Clinton posted the second-fastest qualifying time in the boys 1,600-meter relay Friday at the Drake Relays.
Christian Rowan, Tyler Thomas, Jason Banker and Skylar Thomas finished the race in 3:24.48, just .2 seconds slower than Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Central DeWitt’s team of Nick Green, Mitch Kirby, Anthony Green and Remington Meggers placed 17th in 3:30.18.
Central DeWitt senior Joe Carber placed seventh in the shot put.
Carber had a heave of 51 feet, 11.75 inches. Shaquille Wells of Urbandale won the event with a toss of 55-5.5.
The Sabers placed 14th in the preliminaries of the boys 400 relay. Jake Feldpausch, Kirby, Chris Lubben and James Grell finished in 43.90 seconds. Waterloo West had the fastest qualifying time in 42.39. North Scott earned the last spot in the finals with a time of 43.67.
Also in the 400 relay, Clinton’s team of Cody Collender, Tyler Thomas, Will Carr and Deshond Robinson placed 34th in 44.40; Bellevue’s Cole Reeg, Travis Heiar, Alex Iosbaker and Alex Sieverding finished 37th in 44; and Camanche’s Aaron Shum, Brandon Jewell, Michael Osaro and Derek Harksen were 61st in 45.43.
Clinton placed 13th in the boys sprint medley relay. Robinson, Tyler Thomas, Skylar Thomas and Austin George completed the race in 3:36.92. Cedar Rapids Washington won in 3:30.16.
A pair of local teams competed in the preliminaries of the girls 400 relay. Northeast’s team of Jaci Mulholland, Markel Mommsen, Tierra Hildebrandt and Danae Diedrich placed 25th in 51.17 seconds. Maquoketa placed 53rd with the team of Hannah Gruenwald, Laura Nuernberger, Ashley Trentz and Aubree Taylor in 52.21. Des Moines Roosevelt posted the fastest qualifying time in 48.18, while Cedar Falls grabbed the final qualifying spot in 50.06.
On the college side, Clinton graduate Ethan Holmes qualified fourth in the 110 hurdles for University of Iowa. Holmes ran the seventh-fastest time but qualified fourth because of the wind conditions during the various heats. Florida sophomore Eddie Lovett recorded the fastest time 13.98 seconds.
The Ashford men qualified for the finals in the 400 relay. DeMykhal Teague, Demetryione Singleton, Mike Malone and Justin Kilpatrick finished in 41.79, the seventh-fastest time in the college division. The time matched a school record set earlier this season by the quartet.
“To my knowledge, it’s the first time that a team (from Ashford) has qualified for the finals at Drake, which is a big accomplishment,” Ashford coach Chris Adams said. “I expected the guys to run what they did earlier this season, but I didn’t expect that time to get them into the finals. This is a relay that I’ve always thought would get to nationals, but the pieces haven’t been in place until now.”
The men's 800-meter relay team did not complete their qualifying race after Singleton pulled up with a strained hamstring.
On the women's side, the Ashford 400 relay team finished with a time of 49.50 in its preliminary round, which placed them 26th overall. Later in the afternoon, in the women's 1,600-meter team took 22nd in the preliminaries of the event, finishing in 3:59.97, setting an Ashford school record in the process.
In the women’s 400 relay, Mount Mercy was ninth in preliminaries, falling one spot short of qualifying for the finals. Clinton graduate Larissa Wilden ran the third leg for the team that finished in 48.09.
Wilden also ran the third leg for Mount Mercy’s 800 relay team, which placed eighth in 1:43.03. Oklahoma Baptist won the race in 1:36. Finishing in seventh-place in that race was Wartburg in 1:42.70. Sophomore Courtney Harksen, a Camanche graduate, anchored the relay for the Knights.
Iowa State placed sixth in the women’s distance medley. Northeast graduate Morgan Casey anchored the race, which the Cyclones finished in 11:39.25. Illinois State won the race in 11:19.14.