State Track Roundup: Brumbaugh Wins Gold, New London Second After Day One; Other Notes

Des Moines — Jadan Brumbaugh tossed the 15th-farthest throw in state history to capture gold in the Class 3A Girls’ Discus yesterday.

Brumbaugh hit 151 feet, 10 inches to earn yet another throwing title for Mount Pleasant.

The Iowa State recruit hit just 119 feet, 1 inch on her first throw before soaring to new heights.

The win for Brumbaugh also moved the Panthers to a virtual tie for 5th in the team standings with 10 points.

Mount Pleasant will have another chance to score on Saturday in the Class 3A shuttle hurdle relay.

The Panthers group of Kenna Lamm, Allie Westercamp, Abby Blint and Jenna Gilmore combined to run 1:08.59 to qualify for finals with the eighth-fastest time in prelims.

On the boys’ side of things, Mount Pleasant’s Will Davidson is moving to the finals in the 200m dash.

Davidson went 22.78, good enough to qualify with the eighth-fastest time in the field. Davidson will also compete in the long jump and 110m hurdle preliminaries before the weekend closes.

The Panther boys’ 4×800 team of Isaac Rynders, Isaiah Albright, Gabe Feldmann and Jacob Richtman closed their season with a 16th place finish. That quartet closed their 2022 chapter with a season’s best mark of 8:31.18.

In Class 2A, Mediapolis showed why they’re one of the top programs in southeast Iowa. The Bulldogs’ 4×800 team of Levi Arnold, Solomon Zaugg, Logan Rosas and Owen Schmidgall teamed up to run a season’s best 8:14.98 good for third in the 2A field.

It just missed the school record.

Bulldog sprinter Anthony Isley is headed to the Class 2A 200m finals. Isley, a terrific running back for the Mediapolis football team, ran 22.78 — the sixth fastest time in the 2A field.

Mediapolis senior Kadin Salek showed out well in the open 400m, with a 10th place finish after cruising in 51 seconds flat.

In other 2A action, Central Lee’s Thomas Eschman hit a personal record in the long jump, with a good leap of the day of 20 feet, 10.25 inches. Eschman was Central Lee’s lone qualifier.

In Class 1A, New London is right in the thick of the team race following day one.

The Tigers are chasing Lisbon by just one point in the team standings after an outstanding Thursday.

New London earned a runner up in the 4×800 relay while getting third-place finishes from Alexander Julian in the two-mile and Carter Allen in the shot.

The 4×800 team was on fire, specifically. Rylan Martin, Alexander Julian, Seth Bailey and Kade Benjamin broke the school-record by more than seven seconds, officially clocking an 8:11.57.

Julian hit a new personal best 9:43.99 in the two-mile while his cross country teammate and Danville star A.J. Bonnesen placed seventh in 9:56.71.

Allen hit 52 feet, 3.5 inches in the shot to earn the third place mark.

The Tigers will have an additional avenue for points after Josh Catala blazed his way to the finals in the 1A 200m dash, clocking a 23.18 for the sixth-fastest prelim time.

Elsewhere in 1A, Winfield-Mount Union senior Jobey Malone closes her shot put career with a high with a 5th place finish in a loaded field.

Malone hit 37 feet, 10.5 inches for the fifth place mark.

Danville’s Kenna Furnald, back to state for the second straight year, hit 16 feet, 10 inches for a 4th place finish in the 1A girls’ long jump.

Staying in long jump, Iowa football recruit Cam Buffington (Winfield-Mount Union) hit 20 feet, 6.5 inches to place 9th in a very strong 1A field. That mark for the Wolves sophomore was a new personal best.