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Once the hunted, Hawks’ 4×800 now the hunter

Madrid’s late-season surge to No. 1 sets up showdown

Madrid’s Sean McDermott (center) and South Hamilton’s Logan Peters (right) jockey for the top spot in the 4x800-meter relay at the Bengal Relays in Gilbert earlier this season. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

JEWELL — For the better part of the spring season, the Class 2A boys’ 4×800-meter relay outlook has gone something like this: South Hamilton … and then everyone else.

That’s how it has felt anyway. The Hawks were the lone 2A squad to reach the Drake Relays and they’ve sat atop the standings since early April.

But that landscape changed this week when Madrid surfaced with an 8:07.11 on Monday at Guthrie Center, which bested South Hamilton’s top time of 8:07.82. The teams will be at the same State Qualifying Meet today in State Center at 4 p.m.

In other words, game on.

“The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the state in the 4×800 are in the same (state qualifier), so that will be a good challenge,” South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said. “We’ll just have to see how it pans out.”

Emily Greenfield runs the opening leg of the shuttle hurdle relay for South Hamilton in Gilbert earlier this season. The Hawks’ quartet that also includes Hailey Cavan, Rylee Woodall and Bridgit Schlafke leads its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet field by almost eight seconds. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

The Hawks’ quartet of Logan Peters, Conner Hill, Cole Berg and Quinton Grove handled Madrid at the Bengal Relays in Gilbert earlier this season, but the Tigers have since tweaked their lineup and that has quite obviously made a difference.

Will both teams push it to the limit to try to win, or will they take it easy early in what is expected to be a grueling meet this evening?

“Are we going to go at each other, or will we both take it easy and just try to qualify?” Paulsen asked out loud. “I don’t know. We’ll see. I know our kids are looking forward to it and they’re ready to go.”

South Hamilton and Madrid are just two cogs in a deep field that also includes the likes of Dike-New Hartford, Des Moines Christian, Roland-Story and Woodward Academy. The top two finishers in each event will automatically qualify for state, while the next eight best performances out of the pool of non-qualifiers from across the state will earn wildcard entries to next week’s showcase at Drake Stadium.

Peters, the defending 2A state champion in the 1,600, will compete as an individual in the 800 and mile, and will also anchor the distance medley relay. Peters owns the fastest qualifying time in the 800 in tonight’s field, while he sits behind Madrid’s Sean McDermott in the 1,600.

“You know Logan, he never backs down from anything,” Paulsen said. “He knows McDermott is there and he’s ready to go.”

Hill will join Peters in four events. He’ll battle his teammate in the 800 where he holds the No. 2 seed, will join him in the two relays, and will also run a leg on the 4×400.

South Hamilton’s Brandyn Feighner owns the No. 2 seed in the long jump behind Dike-New Hartford’s Parker Kiewiet.

Girls

South Hamilton’s Lily Skartvedt, as well as hurdlers Hailey Cavan, Rylee Woodall, Emily Greenfield and Bridgit Schlafke all have solid outlooks at this evening’s state qualifier.

Skartvedt, the Heart of Iowa Conference champion in both throws, enters the meet seeded third in the discus and a throw close to her personal best (121-2) should easily be good enough to get her to state either as an automatic qualifier or wildcard entrant.

Cavan, Woodall, Greenfield and Schlafke own the fastest shuttle hurdle relay qualifying time in the field by almost eight seconds.

Cavan and Woodall are also seeded second and third, respectively, in the 100 hurdles.

Class 2A State Qualifying Meet Preview

Thursday at State Center

Competing Teams

Colfax-Mingo, Des Moines Christian, Dike-New Hartford, East Marshall, Madrid, Pleasantville, Roland-Story, South Hamilton, South Hardin, West Marshall, Woodward Academy, Woodward-Granger.

Leaders Entering Thursday

GIRLS

(Top 2 finishers qualify automatically)

Long Jump — 1. Kasey Pelzer (PLE) 16-91⁄2; 2. Melinda Puumala (EM) 16-91⁄4; 3. Jordan Atwood (C-M) 15-6.

High Jump — 1. Rachel Patton (R-S) 5-3; 2. Kayla Cripps (WM) 5-1; 3. Jadyn Nelson (R-S) 5-0.

Shot Put — 1. Brylie Ziesneiss (SHAR) 48-10; 2. Renae Schaper (WM) 39-51⁄4; 3. Braedynn Rawlins (C-M) 38-81⁄2.

Discus — 1. Brylie Ziesneiss (SHAR) 174-7; 2. Hailey Gadbaw (MAD) 126-4; 3. Lily Skartvedt (SHAM) 121-2.

