NEVADA – Cold temperatures mixed with rain usually don’t yield the ideal conditions to compete for a trip to the state track meet.
But the inclement weather sure didn’t seem to bother the Nevada track teams at the Class 3A state qualifying meet at Cub Stadium May 15.
Combining the boys’ and girls’ performances, Nevada qualified for state in nine events. The Cub boys and girls combined to qualify in six events in 2013.
On the boys’ side, Chase Dobson really came through when it mattered most. Dobson won both the 100 and 200-meter dash races in personal-record times and he also helped the Cub 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relay teams advance to state.
“It was a big night,” Dobson said. “We worked all season for it.”
In the 100 Dobson ran an impressive time of 11.06 seconds to beat Ballard’s Tyson Pritchard (:11.20) for first. Dobson’s time ranks second among all 3A qualifiers, behind only the :10.89 by Knoxville’s Tanner Dunkin.
“That was a good race,” Dobson said. “I started warming up about 45 minutes before the race and never quit.”
Later in the afternoon, Dobson completed the 200 in :22.69 to beat out Clear Lake’s Jake Harle (23 seconds flat) and Pritchard (:23.04). Dobson’s 200 time is ranked fifth among 3A qualifiers.
Dobson anchored Nevada to a victory in the 4 X 100. He took the baton in third place behind Clear Lake and Boone, but used a tremendous final kick to surge ahead just before the finish line.
“Every time we run it I watch Peyton (Sharp) give the baton to Eric (Fevold) then watch Eric give it to Traye (Pelzer) and every time Traye gives it to me, he yells go!” Dobson said. “It’s a big motivator. When I saw the two guys ahead of me on both sides, I just kicked it in as fast as I could and ended up passing them both.”
Nevada ended up with a personal-record time of :44.49 in the 4 X 100.
The 4 X 200 was a minor disappointment, according to Dobson, as Nevada had to settle for second place behind Clear Lake.
Nevada ran the same four individuals as in the 4 X 100, but the Cubs went in the order of Dobson, Fevold, Pelzer and Sharp. Nevada finished in 1:33.34 to trail Clear Lake’s 1:33.16 and just nudge out Boone’s 1:33.37.
“We got in,” Dobson said. “Now all we can do is go to state, improve our time and hopefully place better.”
Nevada ranks seventh in the 4 X 100 and ninth in the 4 X 200 among state qualifiers.
Fevold also made it individually in one event.
Fevold will carry the banner for Nevada in field events at state after qualifying in the long jump. His best jump of 19 feet, 4.75 inches tied Algona’s Weston Shaw for second, but Fevold won the tiebreaker and the automatic qualifying spot.
Clear Lake’s Chandler Diercks won the long jump with a jump of 22-3.25.
The Nevada boys also came in fourth in the shuttle hurdle relay and fifth in the 4 X 800 at the state qualifying meet.
Pelzer, Fevold and Sharp were joined by Ross Mitchell in running a 1:03.35 in the shuttle hurdle to just edge Ballard (1:03.36) for fourth. In the 4 X 800 Joel Olson, Connor MacVey, Leighton Memmer and Lucas Markey finished in 9:00.41.
As a team the Nevada boys placed seventh out of eight schools with 58 points. Algona easily won the boys’ team title with 145 points and Boone edged Clear Lake and Gilbert for second with 101 points.
“The team had 10 personal records at (the qualifying meet) despite miserable conditions,” Nevada head coach John Pelzer said. “That speaks volumes about our preparation and the boys’ resolve to make the best of the situation. It was a great day for the Cubs!”
In the girls’ competition, Nevada will be represented at state in two individual and relay events apiece.
The Cub girls will be sending two individuals to state in the high jump. Sophia Wilson won the event at the qualifying meet to earn her first trip to state, and teammate Alyssa Boyd finished second to qualify for the third year in a row.
Wilson and Boyd had to endure the brunt of the rain when they were jumping early in the meet. But it didn’t seem to affect them as they both cleared 4-10 on their first try to tie for first.
“This would be the worst weather we’ve ever jumped in,” Boyd said. “But it was obviously worth it.”
Wilson ended up in sole position of first place after clearing 5-0 on a tiebreaker jump.
“I haven’t made it this far before,” Wilson “I’m excited to see what happens at state. We’re going to have a blast together at state. It’ll be awesome.”
Boyd said it will be nice to have a teammate jumping with her at state, after going it alone the past two years.
“My goal the whole season was for both of us to get there,” Boyd said. “It’s a much better experience with your friend there.”
Lindsey Haley also moved on to state individually. The sophomore took second in the 100 with a time of :13.17.
Haley just nosed past Boone’s Linsey Schminke (:13.17) for second and an automatic qualifying spot.
“I was nervous to see if I got second or third,” Haley said. “I was just hoping for the best and was over talking to (teammate) Alli Fey when her dad said, ‘you got it.’ I just broke down crying.”
Haley ended up making state in two more events as she anchored Nevada to qualifying times in the 4 X 200 and 4 X 100.
