Sports, May 20th

High School Track and Field

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

New London captured their first points of the meet with a 7th place finish with the time of 3 minutes and 40 seconds in the distance medley. The team of Boden Pickle, London Franklin, Brigham Porter, and Rylan Martin captured two points for the Tigers.

Triston Miller of Columbus took down the boys’ Class 1A 110 meter hurdle state record that has stood since 1997. Miller sprinted to a time of 14.12 seconds making him the favorite for the finals. Simeon Reichenbach of WACO also qualified with the 6th fastest time of the preliminary, 15.11 seconds a personal record. 

Gabriel Hemsworth of Winfield-Mt. Union earned a point for his 8th place finish in the boys 400 meter hurdles with a time of 55.42 seconds. Spencer Nelson of Danville took 19th place with a time of 58.59 seconds.

The girls 4×100 meter team of Kierah Wiseman, Christella Boyer, Sophie Brown, and Mylee Stiefel for Burlington qualified for the finals today with a time of 49.06 seconds, a season best time.

Columbus took home another state record in the boys 4×100 meter relay with the team of Jeff Hoback, Riley Kaalberg, Miller, and Kaden Amingon with a time of 42.69 seconds, which qualified them for today’s final.

Kade Benjamin of New London and Miller of Columbus were in a showdown for the boys Class 1A high jump competition as they both cleared 6 feet 6 inches. Miller failed all of his attempts for 6 feet 7 inches. Benjamin nailed his first jump for 6 feet 7 inches clinching the state title for himself. This makes it back-to-back individual state championships for Benjamin.

In the boys’ Class 1A discus, Oleh Shtefanchuk’s throw of 150 feet 1 inch was enough to get him into the finals. In the finals, he improved his mark to 155 feet on his second throw then added on to his final total as he finished in 3rd place with a throw of 158 feet 2 inches. The Warriors claimed 6 team points from the event.

In the boys’ Class 1A, Mount Ayr has the lead with 30 points. Columbus is in 3rd place with 19 points. New London is tied for 8th with 12 points. Winfield-Mt. Union is tied for 10th place with 11 points and Danville is tied for 12th place with 10 points. WACO is right behind Danville with 9 points.

In the boys’ Class 3A 110 meter hurdles, Will Davidson of Mt. Pleasant raced to the 2nd fastest time in the preliminary and the 10th fastest time all-time with the time of 14.10 seconds. Davidson followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 54.13 seconds. 

In the field events for Mt. Pleasant, Avin Truong finished in 5th place in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 7.75 inches and Isaac Jerrel grabbed 8th place in the shot put with a heave of 51 feet 3.25 inches. 

Van Buren County picked up a state champion in Anthony Duncan for the boys Class 2A 400 meter hurdles with the time of 54.97 seconds. Tyler Stoltz finished in 7th place in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 1 inch.  

The 4×200 meter relay team of Travain Donaldson, Grant Boal, Jace Figuereo, and Jack Riley took 4th place with a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds for West Burlington/Notre Dame. 

Mediapolis’ boys’ 4×400 meter relay team of Logan Rosas, Levi Arnold, Owen Schmidgall, and Anthony Isley qualified for the finals with a time of 3 minutes and 26 seconds. 

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

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team had a goal frenzy in front of the home crowd against Maquoketa to start out the playoffs as the Panthers won 10-0. Elly Manning led the team with four goals on the night with three assists. Aurora Hummel netted three goals, Charice Auwerda tallied two goals, and Tori Wilson scored one goal. The Panthers will take on Central DeWitt on the road on May 23rd. 

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 defeated Clinton 8-0. Fort Madison handled Keokuk last night 6-0. The Nikes will take on North Scott and Fort Madison will take on SEC foe Burlington.

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

1734 – First Jockey Club forms in South Carolina.

1930 – University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention and cure of athlete’s foot.

1946 – Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher’s fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances.