20/10/2018

State boys track meet: Event-by-event breakdown of the 2018 competition

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State boys track meet: Event-by-event breakdown of the 2018 competition

The Register offers an event-by-event breakdown of the 2018 boys' state track meet in Des Moines.

The Register offers an event-by-event breakdown of the 2018 boys' state track meet in Des Moines.

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The Iowa boys' state track meet always brings out some of the state's best athletes.

In years past, the likes of Tristan Wirfs, Rico Gafford, Tim Dwight and Adam Haluska were all-stars in other sports, but they all put their athletic gifts on display inside Drake Stadium. They ran and jumped and threw their way into the state's record books.

This year's crop of athletes will all attempt to do the same. Names like Tanner Iske, Riley Moss, Nick Phelps, Miles Rupiper and Gable Sieperda are all we've heard before and will hear again this weekend on and around the Blue Oval.

The stars are out again here in early spring, and all of them and more will no doubt put on a show at the 2018 boys' state track meet. As such, we've created this event-by-event rundown with names to watch each day this weekend:

THURSDAY'S FINALS

Long Jump

TIME: 9 a.m., Class 1A; 2 p.m., Class 2A

North Linn’s Ryan Miller is the front-runner in Iowa’s smallest class. It could be a three-headed race in the afternoon between West Sioux’s Jake Lynott, Dike-New Hartford’s Parker Kiewet and Kuemper’s Miles Rupiper.

High Jump

TIME: 9 a.m., Class 4A; 2 p.m., Class 3A

Waukee’s Owen Marshall is the favorite in Class 4A, but Ames’ Japannah Kellogg and the Valley duo of Trayvon Williams and Aguek Deng are also contenders. Marion’s Blair Brooks is one of the leaders in 3A.

3,200-meter run

TIME: 10:10 a.m., Class 1A, 4A; 3:50 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

Central Lyon’s Gable Sieperda, an Iowa State track recruit, is far and away the fastest 3,200-meter runner in the state. He’ll go in the morning. The 4A race will be uber competitive, as Centennial’s Camden Cox, Dowling’s Matthew Carmody and Ankeny’s Tim Sindt, among others, are all in the field.

Shot

TIME: 11:30 a.m., Class 1A; 4:30 p.m., Class 2A

The Hudson duo of Dawson Ellingson and Cameron Fulcher will attempt to go 1-2 in the morning. Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central’s Nick Phelps, arguably the state’s best thrower, will begin his chase for a shot-discus title sweep in the afternoon.

Discus

TIME: 11:30 a.m., Class 4A; 4:30 p.m., Class 3A

Lewis Central’s Logan Jones, just a sophomore, is the large-class favorite here. Algona’s Dominic Etherington and Mount Vernon’s Matt Vislisel will go head-to-head in the 3A competition.

4x800-meter relay

TIME: 12:10 p.m., Class 1A, 4A; 5:50 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

City High, Cedar Rapids Prairie and Ames are the heavy hitters in 4A. Pekin is the big favorite in 2A, as it actually has the fourth best time in the state this year, regardless of class.

400-meter dash

TIME: 1:40 p.m., Class 1A, 4A; 7:20 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

Bettendorf’s Darien Porter, an Iowa State football commit, is the main draw in the one-lap race. But Waukee’s Sam Yeaway and Iowa City West’s Austin West aren’t far behind. Glenwood’s Nate Kennedy is one of the state’s best, too, and will run in 3A.

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FRIDAY'S FINALS

Long Jump

TIME: 9 a.m., Class 4A; 2 p.m., Class 3A

West is again a strong contender here, but Clinton’s Jaelen Boysen and Davenport West’s DJ Mosley will have a say before it’s done. Marion’s Blair Brooks, the Drake Relays champ, is in the 3A competition.

High Jump

TIME: 9 a.m., Class 1A; 2 p.m., Class 2A

Kuemper’s Miles Rupiper will attempt to clear the 7-foot mark in the afternoon. Only 11 other Iowa preps have done so. In the morning, Central Decatur’s Cauy Spidle is the strong favorite.

4x200-meter relay

TIME: 10:20 a.m., Class 1A, 4A; 4 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

Cedar Rapids Jefferson is the favorite in 4A, but a slew of CIML schools follow behind, like Centennial, Dowling, Ames, Valley and Southeast Polk. Sergeant Bluff-Luton is the team to watch in 3A.

