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|Sabers hurdle the competition, combine for 16 state qualifiers|
By Ross Eberhart
One final hurdle separated the Central boys and girls track team from the state meet.
And the Sabers cleared it both figuratively and literally during Thursday's 3A state qualifying meet hosted by Vinton-Shellsburg.
Paced by season-best performances by their respective shuttle hurdle teams, the Sabers combined to advance 16 events to Des Moines.
A victory in the event coupled as the Central girls lone title at the meet, but the Sabers also earned an automatic spot in the 4X800 relay and advanced in five other events on at-large bids.
A second-place finish in the shuttle hurdle for the Saber boys, meanwhile, was just part of a big day in the relays as Central qualified for state in all six of the relay events (the Sabers had three individuals also earn a spot at state).
The Central boys picked up two titles during the meet with both coming in the relay events.
First, the 4X800 team of Mitch Green, Connor Dalldorf, Kyle Marti and Remington Meggers cruised to a victory by four seconds in its race.
The foursome crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 8:14.77 - Marion was second in 8:18.68.
The Sabers other title came from the 4X100 team of Jake Thumann, Mitch Kirby, James Grell and Jake Feldpausch, which broke the tape in a time of 44.55.
Central earned automatic spots at state in four other events with runner-up finishes.
That included the shuttle hurdle relay as the quartet of Drew Dieckmann, Jake Kagemann, Tyler Stillmunkes and Mitch Kirby cut off more than a second from their previous best time, while clocking in at 1:01.15.
Kagemann earned a second runner-up finish later in the night as he finished just six-tenths of a second behind Center Point-Urbana's Nick Thibault in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 56.96 (Jacob Maxwell was eighth in the event with a clocking of 1:00.95).
Picking up an individual second of his own was sophomore Corderol Campbell, who continued his late-season surge by taking second in the long jump with a leap of 19-10 (another personal best).
The Sabers' final second came from the 4X200 team of Thumann, Feldpausch, Grell and Kirby. Together the foursome took second with a season-best clocking of 1:31.59.
Another Central relay - the distance medley team of Thumann, Feldpausch, Colton Bauer and Green - took third, but earned an at-large spot with a time of 3:42.35.
Also finishing third was Meggers, who was part of a tight race in the 800-meter run. The senior crossed the finish line in 2:03.17, which was good for an at-large spot at state. Not as fortunate was Marti, who finished right behind Meggers in fourth with a time of 2:03.82, but missed out on the final at-large spot by less than three-tenths of a second.
The Sabers' final qualifier proved to be the 4X400 team of Meggers, Feldpausch, Kagemann and Kirby, which took fourth with a time of 3:31.93.
Bauer had his own fourth in the 400-meter dash with a clocking of 53.34 (Peter Keegan was eighth in 55.25), while Riley McDowell also finished fourth with a personal-best toss of 42-8 in the shot put (Lucas Daniels was seventh in 40-5.5).
Junior Doug Hayen added a fifth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 127-8, while Daniels had another seventh-place finish with a toss of 119-3.
Finishing things off for the Sabers, who finished third as a team with 104 points (Marion brought home the team title with 159 points) were Ryan Olson, Austin Lechtenberg and Dieckmann.
Olson and Lechtenberg both scored team points in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
The former finished sixth in both events clocking in at 11.95 in the 100 and 23.94 in the 200. The latter was seventh in the 100 with a time of 11.96 and eighth in the 200 with a time of 24.38.
Dieckmann, meanwhile, picked up his own eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.70.
Not only did the Saber girls earn a spot at state with their victory in the shuttle hurdle, but they also were finally able to overtake WaMaC East rival West Delaware, who had prevented them from winning a divisional crown.
Nobody was stopping the team of Emily Hawkins, Cori Peterzalek, Gretchen Henningsen and Sam Barr on Thursday, though, as the quartet posted their best time of the season (1:07.81) to bring home a title.
It will be the second-straight appearance at state for the team. In fact, the Sabers qualified for all but one of the events that they competed in last year at Des Moines.
That includes the 4X800 team of Brittany McNamara, Shelby Carlson, Amanda Brainerd and Sarah Schoel, which earned an automatic spot at state with a second-place finish in 10:10.32.
Schoel will also return in the long jump as she earned one of Central's five at-large bids with a third-place leap of 15-7.5. Taking sixth in the same event was Hailey Saunders with a jump of 14-10.5.
Central had another qualifier in the field events in junior Abby Willis, who was part of a loaded field in the discus.
Willis took fourth in the event with a toss of 111-5, but earned an at-large spot at state (so too did the fifth-place finisher in the event).
The Sabers had one final individual qualifier in Barr, who took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.25 (Henningsen was sixth in a time of 16.86).
The rest of Central's qualifiers are relays. The distance medley team of Courtney Burmeister, McNamara, Brainerd and Schoel earned an at-large spot with a third-place finish of 4:30.29, while the 4X400 team of Schoel, Courtney Arndt, Brainerd and McNamara added a fourth-place finish in 4:17.10.
Central picked up fourth-place finishes in four other events, but missed out on an at-large bid at state.
McNamara was fourth in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:30.19 (Carlson was sixth in 2:36.25), while Mikayla Coyle earned the same place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:28.54.
Taking sixth in that event was Miah Betz (5:39.18), who picked up her own fourth with a time of 12:14.37 in the 3,000-meter run (Coyle was sixth in this race with a time of 12:36.12).
The final fourth came from Barr, who cleared 4-8 in the high jump.
Willis added a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 33-3, while the 4X100 team of Haley Seitz, Elyse Arensdorf, Burmeister and Barr also finished fifth with a time of 53.68.
The Sabers' final points came from a pair of sevenths. The first came from the 4X200 foursome of Burmeister, Seitz, Amanda Grell and Saunders. Together the group finished in 1:59.11.
The second was scored by the sprint medley team of Arensdorf, Peterzalek, Hawkins and Alexis Jackson, which posted a time of 2:12.99