By Jay Rickertsen
For the Herald
DES MOINES — The all-senior quartet of Shaun Eberhart, Derek Bormann, Baron Loots and Ryan Krogmann gave the Northeast boys track team a relay gold for the second straight year with their win in the Class 2A distance medley relay Friday at Iowa high school Track and Field Championships.
It wasn’t that they won in a bigger class than last year but how they won that was most impressive and wowed the sun-splashed crowd at Drake Stadium.
Krogmann started his 800-meter anchor leg in sixth place and proceeded to close the gap on leader Dike-New Hartford, eventually taking the lead on the home stretch. He ran a 1-minute, 53-second, anchor leg, equaling his championship time in the open 800 last year. The Rebels won with a time of 3:32.58, vaulting them into sixth place in the team standings with 16 team points with one day of competition remaining.
“We definitely knew that if we could get it to Ryan in good position, he would do his thing,” Loots said. “It feels great. We tried to get the best time we could, and we ran a great race today.”
Bormann said that despite trailing heading into the final leg of the race, the team was confident in the abilities of Krogmann, last year’s Class 1A 800-meter run state champion.
“We were down a little bit, but we knew Ryan would do his work,” Bormann said. “During his second lap we could see he was closing on the leader and he gave it everything he had.”
“It felt great,” Krogmann said. “I knew there was a lot of distance I had to make up. Around 500 meters I could see he was fading a little bit and his head was going from side to side, so I knew he was getting tired. Somewhere around 100 meter left, I was feeling good and felt I could catch him.”
Winning in Class 2A is something that made the win even more special after competing in 1A last year.
“It feels that much better,” Eberhart said. “We knew what time we had to get to win, and I think we ran our best race today.”
Sabers eyeing state title
Heading into today’s final day of competition, the Central DeWitt boys have put themselves in position to bring home a Class 3A state title.
The Sabers sit in second place behind Algona with 32 team points. A 1-3 finish in the high jump Thursday got the ball rolling and on Friday, Central added more team points with two fifth-place finishes and a chance to make some noise today.
Adam McDonnell placed fifth in the shot put with a best toss of 53 feet, 5 1/4 inches, while the 800-meter relay team of Alex Dalldorf, Joe Feldpausch, Brandon Jasper and Ben Comer took fifth with a time of 1:30.86.
Central DeWitt head coach Jered Birk likes what he has seen from his team in its two days in Des Moines.
“The guys are doing a nice job,” Birt said. “We are getting a lot of consistent performances and a lot of personal bests.”
Birt also added that with Weston Ketelsen qualifying second for today’s 110-meter hurdle finals and the 400 relay team of Dalldorf, Feldpausch, Ryan Daniels and Comer turning in the top preliminary time, the Sabers are in a good position to make some noise in the team standings.
“We have put ourselves in a position to be competitive,” Birt said. “We have talked about the possibility of winning a state championship and rising to the occasion.”
Birt said current leader Algona posed the biggest obstacle to a title.
“Algona is going to be tough,” Birt said. “We’re ranked first in the four-by-100, and we are going to need to get some points out of it. The mile (1,600-meter run) will also be crucial. We have two guys and so does Algona. That will go a long to how this finish will shape up.”
By Jay Rickertsen