Iowegianland athletes will compete in 16 events at this year’s State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines.
Both Centerville teams had great qualifying nights as the Big Reds finished third as a team with 100 points while the Redettes took fifth as a team with 62 points. The Big Reds qualified for state in seven events while Ysabella Berja was the lone Redette to qualify.
Cade Moore will get things started for Centerville on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the discus. Moore took second at the qualifier with a throw of 146-10, good for 16th among the 24 qualifiers. His season-best throw this season is 153-8, that would’ve been ninth-best if he threw that in qualifying.
Trent McCann will then compete in his first of two events on Friday. He will start in the 110-meter hurdles at 9:50 a.m. after a late lunge at the finish line got him a second place finish at the qualifier with a time of 15.51. The Drake Relay qualifier had the 14th-best qualifying time.
Just a couple hours later at 1:10 p.m., McCann will join Gage Carson, Matthew McDonald and McCain Oden in the 4x100. The quartet qualified for the Drake Relays earlier this year and will return after earning an at-large bid. They had the 22nd best qualifying time at 45.15.
Carson, McDonald and Oden will each have busy weekends as they all qualified in multiple events. Carson and McDonald are in two other relays while Oden returns to Drake in the shot put.
Oden won the qualifier with a throw of 50-10.75. The junior will have a really good chance to improve on his 22nd place finish from a year ago as he had the ninth-best throw among qualifiers and was a foot away from the third-best throw.
Carson and McDonald will join Quinton Koestner and Brady Kauzlarich in the 4x200 and the sprint medley. Both quartets had thrilling nights. Centerville’s 4x200 ran a season-best time of 1:32.26 to win and advance to state with the seventh-best time.
The sprint medley got off to a great start and were leading for 300 of the 400 meters of the last leg but would fade to third and look like they would come up short. Mount Pleasant would end up being disqualified in front of them, getting them the automatic birth with the 23rd-best time of 1:37.31, which was a season-best time.
The quartet of Koestner, Kauzlarich, Oden and Merrick Mathews capped off the exciting qualifying night in the 4x400. The Centerville four led nearly the entire race after coming in with the fourth-best time. Mathews was the anchor and would fall back to third entering the final 200 meters, but Mathews would run a fast final 100 to push Centerville into second place with a season-best time of 3:31.33, nearly four seconds better than their previous best and the 21st-best time among qualifiers.
Berja had the biggest jump of the night (no pun intended) as the sophomore came into the long jump qualifier with the sixth longest jump among a deep field. Berja finished outside the top two but her jump of 15-10 would prove to be long enough to head back to state for the second straight year with the 20th-best jump. She finished 20th last year with a jump of 15-00.5.
The Moravia boys qualified in three events this year with some familiar faces returning to the blue oval.
Tanner Cormeny will run in the 400-meter hurdles after qualifying for state in the 4x800 last year. His run of 58.50 was the 21st-best qualifying time.
Moravia also has a pair of relays running at the blue oval again on Friday night. The quartet of Bryce Kaster, Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton and Wil Martin will run in the distance medley after coming in with the 23rd best qualifying time of 3:49.14.
Brett Cormeny, Hamilton and Martin will then join Hunter Arbogast in the 4x400 prelims later that night. Moravia returns Martin and Arbogast from last year’s quartet that took third place in the same event. This year they come in with the sixth-best qualifying time of 3:32.11 and will be looking to grab Moravia’s first state title since 1987.
The Seymour girls saw two girls qualify for a total of three events this year while Sloan Sulser will be the lone Warrior in Des Moines.
Hannah Hinners makes her first trip to Drake as a senior qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. Hinners had the 18th-best qualifying time in the 100 and the 15th-best in the 400.
Acey Jellison is back at Drake for a fourth straight year in the high jump. She was 17th in qualifying by clearing the bar at 4-10. Last year she finished eighth after clearing the bar at 4-11 but she will have a chance at a top five finish if she can clear her career high of 5-2.
Sulser has dominated the throwing events all year long and will now have a chance to showcase his talent at the state meet. The senior qualified with the 15th-best discus throw of 135-8 while qualifying with the 17th-best throw in the shot put at 45-5.75.
The Iowa State Track and Field Championships run from Thursday to Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Thursday’s local schedule
11:30 a.m. — Cade Moore (Centerville) in 3A boys discus finals (flight one)
4:30 p.m. — Sloan Sulser (Seymour) in 1A boys shot put finals (flight one)
Friday’s local schedule
9:50 a.m. — Trent McCann (Centerville) in 3A boys 110-meter hurdles prelims (heat two)
10:35 a.m. — Centerville (Gage Carson, Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich, Matthew McDonald) in 3A boys 4x200 finals (section three)
11:30 a.m. — McCain Oden (Centerville) in 3A boys shot put finals (flight two)
11:30 a.m. — Ysabella Berja (Centerville) in 3A girls long jump finals (flight one)
1:10 p.m. — Centerville (Gage Carson, Matthew McDonald, McCain Oden, Trent McCann) in 3A boys 4x100 finals (heat three)
2:15 p.m. — Centerville (Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich, McCain Oden, Merrick Mathews) in 3A boys 4x400 prelims (heat three)
3:40 p.m. — Hannah Hinners (Seymour) in 1A girls 100-meter hurdles prelims (heat one)
4:30 p.m. — Sloan Sulser (Seymour) in 1A boys discus finals (flight one)
4:30 p.m. — Acey Jellison (Seymour) in 1A girls high jump finals (flight one)
5 p.m. — Tanner Cormeny (Moravia) in 1A boys 400-meter hurdles final (section one)
5:20 p.m. — Hannah Hinners (Seymour) in 1A girls 400-meter hurdles finals (section two)
5:40 p.m. — Moravia (Bryce Kaster, Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin) in 1A boys distance medley final (section one)
7:40 p.m. — Moravia (Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin, Hunter Arbogast) in 1A boys 4x400 prelims (heat one)
Saturday’s local schedule
10:10 a.m. — Centerville (Gage Carson, Brady Kauzlarich, Matthew McDonald, Quinton Koestner) in 3A boys 800 sprint medley finals (section one)
1:05 p.m. (if qualify) — Hannah Hinners (Seymour) in 1A girls 100-meter hurdles finals
1:15 p.m. (if qualify) — Trent McCann (Centerville) in 3A boys 110-meter hurdles finals
4:20 p.m. (if qualify) — Moravia (Brett Cormeny, Chace Hamilton, Wil Martin, Hunter Arbogast) in 1A boys 4x400 finals
4:20 p.m. (if qualify) — Centerville (Quinton Koestner, Brady Kauzlarich, McCain Oden, Merrick Mathews) in 3A boys 4x400 finals