Cub boys make state in six events

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Cub boys make state in six events

GILBERT — Peyton Sharp and Lindsey Haley had big evenings to highlight a successful Class 3A state qualifying meet for the Nevada track teams May 12 at Gilbert.

Sharp and Haley both qualified for state in all four events they competed in and the Nevada teams combined to make state in 10 events.

The Cub boys qualified for state in six events. They placed fifth out of eight teams with 88 points and finished just nine points behind Gilbert’s third-place score.

Sharp made state in the 100-meter dash and 400 low hurdles individually. He also anchored Nevada to state in the 4 X 200 and 4 X 100 relays.

“It’s really kind of surreal,” Sharp said. “I’m really happy I was able to qualify for four events today. It’s really awesome and my team just performed great today.”

Sharp took second in both the 100 and 400 low hurdles.

In the 100, Sharp clocked in at 11.232 seconds to trail only the :10.99 run by Boone’s Eli Hicks. He just edged out the :11.240 run by Webster City’s Noah Perfect for second place and the final automatic state-qualifying spot in the event.

Sharp ran a :56.67 in the 400 lows to finish just a hair behind the winning time of :56.37 run by Humboldt’s Trevor Satern and just ahead of the :57.03 run by Boone’s Devan Baldus. Sharp’s qualifying times in the 100 dash and 400 lows rank eighth and 13th respectively among 3A qualifiers.

Sharp was joined by Brendan Sellberg, Lane Hillock and Erik Fevold in winning the 4 X 200 and taking second in the 4 X 100 to make state in each race.

In the 4 X 200 the Cub team ran a 1:33.35 to just edge past Iowa Falls-Alden’s 1:33.74 for the win. The Cubs qualify as the 16th-fastest team in 3A.

Nevada finished the 4 X 100 at Gilbert in :43.97, coming in behind Boone’s :43.32. The Cubs rank as the seventh-fastest qualifying team in the race, with Boone turning in the fastest qualifying time.

“My team just performed great today,” Sharp said. “I finally think we toned (our handoffs) and got them really good now. This is the fourth year in a row I’ve been able to go to state in these two relays. I’m really just proud of my team and how we performed today.”

Stephen Dolley and Malachi Hornbuckle also qualified individually for Nevada.

Dolley made it to state in the shot put after placing second at the qualifying meet with a throw of 47 feet, 3.25 inches. His throw ranks 17th out of the 3A qualifiers.

Hornbuckle took second in the 3,200 at the qualifying meet with a time of 10:29.00. His time ranks 23rd in the 3A-qualifying field.

“To qualify for six events without a track to train on or a regulation throwing circle is truly amazing and a testament to the character of our athletes and coaches,” Nevada head boys’ track coach John Pelzer said. “Our slogan all year long has been ‘Adversity introduces a man to himself.’ Our boys took their adversity in stride, overcame it, and can now introduce themselves to the eight-year tradition of qualifying athletes for the state 3A track meet. I am very proud of the boys and our coaching staff for this accomplishment!”

Boone won the boys’ team championship at Gilbert with 111 points and North Polk was second with a score of 102.

The Nevada girls came in seventh overall with 60.5 points. Boone and Gilbert dominated the girls’ field with 146 and 127 points respectively.

The Cubs won the 4 X 200, sprint medley and 4 X 100 relays.

“It’s very exciting,” Haley said. “Coming in we knew we needed to get first or second. Getting first in all of them is just amazing.”

Haley was joined by Alli Fey and Abby Stephenson in running in all three relays for Nevada. Jordan McKinney led off in the sprint medley and 4 X 100, and Caitlyn Sharp ran the other leg for Nevada in the 4 X 200.

The Cub girls got off to a good start in the 4 X 200. They ran a 1:50.27 to beat Webster City’s runner-up time of 1:51.91.

“The 4 X 200 has been our best race race from the beginning of the season,” Fey said. “Our goal was to get first at districts and make it to state and hopefully place (high) at state.”

Nevada ranks 15th out of the 3A qualifiers for state in the 4 X 200.

In the sprint medley Nevada ran a 1:53.94. Fey just held off a strong finish from North Polk’s Maria Gorham at the end as North Polk finished in 1:53.95.

Nevada also received a good fight in the 4 X 100. The Cubs won in :51.40 and Webster City took second in :51.46.

Nevada’s 4 X 100 qualifying time is rated eighth among all 3A girls’ qualifiers.

“Coming in we knew we were going to get first or second and getting first in all of them is just amazing,” Haley said. “I’m just so pumped and I can’t wait for state.”

