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BCLUW’s Garber, Meskwaki’s Johnson headline list of local 1A girls qualifiers

BCLUW led the way among area Class 1A girls’ teams with five qualifiers for the state tournament as the fields for next week’s meet were finalized Friday afternoon.

The Comets were spearheaded by Lizzie Garber, who won one individual event and automatically qualified in the 100-meter hurdles (15.56 seconds, second seed) and 400 hurdles as the fourth seed with a time of 1:08.5. She was a member of the 4×400 relay that included Kenna Paxson, Fiona Speicher and Miranda Jones and is the 11th seed (4:19.29) and the shuttle hurdle relay with Paxson, Anistyn Borsch-Rash and Emma Averill (1:11.03, fifth seed).

Paxson qualified as an at-large in the 16th seed at 16.84.

North Tama also qualified in five events, led by Grace Lidgett’s qualifications in the 1,500 run (5:22.71, 12th seed) and 3,000 run (12:2.0, 21st seed). Julianna Breakenridge made the 800 run as the 17th seed with a time of 2:31.08. The Redhawks also automatically qualified for the distance medley in 4:29.6 as the 11th seed with both runners on the relay team.

Rylee McLean was an automatic qualifier for the discus toss as the ninth seed, reaching 111 feet, 1 inch with her best throw.

Shye Johnson led the way for Meskwaki as the Warrior girls qualified three individuals in two events.

Johnson made the show in two events, making it as the 23rd seed in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:34.08 with her first qualification. She will be a top-12 seed in the long jump, reaching a best of 15-11 3/4. Sia Bear will join her in the event as the 17th seed with a best of 15-8.

Belen Ellenberger qualified in three events for Gladbrook-Reinbeck, automatically qualifying in the 200 dash (27.75, 19th seed) and the long jump (16-7 1/2, second seed). She was an at-large qualifier in the 400 dash, earning the 17th seed with a time of 1:03.27.

Sydney Vavroch of GMG is the fourth seed in the long jump, as her best jump of 16-7 was enough to be the highest at-large qualifier.

The state meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium.

CLASS 1A BOYS

As with the girls’ events, BCLUW’s boys track and field team topped the area Class 1A charts in state meet berths Friday afternoon.

The Comets qualified in six different events, four of them relays. Individually, Connor Lynch was an automatic qualifier for the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.82 seconds. He earned the 12-seed.

Logan Aicher earned a 10th seed in the high jump, with a best of 6 feet getting him an at-large berth.

BCLUW’s 4×800 relay of Henry Kaisand, Nick Pieper, Noah Gallentine and Lynch won automatic qualification and the fifth seed in 8:32.22. At-large berths followed in the 4×100 relay (45.34, 15th seed), distance medley (3:48.35, 17th seed) and 4×400 (3:36.1, 23rd seed).

Taurice Grant was a three-event qualifier for Meskwaki. The senior was an at-large qualifier in the 100 dash with a time of 11.62 (21st seed), 400 dash (51.71, eighth seed) and the long jump, where Grant took the seventh seed with a best of 20-1.

GMG earned two state qualifiers, both in throwing events. Conner Murty was an automatic qualifier in the discus throw with a 140-8 toss, good enough for the ninth seed. Murty earned the final qualifying seed in the shot put with a 43-1/2 best throw.

The state meet takes place Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium.

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