100 Meters — 1. Melinda Puumala (EM) 12.85; 2. Eden Barrett (D-NH) 13.20; 3. Sam Entinger (PLE) 13.24.

200 Meters — 1. Erin Schieltz (MAD) 27.23; 2. Eden Barrett (D-NH) 27.44; 3. Kayla Cripps (WM) 27.74.

400 Meters — 1. Alexis Jensen (D-NH) 1:01.85; 2. Alayna Bakke (DMC) 1:02.06; 3. Taylor Kvale (D-NH) 1:02.44.

800 Meters — 1. Macy Engelson (SHAR) 2:31.55; 2. Taylor Kvale (D-NH) 2:32.71; 3. Ellie Hull (EM) 2:33.06.

1,500 Meters — 1. Reece Johnson (R-S) 5:21.31; 2. Grace Girard (WM) 5:24.05; 3. Ellie Hull (EM) 5:33.40.

3,000 Meters — 1. Grace Girard (WM) 11:33.00; 2. Kaitlyn Kilstofte (R-S) 11:39.61; 3. Abbey McConeghey (C-M) 12:07.80.

100 Hurdles — 1. Melinda Puumala (EM) 15.68; 2. Hailey Cavan (SHAM) 16.60; 3. Rylee Woodall (SHAM) 16.96.

400 Hurdles — 1. Melinda Puumala (EM) 1:05.82; 2. Taylor Kvale (D-NH) 1:06.91; 3. Kayla Cripps (WM) 1:09.01.

4×100 Relay — 1. Madrid 51.57; 2. Pleasantville 52.26; 3. Dike-New Hartford 53.30.

4×200 Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 1:52.36; 2. Pleasantville 1:52.46; 3. Madrid 1:52.47.

4×400 Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 4:16.38; 2. Roland-Story 4:22.54; 3. DM Christian 4:24.13.

4×800 Relay — 1. Woodward-Granger 10:24.08; 2. Roland-Story 10:28.05; 3. Madrid 10:44.98.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 1. South Hamilton 1:10.81; 2. Pleasantville 1:18.11; 3. Dike-New Hartford 1:18.53.

Sprint Medley Relay — 1. Dike-New Hatford 1:55.72; 2. Madrid 1:56.74; 3. DM Christian 1:57.03.

Distance Medley Relay — 1. Roland-Story 4:35.09; 2. South Hardin 4:35.35; 3. West Marshall 4:35.51.

BOYS

Long Jump — 1. Parker Kiewiet (D-NH) 22-93⁄4; 2. Brandyn Feighner (SHAM) 21-1; 3. Gage Hulin (EM) 20-93⁄4.

High Jump — 1. Sam Diehl (R-S) 6-41⁄2; 2. Dane Fuller (D-NH) 6-2; 3. Braden Mars (DMC) 6-0.

Shot Put — 1. Cale Anthony (PLE) 49-81⁄4; 2. Mason Lobeck (MAD) 49-41⁄2; 3. Nathan Bell (R-S) 48-73⁄4.

Discus — 1. Nathan Bell (R-S) 148-5; 2. Isaac Owensby (MAD) 145-4; 3. Hunter Vilez (EM) 141-8.

100 Meters — 1. Donavin Sanders (WA) 11.25; 2. Austin Elliot (EM) 11.45; 3. Kade Polich (W-G) 11.54.

200 Meters — 1. Dalontay Gervin (WA) 22.83; 2. Parker Kiewiet (D-NH) 22.93; 3. Donavin Sanders (WA) 23.01.

400 Meters — 1. Parker Kiewiet (D-NH) 51.20; 2. Grant Olson (R-S) 51.21; 3. Cameron Bannister (WM) 51.72.

800 Meters — 1. Logan Peters (SHAM) 2:00.61; 2. Conner Hill (SHAM) 2:01.47; 3. Sean McDermott (MAD) 2:02.02.

1,600 Meters — 1. Sean McDermott (MAD) 4:30.28; 2. Logan Peters (SHAM) 4:34.30; 3. Jason Renze (MAD) 4:39.09.

3,200 Meters — 1. Sean McDermott (MAD) 9:39.97; 2. Nick Wakefield (R-S) 9:59.52; 3. Zakee Newman (SHAM) 10:12.18.

110 High Hurdles — 1. Seth Eden (D-NH) 15.23; 2. Justin Groen (DMC) 15.35; 3. Matt Horstman (DMC) 15.58.

400 Low Hurdles — 1. Grant Bixby (D-NH) 55.24; 2. Kody Carlson (MAD) 56.42; 3. Zarek Hill (C-M) 57.03.

4×100 Relay — 1. Woodward Academy 44.79; 2. Roland-Story 44.86; 3. DM Christian 45.24.

4×200 Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 1:30.94; 2. Woodward Academy 1:32.36; 3. West Marshall 1:33.77.

4×400 Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 3:23.09; 2. Roland-Story 3:30.91; 3. DM Christian 3:32.09.

4×800 Relay — 1. Madrid 8:07.11; 2. South Hamilton 8:07.82; 3. Roland-Story 8:29.24.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 1:01.05; 2. DM Christian 1:01.32; 3. Roland-Story 1:04.24.

Sprint Medley Relay — 1. Dike-New Hartford 1:36.33; 2. West Marshall 1:36.61; 3. Roland-Story 1:38.61.

Distance Medley Relay — 1. DM Christian 3:40.97; 2. Madrid 3:42.37; 3. South Hamilton 3:43.00.

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