By Jay Rickertsen
For the Herald
DES MOINES — With one day of action at the Iowa high school track and field championships in the books, the Central DeWitt boys sat atop the Class 3A team standings with 24 points.
The Sabers scored big points in the high jump with seniors Weston Ketelsen and Michael Burke taking first and third, respectively. Ketelsen’s best jump of 6 feet, 6 inches, bested Anamosa’s Jason Breon and Burke, each of whom cleared 6-4. With 16 points in the high jump, the Sabers were off to a good start.
In the 3,200, Central DeWitt’s Frank Futselaar took fourth with a time of 9 minutes, 43.11 seconds, while Adam McDonnell placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 147-11 to round out the Sabers’ scoring.
Central DeWitt also qualified for the finals in the shuttle hurdle relay with the fourth-fastest preliminary time. The quartet of Brennan Ketelsen, Casey Kreiter, Burke and Weston Ketelsen turned in a time of 1:00.12.
The Sabers barely missed scoring even more points.
Alex Dalldorf narrowly missed qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.35, and Central DeWitt’s 3,200 team of Futselaar, Nick Green, Nolan Knudson and Dan Barnes took ninth with a time of 8:18.03
Rebels 3rd in 3,200 relay
A year later and a class higher, the Northeast 3,200 relay team of Shaun Eberhart, Jordan Howe, Baron Loots and Ryan Krogmann could not equal last season’s success.
In 2008, the foursome of juniors ran to the gold in the in Class 1A, but in 2009 the Rebels were forced to settle for third in 2A.
Mid-Prairie ran out to the early lead, and the Rebels were forced to try to make up ground.
The team’s anchor — last year’s 1A 800-meter state champ, Krogmann — was hoping to make up some ground, but the margin was too great and the Rebels were forced to settle for second in their heat and third overall.
“I tried to get even with them, but I still wanted to run my race,” Krogmann said. “I just wasn’t able to make up much ground on him.”
The fours senior combined for a time of 8:06.62, trailing only Fort Dodge St. Edmond and Wellman Mid Prairie in the final standings. Behind the strength of the third-place finish, the Rebels, third in Class 1A last year, sat in 13th place with 6 points.
Krogmann was pleased with the team’s performance but was hoping for a repeat state championship.
“Of course we wanted to win,” Krogmann said. “But we also just wanted to have fun. It’s been great running with these guys and watching everyone get better. I’ve got to run with my friends, so that has been great.”
Bellevue’s Brandt Moore placed 11th in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:14.64. … Camanche’s Julian Emert placed 17th in the Class 2A 200-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 23.33 seconds. … Maquoketa’s Tyler Rutenbeck placed ninth in the Class 3A 200 in 22.67.
By Jay Rickertsen