400-meter hurdles

TIME: 11:20 a.m., Class 1A, 4A; 5 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

Austin West is one of the nation’s best here. His time of 51.96 seconds is currently the second best, nationally. 

Shot

TIME: 11:30 a.m., Class 4A; 4:30 p.m., Class 3A

Dowling’s Zach Stacy enters as the best 4A shot thrower this season. In 3A, Algona’s Etherington could very well complete a shot-discus weekend sweep.

Discus

TIME: 11:30 a.m., Class 1A; 4:30 p.m., Class 2A

Hudson’s Ellingson and KP-WC’s Phelps are expected to shine Friday as well in the 1A and 2A discus competitions, respectively.

Distance Medley Relay

TIME: 12 p.m., Class 1A, 4A; 5:40 p.m., Class 2A, 3A

The Urbandale team of Chris Miller, Drew Dabney, Jay Marcotte and Ben Daumueller own the state’s fastest time this year, at 3 minutes, 30.25 seconds.

GIRLS' STATE TRACK COVERAGE

  • Southeast Polk's Sydney Milani is chasing more records
  • Event-by-Event Breakdown of the girls' state track meet
  • Girls' Team Race Analysis: Waukee, Assumption look to continue dominance

SATURDAY'S FINALS

Sprint Medley Relay

TIME: 9:50 a.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Bettendorf is almost a full second faster than the rest of the state here, but if Iowa City West can keep it close, a Darien Porter-Austin West final leg could be a load of fun.

Wheelchair Shot

TIME: 10 a.m.

Southeast Polk’s Matthew Schultz surprised when, as a freshman last year, he tied Bondurant-Farrar’s Jordan Razor for the wheelchair state title. He can begin his quest for an outright team title by repeating as the shot-put champ on Saturday morning.

800-meter run

TIME: 11:10 a.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Central Lyon’s Sieperda is attempting a distance sweep this week, and he’s the favorite here as well. In 4A, Muscatine’s Tyler Olson and Indianola’s Quentin Linnan are the ones to beat.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay

TIME: 12:15 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Cedar Rapids houses two of the best in 4A, as Jefferson and Prairie have posted the top two times in 4A. But Mount Pleasant’s 3A squad of Keegan Rich, Chase Lamm, Coles Burns and Jake Lowe has the state’s fastest time, at 56.94 seconds.

Wheelchair 100

TIME: 12:40 p.m.

Bondurant’s Razor and Southeast Polk’s Schultz are sitting one-two in this event, but can Waukee freshman Evan Correll crash the party?

100-meter dash

TIME: 12:55 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

There’s a tie for the fastest kid in Iowa — West Liberty’s Tanner Iske and Clarinda Academy’s Tavares Boykin have both run 10.68 seconds in the 100 this year. Iske is in 2A while Boykin is in 1A. Dowling’s Jayson Murray is the 4A favorite after running a 10.72 last week.

110-meter hurdles

TIME: 1:15 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Ankeny Centennial’s Riley Moss, a future Iowa football player, is the state’s best sprint hurdler. He took second last year and is looking for the title this weekend.

Wheelchair 200

TIME: 1:45 p.m.

Waukee’s Correll holds the states’ fastest time in this one, but Schultz and Razor aren’t far behind. This could be a three-man battle in the team race.

200-meter dash

TIME: 2:05 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Lewis Central’s Max Duggan, a recent TCU football commit, is among the state’s best here, but he’ll have to run down Sioux City East’s Ardell Inlay in order to win.

1,600-meter run

TIME: 2:15 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Sieperda will be at it again in the 1A race. In 4A, Centennial’s Cox, Pleasant Valley’s Konnor Sommer and Ankeny’s Sindt will all be in the running to win the mile.

Wheelchair 400

TIME: 3:15 p.m.

The wheelchair team title may very well come down to this race between Waukee’s Correll, Southeast Polk’s Schultz and Bondurant’s Razor.

4x100-meter relay

TIME: 3:40 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

The 4A final will showcase some of the state’s best sprint relay teams. The top eight have all run under 43 seconds in this event.

4x400-meter relay

TIME: 4:20 p.m., Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Similar to the girls, the boys’ team race may come down to the final race on the final day. Waukee is the favorite, but Bettendorf, Valley and Des Moines Roosevelt will all be in contention in 4A. Pekin also has a fast team out of 2A.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

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