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Several area tracksters making run at Drake Relays
April 12, 2013 - Andy Heintz
The Drake Relays is about two weeks away. And several of our area high school track and field athletes are making strong pushes to be included in the festivities.
Here is a run down of where they currently sit in their respective events and how many qualify for those events.
Boys 100-meter dash (32 qualify) 31. Tad Steffensen, Marshalltown, 11.28 34. Kyle Stephenson, South Tama County, 11.30
Boys 1,600-meter run (21 qualify) 41. Isaac Montes, AGWSR, 4:36.05
Boys Long Jump (24 qualify) 35. Sam Kuhter, South Tama County, 20-9
Boys High Jump (24 qualify) 19. (tie) Chase Clark, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 6-2 41. Mitchell Boerm, North Tama, 6-1
Boys Shot Put (24 qualify) 49. Clay Meinders, AGWSR, 48-3
Boys Discus (24 qualify) 36. Colby Dunn, West Marshall, 143-4
Boys 4x100 (80 qualify) 27. South Tama County, 44.85 55. Marshalltown, 45.43 100. West Marshall, 46.34
Boys 4x200 (24 qualify) 35. South Tama County,1:34.24
Girls High Jump (24 qualify) 3. Sarah Boomgarden, South Hardin, 5-6 21. Caitlin Appelgate, GMG, 5-1 1/2
Girls Shot Put (24 qualify) 19. Jennifer Davis, West Marshall, 38-7 25. Samantha Holtz, South Tama County, 37-11
Girls Discus (24 qualify) 14. Samantha Holtz, South Tama County, 122-8
There is a lot of time yet to qualify but several area teams have only competed in one or two outdoor meets. This times and marks may or may not get better as the squads get more chances to improve.
The 200-meter dash is not a high school event at the Drake Relays. That's too bad for Marshalltown's Eisha Oden, who has the 19th best time in the state right now at 26.84 seconds. South Tama's Kaleb Davenport also had a decent chance to qualify on the boys side as he is sitting 33rd with a time of 23.11.
The Drake Relays of course takes the top times and marks in the state for all classes. The Iowa High School Track and Field Championships will break down each event by class, which will give area athletes a much better chance to qualify and compete for a championship.
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