Moravia track and field

Moravia 4x400 with their medals after taking sixth at state. From left to right: head coach Steve Smith, Hunter Arbogast, Wil Martin, Chace Hamilton, Brett Cormeny.

DES MOINES — The final day started bright and early as the incoming storm moved up start times approximately one hour early in an attempt to avoid it. The Centerville boys competed in the sprint medley in the morning while the Moravia 4x400 grabbed another medal for the second consecutive year.

With the impending storm nearing, the quartet of Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin and Hunter Arbogast made their way to the blue oval to run in the 1A boys 4x400 final.

Moravia went with the same lineup that got them there, meaning Cormeny would be the first off the blocks.

“Before the race I was a little nervous telling myself ‘what did I get myself into,’ but when I started running it all went away and it was awesome,” Cormeny said.

Cormeny started in lane two and would try to keep pace with a fast field. At the first handoff, Moravia looked to be in a tie for seventh as Hamilton got the baton.

Hamilton, with the experience of racing at the blue oval last year and this year, handled the nerves and ran a solid leg for Moravia.

“As a freshman, it’s really nerve-racking. Coming back this year it feels a lot better, you what you’re expecting with a big crowd here and it’s a great experience,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton was able to give a Martin a clean handoff in a lot of traffic as the junior took off hoping for some more of that magic that he had on Thursday. Martin was able to make ground on fifth place and the rest of the pack and gave it all he had left from three emotionally and physically draining races.

“Coming from the distance medley yesterday and going right into the 4x400 was hard but I made it and pushed myself with the adrenaline and just ran hard,” Martin said.

Last year, Arbogast was in charge of the opening leg. This year, as a senior, he has been tasked as the anchor. With the bright orange-shirted Moravia faithful on their feet, Arbogast tried to catch up with the group of five in front of him.

The group wouldn’t let up and Moravia would end up taking home sixth place with a time of 3:28.32, about a second slower than their prelim. St. Edmond took home the title, clocking in at 3:25.73.

“The field was a lot faster this year but it didn’t bother them a bit. They stayed right with them and I’m very proud of them,” Moravia head coach Steve Smith said.

The four wanted more but have nothing to hang their heads for. The senior Arbogast made sure to remind them that.

“It means a lot to us to be back,” Arbogast said. “I tell these younger guys not to take it for granted because I missed out on an opportunity to make my sophomore year and these guys have made it as freshmen and sophomores. Being up on the blue oval is a one-of-a-kind experience and I just told them to enjoy it.”

Moravia should have a chance to make a third straight trip to Drake in the 4x400 with Cormeny, Hamilton and Martin returning for the Mohawks next year.

Centerville ran their one Saturday event in the morning as a light drizzle started. Gage Carson and Brady Kauzlarich would start off the distance medley for the Big Reds, each running strong 100s.

Matthew McDonald got the baton from Kauzlarich and gained another spot on the front stretch to put Centerville in fifth going into the final leg. Quinton Koestner fired up to front in the first 100 of his leg to take the lead as the runners came down to the rail.

Koestner held the lead going into the final 200 meters but would slide back to second before sliding back further as the pack made one last push.

Centerville would end up in seventh in their heat and 19th overall with a time of 1:38.49. They came into the day with the 23rd-best qualifying time.

Saturday local boys results

Sprint medley (3A) — 19. Centerville (Gage Carson, Brady Kauzlarich, Matthew McDonald, Quinton Koestner) 1:38.49

4x400 (1A) — 6. Moravia (Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin, Hunter Arbogast) 3:28.32

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

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Colin Peters has been a sports writer at the Daily Iowegian since May 2017