Charleston, Ill. — The Fulton Steamers advanced to the state finals in three events and narrowly missed two others after the first day of the Illinois High School State Track & Field Meet on Thursday.
Chloe Lindeman—who entered the meet as the favorite to win the shot put—qualified for the finals with the No. 1 throw. Her best of the day was 45-10.25. Lindeman also qualified for the finals in the discus.
The Steamers' other qualifier for the finals on Saturday was Daekota Knott in the triple jump. Knott hit 37-04 to qualify for the finals, second only to Orion's Danielle Taets.
Lindeman and Knott will compete on Saturday morning.
Kearra Kohrt and Julia Lehman competed in the long jump on Thursday morning. Kohrt, a junior, leapt 15-10.25. Lehman hit 16-02, finishing just 3.5 inches away from qualifying for the finals.
Emily Schipper was also close, finishing less than a second away from qualifying in the 800-meter run. She finished with a 2:21.47. That was two seconds better than her qualifying time.
Boysen, McGruder run first events
DES MOINES — The Clinton boys track team got their first two events out of the way at Drake Stadium on Thursday.
Ty McGruder ran the 400-meter dash. McGruder finished 19th in the field with a time of 51.21. He will run The 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay prelims on Friday.
Boysen finished 16th in the state in the 200-meter dash. He came in ranked No. 21, but clocked in at 22.86. He was just .65 seconds away from qualifying for the finals.
Laufenberg finished 9th
DES MOINES — Clinton senior Alex Laufenberg was just one place away from medaling in the discus at the Iowa High School State Track & Field Meet on the first day of competition Thursday.
Laufenberg threw 115-11 on her first attempt and it was her best throw of the three. It landed her in 9th place in the state.
Madison Eberhart also ran the open 200 on Thursday. She finished with a 26.90, good for 22nd best in the state.
The Clinton girls wrap up their state competition Friday. Sarah Goldensoph will throw shot put and the 4x200-meter relay will run at 11 a.m.
No Rebel medals on first day
DES MOINES — Neither the boys or the girls track team from Northeast got a medal on the first day of competition, but both have a lot more events to run.
In the field events for the girls, shot put throwers Claire Abbott was the only one participating. She threw 36-04 on Thursday to land her at 12th.
Alecca Gray and Neveah Hildebrandt both ran the 100-meter dash. Gray clocked in at 13.37 in 17th place, with Hildebrandt in 19th with a time of 13.49.
Gray also ran the 200-meter dash, finishing 21st with a time of 27.44.
The Rebels' 4x800-meter relay team finished 17th overall with a time of 10:34.08.
On the boys side, the highest finish of the day also came in the field events. Thrower Lucas Empen finished 11th in the shot put, throwing 50-02.5. Empen was less than a foot away from medaling.
Dawson Stoll flew 19-07.5 in the long jump, good for 15th.
The boys' 4x800-meter relay clocked in at 8:29.02 in 16th, and the 110-meter shuttle hurdle relay finished 18th in 1:02.11.
The girls have five more events to run over the next two days, while the boys have six.
Seeser finishes 16th
DES MOINES — Camanche's Emy Seeser now has her first state meet out of the way.
The freshman long jumper qualified for the Iowa High School State Track & Field Meet with a jump of 16-05 at districts last week. Thursday, she leapt 15-08.75 to finish 16th in the state.
Seeser was Camanche's only qualifier this year.
Olson, Messerich run
DES MOINES — Hailey Messerich and Payton Olson were the only athletes to run on the first day of competition for Class 1A in Des Moines.
Messerich ran the 200-meter dash, putting in a time of 27.25, placing her at 20th.
Olson also ran the 200-meter dash, finishing 16th in the state with a time of 23.93. He was a little over half a second away from qualifying for the finals.
Both teams have more events Friday and Saturday.