Boyd qualifies in girls’ high jump

NEVADA – It took an extra day of waiting on a couple events, but when all was said and done, the Nevada boys’ track team ended up with an impressive haul at the Class 3A coed state qualifying meet May 9 as the Cubs qualified for state in five events.

Nevada had three automatic qualifiers during the meet as its 4 X 200 and 4 X 100-meter relay teams made it and Colynn Black advanced in the 800 meter run after the Cubs finished in the top two of each event. When all the 3A state qualifying meet times from across the state were calculated the next morning, Black found out he also made it in the open 400 and Chase Dobson qualified in the 100.

"It’s nice to see the season continue," Nevada head coach John Pelzer said. "We look forward to a return trip to the blue oval (at Drake Stadium in Des Moines), and we will work hard to return home with several personal-best efforts!"

The 4 X 200 was Nevada’s most successful event as it produced Nevada’s lone gold medal on the day.

Dobson ran a strong first leg to get Nevada out it in front and Erik Fevold and Alex Avalos maintained the advantage for the Cubs heading into the final exchange. Freshman Peyton Sharp then took the baton from Avalos and made a mad dash for the finish line.

"We’re going to win!" Sharp said, reflecting back on his thoughts as he began the anchor leg. "I was thinking we’re ahead and I’m sure we’re going to win and we did. I’m happy."

When Sharp crossed the finish line, Nevada’s time stood at one minute, 33.99 seconds. That was good enough to beat Boone’s runner-up time by a quarter of a second for the gold, as well as earning an automatic trip to state.

"It’s my first time going," Sharp said. "It’s going to be exciting."

The same four individuals that ran the 4 X 200 also qualified for state and picked up a silver medal in the 4 X 100.

This time Sharp ran the first leg, followed by Fevold and Avalos. Dobson took the anchor and finished things off as Nevada ran a :44.93 to beat Webster City’s third-place time by .34 seconds and trail only the :44.62 run by Boone.

"We practiced hand-offs last night until we got them good," Dobson said. "We came into today ready and performed our best. We’re going to state, and we will have a lot of fun."

Dobson also placed third in the 100 with a time of :11.24. He had to wait until the next day to find out for sure if he was going to state in the event, but there wasn’t much doubt as his time ranks 11th among the 24 state qualifiers in 3A.

Senior Colynn Black had to endure a rough stretch following a third-place finish in the 400. But that quickly dissipated after he took second in the 800, and the next day Black’s mood became total elation as he found out he qualified on time in the 400, right after winning the individual title at the 3A boys’ sectional golf meet in Boone.

"The whole year I’ve been chasing the 400 record. I thought it was kind of my race, so getting third and not running my best time was kind of disappointing and it got me down a little bit," Black said. "But then I was thinking it’s senior year and I only have one more chance to go down to state again, and coming in the home stretch (of the 800) that’s all I was thinking about. Everything I was training for was that last 100 meters and it paid off. It was just a breath of fresh air."

Black used the strong final kick to complete the 800 in 2:02.73, which just edged out the 2:02.82 run by Gilbert’s Wes Greder for second and an automatic qualifying spot. Webster City’s Ethan Glenn won the highly-competitive 800, finishing just ahead of Black in 2:02.56.

Black’s 400 time was :52.11, easily putting him in third behind the :50.76 by Iowa Falls-Alden’s Nick Jensen and the :51.59 run by Gilbert’s Andre Rathje. When the entire 3A 400 qualifier field was posted the next morning, Black made the list with the 20th-fastest qualifying time to make it well worth the wait.

Fevold took third in the 400 hurdles with a time of :59.78 to just miss the state cut, and Sharp was also not far off in the 200 after placing fourth in a time of :23.26. Jordan Sanders – a state qualifier in the discus a year ago – fell a little short this time with a fourth-place throw of 132 feet, one inch. Lance Barber was fifth in the shot with a toss of 43-7.25 and Nevada also took fourth in the 4 X 400 and fifth in the shuttle hurdle relay.

"I want to thank Lance, Brandon Becker, Gabe Dubberke, Brandon Russom, Jordan and Eric Wirth for their effort and dedication over the past four seasons," Pelzer said of his seniors that competed in their last meet. "They are outstanding young men and they have represented Nevada very well."

The Nevada girls’ track team had one individual make it to state. Junior Alyssa Boyd qualified in the high jump for the second year in a row as she placed second after clearing 5-0 to match her career-best effort.

"I was super nervous because I was number one going in," Boyd said of her state qualifying meet performance. "I got second, but it’s OK. I was really close to 5-1, so hopefully I’ll get it at state – that’s a huge goal of mine. I’m super excited."

