BELLE PLAINE - The Colo-Nesco boys made state in five events and the Royal girls advanced in three after a solid showing at the Class 1A state qualifying meet in Belle Plaine May 11.

The Royal boys picked up two gold and three silver medals. The Royal girls won one event and came in second twice.

As a team, the Royal boys scored 67 points to place fifth out of 15 teams. Lynnville-Sully won the boys’ team title at Belle Plaine with 116.5 points and Montezuma (103) and Grundy Center (100) took second and third respectively.

“We had another great week of track,” Colo-Nesco head boys’ track coach Tony Stalzer said. “After finishing runner-up at our conference meet last week, I was a little concerned that we peaked too early. That wasn’t the case. The guys really competed well and stepped up to the challenge.”

Caleb Cobbs is headed to Des Moines in both the 3,200 and 1,600-meter running events after winning both at Belle Plaine. Cobbs also helped Colo-Nesco advance in the distance medley relay with a runner-up finish.

“Caleb has been very motivated to go back in the 3,200 and to make it in the 1,600,” Stalzer said. “He got the job done.”

Cobbs won the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 34.09 seconds. His time beat Montezuma’s Paden Maschmann by nearly 12 full seconds for first at Belle Plaine and it ranks 19th among 1A state qualifiers.

Cobbs did even better in the 1,600. His winning effort of 4:42.30 beat out the 4:43.94 by Belle Plaine’s Joe Eichhorn for first and it is rated the ninth-fastest qualifying time in 1A.

Wayne Beard, Garrett Packer and Garret Tiarks joined Cobbs in running a 3:43.97 in the distance medley to come in behind Grundy Center’s 3:42.53. The Royal distance medley team is ranked ninth going into the state meet.

Beard also qualified individually in the 100. His time of :11.51 placed second at Belle Plaine and ranks 12th among qualifying times.

Matthew Hill returned to state in the high jump after a one-year absence. After not jumping last year, Hill came on late this season to qualify, clearing six feet, one inch at Belle Plaine to rank seventh in 1A.

“Matthew Hill qualifying in the high jump was fantastic,” Stalzer said. “After making it to state his freshman year and then having a knee injury last year, that kept him from competing in track. It was great to see him be so successful.”

In the girls’ competition, Colo-Nesco received a win from Lauren Riese in the discus. Riese’s best throw of 102-3 edged out the 101-4 toss by Tri-County’s Miranda Little for first to earn Riese a spot at state.

“Lauren Riese is following in her family’s footsteps as she is the third sibling in her family to compete in field events at state,” Colo-Nesco head girls’ track coach Josh Nessa said. “Her father was also a competitor at state when he was in high school. It has been very exciting seeing Lauren improve all season.”

Lauryn Hill joined her older brother as a qualifier in the high jump. Lauryn’s best jump of 5-1 took second to the 5-2 effort by Belle Plaine’s Kenzie Mantz at the qualifying meet and it is rated the fifth-best qualifying jump in 1A.

“Lauryn showed a lot of promise in junior high as she broke the Colo-Nesco junior high record in the high jump last year, (then) she also broke the high school high jump record this year,” Nessa said. “Lauryn has shown a lot of toughness and determination as she has been battling a hip injury. It would be crazy to see how high she could jump if she was healthy!”

The Royal girls are also back at state in the shuttle hurdle relay. Lindsey Riese, Hallie Riese, Grace Stalzer and Angela Brinkman placed second at Belle Plaine with a time of 1:10.23.

“The senior group of girls (Hallie Riese, Grace Stalzer, Angela Brinkman) have returned to state in the shuttle hurdle relay for the third time,” Nessa said. “They are a great group that works really hard in the hurdle events and are just fun to be around. Lindsey Riese has done a great job this year as well. She has been working hard to cut time down.”

Belle Plaine won in 1:09.25. The Royal girls’ shuttle hurdle team is rated sixth among qualifying teams in 1A.

The Colo-Nesco girls ended up eighth out of 14 teams at Belle Plaine with 60 points. BGM won with 82 points and Lynnville-Sully was a close second with 78.

The state coed track meet takes place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The 1A competition starts at 9 a.m. today and Friday, and all classes begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. BGM 82 points, 2. Lynnville-Sully 78, 3. Belle Plaine 75.5, 4. Grundy Center 71, 5. Montezuma 69, 6. Iowa Valley 63.5, 7. GMG 62, 8. Colo-Nesco 60, 9. HLV 56, 10. North Mahaska 45, 11. Meskwaki 29, 12. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 26, 13. Tri-County 11, 14. North Tama 7.

