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Mustangs’ Johnson vaults to 5th

DES MOINES — The only thing Zane Johnson really ‘failed’ at Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was fighting back smiles after his 110-meter hurdles race. Even after, as he put it, he “smoked one of the last hurdles.” The senior East Marshall hurdler ...

Karsjen, Wilkening set tone for GMG

DES MOINES — GMG senior Ethan Karsjen ended his career running for the Wolverines with a bang, finishing in seventh place in the Class 1A 800-meter race in the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships. Not only did Karsjen earn the only placing of the tournament for GMG, he left his mark on ...

Youthful Spartans show potential in final day

DES MOINES — Making the finals in the Class 1A 200-meter race at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships was an accomplishment for Grundy Center sophomore Will Grames, but in the finals on Saturday he had an eye on moving up. Grames ran the seventh-best time in the prelims on Thursday ...

MHS medley makes best mark

DES MOINES — The main goal for the Marshalltown boys distance medley relay team in the Class 4A race at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was to run the best race of their season. Bobcats head coach Doug Bacon said he would be happy if the team of seniors Braden Bethke, ...

Zeisneiss doubles up with bronze

DES MOINES — A day removed from becoming the first ever shot put state champion in South Hardin girls track and field history, Brylie Zeisneiss was looking to make it two golds in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships with a win in the 2A discus on Friday afternoon. Zeisneiss ...

Royals’ Hill climbs to second in high jump

DES MOINES — Incrementally, Lauryn Hill is becoming one of the best high jumpers in Class 1A. The Colo-NESCO sophomore one-up’ed her performance at last year’s state meet and placed in a tie for second place at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday. ...

Garber nets 6th, qualifies atop hurdles

DES MOINES — When BCLUW junior Jack Garber lined up in the blocks for the Class 1A 110-meter high hurdles prelims on Friday, it was the first time he had done so since placing fourth in the finals in 2017. This time around, however, it wasn’t a fourth-place finish Garber was looking for, ...

Major’s game-winner lifts MHS to first win

At full tilt, Marshalltown senior midfielder McKenna Major plays the ball predominantly with her left foot. In a pressure-packed situation such as a penalty kick, she’s a righty. With the Bobcat girls’ soccer team’s first win hanging in the balance of her 6-yard shot from the penalty ...

Trojans’ Gradwell travels tumultuous trail

DES MOINES — The adversity continued for West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell on Friday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships. While working toward her third height at the Class 2A high jump, Gradwell skipped out and headed over to her 400-meter hurdle final which was ...

Mustangs’ Johnson defies odds, qualifies in hurdles

DES MOINES — Of the four boys across all four classes seeded in the first lane in the first heat of the 110-meter hurdles in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, only East Marshall’s Zane Johnson placed in the top half of his heat. Johnson did much more than that, however, ...

Spartan boys golf heading to state

NASHUA — The Grundy Center boys golf team earned a trip to the state championship next Friday and Saturday after a win in the Class 1A Boys District meet at Nashua Town & Country Club. The Spartans shot a 324 as a team, 17 strokes ahead of Bishop Garrigan in second. Jake Bangasser ...

All alone at the top

DES MOINES — Before the smiles and adrenaline took over, the nerves were in control. Keith Keahna had to wait a while — like he had all season — waiting for his mark to come up, before knocking it down. And as the competitors left the high jump area, leaving him standing alone, Keahna ...

Zeisneiss gets redemption

DES MOINES — With one last throw remaining in the finals of the Class 2A shot put competition at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, South Hardin junior Brylie Zeisneiss was in the lead, but not comfortably. Less than a month prior back at Drake Stadium, ...

Marshalltown’s Metzger, Mazour miss podium

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls got things kicked off for the Bobcats on Thursday in the first day of competition at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, with seniors Grace Metzger and Regan Mazour both competing in field events in the morning. Metzger was the first MHS ...

’Cats can’t catch school record in shuttle hurdle

DES MOINES — After junior Giorgio DiIorio crossed the finish line on the third leg of the Class 4A shuttle hurdle in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, senior Ryan Huffman had the daunting task of closing out the race with one final kick. The goal of the Bobcat ...

Mustang boys take two placings on Day 1

DES MOINES — East Marshall senior Justin Ridout was one of the highest qualifiers in the Class 2A boys shot put for the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, but in the event on Thursday he found himself in a bit of a bind. Ridout scratched on his first two throws in the prelims ...

Vest medals, MHS third at conference

MASON CITY — Absent of anything below par on her card, Marshalltown senior Kassy Vest saved her first such score for the right time. A birdie 3 on the par-4 finishing hole at Mason City Country Club earned Vest medalist honors at the CIML Iowa Conference Meet on Thursday, helping the ...

Fisher anchors AGWSR into 1A team lead

DES MOINES — It didn’t take long for the AGWSR girls track and field team to make its presence known on the first day of the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field competition on Thursday. Cougars junior Aubrey Fisher is already a known commodity in the distance races at Drake Stadium, and she ...

Coberley splashes down in 3rd

DES MOINES — Beau Coberley might have been the lone West Marshall representative on the track Thursday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field meet at Drake Stadium, but he surely showed up and showed out. The senior jumper leapt his way up the podium for a fourth-place finish in the 2A ...

Spartans’ Hook hits for 4th in shot put

DES MOINES — No, Jordan Hook will not try to play tennis at the University of Northern Iowa this fall. And while that may seem like a ‘no kidding’ kind of statement, it wasn’t so cut and dry at the start of his spring sports season in Grundy Center. After his fourth-place finish at ...