Lake Mills, Northwood-Kensett start state track meet
The Northwood-Kensett boys’ and girls’ track and field teams and the Lake Mills boys’ track and field team kicked off the 2019 Iowa state track and field meet Thursday on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines.
The Bulldogs started the 2A meet at 9 a.m. and had three events compete the first day. The 4×800 team of Tommy Kaktis, Carson Rygh, Jackson Rice and Mason Fritz finished in fifth place of the finals with a time of 8:10.97. They were just nine seconds off the winning time.
Logan Prescott was up next in the preliminaries for the 100-meter dash. Prescott came in with a time of 11.36 — good enough for ninth place, but missing the cut for the finals by one place and just .02 seconds.
The shuttle hurdles team of Kaktis, Tyler Helgeson, Cael Boehmer and Bennett Eaton qualified for Saturday’s final with a time of 1:01.30 and a first-place finish in their preliminary heat. They are less than two seconds slower than the team that qualified first.
The 110-meter hurdles, 4×100-meter relay, 4×200-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay and distance medley events will have preliminary heats Friday starting at 9 a.m.
For the Vikings, just two events took place on the first day of the meet. Junior Lindsey Davidson was the lone female to compete for the Vikings, taking home a 10th-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:51.64. The winning time was 10:20.66.
The shuttle hurdles team of Caden Schrage, Spencer Smith, Brandon Varner and Logan Benjegerdes finished their preliminary in 10th place with a time of 1:04.36, failing to qualify for Saturday’s final.
The Vikings will have nine events competing Friday. The boys’ events include the 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 4×100-meter relay, 4×200-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay and discus. The girls’ events are the 4×400-meter relay, the distance medley relay and the discus. The 1A field events are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and the running events at 2:40 p.m.
Check back to the Tribune for final times and standings as they become available.