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Action-packed day one at state track meet in Des Moines

May 19, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger MPCHS’s Chase Lamm competes in the shuttle hurdle prelims.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


DES MOINES — Day one has come and gone at the Iowa High School State Track and Field meet.

Of the many Henry County storylines, the most prevalent might be that of the Mt. Pleasant boys, who had a great first day of action and currently sit in third place as a team with 14 points.

The bulk of those points came from 3200-meter runners Logan Murray and Cody Mertens.

The two had a big showing for the maroon and gold. Murray placed second in 9:31.69 and Mertens was close behind him with a sixth-place 9:47.57.

The Panthers took home another sixth-place finish just a few events later when the 4X800 team of Kyle Vanderham, Jonathan Ita, Murray and Jacob Stukerjurgen crossed the finish line in 8:14.22.

The Panthers also put themselves in good position for some more points later in the week. The shuttle hurdle team of Keegan Rich, Chase Lamm, Cole Burns and Jake Lowe qualified in 59.18 seconds, fourth best overall. They will run on Saturday in the shuttle hurdle final.

The Mt. Pleasant girls had a couple of top-15 finishes themselves. The 4X800 team of Maggie Cristoforo, Maggie Jennings, Abby Ryon and Taylor Murray placed 12th, in 9:59.81. Ryon placed 12th in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:57.68.

Bailey Johnson threw a 98-10 in her third throw for her best toss of the night in the girls’ discus throw. She finished 24th overall. The shuttle-hurdle team of Maddie Williamson, Serenity Keomanivong, Kalynn Batey and Allison Buckert placed third in their heat and did not qualify for the finals.

It was a big day for some small-school athletes as well, with a handful of athletes picking up points or moving on to the next round.

New London’s Carson McSorley placed fourth in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 59.66 seconds. Teammate Savannah Sutherland was 14th, running the race in 1:02.64. Lexi Brown ran the 3000-meter run for the Tigers in a 20th-place time of 11:48.41.

The WACO boys’ shuttle-hurdle team of Cornell Hulme, Jackson Roth, Beau Beckler and Colton Horak qualified for Saturday’s finals in 1:00.95, which was good enough for sixth place.

The girls’ team of McKenna White, Kiana Miller, Laney Graber and Kasey Sutton was disqualified in their heat.

Hulme was able to qualify in seventh place in the 100-meter dash, running the race in 11.29 seconds.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Bryce Robison finished 10th in the 100-meter dash in 11.41 seconds, just two spots away from qualifying. Robison did make the finals in the 200-meter dash, however, qualifying sixth with a time of 22.85 seconds.

The athletes are back on the track today (Friday) for the second day of action. Full results from the state track meet will appear in Monday’s edition of The News.


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