Erickson advances for C-N boys

BELLE PLAINE – The Colo-Nesco girls’ track team is sending three individuals on to state and the Royal boys will have one runner competing in Des Moines after the two teams turned in a solid showing at the Class 1A coed state qualifying meet May 9.

Devin Francis, Samantha Riese and Shayla Dean are headed to state for the Colo-Nesco girls after stepping up big at the state qualifying meet.

Francis and Riese both qualified in the discus after tying for second place at Belle Plaine with identical throws of 106 feet, eight inches. Francis will be competing at state for the first time after turning in a career-best throw at Belle Plaine, and Riese is returning to state after qualifying in the discus last year as a freshman.

Dean placed fourth in the 400-meter dash. Dean’s time of one minute, 3.30 seconds was fast enough to earn the talented sophomore her first trip to state.

Colo-Nesco also had several other quality performances, placing sixth in the team standings. Team scores were not available at press time.

Caitlyn Riese narrowly missed returning to state in the high jump as she placed third with a jump of 4-10. She also helped the Royals place sixth in the shuttle hurdle relay as Brandi Erickson, Brittnee Packer and Hannah Buseman ran the other three legs to produce a time of 1:20.88.

Dean also took sixth in the long jump with a jump of 13-11 and Buseman was eighth with a 13-7.75 showing. Sam was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 30-8 and Francis came in eighth at 29-4.

Back on the track, Dean just missed state in the 800 as she clocked in at 2:34.49 to place third. Caitlan Clark finished fifth in the 200 with a time of :28.80 and she was seventh in the 400 with a 1:07.16 showing.

Buseman came in sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:19.10.

In relays the Royal 4 X 800 team of Tabitha Halferty, Brooke Hunter, Kylie Sarver and Taylor Brown finished fifth. Their time of 11:52.12 knocked nearly 15 seconds off their previous best effort.

Colo-Nesco also came in seventh in the distance medley as Margaret Kaiser, Makaelyn Neuendorf, Erickson and Sarver teamed up to run a time of 5:10.47. The Royals took eighth in the 4 X 400 with Halferty, Sarver, Caitlyn and Clark joining forces to run a 4:57.97.

"I am very proud of all our girls, who improved their times throughout the season despite a very tough season with difficult weather," Colo-Nesco head coach Josh Nessa said. "In addition to being proud of our state qualifiers, our 4 X 800 team beat their personal best by over 14 seconds and Caitlan (200), Shayla (800), Jillian Gibbons (800) and Devin (discus) all had personal-best performances at the state qualifying meet."

In the boys’ competition, Tyler Erickson provided the big highlight of the evening for Colo-Nesco by qualifying for state in the 400 low hurdles. Erickson ran an excellent time of :58.88 to top his previous best mark of :59.74 and place fourth overall.

Jake Webb came up painfully short of moving on to state in the discus. The senior placed second with a throw of 132-9, but only the event champion automatically qualifies for state in 1A and Webb’s toss fell a measly two inches shy of the cutoff distance.

Erickson turned in two other top-eight individual outings for the Royal boys. Steven Cutler also had a top-eight finish and the Royals placed in two relays.

Erickson added another fourth-place finish in the open 400 as he clocked in at :56.10 and he took seventh in the 800 with a 2:14.54 showing. Cutler placed eighth in the 1,600 after crossing the finish line in 5:18.83.

In the shuttle hurdle relay, team Colo-Nesco came in sixth with a time of 1:09.40. Noah Gibbons, Grant Tiarks and Brady Stoeffler ran the first three legs, and Erickson anchored to help the Royals turn in a season-best time.

In the 4 X 800, Stoeffler and Cutler were joined by T.J. Dunkin and Josh Morrow in running an eighth-place time of 9:42.41. That time was over 17 seconds better than their previous fastest performance.

The Class 1A competition at the state coed track meet will take place from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. today and Friday. On Saturday, all classes will compete together from 9 a.m. until 4:05 p.m.

Individual results – Colo-Nesco

Girls

Shot put – 4. Sam Riese, 30-8; 8. Devin Francis, 29-4

Discus – 2. (tie) Francis and Riese, 106-8

Long jump – 6. Shayla Dean, 13-11; 8. Hannah Buseman, 13-7.75

High jump – 3. Caitlyn Riese, 4-10

4 X 800-meter relay – 5. Colo-Nesco (Tabitha Halferty, Brooke Hunter, Kylie Sarver, Taylor Brown), 11:52.12

Shuttle hurdle relay – 6. Colo-Nesco (Brandi Erickson, Brittnee Packer, C. Riese, Buseman), 1:20.28

100-meter dash – 9. Olivia Key, :14.96

Distance medley relay – 7. Colo-Nesco (Margaret Kaiser, Makaelyn Neuendorf, Erickson, Sarver), 5:10.47

400-meter dash – 4. Dean, 1:03.30; 7. Caitlan Clark, 1:07.16

4 X 200-meter relay – 12. Colo-Nesco (Key, Riese, Kaiser, Neuendorf), 2:06.93

100-meter hurdles – 10. Buseman, :19.41; 12. Erickson, :20.72

800-meter run – 3. Dean, 2:34.49; 16. Jillian Gibbons, 3:04.92

200-meter dash – 5. Clark, :28.80; 22. Neuendorf, :34.06

400-meter hurdles – 6. Buseman, 1:19.10; 9. Erickson, 1:25.01

1,500-meter run – 9. Brown, 6:03.37; 18. Vincent, 7:07.74

4 X 100-meter relay – 11. Colo-Nesco (Key, Kayla Baker, Neuendorf, Kaiser), 1:00.73

4 X 400-meter relay – 8. Colo-Nesco (Halferty, Sarver, C. Riese, Clark), 4:57.97.

Boys

Shot put – 18. Jake Webb, 32-6.5; 22. Michael Starling, 30-5.5

Discus – 2. Webb, 132-9; 11. Starling, 96-1

4 X 800-meter relay – 8. Colo-Nesco (Brady Stoeffler, T.J. Duncan, Steven Cutler, Josh Morrow), 9:42.41

3,200-meter run – 16. Kyle Miller, 13:20.10

Shuttle hurdle relay – 6. Colo-Nesco (Noah Gibbons, Grant Tiarks, Stoeffler, Tyler Erickson), 1:09.40

100-meter dash – 12. Gibbons, :12.80; 21. Deandre Francis, :13.76

400-meter dash – 4. Tyler Erickson, :56.10; 21. Kevin Hapes, 1:07.47

4 X 200-meter relay – 13. Colo-Nesco (Francis, Tanner Clatt, Dunkin, Brandon Jacobs), 2:01.73

110-meter high hurdles – 11. Stoeffler, :20.55; 13. Tiarks, :20.91

1,600-meter run – 8. Cutler, 5:18.83; 15. Morrow, 5:34.41

200-meter dash – 9. Gibbons, :26.11; 21. Morgan Elliott, :29.03

400-meter low hurdles – 4. Erickson, :58.88; 15. Dunkin, 1:11.75

Distance medley relay – 12. Colo-Nesco (Francis, Clatt, Hapes, Morrow), 4:46.69

800-meter run – 7. Erickson, 2:14.54; 13. Cutler, 2:25.94

4 X 100-meter relay – 12. Colo-Nesco (Francis, Webb Tiarks, Gibbons ), :53.68

4 X 400-meter relay – 9. Colo-Nesco (Stoeffler, Tiarks, Dunkin, Clatt), 4:20.33.