STATE QUALIFYING TRACK: Area athletes qualify for state | Sports


At Audubon: The Audubon girls have had four events qualifying for the Iowa Class 1A track meet at the Wheelers’ home track, and three are in events they are signed to: relays.

All three relays featured the talents of Mattie Nielsen, Madi Stecker, Abigail Zaiger and Hannah Thygesen: the sprint, distance and 4×400 meter relays. Thygesen qualified individually in the 800 meter race.

The CAM girls had their automatic discus qualification, with champion Mallory Behnken.

On the boys’ side, the winners – and therefore the automatic qualifiers – came from Audubon and CAM. For the Wheelers, the shuttle hurdle relay team of Gavin Smith, Aaron Olsen, Brandon Jensen and Carter Andreasen qualified. Smith is also in the game with the 400 meter hurdles.

CAM is with four events. Lane Spieker qualified in the 100 and 200 meters and in the sprint medley relay with Cale Maas, Jack Follmann and Gabe Rouse. Maas also made the peloton in the 400 meters.

In Class 1A, the winner of each event automatically qualifies for the state, with the next 14 best performers qualifying statewide. The field will likely be finalized by Saturday.

In Tabor: The Riverside girls walked away with the tag team title with 127 points, 26 ahead of Council Bluffs St. Albert.

Lady Dawg’s automatic qualifiers were Veronica Andrusyshyn in the 100 meters and 100 meters hurdles, Lydia Erickson in the 200 meters and five stints: the distance and the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 metres.

The Riverside boys also did very well, with its four automatic qualifiers, all in relays: the 4×200 and 4×400 meter varieties, as well as the sprint and distance medleys.

At Treynor: The ACGC men’s track team will be well represented at next week’s Class 2A State Meet in Des Moines, automatically qualifying in seven events.

The Charger’s victories came with Austin Kunkle in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Trevin Suhr in the 1600 meter race, the medley distance relay. Cayden Jensen finished second in the 200 meters and the 4×100 and 4×800 meters relays.

For the ACGC girls, Chloe Largent led the field in the high jump, while Ava Campbell qualified in the 800 meters with a second place finish.

In Class 2A, the top two in each event qualify, with an additional eight spots per event available based on best performance statewide.

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