NEVADA — The Nevada boys had a big day and the Cub girls produce a tremendous individual showing in distance running events at the the Class 3A state qualifying coed track meet May 10 at Cub Stadium.
The Nevada boys qualified for state in an impressive nine events.
The Cub boys won two relays, Malachi Hornbuckle made it in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter running events, Jakob Strottman and Joven Nelson both moved on in the 400 hurdles and Brendan Sellberg advanced in the 100. Om’Unique Wilkerson is returning to Des Moines in the high jump and Sam Abraham qualified in the long jump for the first time.
The Cubs were in top form in the sprint medley and 4 X 200 relays. They were gunning for a third relay title in the 4 X 100, but a dropped baton ended the evening in heartbreak.
“It’s gonna make us work even harder preparing for next week,” Nevada’s Preston Cattanach said. “(We’ll) make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.”
The same four 4 X 100 runners — Cattanach, Joven Nelson, Brendan Sellberg and Rodrigo Perez — will still get a shot at state in the sprint medley. Nelson ran a fantastic 400 leg in the medley to hold off Boone’s Clay Cornelius and give Nevada a winning time of 1:34.11.
“I knew (Cornelius) was a better 400 runner than me, but I knew I’d get the baton in the lead,” Nelson said. “I just knew I had to run faster than I’ve ever run before. I could hear him breathing down my neck the whole time, so that really helped me.”
Boone finished the race in 1:34.65.
Nevada dominated the 4 X 200. Nelson, Sellberg and Perez were joined by Jakob Strottman in running a 1:30.55 to beat Webster City by 3.6 seconds for the win.
Nevada enters state in great position to make a run at a state title in each relay. The Cubs are ranked second among all 3A qualifying teams in both the sprint medley and 4 X 200.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is just in front of Nevada in the sprint medley, entering state with a time of 1:34.08. DCG holds a slim advantage over the Cubs in the 4 X 200 with a qualifying time of 1:30.19.
“I just want to do my best for our seniors (Cattanach, Sellberg and Perez),” Nelson said. “It’s their last year. They won’t ever be able to run high school track again, so we’re trying to do our best to make it a good season.”
Malachi Hornbuckle qualified automatically in the 1,600 with a runner-up showing and he made it on time in the 3,000.
Hornbuckle ran a 4:36.22 in the 1,600 to come in just behind the 4:34.69 by Algona’s Trey Engen at the qualifying meet. He ranks eighth among 3A qualifiers.
“The mile is a hard race,” Hornbuckle said. “I came out on the good end tonight. I got on the inside the whole way, got the lead for a little bit and could run my pace. The race came to me and luckily I’m in good enough shape to take it.”
Earlier in the day, Hornbuckle placed fifth in the 3,000 with a time of 9:59.35.
The stacked field in Nevada masked how strong a race Hornbuckle ran. Hornbuckle ranks seventh among all 3A qualifiers, with No. 3 Trey Egen of Algona (9:58.11), No. 4 Caleb Cobbs of Boone (9:58.78), No. 5 Quinton Orr of Humboldt (9:59.03) and No. 6 Tyler Rees of Gilbert (9:59.35) all coming in just ahead of him at the qualifying meet.
Sellberg placed third in the 100 at the qualifying meet with a time of :11.32. Algona’s Samate Bawden won in :11.17 and Humboldt’s Jamison Heintz justed edged Sellberg for second with an :11.31 showing.
Wilkerson jumped 6-4 to take third in the high jump for Nevada behind Boone’s Bret Price and Gilbert’s Eric Swart, who cleared 6-6 and 6-5 respectively. Wilkerson ranks sixth among all 3A qualifiers.
Abraham jumped 21-1 in the long jump at the qualifying meet to place fifth. He ranks 14th among 3A qualifiers.
In a loaded 400 hurdles field at the qualifying meet, Strottman ran a :56.67 to finish fifth and Nelson came in eighth with a :57.57 showing — both advanced to state based on time. Strottman has the ninth-fastest 3A time entering state and Nelson is rated 19th.
In the girls’ competition, Nevada’s Kacie Rewerts won an exciting 3,000 race and then took third in an even more thrilling 1,500.
Rewerts ran a 10:42.31 in the 3,000 to upset Humboldt’s Bryce Gidel and punch her ticket to state. Rewerts used a great final kick to get past Gidel, who finished the race in 10:44.70.
“I just felt like I had a little bit left,” Rewerts said. “We’ve been working really hard in practice on our finishes and that really paid off.”
Rewerts is excited to make it back to state, albeit in a different event this time. Last year as a freshman, she competed in the girls’ high jump.
“It’s crazy,” Rewerts said. “I never thought at the beginning of the season I’d be winning the 3,000 at (the qualifying meet).”
The 1,500 saw Iowa Falls-Alden’s Lauren Juhl use a great final lap to cross the finish line just a hair in front of Gidel and Rewerts. Juhl ran a 5:03.55, Gidel a 5:03.64 and Rewerts a 5:03.66.
