DES MOINES - Colo-Nesco freshman Lauryn Hill did what she set out to do during the Class 1A girls’ high jump and the Caleb Cobbs set a personal record in one event for the Royal boys at the state coed track meet held last Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Hill entered the meet focused on placing. She had plenty of jitters going into her first state meet, but with good advice from Colo-Nesco head girls’ track coach Josh Nessa, Hill managed to settle down and perform at a high level on cold Friday afternoon.
“Seeing the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded (girls) jumping five feet, six inches was very intimidating,” Hill said. “But coach Nessa helped me a lot with my nerves and really gave me good advice. He said he’d be proud of how I did no matter what, but I just really wanted to medal.”
Hill cleared the opening height of 4-8 on her first try. She did it again at 4-10.
With the bar set at 5-0, Hill again made it over on her first attempt. That put her in a three-way tie with West Fork’s Lesly Jones, Hartley Melvin-Sanborn’s Alexis Sonich and AGWSR’s Bethany Lippert for third.
Hill, Jones, Sonich and Lippert were all unable to get over the bar at 5-2, leaving them in a tie for third in the final standings of the event.
“I went in knowing that I had to give it everything I had,” Hill said. “I’m still super excited to have gotten third along with the other three girls I tied with. It’d definitely an experience I won’t forget.”
Rockford’s Alyssa Staudt and Fremont-Mills’ Bailey Houschild both cleared 5-2 as the top two finishers in 1A, with Staudt winning after making it over on her first try.
Colo-Nesco also competed in the 1A girls’ shuttle hurdle relay and Lauren Riese threw the discus at state.
Lindsey Riese, Hallie Riese, Grace Stalzer and Angela Brinkman teamed to place 12th during Thursday’s shuttle hurdle prelims. The Royal team clocked in at one minute, 11.40 seconds.
“Our shuttle hurdle team qualified for state for three consecutive years (and) the team consisted of three seniors (Hallie Riese, Stalzer and Brinkman), all of whom have been on the state team all three years,” Nessa said. “Although their time at state was a little slower than their PR (1:10.47) this season they still ran a good race.”
Lauren Riese took 23rd in the discus with a throw of 97-9.
“Lauren is only a sophomore,” Nessa said. “She is looking forward to doing her best to return next season.”
The Colo-Nesco girls placed 46th in the final 1A girls’ team standings with 4.5 points. Sigourney won the 1A girls’ team title with 48 points and Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto (46 points) and Danville (45.5) were close behind.
In the 1A boys’ competition, Caleb Cobbs set a personal record in the 3,200 for Colo-Nesco on Thursday. Cobbs came up one spot shy of placing, taking ninth in 10:00.27.
“Caleb Cobbs ran a PR in a tough field,” Colo-Nesco head boys’ track coach Tony Stalzer said. “(His) 10:00.27 was nine seconds better than his previous best. I know he was hoping to go under 10 minutes, so this will drive him to work hard in the off-season.”
Cobbs also ran in the 1,600 on Saturday. He placed 14th in 4:41.33.
Matthew Hill and Wayne Beard also competed in an individual at state for Colo-Nesco.
Hill tied for 10th in the 1A boys’ high jump after clearing 5-10.
“After Matthew hurt his knee his sophomore year and (wasn’t) able to high jump last year, (it) was a real downer for him,” Tony Stalzer said. “He wasn’t sure if jumping this year was the right thing to do. He has worked very hard this season to find the confidence in his knee and in himself to get back to the form he had as a freshman. I am very happy with him jumping 5’10” and placing 10th at state, and look forward to seeing what he can do next year.”
Beard took 11th during Thursday’s 100 preliminaries after running a time of :11.46.
“Finishing 11th is a great accomplishment for him,” Tony Stalzer said. “He has worked hard this year to make it to state and I very happy for him.”
Beard and Cobbs also were part of the Royal boys’ distance medley team that took 12th in 1A on Friday with a time of 3:43.46. Garrett Packer and Garret Tiarks ran the other two legs for the Royals.
“The (distance medley) has been our go-to race all season,” Tony Stalzer said. “These guys have had a great season of running this race. They have really come together as a relay and have done a lot of good things for us. Placing 12th at state is something they can be proud of.”
Lisbon dominated the 1A boys’ team competition at state with 89 points. Pekin was a distant second with 45 points.
Class 1A individual results - Colo-Nesco
Discus - 23. Lauren Riese, 97-9.
High jump - 3. (tie) Lauryn Hill, 5-0.
Shuttle hurdle relay (prelims) - 12. Colo-Nesco (Lindsey Riese, Hallie Riese, Grace Stalzer, Angela Brinkman), 1:11.40.
High jump - 10. (tie) Matthew Hill, 5-10.
3,200-meter run - 9. Caleb Cobbs, 10:00.27.
100-meter dash (prelims) - 11. Wayne Beard, :11.46.
Distance medley relay - 12. Colo-Nesco (Beard, Garrett Packer, Garret Tiarks, Cobbs), 3:43.46.
1,600-meter run - 14. Cobbs, 4:41.33.