How Ames area teams stack up heading into the state co-ed track meet
The Ames girls track team will be going for a team championship in Class 4A, and the Roland-Story boys and girls teams are both stacked in 2A heading into the state co-ed track meet Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The Ames girls qualified for state in 16 events, including all seven relays after winning the 4A qualifying meet in Fort Dodge last Thursday. Both the Roland-Story girls and boys are headed to state in nine events.
Ballard's Paityn Noe is poised to contend for 3A girls championships in the 3,000 and 1,500-meter running events and she also will help Ballard in the 4x800 and distance medley relays. Annika Larson (1,500), Ava Vance (3,000) and Kate Huisinga (800) will also be running for the Ballard girls and the Bomber boys will have Jameson Witt (400) and their distance medley team competing in Des Moines.
The Gilbert girls are headed to state in six events and the Tiger boys will be competing in four. Caeden DaSilva returns to state in three events and the Nevada boys will also be running the 4x800, while the Cub girls are competing in two 3A events.
Led by senior Alexis Houge, the Collins-Maxwell girls are headed to state in six events and the Spartan boys have two individuals competing in 1A. Colo-NESCO's Kenny Cutler is headed back to state the 1A boys 110 high hurdles.
Here are the top storylines for area teams heading into state:
Depth could lift Ames girls to 4A title
Last year Ames placed third in the 4A girls team standings thanks to a dominant showing in sprinting events. The addition of outstanding young distance runners to go along with quality performers in field events could push the Little Cyclone girls over the top this weekend.
The Ames girls enter state ranked second in the 4x200 and 4x800, third in the distance medley, fourth in the 4x100 and fifth in both the 4x400 and shuttle hurdle. They also rank 11th in the sprint medley.
Elaina Deardorff, Ireland Buss, Cameron Moon and Ellie Lynch qualified in the 4x200 for the Ames girls with a time of 1:44.45. Only Waukee's 1:43.92 was faster among 4A qualifying teams.
Claire Helmers, Nyadio Chan, Sydney Turk and Marley Turk made state in the 4x800 with a time of 9:41.96. Dubuque Hempstead finished just ahead of Ames in the qualifying times with a 9:41.42.
The Little Cyclone distance medley team of Saylor Horras, Deardorff, Lynch and Marley Turk qualified in 4:16.36 to trail only Ankeny's 4:15.43 and Pleasant Valley's 4:16 flat. The 4x100 team of Horras, Buss, Lynch and Moon takes a 49.15 time into state, with Sioux City West holding the fastest time at 48.56.
Moon, Horras, Lynch and Ali Frandsen made state in the 4x400 with a time of 4:03.30 and Claire Galvin, Buss, Aker Yor and Frandsen enter state in the shuttle hurdle with a qualifying time of 1:07.79. Deardorff, Buss, Horras and Moon will run the sprint medley after qualifying in 1:52.32.
Individually, Frandsen enters state with the fourth-fastest 400 hurdle qualifying time in 4A at 1:06.07 and she is 10th in the 100 hurdles at 16.05. Waukee Northwest's Mackenzie Carney has the fastest qualifying time in both races.
Ella Stagg enters state ranked fifth in the 4A girls shot put with a distance of 39 feet, 2 inches. Stagg will also throw the discus, Deardorff will jump in the long jump and Galvin will compete in both the high jump and long jump.
Marley Turk and Helmers will run in the 1,500, Sydney Turk the 800 and Chan the 400.
Roland-Story boys expect to finish high in 2A team standings
The Roland-Story boys have a great shot at finishing in the top five of the 2A team standings at state.
The Norsemen have the second-best 4x100 qualifying time after Nate Johnson, Will Bunn, Gavin Carpenter and Eli Thorson ran a 43.58 to trail only Treynor's 43.25. The Roland-Story boys 4x200 team of Thorson, Jonovan Wilkinson, Carpenter and Bunn ranks third behind Treynor (1:30.70) and Williamsburg (1:30.73) with a 1:31.15.
Roland-Story's 4x400 team of Kale Lande, Wilkinson, Hesston Johnson and Carpenter and sprint medley quartet of Johnson, Bunn, Carpenter and Lande both rank 12th in 2A.
The Norse boys 4x800 team of Cade Diehl, Ben Greenfield, Brayden Kilstofte and Johnson comes in 23rd.
Bunn enters state ranked fourth in the long jump with a jump of 21-11.5. Johnson is ranked 20th in the event.
Lande is sixth in the 400 with a time of 51.06 and Thorson is ninth in the 200 and 12th in the 100.
On the girls side Roland-Story boasts the fifth-best 4x100 qualifying time in 2A. The team of Adalyn Sporletter, Kennedy Petersen, Reagan Faber and Kamryn Lande qualified in 51.03.
The Norse girls distance medley team of Sporleder, Petersen, Lande and Lauryn Kilstofte ranks eighth with a time of 4:24.50. The 4x400 team of Madi Bauer, Mary Britten, Lande and Kilstofte ranks 10th in 4:14.10.
Sporleder, Faber, Lande and Kilstofte are 14th in the sprint medley.
Macy Friest has the sixth-farthest qualifying toss in the 2A girls shot put with a throw of 37-4.5 and Madison Geise is 11th in the discus at 112-5. Sporleder ranks 13th in the 2A girls long jump with a distance of 16-6.
Claire Truesdell is 17th in the 2A 1,500 and Kilstofte is 22nd in the open 800.
