GRUNDY CENTER - Colo-NESCO crowned a pair of high jump champions at the Class 1A state qualifying coed track meet Friday in Grundy Center.
Lauryn Hill and Jack McKinney took first in the girls’ and boys’ high jump for the Royals to automatically qualify for state. The Colo-NESCO boys also made it in the shuttle hurdle relay and Devin Reed advanced individually in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Hill jumped five feet, three inches to win the girls’ high jump. Belle Plaine’s Kenzie Mantz also jumped 5-3, but Hill did it in fewer attempts to get the win.
Hill heads back to state in the event for the third time in as many years. She placed third as a freshman and second last year.
This season Hill qualified for the Drake Relays and placed seventh. She also broke her own school record of 5-4 on multiple occasions, peaking with a new-record jump of 5-6.
McKinney prevailed in the boys’ high jump with a jump of six feet even. McKinney won the event by a comfortable margin, topping the runner-up jump of Grundy Center’s Derek Ciddio by four inches.
Reed qualified for state on time in the 110 highs for the Royal boys. His time of 15.68 seconds placed third at Grundy Center behind BCLUW’s Jack Garber (:14.70) and North Tama’s Cael Even (:15.53).
McKinney and Reed teamed up with Kelly Gray and Luke to make state in the shuttle hurdle. The Royal team ran a 1:03.76 at the qualifying meet to place third behind BCLUW (1:00.62) and North Tama (1:01.38).
“I was happy with how all the guys competed last night,” Colo-NESCO head boys’ track coach Tony Stalzer said. “I’m excited for these state qualifiers and to have another week of practice with them. “
McKinney added a fourth-place jump of 19-1.5 in the long jump. The Royal boys’ 4 X 100 team of Hill, Gray, Reed and Ethan Wilson came in fifth at :46.66.
Wilson, Brighton Clatt, McKinney and Hill placed sixth in the 4 X 200 with a 1:41.62 performance. The Royal 4 X 400 team of Wilson, Clatt, Hill and Jacob Reischauer also took sixth after running a 3:50.40.
The Royals’ added another sixth-place performance in the 4 X 800. Chevy Dunlap, Ryan Wonders, Wilson and Clatt recorded a time of 9:11.55.
Tanner Ingle placed seventh in the discus for Colo-NESCO with a toss of 108-7.
Colo-NESCO placed eighth out of 15 teams in the boys’ competition with 42 points. Grundy Center won the boys’ team title with 123 points and BCLUW was second with 107.
In the girls’ competition, Colo-NESCO scored 22 points to place 10th out of 15 teams. Hudson outclassed the rest of the girls’ field with 147 points and BCLUW was second with 101.
The Royal girls’ 4 X 200 team of Faith Vincent, Jane Caltrider, McKenzie Niemeyer and Hill ran a quality third-place time of 1:56.74. Megan Carlson was sixth in the discus Colo-NESCO with a throw of 96-11.
Hannah Jamison ran an eighth-place time of 14:01.99 in the 3,000. Vincent came in eighth in the long jump with a distance of 13-8.25.
Megan Hulshizer, Haley Kelley, Emma Wilson and Jamison added an eighth-place time of 5:44.75 in the distance medley.
The state coed track meet takes place today through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The competition in 1A begins at 2 p.m. today and Friday, and all classes start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Hudson 147 points, 2. BCLUW 101, 3. Belle Plaine 94, 4. Grundy Center 92, 5. Collins-Maxwell 86, 6. Baxter 46, 7. North Tama 36, 8. (tie) Iowa Valley and Valley Lutheran 23, 10. Colo-NESCO 22, 11. Meskwaki 19, 12. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 16, 13. Ankeny Christian 12, 14. GMG 6, 15. Grand View Christian 5.
Boys: 1. Grundy Center 123, 2. BCLUW 107, 3. Hudson 97, 4. Baxter 63, 5. Belle Plaine 56, 6. Iowa Valley 52, 7. North Tama 47, 8. Colo-NESCO 42, 9. GMG 38, 10. Grand View Christian 32, 11. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 28, 12. Collins-Maxwell 21, 13. Ankeny Christian 13. 14. Valley Lutheran 11, 15. Meskwaki 10.