DES MOINES - The Iowa High State Co-Ed Track and Field meet officially kicked off on Thursday morning with the first slew of competitors taking to Drake Stadium.
HUDSON ENDURES 3200 MIX UP
The Irish came and the Irish went. Prince of Peace competed in it's only two open events on Thursday afternoon.
Hansi Hudson had perhaps one of the toughest tasks of the day. In 90 degree heat, he ran the Class 1A 3,200-meter run.
“We had to stay in the shade more, make sure you’re hydrated,” Hudson said. “I’m out at state and not many kids can say that off the top. I’m really happy with anything.”
Hudson didn't have an official time for the event, but that was by no doing of his own.
In a mix up, the bell signifying the final lap was rang a lap early by a meet official.
The IHSAA released a statement about the mix up:
"After seven laps, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars junior Will Roder was in first place, with George-Little Rock’s Joe Anderson and Central Decatur’s William Gillis in third. Team points will be award based on these adjusted finishes.
The IHSAA has decided to not rerun the race given Thursday’s race conditions and the challenging schedules of the race’s participants for the remainder of the weekend.
Race officials determined through examination of Finish Lynx finish line images that most of the race’s participants stopped at the conclusion of their seventh laps. Those stoppages negatively affected the eighth lap and race officials ruled the race completed after seven laps."
Without that, Hudson finished 14th overall through the full eight laps with an unofficial time of 10:33.
REBEL 4x800 MEDALS
The Northeast boys' 4x800 notched the Rebels' first medal of the meet with a huge personal best in the boys 4x800. Anchor Andrew Hilgendord pushed with a pack in the last 100 meters and passed two athletes to finish third in the heat and seventh in Clasa 2A.
"I was coming down the back stretch and I picked it up," Hilgendorf said. "They weren't going ahead so I knew it was time to turn it on and go get them."
It started with a really good opening leg from Nate Lange who had the Rebels in a good position. Junior Brandon House and freshman Caleb Gruhn held them with the pack for Hilgendorf to finish off the race.
"It felt great," Nate Lange said. Nate ran the first leg of the relay. "We've been really inconsistent all year long. To run 10 seconds under our PR this year, that's a great feeling."
In what was the start of a busy day for Camanche Senior Eric Campie, a 22.44 got him a second place finish in His heat and a trip to the 200m dash finals later this weekend.
Campie said he was disappointed in the way he ran his first race and knows he has to do better.
"I need to be more ready," Campie said after running the third fastest time overall to qualify. "I'm not used to running against kids that fast. Especially at the start, I was slow that's for sure. That's where he got me was at the beginning and I couldn't catch up."
He run the finals on Saturday.
"It's just the prelims," Campie said. "But I still need to beat that kid to win.
Campie also qualified in the 100-meter dash, finishing with the third best time in 11.01 to move on to the finals. Teammate Jordan Lawrence was just outside the qualifying group, running 11.38 to finish tenth in all of 2A.
Finally, Campie picked up the first hardware of the weekend for the Indians. He ran a 49.91 in the 400-meter dash, placing third in Class 2A. Campie was less than .2 away from the runner up spot. He picked up six points for the Indians. \
Northeast senior Dawson Stoll finished up his long jump career with a 13th place finish after flying 20-01.75 for his best of the day.
The Northeast girls finished 21 and Central DeWitt girls 22 In the Class 2A and Class 3A 4x800. The Central DeWitt boys 4x800 also finished 21 (8:30.60).
Northeast sophomore Neveah Hildebrandt missed the 100-meter dash finals, finishing 16th overall with a 13:13. Although she improved on her time from the state meet last year by three tenths of a second, she still was hoping for a little better finish.
Northeast thrower Claire Abbott launched the shot put 36-06 on her second attempt, good for the 16th best throw in Class 2A.
Emy Seeser jumped 16-05 in the Class 2A girls long jump, improving her seed and placing tenth overall.
"I'm happy with it," Seeser said. "It was better than I did at districts and I went in stronger."
Central DeWitt grabbed a medal from thrower Talbot Kinney. Kinney launched the discus 126-10, he best throw of the day by ten feet, to take second in the Class 3A event.
Also in the field events, Logan Paulsen cleared 5-11 on one attempt to finish tied for 12th in the Class 3A long jump.
The Sabers' Colleen Klosterman finished 11th in Class 3A in the 100-meter dash.
The Central DeWitt boys' Shuttle Hurdle was disqualified, and girls' finished 23 in 1:12.57.
Easton Valley's lone event of the day - the Shuttle Hurdle prelims - ended disappointingly. The River Hawks ran 1:08.83 after a couple of stumbles and a fall put them behind their normal pace.
Clinton senior Grace Tubbs went out at 4-10 in the high jump.
Clinton's David Johnson and Ulysses Patterson ran their best in the 400-meter dash, but will have to wait on results. The final heat of the Class 4A boys event didn't run thanks to a weather delay.
You can keep up with the local results here and watch live events via the IAHSAA website