Area athletes head to Blue Oval

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By Charm Carpenter

Area athletes head to Blue OvalState qualifying meets were held around the state last Thursday. Class 1A event champions automatically qualified for the state meet, while Class 2A  first and second places automatically advanced. The rest of the qualifiers had to wait until all times were in for at-large spots.
The Red Oak track teams competed in Treynor. The Tiger boys did not have any event automatically qualifying and no at-large positions were filled.
Red Oak results: 1600m: 5- Justin McCunn. 3200m: 8- Liam Eubank. 4x100: 8- Carter Bruce, Carter Maynes, Isaac Birt, Cam Vanderhoof.  4x800: 8- Connor Koppa, Bruce Lukehart, Avery Graham, Caden Hall. Sprint medley: 8- Maynes, Bruce, Vanderhoof, Birt. Distance medley: 5- Vanderhoof, Bruce, Birt, McCunn.
“We had a decent night,” head coach Sueann French said. “We were hoping for a better performance out of the distance medley relay, but they gave it their all and that’s all we can ask.
“Each runner improved throughout the season and we are already looking at our goals for next year.”
The Red Oak girls automatically advanced in the 4x800 with a first-place winning time of 10:12.02. Members of the relay are Juhi Boeye, Syd Streicher, Sophie Walker, and Ellie Rengstorf. The team will hit the Blue Oval in Drake Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
Fremont-Mills hosted the Class 1A state qualifying meet.
East Mills junior Janette Schraft leads the girls division with four state entries, three of them automatic advancements from the meet in Tabor.  
Schraft qualified in the 800m, 1500m, and 400m hurdles. She then filled an at-large spot in the 3000m.
Griswold’s Jocelyn Amos earned an at-large advancement with her time of 1:11.54 in the 400m hurdles, finishing third in the state qualifying meet. Amos also advanced in the long jump with her third-place jump of 15-07.
Stanton standout freshman Tara Peterson landed an at-large advancement with a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:09.41.  
The 400m hurdles is scheduled for Friday at 11:40 a.m. with all three girls competing.
Amos will also be competing in the long jump on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Schraft’s remaining events are as follows: Thursday 3000m at 9:40 a.m., and Saturday 800m at 10:30 a.m., 1500m at 2:45 p.m.
In the boys division, Southwest Valley has the most entrants advancing to the state meet.
Addison Bull set a personal best and improved his school record in the long jump, winning the event and automatically qualifying for state with a jump of 21-01.
“He has been improving all year, and he picked a great night to set a personal best,” head coach Allen Naugle said.
The other automatic advancement from the evening for the Timberwolves was the 4x100 relay of Bull, Chance Cobb, Grant Maurer, and Aaron Armstrong with a time of 45.13.
The Timberwolves earned a spot in the 4x200 (Bull, Cobb, Maurer, Armstrong), shuttle hurdle relay (Bull, Brett Schafroth, Armstrong, Maurer), and two spots in the shot put (Jacob Webb and Hunter Poston).
Schedule for the Timberwolves at state is as follows:
Thursday: 9 a.m. long jump; 11:30 a.m. shot put; 2 p.m. shuttle hurdle relay.
Friday: 10:20 a.m. 4x200; 1 p.m. 4x100.
Jadon Jahnke of Griswold returned from an injury just in time for the qualifying meet, and automatically advanced with a first-place win in the high jump, clearing 6-0 at Tabor. Jahkne’s second-place leap of 20-8.25 in the long jump, earned him an at-large advancement.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Derek Mueller, Spencer Muhlbauer, Preston Good and Jahnke, with substitutes of Cade Jahnke and Shawn Swain, also earned an at-large advancement.
The shuttle hurdle event is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. J. Jahnke will compete in the long jump on Thursday at 9 a.m., and in the high jump on Friday at 9 a.m.
Stanton’s junior Drake Johnson won the 400m hurdles, giving him the solo advancement for the Vikings. Johnson’s time of 57.39 will have him competing on Friday at 11:20 a.m.
East Mills’s Dylan Schroeder earned an at-large spot in the long jump and will also compete on Thursday at 9 a.m.
The heartbreaker of the qualifying meet was in the 1600m.
Sidney’s Adam Thompson won the event in a time of 4.57.08 with sophomore Keygan Day of Stanton right behind him at 4:57.09. Thompson’s first place gave him the automatic advancement, however it was also the slowest time for the 24 spots at state, leaving Day without an at-large chance.