TIPTON — As the season goes on, the meets get more meaningful for Camanche’s Derek Harksen.
He set himself up well to end his high school career in style as he qualified for next week’s boys track and field state meet in four events Thursday at the Iowa Class 2A Tipton District meet. He also helped the Indians win the team title.
Harksen swept the sprint races and anchored the 400-meter relay team to victory. He was especially pleased with the 100 meters, in which he and teammate Easton McDaniel finished 1-2, earning both runners berths at state. The top two finishers in each event advance, while others will have a chance if they wind up with one of the next eight-best times from other districts across the state. Because of Thursday’s nasty weather, not all districts were run.
Harksen opened the night by winning the 100 during a brief span in which the rain stopped. He finished in 11.24 seconds, with McDaniel’s 11.48 clocking beating Jacob Brinkman of Iowa City Regina by seven-hundredths of a second.
The Indians almost had another 1-2 finish in the next race, the 400. Harksen won easily in 50.79, while Trever Greene of North Cedar edged Camanche’s Jeremiah Jones 52.90-52.95 for the second spot, forcing Jones to wait to see if his time is good enough to advance.
Harksen completed the sprint sweep by taking the 200 by almost a second, winning in 22.86.
Harksen capped his day by anchoring the victorious 400-meter relay unit. McDaniel, Thomas Brantley, Brady Beal and Harksen won by four-tenths of a second in 44.80.
The Indians edged Bellevue for the team title by 1.5 points, 100-98.5.
“We did a lot of good things,” Camanche coach Mark Metzger said. “When you’re trying to look ahead to the state meet, you want to get things there that you think can score and medal, (and) you’ve got to make some adjustments.”