Girls distance runners ready to make some noise for Ballard
Noe placed in both the 3A girls 1,500 and 3,000 last year despite missing most of the season with a stress fracture.
This year she competed at the Drake Relays in both events and won the 3,000. She enters state with the fastest qualifying time in 3A for both events.
Noe ran a 10:22.28 in the 3,000 during the qualifying meet in Adel, running nearly 50 seconds faster than the rest of the 3A field. Her 4:44.63 in the 1,500 is also tops among 3A qualifying times.
Freshman Annika Larson came in right behind Noe in the 1,500 at the Adel qualifying meet with the second-best time among 3A qualifiers at 4:45.27. Ava Vance ranks 13th in the 3,000 at 11:46.88 and Kate Huisinga is 18th among 3A runners at 2:30.59.
In relays Kate Miller and Katie Tollefson joined Huisinga and Noe to produce the fourth-best distance medley qualifying time in 3A at 4:22 flat. Huisinga, Larson, Ava Richardson and Noe rank fifth in the 4x800 with a time of 9:53.59 — just five seconds behind the top qualifying time by Dallas Center-Grimes.
Witt also has a chance to bring home a gold for the Ballard boys. He ranks third among 4A 400 qualifiers in 3A with a time of 50.35.
Jayden Swain, Brady Stover and Chance Lande join Witt the sprint medley. The Bomber team ranks 12th among 3A qualifying teams.
Eli Rouse will run in the 200 for the Ballard boys. He ranks 22nd with a time of 23.11.
Nevada's Caeden DaSilva has unfinished business
Caeden DaSilva wants to bring home a 3A state title in the 200 dash and to place in the 100. He will also be running in the 4x200 relay.
DaSilva enters state ranked 11th in the 200 with a time of 22.72, but he was running against a strong wind at the qualifying meet at Gilbert. He is 21st in the 100 at 11.61.
The fastest 3A qualifying times in each event are ADM's Brevin Doll in the 200 (22.03) and Harlan's Will Neuharth in the 100 (10.81).
DaSilva will be joined by Billy Gibbons, Karter Beving and Caleb Kooiker in the 4x200. The Cubs are ranked 20th in the event entering state.
The Cub boys 4x800 team of Carter Holland, Rhett Harter, Brian Rohde and Nick Frideres ranks 24th in 3A.
The Nevada girls made state in the shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays. Kylie Taylor, Abigail French Lily Goos and Shelbi Hazlitt rank 24th in the shuttle hurdle and Taylor, Stefany Riera Ramones, Mady Gibson and Meinecke are 24th in the distance medley.
Gilbert athletes look to gain valuable experience at state
The Gilbert girls will be competing in six 3A events and the Tiger boys four at state next weekend.
Ava Hawthorne is ranked 19th in the girls open 400 at 1:02.54 and she is also part of three relay teams that will run at state. She'll be joined by Laurel Mizerak, Bella Nelson and Averie Bruner in the 4x100 (52.12), Julianne Lundvall, Abigail Staudt and Claire Grandgenette in the 4x400 (4:22.10) and Tayanna Streigle, Nelson and Mizerak in the sprint medley (1:56.61).
The Tiger girls 4x800 team of Nora Kalvik, Abby McGuire, Clare Stahr and Sophia Bleich enters state ranked 23rd with a time of 10:35.12. Stahr will also run in the open 800, where she ranks 19th with a time of 2:31.47.
The Gilbert boys sprint medley team of Noah Weber, Isaac Baker, Bo Gidel and Carson Ragaller qualified 23rd with a time of 1:38.93. The Tiger boys 4x400 team of Gidel, Weber, Jonathan Stoker and Ragaller rank 15th in 3:30.73
William Wadsley will run in both the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Tiger boys. Wadsley ranks 15th in the 1,600 (4:38.61) and 17th in the 3,200 (10:36.06).
Alexis Houge could earn multiple medals for Collins-Maxwell girls
Alexis Houge could conclude her outstanding career by winning multiple medals at state this weekend.
Houge, a sixth-place finisher in last year's 1A girls 400, enters state ranked second in the 400 after breaking one minute at the qualifying meet with a 59.47 showing. She is also ranked sixth in the 100 with a time of 12.87.
Houge will be joined by Marissa Boege, Avery Fricke and Chloe Wierson in both the sprint medley and 4x100 at state. The Spartan quartet ranks fourth in the sprint medley (1:54.66) and fifth in the 4x100 (51.67).
Collins-Maxwell is ranked 22nd in the 1A girls shuttle hurdle. The Spartan team of Boege, Gracie Leslie, Hannah Kimberley and Fricke qualified with a time of 1:13.68.
Mary Staudt will compete in the 1A girls shot put for Collins-Maxwell. Staudt ranks 24th with a distance of 34-7.
The Collins-Maxwell boys will have Luke Huntrods in the 1A boys discus and Ethan Haus in the 3,200. Huntrods qualified 20th with a distance of 134 feet even and Haus goes in 23rd with a time of 11:03.51.
Steven Cutler will run in the 1A boys 400 for Colo-NESCO. After placing sixth at state a year ago Cutler enters the 2022 meet ranked fourth with a time of 55.45.
The 2022 state co-ed track meet will begin with the 1A and 4A competition at 9 a.m. Thursday. The 2A and 3A competition starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 7:40.
The same time schedule will run on Friday then all classes compete Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and finishing up at 4:20 p.m.