Boys: 1. Lynnville-Sully 116.5, 2. Montezuma 103, 3. Grundy Center 100, 4. Belle Plaine 71, 5. Colo-Nesco 67, 6. BGM 56, 7. North Mahaska 49, 8. Twin Cedars 37, 9. HLV 34.5, 10. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 34, 11. Iowa Valley 31.5, 12. GMG 18, 13. North Tama 10.5, 14. Tri-County 8, 15. Meskwaki 5.

Individual results - Colo-Nesco


Shot put - 5. Gracie Kettwig, 31-5; 11. Lauren Riese, 27-8.5.

Discus - 1. Riese, 102-3; 17. Megan Carlson, 77-7.

Long jump - 6. Faith Vincent, 14-6.75.

High jump - 2. Lauryn Hill, 5-1.

Sprint medley relay - 6. Colo-Nesco (Hallie Riese, Jane Caltrider, Rylee Purvis, Lindsey Riese), 2:05.50.

3,000-meter run - 7. Alexis Britten, 13:38.65.

4 X 800-meter relay - 8. Colo-Nesco (Claire Skinner, Emily Brinkman, Emmy Hostetler, Sanora Nelson), 13:22.44.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 2. Colo-Nesco (L. Riese, H. Riese, Stalzer, A. Brinkman), 1:10.23.

100-meter dash - 7. Rylie Reischauer, :13.69; 26. Shaynn Grover, :20.05.

Distance medley relay - 8. Colo-Nesco (Stalzer, Caltrider, Purvis, Vincent), 5:03.02.

4 X 200-meter relay - 9. Colo-Nesco (H. Riese, Caltrider, Purvis, Reischauer), 2:02.02.

100-meter hurdles - 5. A. Brinkman, :17.77; 7. L. Riese, :18.24.

800-meter run - 7. Vincent, 2:50.41; 14. Claire Skinner, 3:05.58.

200-meter dash - 6. Reischauer, :28.89; 8. Hill, :30.21.

400-meter hurdles - 4. A. Brinkman, 1:12.76; 11. Stalzer, 1:24.79.

1,500-meter run - 11. Britten, 6:10.51; 19. E. Brinkman, 6:54.14.

4 X 100-meter relay - 10. Colo-Nesco (H. Riese, Stalzer, Caltrider, Reischauer), :58.33.

4 X 400-meter relay - 8. Colo-Nesco (L. Riese, Purvis, A. Brinkman, Vincent), 4:56.24.


Shot put - 8. Garrett Packer, 40-11; 13. Garret Tiarks, 37-1.5.

Discus - 26. Colin Hall, 57-8.

Long jump - 7. Kelly Gray, 19-0.25; 8. Philip Bower, 18-0.

High jump - 2. Matthew Hill, 6-1.

Sprint medley relay -10. Colo-Nesco (Wayne Beard, Tiarks, Packer, Mason Lytle), 1:47.09.

3,200-meter run - 1. Caleb Cobbs, 10:34.09.

4 X 800-meter relay - 6. Colo-Nesco (Gray, Brighton Clatt, Sean Cutler, Ethan Wilson), 9:11.25.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 3. Colo-Nesco (Gray, Hill, Bower Vaughn), 1:06.45.

100-meter dash - 2. Wayne Beard, :11.51; 12. Parker Eley, :12.93.

Distance medley relay - 2. Colo-Nesco (Beard, Packer, Tiarks, Cobbs), 3:43.97.

400-meter dash - 10. Wilson, :59.60; 12. Ayden Bappe, 1:00.82.

4 X 200-meter relay - 9. Colo-Nesco (Eley, Hill, Connor Clark, Lytle), 1:43.67.

110-meter high hurdles - 9. Bower, :18.05; 12. Vaughn, :18.61.

800-meter run - 6. Clatt, 2:14.58; 19. Charles Nicholls, 2:49.30.

200-meter dash - 12. Lytle, :25.88; 26. Luke Hill, :29.46.

400-meter low hurdles - 7. Gray, 1:01.92; 23. Alex Grover, 1:07.29.

1,600-meter run - 1. Cobbs, 4:42.30; 6. Cutler, 5:06.64.

4 X 100-meter relay - 7. Colo-Nesco (Beard, Packer, Bower, Vaughn), :48.41.