DES MOINES – The Nevada boys’ track team placed in one event and the Cub girls turned in a pair of season-best relay times in Class 3A competition at the state coed track meet last Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Chase Dobson picked up two points for the Nevada boys to place the Cubs in a four-way tie for 43rd place overall in the Class 3A team standings. Dobson finished seventh in the 3A boys’ 100-meter dash after completing Saturday’s finals in 11.48 seconds.
“The 11.48 isn’t my best,” Dobson said. “I got a little bit of a head wind so it’s all I could do.”
Dobson also placed seventh in Thursday’s preliminaries with a time of :11.35. Even though he thought he could do better, after running an :11.06 to qualify for state, Dobson was still proud of the fact that he placed in the event.
“Coach (John Pelzer) said it’s the first time in a long time we’ve had anyone in the finals,” Dobson said. “That means a lot.”
Dobson competed in the 200 prelims as well on Thursday. He came in 16th with a time of :23.25.
In relay action Dobson helped Nevada place 10th in the 4 X 100 and 12th in the 4 X 200. He received plenty of help as Peyton Sharp, Traye Pelzer and Erik Fevold ran strong legs in each race.
In the 4 X 200 Nevada ran its season best time at 1:32.12. Dobson ran the first leg, Fevold and Pelzer ran the next two and Sharp anchored.
“Big congrats to the 4 X 200 team,” John Pelzer said. “All four members return next year.”
The Cubs also set a season-best mark in the 4 X 100. With Sharp running the lead leg and Dobson anchoring, Nevada clocked in at :44.12.
“Bigger congrats to the same quartet in the 4 X 100!” Pelzer said. “All four members of those teams return next year!”
With everyone coming back, Nevada expects to place at state in both events next spring.
“This year we crushed all of our records from last year,” Dobson said. “Hopefully next year, we’ll keep crushing more records and maybe get a title.”
Fevold also competed individually in the long jump. He peaked with a jump of 19 feet, 9.25 inches on Friday to place 16th.
“Erik got valuable experience in the long jump,” Pelzer said. “He’s only a sophomore!”
Solon won the 3A boys’ team title with 50 points. Center Point took second with a score of 42.25.
Like the boys, the Nevada girls hit their best mark of the season in both the 4 X 200 and 4 X 100 at state. The Cub girls also ran the same four runners in each race as Kelsey Haley led off, followed by Caroline Goecke, Abby Stephenson and Lindsey Haley, with Kelsey being the lone senior.
The Cub girls ran a 1:48.78 in the 4 X 200 prelims on Friday to place 20th. They set a season-best mark by 2.12 seconds.
In the 4 X 100 the Cub quartet ran a :51.79 to top its best time by one second. Nevada finished 22nd in the prelims.
“Anytime you can go down to state, compete with the best and run your personal-best times, that is all a coach can ask for,” Nevada head girls’ track coach Ted Johnson said. “The girls worked hard all year and their hard work paid off. Kelsey will be hard to replace as she was the best starter out of the blocks I ever had.”
Lindsey also ran individually in the 100 on Thursday. She placed 16th in the prelims with a time of :13.19.
Nevada had two girls jump in the high jump on Thursday. Sophia Wilson tied for 10th place with Harlan’s Brenda Hopkins, Fort Madison’s Jordyn Meierotto and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Cassie Van Beek, and Alyssa Boyd came in 18th.
Wilson cleared 5-0 and Boyd topped 4-10.
“The high jumpers both did a nice job,” Johnson said.
Johnson wanted to thank his assistants, Shawn Crain and Jon Kruse, for their help and support throughout the season. Pelzer added that he was proud not just of his state participants, but alternate runners Tavrie Ferguson and Ross Mitchell.
The Colo-Nesco girls’ track team had one competitor in Class 1A. Sam Riese competed in the discus for the third consecutive season.
Riese finished in 18th place with a throw of 100-10.
Final Class 3A team scores (top 10 plus Nevada)
Girls: 1. Davenport Assumption 107, 2. Mount Pleasant 77, 3. Dubuque Wahlert 68, 4. Decorah 49, 5. Boone 39, 6. MOC-Floyd Valley 36, 7. Pella 32, 8. Gilbert 31, 9. ADM 29, 10. DCG 28.
Boys: 1. Solon 50, 2. Center Point 42.25, 3. Algona 40, 4. Gilbert 37, 5. (tie) DCG and Fort Madison 34, 7. Bishop Heelan 33, 8. Boone 32, 9. (tie) Waverly-Shell Rock and Knoxville 26, 43. (tie) Nevada, Bondurant-Farrar, Crestwood and Harlan 2.
Class 3A – Nevada
High jump – 10. (tie) Sophia Wilson, 5-0; 18. Alyssa Boyd, 4-10
100-meter dash – 16. Lindsey Haley, :13.19
4 X 200-meter relay – 20. Nevada (Kelsey Haley, Caroline Goecke, Abby Stephenson, L. Haley), 1:48.78
4 X 100-meter relay – 22. Nevada (K. Haley, Goecke, Stephenson, L. Haley), :51.79
Long jump – 16. Erik Fevold, :19-9.25
100-meter dash – 7. Chase Dobson, :11.48
4 X 200-meter relay – 12. Nevada (Dobson, Fevold, Traye Pelzer, Peyton Sharp), 1:32.12
200-meter dash – 16. Dobson, :23.25
4 X 100-meter relay – 10. Nevada (Sharp, Fevold, Pelzer, Dobson), :44.12
Class 1A – Colo-Nesco
Discus – 18. Sam Riese, 100-10