DES MOINES — It was a beautiful day at the mecca of Iowa track and field at Drake Stadium packed full of 13,291 Iowa track fans.

Competition got started on Monday morning with Seymour’s Payton Jellison in the shot put and Moravia’s Tucker Babbitt in the long jump.

Jellison would finish 23rd in the shot put with a throw of 31-07.75. The throw was a foot shorter than her throw in qualifying. Riceville’s Abby Marr won the event with a throw of 40-08.50.

Babbitt took 18th in the 1A boys long jump with his best jump coming in at 18-06.75. North Linn’s Ryan Miller won the event with a jump of 22-03.75.

Moravia’s 4x800 squad of Wil Martin, Tanner Cormeny, Hunter Arbogast and Chace Hamilton would finish eight place in their section and 20th overall with a time of 8:40.13.

Martin started the race off strong and found himself in the top four with the leading pack. From there the Mohawks would gradually drop back and found themselves near the back. Arbogast had a quick 800 moving up four spots for the anchor Chace Hamilton. Hamilton would finish strong but Moravia would ultimately come up about 16 seconds short of placing.

Jaxson Ocker, Tyson Belloma, Matthew McDonald and Trent McCann competed in the boys 4x110 shuttle hurdle preliminary for Centerville. The Big Reds would finish third in their heat and 13th overall with a time of 1:01.53.

They ran a pretty clean race that ended up being nearly the exact same time they ran during qualifying (1:01.49). They missed the last qualifying spot by one second which was grabbed by Davis County with a time of 1:00.53.

Centerville’s Claire Mathews had the best finish of day one taking 10th place in the long jump with her best jump coming on her second attempt with a distance of 16-00.50. That crushed her qualifying distance of 15-07.00 which made her the shortest distance to qualify. She would finish as the third best freshman in the event.

Ysabella Berja also competed for the Redettes and would take 20th place with a jump of 15-00.50. Mathews and Berja had to make adjustments on the fly trying to get the right distance for their run up. Coach Tom Hill was in the stands and would have to give hand signals to help the girls and give them encouragement as coaches are not allowed on the field.

While the Redettes were jumping, the Big Reds were throwing. McCain Oden and Peyton Moore represented Centerville in the shot put after finishing first and second at their qualifying site.

Oden would finish in 22nd with a throw of 46-05.50 while Moore took 24th with a throw of 43-05.50.

Opening day was rounded out by the Redettes 4x100 shuttle hurdles team of Ysabella Berja, Abby White, Alyssa Anderson and Claire Mathews. The Redettes would finish 18th after coming into the night with the 18th best qualifying time.

Centerville had a time of 1:12.27 and they will be the first ones to tell you that it wasn’t the time they were capable of. The girls had a 1:10.27 for their qualifying time which put them just about a half of second off of a trip to the finals if they repeated that time tonight.

They are a young core of three freshman and one sophomore and they will certainly use this experience as motivation to return to Des Moines for the next two plus years.

Action continues at Drake Stadium all day Friday and Saturday.

Thursday boys local results

Long jump (1A) — 18. Tucker Babbitt (Moravia) 22-03.75

4x800 (1A) — 20. Moravia (Wil Martin, Tanner Cormeny, Hunter Arbogast, Chace Hamilton) 8:40.13

4x110 shuttle hurdles (2A) — 13. Centerville (Jaxson Ocker, Tyson Belloma, Matthew McDonald, Trent McCann) 1:01.53

Shot put (2A) — 22. McCain Oden (Centerville) 46-05.50; 24. Peyton Moore (Centerville) 43-05.50

Thursday girls local results

Shot put (1A) — 23. Payton Jellison (Seymour) 31-07.75

Long jump (2A) — 10. Claire Mathews (Centerville) 16-00.50; 20. Ysabella Berja (Centerville) 15-00.50

4x100 shuttle hurdles (2A) — 18. Centerville (Ysabella Berja, Abby White, Alyssa Anderson, Claire Mathews) 1:12.27

Colin Peters is a sports reporter for the Daily Iowegian. He can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @ColinPetersDI.

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