bids to Des Moines.
The Mt. Pleasant girls added three more qualifiers, and the boys’ team had four.
As Coach Dave Hutchcroft expected, Elinor Krieger-Coble will compete in shot put at the state meet, and Chloe Haffarnan added another event to her schedule: the 1,500-meter run.
The distance medley team of Tasha Vancil, Hannah Becker, Laura Hult and Natalie Ita also qualified.
For the boys’ team, Tommy Thorne and Cole Phillips will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 4x100 team of Paul Holdefer, Spencer White, Phillips and Blake Knudsen will get a chance to race on the blue oval, as Coach Scot Lamm predicted.
The Panthers also qualified their boys’ 4x400 team of Trey Magnani, Logan Mulford, White and Thorne, which came as a surprise.
“I didn’t figure we’d be able to hold on there,” Lamm said.
For W-MU, the boy’s team qualified in two events: the 4x400 and the open 400.
Max Fricke will be running the open 400 in Des Moines, and he will also anchor the 4x400. His teammates in the relay are Levi Giese, Darren Hunter and Conner Shellabarger.
The W-MU girls added defending 100-meter hurdles champion Cassie Kingery to their list of qualifiers. Kingery placed third at the qualifying meet in an extremely close race — the top three finishers were separated by just two hundredths of a second. The winner, Hanna Haynes of Van Buren, finished in 16.39 seconds, followed by Mallory Reed of Pekin, 16.40 seconds, and Kingery, 16.41 seconds.
The Wolves also qualified the girls’ 4x100-meter team (Paige Breon, Kingery, Emily Mathews and Cassidy Lennie) and the 4x200-meter team (Breon, Mathews, Karlie Wade and Kingery).
WACO added two boys’ events: Klinton Garrett will run the 800 and the distance medley team of Kevin Anderson, Tyler Ayers, Dylan Carlson and Garrett will also compete at state.
The meet begins Thursday morning at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.