Check out a few highlights from the Wartburg High School Indoor Track & Field meet below!
RECAP: Boys events
In the boy's 1600M run, Myles Bach, the 2016 3A Iowa State High School T&F Champion in the event, who has competed throughout the optional indoor season was the only athlete to break the 4:30 mark. Running just 3 seconds off of his PR so far this year, Bach won the event by 0.9 by out-kicking Kolby Greiner of Iowa City West.
In the boys 200M dash, though they were in separate heats, Mason Fairchild edged Gabe Caruthers by running 0.01 second faster in his heat to take the overall top spot. Fairchild clocked a 23.24 against Caruthers' 23.25. This was an overall personal best time in the event for Fairchild, a sophomore who will look to qualify for the State Championships later this year.
Jackson Lewis blew the field away in the 3200M run, clocking a 9:52 and finishing 30 seconds faster than the 2nd-place finisher, his Waukee teammate Nathan Sanders. Lewis will look to improve later this year on his 10th place finish in the event from last year's State meet, being just 10-seconds off of his overall PR for the distance.
The first heat of the 400M dash proved to be a quick one, with the top-3 finishers all going under 52-seconds. Lead by Jesse Price of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, all three were quicker than the winner of the second heat, Derek Nugent of Iowa City West who clocked a 52.73. The real race was for second place in the first heat, between Grant Peterson of Valley and Zach Eaton of Waukee. Peterson managed to out-lean Eaton, finishing 0.01 second faster with a 51.68.
In the 4x200M relay, the second heat was a strong battle between neighbors Ankeny Centennial and Johnston, with the Centennial Jaguars taking the win by 7/10 of a second. The overall champion of the event was Cedar Rapids Kennedy, who competed in the first heat and finished with a time of 1:34.03.
In the 4x400M relay, Centennial proved to host a strong team again, finishing in 2nd with a time of 3:33.50 behind Waterloo West (3:32.35). Iowa City West finished closely behind for 3rd, over 3-seconds ahead of the next finisher with a 3:33.62.
Waukee High School dominated the 4x800M relay, winning the event by 9-seconds with an 8:30.57. The Waukee boys team will look to repeat as the 4x800M champions at the Iowa State High School Track & Field Championships after winning in 2016 with a time of 7:47.08, and finishing in the top-4 every year since 2012.
In the finals of the Boys 55M Hurdles, Riley Moss of Ankeny Centennial and Wade Barclay of Souteast Polk fought for the win, both running 7.75, clocking 0.29 seconds in front of the 3rd-place finisher. Barclay is ranked second in the 400mH for the upcoming outdoor season, though Moss ended up taking the win in this event.
Tayshaun Cooper of Waterloo West showed his wheels in the finals of the 55M dash, finishing with a 6.57. He was followed in a tight race for second by Aaron Williams of Valley (6.67) and Marcus Bay of DSM Hoover (6.68). Cooper will look to improve on his 3rd-place finish last year in the 100M dash at the State meet this spring.
In the 800M run, Josh Andrews of Waukee stole the show running a 1:58.46 by himself, finishing over six seconds ahead of the next finisher (teammate Ryan Modlin - 2:05.12). The senior ran less than 3 seconds off of his PR from State last year (1:55.63) where he placed 8th. With such a great start this early in the season, he could be a potential competitor for the top-three spots this year.
Blaire Brooks of Marion proved to be a strong force in the jumps, winning both the high jump (6-06.50) and long jump (21-07.50). The junior made his first appearance at the Iowa State High School T&F Championships last year, and will look to improve on his 12th place (LJ) and 7th place (HJ) finishes from last year.
Heat 3 was very competitive in the shot put, with Jackson Coker of CR Kennedy and Bedale Naba of Valley fighting for the top spot. Coker, who placed 3rd in the event at State last year, and was the State Champion in the discus, took the win with a 54-08.00. Naba who finished 5th in the event last year and 3rd in the discus threw a 54-04.00. Coker is currently ranked fourth in the event for this spring.
For a complete list of results from the Wartburg High School Indoor Meet, click here!