Rewerts has an impressive ranking in both events heading into state. She has the fifth-fastest 3A qualifying time in the 3,000 and ninth-fastest in the 1,500.
The Nevada girls came close to state in both the 4 X 200 and 4 X 100 after each team placed third at the qualifying meet. Emily Plate, Caitlyn Sharp, Samara Sharp and Sydney Mosinski ran both races for the Cubs.
The Cub quartet ran a 1:53.41 in the 4 X 200 to come in behind Algona’s 1:49.64 and Gilbert’s 1:53.09. In the 4 X 100, the Nevada team finished in :52.61 to place behind Algona’s :51.41 and Webster City’s :51.44.
The state coed track meet takes place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The 3A competition begins at 2 p.m. today and Friday, and all classes start at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Algona 129, 2. Iowa Falls-Alden 121, 3. Gilbert 112, 4. Webster City 100, 5. Humboldt 97, 6. Boone 90, 7. Nevada 46, 8. Clear Lake 40.
Boys: 1. Gilbert 132, 2. Humboldt 109, 3. Algona 100, 4. Boone, 97.5, 5. (tie) Nevada and Webster City 83, 7. Iowa Falls-Alden 81.5, 8. Clear Lake 49.
Individual results - Nevada
Shot put - 8. Addi Vorm, 31-3; 12. Madison McGaffin, 27-4.
Discus - 8. Vorm, 91-7; 9. Bailey Crain, 87-9.
Long jump - 8. Taylor Conrad, 12-2.5; 9. JayLyn Schakel, 12-2.25.
Sprint medley relay - 6. Nevada (Emily Plate, Samara Sharp, Caitlyn Sharp, Sydney Mosinski), 1:57.74.
3,000-meter run - 1. Kacie Rewerts, 10:42.31; 9. Megan Gilchrist, 13:10.25.
4 X 800-meter relay - 5. Nevada (Gabby Sampson, Madison Davis, Ryanne Barker, Eliana Hornbuckle), 11:05.70.
100-meter dash - 14. Lesly Abarca, :14.97; 15. Ellie Gray, :15.24.
Distance medley relay - 6. Nevada (Grace Heiden, Mady Farmer, Davis, Sampson), 4:49.31.
400-meter dash - 11. Amelea Jones, 1:10.99; 12. Caitlyn Tibodeau, 1:16.13.
4 X 200-meter relay - 3. Nevada (Plate, C. Sharp, S. Sharp, Mosinski), 1:53.41.
100-meter hurdles - 11. Avery Mather, :18.38; 16. Taylor Conrad, :21.73.
800-meter run - 10. Sampson, 2:47.48; 12. Davis, 2:55.94.
200-meter dash - 12. Farmer, :29.83; 14. Heiden, :30.05.
400-meter hurdles - 8. Jones, 1:18.91; 11. Mather, 1:21.03.
1,500-meter run - 3. Rewerts, 5:03.66; 8. Hornbuckle, 5:26.22.
4 X 100-meter relay - 3. Nevada (Plate, C. Sharp, S. Sharp, Mosinski), :52.61.
4 X 400-meter relay - 6. Nevada (Sampson, Jones, Heiden, Davis), 4:46.96.
Shot put - 4. Luke Fevold, 44-8; 9. Luke Merfeld, 41-11.
Discus - 6. Merfeld, 132-0; 12. Matt Chitty, 114-0.
Long jump - 5. Sam Abraham 21-1; 9. Wilkerson, 19-6.25.
High jump - 3. Om’Unique Wilkerson, 6-4; 8. Myleek Wilkerson, 5-10.
Sprint medley relay - 1. Nevada (Brendan Sellberg, Preston Cattanach, Rodrigo Perez, Joven Nelson), 1:34.11.
3,200-meter run - 5. Malachi Hornbuckle, 9:59.35; 7. Edison Weig, 10:29.91.
4 X 800-meter relay - 5. Nevada (Jacob Sanders, Dean Check, Noah Nusbaum, Carter Franzen), 8:47.29.
100-meter dash - 3. Sellberg, :11.32; 6. Cattanach, :11.69.
Distance medley relay - 5. Nevada (Andrew Saunders, Lucas Rogers, Daniel Kellen, Dalton Baker), 4:05.70.
400-meter dash - 13. Joel Kellen, 1:06.54; 14. Bretton Sporrer, 1:07.61.
4 X 200-meter relay - 1. Nevada (Sellberg, Jakob Strottman, Perez, Nelson), 1:30.55.
110-meter high hurdles - 6. Sam Abraham, :16.55.
800-meter run - 9. Franzen, 2:18.25; 15. Jordan Jones, 2:33.83.
200-meter dash - 6. Perez, :23.32; 14. Luke Ferguson, :26.70.
400-meter hurdles - 5. Strottman, :56.67; 8. Nelson, :57.57.
1,600-meter run - 2. Hornbuckle, 4:36.22; 9. Weig, 5:05.47.
4 X 400-meter relay - 7. Nevada (Strottman, Sanders, Kellen, Franzen), 3:49.63.