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Medal Count Rising For Area Athletes at State Track and Field Meet

Marion County athletes earned an additional 10 medals during day two of the State Track and Field Meet yesterday, bringing the total medal count to 23 in the first two days of competition.

The Knoxville boys Distance Medley Relay team of Colton Spaur, Austin Houser, Harlan Sytsma and Alex Edwards finished third in Class 3A, and Twin Cedars Lindsay Hoehns was so close to winning her second state championship in as many days in the Class 1A High Jump as she finished in a three way tie for the top spot, but finished third in the tie breaker criteria used by officials.

The Pella girls Distance Medley Relay team of Lauren Manecke, Katie Sunderman, Nadine Van Zomeren and Maddy Davis finished fourth in Class 3A, and the Pella Christian boys Distance Medley team of Sam Tvedt, Chase Carlson, Zach Vos and Skyler Giddings finished fourth in Class 2A.

The Pella boys 4×200 Relay team of Josh Pringle, Matt Meyers, Mark Frommelt and Brett Bogaard finished fifth in Class 3A and Ty Dunkin of Knoxville finished eighth in the Class 3A shotput.

Four other events are guaranteed medals today by qualifying for finals through their respective preliminary races yesterday. Those include the Pella boys 4×400 team of Gustafson, Zach Wittenberg, Austin King and Bogaard who enter today’s finals tied for the fastest prelim time in Class 3A, Knoxville’s team of Edwards, Jamie Vanderveer, Reed Long and Sytsma also qualified in the Class 3A 4×400 with the 4th fastest overall time. The Pella girls 4×400 team of Manecke, Sunderman, Davis and Van Zomeren posted the 5th fastest prelim time to advance to today’s finals and Pella Christian’s 4×100 team of Sarah Faber, Jasmin Schelhaas, Kate Van Gilst and Emily Van Gelder had the 6th fastest Class 2A prelim time and will also run in the finals today.

Once again there were a few near misses including Pella Christian’s 4×100 Relay team which finished 9th in the prelims and missed the finals in Class 2A by .09.

Eighteen events will be competing today on the final day of the 2010 State Track and Field Meet. We’ll have updates on results throughout the day on KNIA/KRLS Radio as well as kniakrls.com.