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The Observer photo by Ross Eberhart Central DeWitt junior Will DeHaan sets the pace as he runs the first lap of his anchor 800-meter leg in the distance medley relay. DeHaan and teammates Brady Ellison, Nick Smith, and Elijah Boesch ran the top time in Class 3A – 3:35.69 – to win the event, and DeHaan also had the top-qualifying time in the 800-meter run, as the Sabers qualified an area-best eight events for this week’s state meet.
Making a STATEment
Area qualifies 32 events for state track meet

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

MARION - Will DeHaan had seen enough of Jeremy Krogmann's back this season.

The Central DeWitt junior had finished second in the 800-meter run to his Mount Vernon counterpart at the Saber Relays and then again at the WaMaC meet.

At Thursday's 3A state-qualifying meet, however, DeHaan was able to turn the tables, passing Krogmann in the second lap to win the event with a personal-best clocking of 1:58.17.

The time ended up being the fourth-fastest in Central history, and the best 3A qualifying time in the state.

DeHaan's big 800 victory was just part of a strong day for the Sabers, who led all area track squads by qualifying eight different events for state.

The Sabers brought home titles in four events, including a class-best performance in the distance medley.

Together the team of Brady Ellison, Nick Smith, Elijah Boesch and DeHaan won the medley with a time of 3:35.69 - nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Mount Vernon.

The clocking was the best in all of 3A by a similar margin, as the Sabers and Mustangs produced the top-two qualifying times in the class.

Senior Terry Harris added two titles of his own.

Coming off an eighth-place state finish in the 100-meter dash last season, Harris will have an opportunity to better that finish after winning the event in 11.06 - the fourth-best qualifying time in 3A.

The Sabers' 4x100 team, meanwhile, also had the fourth-best time in qualifying. The team of Harris, Ellison, Collin Ridgley, and Smith clipped Marion by six-hundredths of a second for a title in 43.80.

Harris will be extremely busy at state as he qualified in the maximum four events.

The senior earned an automatic bid in the 200-meter dash after his second-place clocking off 22.77, and he will lead off the Central 4x200 team (Harris, Ellison, Matt Burke, and Smith), which earned a spot with a second-place time of 1:32.04.

The Sabers' final two qualifiers earned at-large spots.

The Central shuttle hurdle team of Boesch, Dylan Maxwell, Mitch Michoski, and Reece Westphal finished third overall in a season-best 1:01.34, but earned the fifth of eight at-large spots.

DeHaan added a clocking of 4:36.27 in the 1,600-meter run, which was good for fifth at the meet, but also was the eighth-best qualifying time.

The Central girls squad sent four events to state, with junior Julia Campbell having a hand in three of them.

Campbell earned the team's only individual bid as she won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:21.74 - good for fifth among the qualifying times in Class 3A.

The junior also anchored both of the Sabers' medley teams to state.

The distance medley team of Crystal Burke, Carly Small, Sarah Watson, and Campbell ran a season-best time of 4:16.81 - just 0.21 off the school mark - to finish second at the meet, but third overall among qualifying times.

The sprint medley team (Burke, Jessica Grell, Watson, and Campbell) added a fourth-place finish in 1:52.74, and had the 16th-best qualifying time.

The Sabers' 4x800 team of Small, Kali Roling, Lauren O'Neil, and Katie Fox earned a final bid.

The quartet ran their best time of the season by nearly eight seconds - 10:15.52 - to earn the final at-large bid. The Sabers will look for their third-straight state medal in the event.

Northeast boys bring home team title

TIPTON - It has been a banner season for the Northeast boys track team.

And now the Rebels have the physical evidence to prove it.

Already winners of five outdoor meets this spring, Northeast made it six by winning the 2A state-qualifying meet in Tipton.

The Rebels won five events - they will send seven to state - to outpace Iowa City Regina and Camanche with 114 points.

Northeast will again have two state participants in the high jump, as senior Axel Dondiego and sophomore Braeden Hoyer both cleared 6-4 to finish first and second, respectively.

The duo will be joined in the jumping events by sophomore Dawson Stoll, who picked the right time to fly a personal-best 21-0 in the long jump - the fifth-best qualifying finish in 2A.

Wyatt Schmidt, meanwhile, brought home three titles.

The junior swept the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, taking the former event with a clocking of 2:03.58 and the latter with a winning time of 4:45.40.

Earlier, Schmidt ran the anchor leg on the Rebels' distance medley team, which ran to its own title. Kyle Dell and Ben Lange handled the 200 legs, while Hoyer tackled the 400, and together the quartet clocked in at 3:42.74.

Junior Kaleb Schneider claimed Northeast's final title, running a season-best 57.18 to win the 400-meter hurdles.

The Rebels earned a final at-large bid from their sprint medley team of Dell, Stoll, Lange, and Hoyer. The quartet took fifth in 1:37.35, but the time was good enough to earn the seventh of eight at-large spots.

Chad Williams added a third-place finish of 12.19 in the 100-meter dash, and so did Northeast's 4x400 team of Lange, Schneider, Hoyer, and Schmidt, which missed out on a spot at state by one-hundredth of a second. The Rebels clocked in at 3:33.45, while OA-BCIG took the final spot with a time of 3:33.44.

A pair of relay titles led the way for the Northeast girls, who qualified in five events and finished second in the team standings.

The 4x800 team of Maddie Kaczinski, Carly Hasken, Amber Friedrichsen, and Miya Messerich ran their best time of the season - 10:30.81 - to top the rest of the field by 11 seconds.

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