Sports, May 19th

High School Track and Field

Day one of the State Track and Field meet is in the books and here are the highlights from yesterday’s events.

In Class 1A, AJ Bonnesen of Danville is the state champion in the 3200 meter run. Bonnesen finished with a time of 9 minutes and 10 seconds, which is a new school record and it’s the second-fastest time by a Class 1A runner and No. 27 overall on the all-time list.

In Class 1A, Cam Buffington leaped to a new personal record and won the gold in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 8 inches. Buffington had three jumps that would have won him the state championship, but it was his 2nd attempt that would take it for him.

Simeon Reichenbach of WACO captured 3 points in the long jump with his 6th place finish. After advancing to the finals, he improved his final jump to 20 feet 7.75 inches, but it cemented his final spot in 6th place.

The Winfield-Mt. Union and Danville boys’ teams are tied for 2nd place with 10 points each.

In the girls’ 100 meter dash for Class 4A, the Grayhound’s Mylee Stiefel qualified for the finals with a time of 12.62 seconds.

Ledarrias Shealey is the second member for Burlington to qualify for the 100 meter dash finals after racing to a time of 11.36 seconds in the boys’ Class 4A preliminary race.

In Class 2A for Van Buren County, Wyatt Mertens leaped 21 feet 8.5 inches to place 8th in the long jump. Anthony Duncan claimed 6 points for the Warriors after finishing in 3rd place with a time of 50.04 seconds in the 400 meter dash.

For Mediapolis, Anthony Isley raced to a time of 22.40 seconds in the boys’ 200 meter dash, the second fastest time in the qualifier. He will run in the finals on Saturday at 2:05 pm. In the boys’ Class 2A 4×800 meter relay, the Bulldogs took 4th place with a time of 8 minutes and 4.05 seconds with the team of Jeff Campbell, Owen Schmidgall, Solomon Zaugg, and Logan Rosas. In the 400 meter dash, Isley gained 8 points for the Bulldogs after a 2nd place finish with a time of 49.97 seconds, a personal record.

Thomas Eschman of Central Lee grabbed three points for his 6th place finish in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 10 inches.

Mediapolis is tied for 3rd place with 13 team points with Van Buren County in 9th place with 7 points for Class 2A.

Mt. Pleasant had a team run in the boys’ shuttle hurdle relay for Class 3A. The team of Bryce Wilson, Will Davidson, Avin Truong, and Gavin Kerr took 9th place for the Panthers with a time of 1 minute and 1.93 seconds.

KILJ will be bringing results throughout the state track meet today and tomorrow.

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will host Maquoketa in the Regional Qualifier tonight.

The Danville boys’ team will face off against West Liberty in the second round of the postseason on May 22nd.

The Central Lee boys’ team will travel to take on Pella Christian on May 22nd for the second round of the postseason.

For girls’ soccer, Burlington Notre Dame will host Clinton tonight at 7 pm. The bottom half of the Class 2A Region 5 bracket will be a Southeast Conference battle with Fort Madison squaring off with Keokuk in round one today at 7 pm.

High School Golf

The boys’ state tournament will start on May 22nd with Mason Shelledy of New London playing at Ames Golf and Country Club.

The New London girls’ team and Olivia Hines of Mediapolis will be competing in the state tournament with day one of the two day tournament starting on May 25th.

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant will travel to take on Clear Creek-Amana on May 24th.

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant will host Holy Trinity Catholic on May 22nd at 5 pm.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The NAIA National Championship meet will take place on May 24th for outdoor track and field.

This Day in Sports History

1912 – AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb’s suspension, they will be banned from baseball.

1974 – Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Goaltender Bernie Parent and the Flyers shut out the Boston Bruins, 1-0, to win the series 4-2, becoming the first “expansion” team to win Stanley Cup; Parent named playoff MVP.

1991 – Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make the Indianapolis 500 starting grid.