The day after the meet Haley was given a reason to get even more pumped up as she was an at-large state qualifier in the 100. Haley placed third at the qualifier meet in the event with a time of :12.83 and she is ranked as the 11th-fastest qualifier in 3A.

Lexy Koudelka placed fourth at the qualifying meet in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 34-9 and Sharp came in fifth in the open 200 with a time of :28.53.

The 2016 state coed track meet will take place this Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The competition begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday for 3A and all classes start at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Final girls’ team scores: 1. Boone 146 points, 2. Gilbert 127, 3. Webster City 104, 4. North Polk 94.5, 5. Humboldt 86, 6. Ballard 65, 7. Nevada 60.5, 8. Iowa Falls-Alden 46.

Individual results - Nevada

Shot put - 4. Lexy Koudelka, 34-9; 7. Madi Highland, 31-2.

Discus - 6. Koudelka 96-0; 8. Highland, 89-11.

Long jump - 14. Rebecca Harwell, 12-9.5.

3,000-meter run - 9. Megan Gilchrist, 13:28.09.

4 X 800-meter relay - 6. Nevada (Kaylee Kruse, Ryanne Barker, Nicole Dewell, Caitlin Dewell), 11:37.39.

100-meter dash - 3. Lindsey Haley, :12.83; 5. Jordan McKinney, :13.23.

Distance medley relay - 7. Nevada (Emily Plate, Rebecca Harwell, Annie Storvick, Barker), 5:03.84.

4 X 200-meter relay - 1. Nevada (Caitlyn Sharp, Abby Stephenson, Alli Fey, Haley), 1:50.27.

100-meter hurdles - 12. Mady Farmer, :19.05; 15. Madeleine Humpal-Pash, :21.10.

800-meter run - 9. Kruse, 2:44.75; 16. Amaris Hornbuckle, 3:12.65.

200-meter dash - 5. Sharp, :28.53; 8. Plate, :29.20.

400-meter hurdles - 12. Noelle Huegerich, 1:29.94.

Sprint medley relay - 1. Nevada (McKinney, Stephenson, Haley, Fey), 1:53.94.

1,500-meter run - 11. C. Dewell, 5:41.19.

4 X 100-meter relay - 1. Nevada (McKinney, Stephenson, Fey, Haley), :51.40.

Final boys’ team scores: 1. Boone 111, 2. North Polk 102, 3. Gilbert 97, 4. Humboldt 92, 5. Nevada 88, 6. Iowa Falls-Alden 86, 7. Webster City 62, 8. Ballard 61.

Individual results - Nevada

Shot put - 2. Stephen Dolley, 47-3.25; 6. Chris Dobernecker, 40-1.

Discus - 4. Dolley, 133-7; 6. Dobernecker, 125-4.

Long jump - 6. Robert Edwards, 18-9.75.

High jump - 4. Om’Unique Wilkerson, 5-8.

4 X 800-meter relay - 7. Nevada (Cooper Dodd, Connor Kline, Jordan Jones, Jacob Sanders), 10:07.23.

3,200-meter run - 2. Malachi Hornbuckle, 10:29.00; 10. Kline, 11:34.85.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 7. Nevada (Wilkerson, Luke Merfeld, A.J. Strottman, Jakob Strottman), 1:07.67.

100-meter dash - 2. Peyton Sharp, :11.232; 7. Brendan Sellberg, :11.48.

400-meter dash - 13. Tavrie Ferguson, :59.92.

4 X 200-meter relay - 1. Nevada (Sellberg, Lane Hillock, Erik Fevold, Sharp), 1:33.35.

110-meter high hurdles - 12. A. Strottman, :18.61; 13. Merfeld, :19.82.

1,600-meter run - 7. Caden Trygstad, 5:06.36; 8. Hornbuckle, 5:07.12.

200-meter dash - 6. Sellberg, :23.25; 8. Cattanach, :24.29.

400-meter low hurdles - 2. Sharp, :56.67; 9. J. Strottman, 1:00.07.

Distance medley relay - 5. Nevada (Preston Cattanach, Hillock, Joven Nelson, Connor MacVey), 3:53.93.

800-meter run - 13. Sanders, 2:22.23; 14. Kline, 2:26.38.

4 X 100-meter relay - 2. Nevada (Sellberg, Hillock, Fevold, Sharp), :43.97

4 X 400-meter relay - 7. Nevada (J. Strottman, Ross Mitchell, Hillock, Nelson), 3:47.92.