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The Gazette KCRG
Posted May 10, 2012
Iowa City schools lead state brigade

Linn Mar's Josh Evans leads the pack around the track during the 1,600-meter run in the Class 4A district track meet Thursday at Iowa City West. Evans won the 1,600 and the 3,200. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

IOWA CITY — Bailey Wetherell’s competitive instinct took over.

“We wanted to get our ticket to state, but the race was close with 100 meters to go, and I thought I might as well go for it,” he said.

Wetherell anchored Iowa City West to victory in the race of the day — the boys’ 3,200-meter relay — at Thursday’s Class 4A state-qualifying meet at Trojan Stadium.

Three teams eclipsed 8 minutes. Wetherell held off Matt Simon of Linn-Mar to give the Trojans the edge in 7:55.09. Linn-Mar finished in 7:55.21; Iowa City High is 7:58.69.

“I knew we were running pretty quick,” Wetherell said. “Linn-Mar’s got a great 4-by-8, so if you’re running with them, you’re going at a fast pace.”

West captured the boys’ district title with 161 points. Linn-Mar was second with 137, followed by City High (128).

The top two in each event automatically qualify for the state meet May 17-19 at Drake Stadium, Des Moines. The next best 12 performances statewide earn at-large berths.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union will release the complete state field late Friday afternoon.

West has 10 automatic boys’ qualifiers, Linn-Mar nine.

City High bested West for the girls’ regional crown, outscoring the Women of Troy, 184 1/2-164 1/2. Both teams have 13 qualifiers in the bank.

Josh Evans and Brandon Ophoff were double-winners for the Linn-Mar boys, who — along with West and City High — figure to be a factor in the 4A team race next week.

Evans claimed the 1,600 and the 3,200; Ophoff was a winner in both hurdles events.

“This was a good confidence booster for me,” Evans said. “I was able to run my style of race. In the 1,600, I was able to set the pace. I feel more in control that way.”

Wetherell pushed Evans for three laps in the 1,600, then Evans pulled away late.

“He’s amazing,” Wetherell said. “Most of us are trying to maintain our pace in the last part of the race, and he surges.”

City High and West combined to win 14 of the 19 girls’ events. The Little Hawks won eight, including three field events.

Iowa City High's Aliyah Gustafson tosses the shot put during the Class 4A girls' regional track meet Thursday at Iowa City West. Gustafson swept the throws. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

Aliyah Gustafson swept the throwing events while Kiera Washpun won the long jump with a career best 18-0 3/4.

“I usually have a tough time hitting the board,” she said. “Sometimes my steps are straight, sometimes they’re crooked.

“I told myself, this is going to be the day.”

Linn-Mar’s Rachel Perry won the girls’ 400 and anchored the Lions to victory in the 1,600 relay.

CLASS 4A BOYS’ DISTRICT

At Iowa City West

(State qualifiers: top 2, plus 12 at-large)

Teams — 1. Iowa City West 161, 2. Linn-Mar 137, 3. Iowa City High 128, 4. C.R. Xavier 83, 5. C.R. Prairie 75, 6. C.R. Kennedy 54, 7. Burlington 32, 8. Ottumwa 28.

Shot put — 1. Jack Halupnick (LM), 48-11; 2. Craig Murtha (CRX), 48-10; 3. Kody Dailey (ICH), 47-9 1/2; Discus — 1. Kody Dailey (ICH), 150-5; 2. Craig Murtha (CRX), 149-10; 3. Robbie Hanson (ICW), 135-11; High jump — 1. Alec Clasen (CRX), 6-4; 2. Jeremy Johnson (ICH), 6-3; 3. Justin Randall (B), 6-3; Long jump — 1. Derek Jacobus (CRK), 21-10; 2. Richard Bryant (ICW), 21-3 1/2; 3. Tavian Smith (ICW), 21-3 1/4.