The Nevada girls’ 4 X 200 fell one place shy of qualifying after placing third, and they were unable to advance on time. The Cub team of Lindsey Haley, Erin Sellberg, Kelsey Haley and Mara Rhodes ran a 1:54.39.

The Nevada girls also took fourth in both medley races.

In the distance medley Kelli Neal, Megan Neal, Abigail Bremer and Caitlin Dewell teamed to run a 5:00.39. The Haley girls, Sellberg and Rhodes completed the sprint medley in 2:00.80.

Emily Dittmer took fourth in the 3,000 with a time of 12:16.20 and she was seventh in the 1,500 with a 5:48.10 showing.

Kelsey Haley and Rhodes were fifth and sixth in the 100 with respective times of :13.49 and :13.60, and Abby Tupper placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 88 feet even. Nevada also took sixth in the 4 X 100 and eighth in the 4 X 800 and 4 X 400 relays.

"The girls worked hard throughout the season and always improved on their performances," Nevada head girls’ track coach Ted Johnson said. "I wish my seniors the best of luck after graduation and look forward to seeing everyone back next year."

The state coed track meet will take place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Class 3A events will go from 2 p.m. through 7:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and all classes will compete from 9 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Gilbert 150.5 points, 2. Boone 129, 3. Greene County 120, 4. Webster City 96.5, 5. Iowa Falls-Alden 72, 6. Ballard 61, 7. Saydel 56, 8. Nevada 47.

Boys: 1. Boone 134, 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 100, 3. Webster City 95, 4. Gilbert 94, 5. Greene County 80, 6. Nevada 73, 7. Ballard 66, 8. Saydel 55.

Individual results – Nevada

Girls

Shot put – 10. Madilyn Highland, 28-2.75; 14. Bailey Hinrichs, 25-4.5

Discus – 8. Abby Tupper, 88-0; 9. Tiffany Latshaw, 84-6

High jump – 2. Alyssa Boyd, 5-0

3,000-meter run – 4. Emily Dittmer, 12:16.20

4 X 800-meter relay – 8. Nevada (Amaris Hornbuckle, Maddie Henry, Delaney Cheek, Shannon Gilligan), 11:33.38

100-meter dash – 5. Kelsey Haley, :13.49; 6. Mara Rhodes, :13.60

Distance medley relay – 4. Nevada (Kelli Neal, Megan Neal, Abigail Bremer, Caitlin Dewell), 5:00.39

400-meter dash – 9. Brooke Kelley, 1:13.42; 10. Erin Johnson, 1:14.05

4 X 200-meter relay – 3. Nevada (Lindsey Haley, Erin Sellberg, K. Haley, Rhodes), 1:54.39

800-meter run – 12. Madison Merfeld, 3:14.92; 13. Danielle Sporrer, 3:16.25

200-meter dash – 10. Kayla Little, :29.93; 11. M. Neal, :29.95

Sprint medley relay – 4. Nevada (K. Haley, L. Haley, Rhodes, Sellberg), 2:00.80

1,500-meter run – 7. Dittmer, 5:48.10

4 X 100-meter relay – 6. Nevada (K. Haley, Sellberg, L. Haley, Rhodes), :54.25

4 X 400-meter relay – 8. Nevada (Hornbuckle, Henry, Cheek, Gilligan), 11:33.38.

Boys

Shot put – 5. Lance Barber, 43-7.25; 10. Jordan Sanders, 36-6.25

Discus – 4. Sanders, 132-1

4 X 800-meter relay – 7. Nevada (Joel Olson, Riley Huhn, Erik Tanner, Lucas Markey), 9:11.95

Shuttle hurdle relay – 5. Nevada (Erik Fevold, Traye Pelzer, Brandon Russom, Gabe Dubberke), 1:05.34

100-meter dash – 3. Chase Dobson, :11.24; 13. Brandon Becker, :12.22

400-meter dash – 3. Colynn Black, :52.11; 14. Alex Merfeld, 1:01.11

4 X 200-meter relay – 1. Nevada (Dobson, Fevold, Alex Avalos, Peyton Sharp), 1:33.99

110-meter high hurdles – 7. Dubberke, :17.29; 13. Merfeld, :20.03

1,600-meter run – 9. Markey, 5:09.01; 14. Tanner, 5:29.70

200-meter dash – 4. Sharp, :23.26; 15. Trinity Barker, :25.51

400-meter low hurdles – 3. Fevold, :59.78

Distance medley relay – 7. Nevada (Dubberke, Russom, Becker, Olson), 4:09.56

800-meter run – 2. Black, 2:02.73; 14. Huhn, 2:22.92

4 X 100-meter relay – 2. Nevada (Sharp, Fevold, Avalos, Dobson), :44.93

4 X 400-meter relay – 4. Nevada (Sharp, Avalos, Dobson, Black), 3:46.65.