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All Seven Area Schools Represented at State Track Meet Starting Today

Posted: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Swadner

All seven area schools are represented at the Iowa State High School Track and Field Meet starting this afternoon at the Drake Blue Oval, and a total of 64 events are competing, 28 on the boys side and 36 on the girls. Here is the preview for the events going on day one.

Pella leads the way with a girls squad with their eyes on a state title, and have eight events to start the day today.

3A – Girls – Discus – Elly Cairney, Pella 17th 110 ft 10 inches
3A – Girls – 3000 meters (Finals) – Tess Roorda, Pella 9th 10:47.58
3A – Girls – 200 meters (Prelim) – Emily Vos 2nd :25.03 & Annika Pingel, Pella 3rd :25.16 both qualify for final
3A – Girls High Jump – Emily Holterhaus, Pella 6th 5 ft 4 inches
3A – Girls – 4×800 meter (Finals) – Pella 10th 9:56.39
3A – Girls – 100 meters (Prelim) – Emily Vos :12.35 6th qualifies for final and Paighton Malek, Pella :13.01 does not qualify for final
3A – Girls – 400 meters (Finals) – Lisa Dykstra 21st 1:03.52, Lindsey Blommers, Pella 17th 1:02.30
3A – Girls – 4×100 meter hurdles (Prelim) – Pella 2nd 1:05.51 qualifies for final

For the 2016 State Track and Field Champion Pella Boys squad, just four events are competing this afternoon and evening.

3A – Boys – 4×110 Shuttle Hurdle (Prelims) – Pella :59.86 qualifies for final
3A – Boys – 3200 meters (Finals) – Nick Bernhagen, Pella 12th 9:56.77
3A – Boys – Discus – Nick DeJong 17th 137-08, Tyson Wassenaar 4th 162-03
3A – Boys – 4×800 meters (Finals) – Pella 8th 8:16.37

Knoxville Freshman Katie Keitges cleaned up at the state qualifiers and is running in four separate events, however just one for Thursday. Abbey Jackson is also running this afternoon.

3A – Girls – 200 meters (Prelim) – Abbey Jackson, Knoxville 18th :26.62 does not qualify for final
3A – Girls – 400 meters (Finals) – Katie Keitges, Knoxville 10th :59.57

The Eagles will be well represented with a total of five different events in the running today.

2A – Boys – 3200 meters (Finals) – Grant Dunsbergen, Pella Christian 14th 10:05.93
2A – Girls – 200 meters (Prelim) – Mary Kate Bandstra, Pella Christian :26.42 12th does not qualify for final
2A – Girls – 100 meters (Prelim) – Evie Armstrong, Pella Christian :12.88 7th qualifies for final
2A – Girls – 400 meters (Finals) – Chloe Morgan, Pella Christian 19th 1:03.22

Both PCM boys and girls track and field teams had transcendent seasons and want to start off their state tournament on the right foot with 11 athletes in 9 events competing.

2A – Girls – Shotput – Maddie Samson, PCM 23rd 32 ft 1 1/4 inches
2A – Boys – 3200 meters (Finals) – Chris Ellens, PCM 15th 10:08.05
2A – Girls – 200 meters (Prelim) – Ashley Miller, PCM :26.84 18th does not qualify for final
2A – Boys – Shotput – Noah Clark, PCM 22nd 45 ft 7 3/4 in
2A – Boys – 200 meter dash (Prelim) – Noah Anderson :22.68 8th qualifies for final and Preston VanWyk, PCM :23.11 17th does not qualify for finals
2A – Girls – 4×800 meter (Finals) – PCM 7th 9:56.39
2A – Girls – 100 meters (Prelim) – Ashley Miller, PCM :13.01 does not qualify for final
2A – Boys – 100 meter dash (Prelim) – Noah Anderson :22.68 8th qualifies for final and Preston VanWyk, PCM :23.11 17th does not qualify for final
2A – Girls – 4×100 meter hurdles (Prelim) – PCM 17th 1:11.08 does not qualify for final

After getting just one event qualified to the Blue Oval last season, the Pleasantville Track and Field teams are running four separate events today.

2A – Boys – 4×100 Shuttle Hurdle (Prelims) – Pleasantville 1:00.89 qualifies for final
2A – Girls – Long Jump – Kasey Pelzer, Pleasantville 20th 15 ft 1 1/4 in
2A – Boys – 100 meter dash (Prelim) – Hunter Tyree, Pleasantville 5th :11.22 qualifies for final
2A – Boys – 400 meter (Finals) – Hunter Tyree, Pleasantville 10th :51.45

Twin Cedars has just one event going today, and it will be one of the first of the day.

1A – Boys – Shotput – Jake Crozier, Twin Cedars 5th 50 ft 8.5 inches

Melcher-Dallas has no events competing today. Listen for full updates for all state track and field action on KNIA and KRLS, or find updates online at KNIAKRLS.com.