In the 4 X 200, Haley’s older sister Kelsey ran the opening leg followed by Caroline Goecke and Abby Stephenson. The Cub team ran a quality race, finishing in 1:50.90 to beat out Gilbert’s 1:52.10 for second behind Boone’s 1:49.81.
“I thought that we’d make it, but we weren’t really sure,” Goecke said. “We made it and I’m so excited. I’ve never been to state before. It’s going to be awesome. I’m pumped!”
The same foursome ran both the sprint medley and 4 X 100.
The Cub quartet was dealt a big blow in the sprint medley as they were disqualified. They were then forced to play the waiting game in the 4 X 100 after placing fourth.
Even with the fourth place, finish the Cubs had an excellent time of :53.05. It turned out to be just fast enough to get them to Des Moines as Nevada advanced with the 23rd-fastet time out of 24 qualifying spots.
“The relay teams have been working really hard and even coming in on their own time over the weekends and working on handoffs,” Nevada head coach Ted Johnson said. “Their dedication and hard work has paid off for them. Congratulations to those girls going to state and to the rest of the team for a great season. I look forward to see what they can do next week down at Drake.”
The Nevada girls also placed fifth in the distance medley and sixth in the 4 X 800 at the qualifying meet.
Jordan McKinney, Abigail Bremer, Alli Fey and Caitlin Dewell ran a time of 4:47.11 in the distance medley. In the 4 X 800, Dewell was joined by Amaris Hornbuckle, Carrie Satre and Nicole Dewell in running a time of 11:22.35.
The state coed track meet will take place this Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The 3A events will run from 2 p.m. until 7:40 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and all classes will compete from 9 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Boone 172 points, 2. Algona 120, 3. Gilbert 119, 4. Webster City 100, 5. Humboldt 95, 6. Ballard 54, 7. Nevada 53, 8. Clear Lake 19.
Boys: 1. Algona 145, 2. Boone 101, 3. Clear Lake 100, 4. Gilbert 99, 5. Webster City 76, 6. Ballard 71, 7. Nevada 58, 8. Humboldt 40.
Individual results – Nevada
Shot put – 12. Abby Tupper, 28-0.5; 13. Madilyn Highland, 28-0.25
Discus – 10. Tiffany Latshaw, 79-9; 12. Tupper, 73-8
High jump – 1. Sophia Wilson, 4-10; 2. Alyssa Boyd, 4-10
3,000-meter run – 11. Brooke Thompson, 15:47.94
4 X 800-meter relay – 6. Nevada (Amaris Hornbuckle, Carrie Satre, Nicole Dewell, Caitlin Dewell), 11:22.35
100-meter dash – 2. Lindsey Haley, :13.17; 5. Kelsey Haley, :13.57
Distance medley relay – 5. Nevada (Jordan McKinney, Abigail Bremmer, Alli Fey, C. Dewell), 4:47.11
400-meter dash – 11. Mara Rhodes, 1:12.40; 13. Madison Abraham, 1:17.58
4 X 200-meter relay – 2. Nevada (K. Haley, Caroline Goecke, Abby Stephenson, L. Haley), 1:50.90
100-meter hurdles – 12. Boyd, :18.76
800-meter run – 9. N. Dewell, 2:47.81; 13. Satre, 2:56.60
200-meter dash – 8. Bremer, :30.12
400-meter hurdles – 11. Brooke Kelley, 1:21.87
1,500-meter run – 13. Savannah Fitz, 6:55.42
4 X 100-meter relay – 4. Nevada (K. Haley, Goecke, Stephenson, L. Haley), :53.05
4 X 400-meter relay – 7. Nevada (Fey, Hornbuckle, Kelley, Bremer), 4:46.93
Shot put – 10. Stephen Dolley, 37-7.75; 14. Aarin Howe, 32-5.75
Discus – 12. Trice Logsdon, 103-9; 15. Dolley, 96-8
Long jump – 2. Erik Fevold, 19-4.75
4 X 800-meter relay – 5. Nevada (Joel Olson, Connor MacVey, Leighton Memmer, Lucas Markey), 9:00.41
Shuttle hurdle relay – 4. Nevada (Traye Pelzer, Fevold, Ross Mitchell, Peyton Sharp), 1:03.35
100-meter dash – 1. Chase Dobson, :11.06; 14. Tavrie Ferguson, :12.39
400-meter dash – 14. Riley Huhn, :59.98; 15. Lane Hillock, 1:00.20
4 X 200-meter relay – 2. Nevada (Dobson, Fevold, Pelzer, Sharp), 1:33.34
1,600-meter run – 9. MacVey, 5:01.57; 14. Cooper Dodd, 5:46.31
200-meter dash – 1. Dobson, :22.69; 11. Mitchell, :25.27
400-meter low hurdles – 14. Cody Weier, 1:20.76
Distance medley relay – 7. Nevada (Sharp, Pelzer, Olson, Markey), 3:59.11
800-meter run – 14. Drew Barker, 2:39.07; 15. Memmer, 2:39.13
4 X 100-meter relay – 1. Nevada (Sharp, Fevold, Pelzer, Dobson), :44.49
4 X 400-meter relay – 8. Nevada (Mitchell, Bertrand Joliet, Hillock, Huhn), 4:15.12