3,200 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Greiner, Hatzky, Rozeboom, Wetherell), 7:55.09; 2. Linn-Mar, 7:55.21; 3. Iowa City High, 7:58.69; 3,200 — 1. Josh Evans (LM), 9:30.79; 2. Jacob Aune (CRP), 9:31.58; 3. Isaac Jensen (ICW), 9:39.95; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Iowa City High (Greer, Duarte, Johnson, Roemerman), 56.34; 2. Linn-Mar, 56.98; 3. Iowa City West, 57.18; 100 — 1. Armando Williams (ICW), 10.75; 2. Nick Steingreaber (CRX), 10.83; 3. Bryson Runge (ICH), 10.98; 400 – 1. Charles Rogers (ICW), 49.88; 2. Spencer Hammack (O), 50.15; Austin Dellamuth (CRP), 50.77; 800 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Smith, Goode, Bryant, Williams), 1:27.79; 2. Iowa City High, 1:28.96; 3. Linn-Mar, 1:29.47; 110 hurdles — 1. Brandon Ophoff (LM), 14.32; 2. Dan Roemerman (ICH), 14.35; 3. Charles Rogers (ICW), 14.73; 1,600 — 1. Josh Evans (LM), 4:22.14; 2. Bailey Wetherell (ICW), 4:27.10; 3. Daniel Murphy (LM), 4:31.59; 200 — 1. Armando Williams (ICW), 22.12; 2. Nick Ball (CRX), 22.70; 3. Zack Messer (O), 22.82; 400 hurdles — 1. Brandon Ophoff (LM), 53.67; 2. Charles Rogers (ICW), 54.00; 3. Noah Clasen (CRX), 56.26; 1,600 medley relay — 1. C.R. Prairie (Dellamuth, Edmonds, Harper, Aune), 3:33.36; 2. Iowa City High, 3:34.44; 3. Linn-Mar, 3:34.72; 800 — 1. Chase Grabau (LM), 1:58.56; 2. Bailey Wetherell (ICW), 1:58.58; 3. Jabez Walker (LM), 1:58.91; 400 relay — 1. Iowa City High (Roemerman, McCalla, Washington, Runge), 42.13; 2. Iowa City West, 42.44; 3. C.R. Xavier, 42.71; 1,600 relay — 1. C.R. Prairie (Dellamuth, Edmonds, Aune, Harper), 3:22.78; 2. Linn-Mar, 3:23.76; 3. Iowa City High, 3:24.82.

CLASS 4A GIRLS REGIONAL

At Iowa City West

(State qualifiers: top 2, plus 12 at-large)

Teams — 1. Iowa City High 184 1/2, 2. Iowa City West 164 1/2, 3. C.R. Kennedy 109 1/2, 4. Linn-Mar 99, 5. C.R. Prairie 54, 6. C.R. Xavier 51, 7. Ottumwa 39 1/2, 8. Burlington 34.

Shot put — 1. Aliyah Gustafson (ICH), 42-8; 2. Amara Lehman (ICH), 39-5; 3. Jamie Wichhart (ICW), 35-8; Discus — 1. Aliyah Gustafson (ICH), 129-6; 2. Abby Brayton (ICW), 118-6; 3. Alex Malloy (CRP), 112-4; High jump — 1. Leslie Harder (CRP), 5-1; 2. Sara Strauel (LM), 5-1; 3. Abby Saehler (ICH), 5-0; Long jump — 1. Kiera Washpun (ICH), 18-0 3/4; 2. McKennan Cronbaugh (ICW), 17-2 1/2; 3. Kelsi Conner (B), 16-11 1/4.

3,000 — 1. Ashlynn Yokom (ICW), 10:33.59; 2. Alyssa Averhoff (CRK), 10:45.80; 3. Allison Culver (CRK), 10:54.86; 3,200 relay — 1. Iowa City High (Richardson, Carman, Danielson, Langenfeld), 9:34.01; 2. Iowa City West, 9:37.14; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 9:37.75; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Iowa City West (Hardin, Robinson, Bowman, Tanner), 1:06.44; 2. Linn-Mar, 1:07.46; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 1:07.81; 100 — 1. Molly Breitbach (CRX), 12.60; 2. Courtney Dauber (ICW), 12.65; 3. Alison Speltz (CRP), 13.04; Distance medley relay — 1. Iowa City West (Wilson, Cronbaugh, Knudson, Leveille), 4:14.15; 2. C.R. Kennedy, 4:15.47; 3. Iowa City High, 4:18.14; 400 — 1. Rachel Perry (LM), 58.32; 2. Sydney Strunk (O), 1:01.06; 3. Fatima Omar (ICH), 1:01.53; 800 relay — 1. Iowa City High (Kuddes, Plock, Crew, Washpun), 1:43.17; 2. Iowa City West, 1:45.49; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 1:46.99; 100 hurdles — 1. Rebecca Tanner (ICW), 15.09; 2. Marisa Estelle (CRK), 15.77; 3. Caitlin Ward (ICH), 16.28; 800 — 1. Kathia Wampole (CRK), 2:20.61; 2. Ellen Carman (ICH), 2:20.68; 3. Megan Terukina (CRK), 2:24.12; 200 — 1. McKennan Cronbaugh (ICW), 26.19; 2. Courtney Major (LM), 26.45; 3. Halley Morgan (LM), 27.13; 400 hurdles — 1. Sarah Plock (ICH), 1:04.84; 2. Faithe Garza (ICH), 1:07.22; 3. Olivia Perry (B), 1:07.81; Sprint medley relay — 1. Iowa City High (Crew, Hansche, Washpun, Danielson), 1:50.04; 2. Iowa City West, 1:51.18; 3. Linn-Mar, 1:52.03; 1,500 — 1. Meg Richardson (ICH), 4:46.92; 2. Ashlynn Yokom (ICW), 4:47.22; 3. Harper Beasley (ICH), 4:52.91; 400 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Wilson, Dauber, Tanner, Cronbaugh), 48.93; 2. Iowa City High, 49.27; 3. C.R. Xavier, 50.05; 1,600 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Japenga, Schminke, Major, Perry), 4:02.25; 2. Iowa City High, 4:04.94; 3. Iowa City West, 4:06.42.

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