DAVENPORT — Even though he had to make some last-minute switches, Clinton boys track coach Tony Smith left Thursday’s Jesse Day Relays believing that the River Kings had a good chance of qualifying for the Drake Relays in three relays.
Qualifying for next week’s meet in Des Moines ended Thursday night, giving runners across the state a final chance to earn spots in the prestigious meet. Coaches expect to learn the official qualifying list this afternoon.
Smith did have a couple of concerns, though.
“I’m sure a lot of people ran well tonight,” he said, referring to the ideal weather conditions.
The other worry was the health of sophomore sprinter Barrion Collins. Collins has been nursing a leg injury and ran only in the 800-meter relay Thursday. He scratched in the 100 and was replaced in the 400- and 1,600-meter relays.
Collins anchored a second-place finish in the 800 relay (1 minute, 30.43 seconds), following Quavon Jones, Theo Harris and Marquis Robinson.
Jones, Harris and Robinson also ran the 400 and 1,600 relays, with Jimmy Bell replacing Collins in the 400 and Amani Larson taking his place in the 1,600.
“They did well,” Smith said of his runners in the those two relays.
“Maybe it was the deadline, maybe the weather, but I think they were determined by having Quay back,” Smith said. Jones, a sophomore sprinter, made his outdoor debut this season in the meet.
“We had huge drops in times,” Smith said
He said the River Kings knocked about 15 seconds off their best time in the 1,600 relay, about 9 seconds in the 400 relay and about 4 in the 800 relay.
Robinson, Harris, Larson and Jones won the 1,600 relay in 3 minutes, 25.64 seconds. Jones, Robinson, Harris and Bell took sixth in the 400 relay in 45.12.
“If the times are good enough to get into Drake, that’s great,” Smith said. “If not, we’ll keep working.”
Larson added a third-place finish in the 400 (53.17), while Austin Peters took fourth in the discus (130 feet, 4 inches), Ty Wenzel was fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:02.30) and Jonathan Facio (2:13.23) and Andrew Sattler (5:05.97) placed sixth in the 800 and 1,600, respectively.
Bell, Gage Harris, Xavier Mooney and Grayson Thacker combined for a second-place finish in the sprint medley relay (3:49.66); Gage Harris, Theo Harris, Wenzel and Justin Guilliams were third in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.48); and Mooney, Thacker, Facio and Tyler Powell placed third in the 3,200 relay (8:43.57).
The River Kings scored 70 points to place fifth out of eight teams. North Scott won the team title with 146.5 points.
Queens take third
EPWORTH — The Clinton girls track team placed third with 106 points Thursday at the Bobcat Relays, hosted by Western Dubuque High School.
Western Dubuque won with 182 points, while runner-up Cascade finished just ahead of Clinton with 110 points. Central DeWitt took sixth with 71 points, while Maquoketa (51) placed seventh.
Clinton dominated the throws, with Erika Hammond winning both events. She tossed the shot put 44 feet, 3.5 inches and won the discus with a personal record of 132-2.
Hammond led a 1-2-3-5 finish for the Queens in the discus, although only she and runner-up Sydney Laufenberg (131-11) scored points. Alayna Geronzin (109-7) placed fifth, and Alex Laufenberg (100-7) was fifth.
Sydney Laufenberg added a third-place finish in the shot put (39-0.25), while Geronzin took seventh in the event (34-8).
Senior Kim Kaster placed second in both the 1,500 (5:11.76) and the 3,000 (11:19.08), finishing behind Marion’s Maddie Bach in both races.
The Queens also got seconds from Jessica Riojas in the 800 (2:34.78), Raven Jones in the long jump (16-1.75) and the sprint medley relay unit.
Brittany McNamara led Central DeWitt with a runner-up finish in the 200 (27.89), while Julia Campbell was third in the 800 (2:36.88). The Sabers also took second in the 3,200 relay and third in the distance medley.
Hailey Schwenker of Maquoketa won the 400 (1:03.74) and the 400 hurdles (1:07.87), and she also placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.17), an event won by teammate Janey Saunders (16.92).
Indians edge Rebels
MONTICELLO — Camanche edged Northeast by one point to claim fifth place Thursday at the Monticello Invitational boys track meet.
Anamosa scored 118 points to win the 13-team event, while Bellevue (76) was third and Easton Valley (4) placed 13th.
Camanche was at its best in the relays, winning the shuttle hurdle in 59.71 and taking second in the 400 (44.86), the 1,600 (3:25.83) and the 3,200 (8:43.19). The Indians’ Blake Bialas placed third in the 110 hurdles in 16.10.
Northeast won the distance medley relay in 3:41.91 and was the runner-up in the 800 relay (1:34.42). The Rebels’ Wyatt Schmidt took second in the 800 (2:09.71).
Jack Mix led Easton Valley with sixth-place finishes in the 200 and 400.
Bellevue claimed first in two individual events and second in three others.
Noah Reed second 100, Robert Schroeder won the 110 hurdles in 15.29 and Christian Benson was first in the 3,200 in 10:25.46. The seconds cmae from Noah Reed in the 100, Aaron Beckley in the 400 hurdles and Alex Hinke in the long jump.
Northeast girls third
TIPTON — Mount Vernon edged Northeast by two-tenths of a point Thursday for second place at the Tigerette Relays.
Mount Pleasant won the title with 107.20 points. Mount Vernon scored 84.20, Northeast 84. Camanche placed 13th with 12 points, while Easton Valley was 14th out of 15 teams with 7.
Northeast’s Aleenah Marcucci won three events and ran the fastest reported 100-meter hurdle time in the state this spring in 14.90 seconds. She also won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.64 and the long jump at 17-7.25.
Tierra Hildebrandt won the 100-meter dash for the Rebels in 13.00 and the 200 in 26.83. Teammate Rylee Dickey was fifth in the 200 (29.09).
Shauna McAleer added a second in the high jump (4-8), while Brenna Seeser was third in the shot put (35-9). The Rebels took second in the 400 relay.
Camanche placed third in the sprint medley relay and fourth in the 800 relay. Easton Valley placed third in the distance medley relay.
Panthers win title
EDGINGTON, Ill. — Erie/Prophetstown ran away with first place at the Rockridge Invitational girls meet. The Panthers won the eight-team meet with 175 points, finishing 51 ahead of runner-up Mercer County.
Courtney Kruthoff won the high jump (5-0) and the long jump (15-11.5) for Erie/Prophetstown, while Corrie Reiley won the 800 in a meet-record time of 2:26.40, beating the previous best by 1.06. Rachel Cobert also broke the meet record in the 400. Her time of 59.24 was better than the record she set last year (1:00.13).
Mikayla Bolton added a first for the Panthers in the 300 hurdles (48.89)
Cobert was the runner-up in the triple jump at 34-4 behind a meet-record performance of 35-11 by Ridgewood’s Megan Reed. Allisa DeShane was one of two pole vaulters to break the meet record, taking second at 9-1. Olivia DeWitte also placed second in the 3,200.
The Panthers also claimed second in the 3,200 relay, the 400 relay, the 800 relay and the 1,600 relay.
Thunder win 4 events
LENA, Ill. — West Carroll won four events Wednesday at the Lena-Winslow Relay Invitational girls meet.
Courtney Boyer claimed first in the 100 hurdles (16.91) and the 300 hurdles (52.53), Kali Hunter won the 3,200 in 13:47.28 and Erica Walls, Hayley Guilinger, Allison Barr and Boyer took first in the 800 relay (1:55.32).