Two State Track and Field Champions for Southeast Iowa Through the Morning of Day 1

State Track and Field- With the morning session in the books we have compiled two state champions from our local teams.

The first state champion was AJ Bonnesen of Danville in the 3200 meter run for Class 1A. Entering the event as the favorite, he did not disappoint; in fact, he destroyed his personal best time of 9 minutes and 44.9 seconds. Bonnesen finished with a time of 9 minutes and 10 seconds, which is a new school record and ranks him 4th in the state of Iowa in outdoor track and field.

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. Carter Sievers of Newell-Fonda was in a distant 2nd place with a jump of 21 feet 3.75 inches.

Unfortunately for the girls’ team of Winfield-Mt. Union, the shuttle hurdle team of Josie Nelson, Keyreana Sharar, Tessa Huston, and Keetyn Townsley was disqualified.

Jackson Shacklett of Danville also competed in the 3200 meter run and finished with a time of 10 minutes and 26 seconds placing him in 19th.

In the preliminary runs, it is the top 8 teams to move on to the finals. Ayden Doyle of Danville grabbed 14th place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.92 seconds, which is his personal best.

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.

Kierah Wiseman of Burlington finished in 21st place in the 200 meter dash preliminary for Class 4A with a time of 26.55 seconds, a personal best.

Ottumwa had two throwers in the girls’ Class 4A discus event. Jordan Pauls finished in 8th place with a personal record throw of 119 feet 2 inches. Delilah Subsin, a freshman, took 14th place with a toss of 111 feet 11 inches. Subsin will compete tomorrow morning in the shot put.

The Danville girls 4×800 meter relay team of Jaeda Molle, Miya Orbiana, Kamryn Sherwood, and Alaina Gourley finished in 14th place with a time of 10 minutes and 9 seconds.

Stay tuned for more results here on KILJ.