DES MOINES — A hot Thursday led to heavy rains and thunderstorms on Friday morning pushing start times back one hour. Competitors would enjoy cooler conditions with a lot of rain. The rain returned from the morning into the afternoon as it was a busy day for the Iowegianland kids capped off by a couple of fantastic races later that night.
The highlight of the day came in the last race of the day in the 1A boys 4x400. Moravia, who finished third in the event last year, came into the night with the sixth-best qualifying time.
The quartet of Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin and Hunter Arbogast were put into the first heat, meaning they would need to post a good enough time that would get them in the top eight with two heats following them.
Cormeny got off to a strong start as Moravia would be in a three-way tie for second after the first leg. Hamilton then pulled away from the fray to put the Mohawks in a comfortable second place behind defending champion St. Albert.
Martin then got the transfer from Hamilton and ran a hard 300 meters to catch up, and briefly pass, the leader. Martin was spent going down the front stretch, which would allow St. Albert to recapture the lead.
Arbogast was tasked with the anchor leg and with those fresh legs he would attempt to hunt down first place. St. Albert would hold steady and Moravia would settle for second but would post a season-best time of 3:27.48.
Moravia would again play the waiting game to watch their fate. The second heat went by and they slid back to fourth. The final heat started and all Moravia could do is sit, watch and pray. As the final legs finished up and the times were posted on the north video board, the boys stood up in celebration as they once again secured a spot in the 4x400 finals.
Their prelim time of 3:27.48 was actually about half a second better than their finals run last year. Something about the blue oval brings out the best in the Moravia relays.
The day started with Centerville’s Trent McCann in the 110-meter hurdles. McCann ran a pretty clean race but would finish 18th with a time of 15.85.
He then watched Gage Carson, Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich and Matthew McDonald race in a steady downpour for the 4x200 finals. As it turned out, the rain didn’t look to bother them that much as they finished their heat with a time of 1:32.94, just 0.68 seconds off their season-best time.
Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t enough to get to the finals as they finished 12th overall.
Centerville’s McCain Oden competed in the shot put among similar competition he faced at the Drake Relays last month. Oden was in the second flight and would end up taking 13th place with a throw of 48-2.5. He improved his placing from last year, where he took 22nd.
While the shot put finalists were being announced, Oden quickly joined Carson, McCann and Matthew McDonald for the 4x100 prelims. The Drake Relay qualifiers got the benefit of the rain stopping just in time before their race. They would finish 21st overall with a time of 45.34.
Koestner, Kauzlarich and Oden then teamed up with Merrick Mathews for the 4x400 prelims. The times were quick and Centerville were no exception, they ran a season-best time of 3:31.00 after previously setting a new season-best at the qualifier. The Big Reds came in with the 21st-best time and would move up the results as they would finish 17th at state.
Centerville’s Ysabella Berja got to compete in the long jump while the morning downpour was still in full effect. A wet track along with wet sand held her back from her best as she finished 21st overall with her first jump being her best at 14-10.5
She finished 20th in the long jump last year at state with her best jump coming in at 15-00.5. Her jump to qualify this year was nearly a full foot further at 15-10.
Seymour’s Sloan Sulser returned to the fields north of Drake Stadium for the 1A boys discus on Friday. Sulser had the third-best throw in flight one, meaning he would have to wait for the results from flight two to see if he would squeak into the finals.
Sulser’s throw of 138-10 was better than his qualifying throw but he would come up just short of a medal and a trip to the finals, finishing in ninth place by a foot and a half. He ends his senior year of track with his ninth place finish in discus to go along with his 16th place finish in the shot put on Thursday.
Seymour’s Hannah Hinners had her first of two events on the night with the 110-meter hurdles. Hinners would clip a hurdle early on and would have to make up ground from there. She would finish 22nd overall with a time of 17.98.
Later that night, Hinners ran in the 400 hurdles and would rebound by putting together a season-best performance, running a time of 1:10.45.
After two heats, Hinners was watching the timer as she was sitting in fifth place. A handful of quick times in the final heat would push her back to 12th.
While Hinners was running, Acey Jellison was close by in the 1A girls high jump. Jellison, a four-time state qualifier in the event, would get off to a great start by clearing the bar at 4-8 and 4-10 on her first attempts.
Jellison then had trouble with the bar at 5-0, where she would clip three times to be eliminated and finish in a tie for 10th place. Her best finish came last year where she finished eighth after clearing the bar at 4-11.
Moravia’s Tanner Cormeny started off the first of three events for the Mohawks on Friday. He would take 19th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.62, nearly identical to his qualifying time.
He then watched his twin brother Brett along with Bryce Kaster, Hamilton and Martin in the distance medley. Moravia came into the event with the 23rd-best qualifying time, but would have the biggest improvement among Iowegianland competitors.
The Mohawks were sitting in the back of the pack after the first 400 meters. Brett Cormeny then took the handoff from Hamilton and would run a great 400 leg, bringing Moravia up to fourth place heading into the anchor leg.
Martin received the baton from Cormeny and started to close in on the three runners in front of him. After a neck-and-neck 400 meters, Martin moved into third though 500 of his 800 meters. While the others in front of him started to look tired, Martin looked faster as he would move into second place going into the front stretch. He didn’t stop there as he blew by St. Edmond’s anchor to bring home a first place finish in heat one with a time of 3:42.27.
They would come up short on a medal and would finish in 11th, a 12-spot improvement from their qualifying time. Three of the four would go on to help Moravia qualify for the 4x400 finals later that night.
The weather delay and heavy rain didn’t stop the people from coming out to Drake Stadium. The officially announced attendance was 15,274 which was the third-most all-time for a Friday.
Weather isn’t expected to cooperate on Saturday and the meet as been moved up one hour in an attempt to avoid it.
There are two local events set for Saturday with the Centerville boys running in the sprint medley around 9:10 a.m. while the Moravia 4x400 have already secured a medal and will compete for a state title later in the afternoon.
Friday local boys results
110 hurdles (3A) — 18. Trent McCann (Centerville, 15.85)
4x200 (3A) — 12. Centerville (Gage Carson, Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich, Matthew McDonald) 1:32.94
Shot put (3A) — 13. McCain Oden (Centerville, 48-2.5)
4x100 (3A) — 21. Centerville (Gage Carson, Matthew McDonald, McCain Oden, Trent McCann) 45.34
4x400 (3A) — 17. Centerville (Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich, McCain Oden, Merrick Mathews) 3:31.00
Discus (1A) — 9. Sloan Sulser (Seymour, 138-10)
400 hurdles (1A) — 19. Tanner Cormeny (Moravia, 58.62)
Distance medley (1A) — 11. Moravia (Bryce Kaster, Chace Hamilton, Brett Cormeny, Wil Martin) 3:42.27
4x400 (1A) — 5. Moravia (Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin, Hunter Arbogast) 3:27.48
Friday local girls results
Long jump (3A) — 21. Ysabella Berja (Centerville, 14-10.5)
100 hurdles (1A) — 22. Hannah Hinners (Seymour, 17.98)
High jump (1A) — T10. Acey Jellison (Seymour, 4-10)
400 hurdles (1A) — 12. Hannah Hinners (Seymour, 1:10.45)