DES MOINES — Ethan Holmes turned in another stellar performance on Friday as he led the Clinton River Kings to seventh place in the team standings with a gold and silver medal.

The River Kings have 18 team points.

Holmes ran a time of 53.03 in the 400-meter hurdles to take first place.

The Drake Relays champion beat out Kellyn Fogarty of Marshalltown, who edged out Holmes at last year’s state meet by one one-hundrenth of a second.

“Winning at state means a lot to me,” Holmes said after running the 22nd fastest time ever in the state’s history of the event. “This is what I have been training for all season. Clinton hasn’t had too many state champions so this means a lot to me.”

Holmes was also pleased to edge out Fogarty again, as he did at the Drake Relays last month.

“It feels good to beat him,” Holmes added. “I love it, it felt good at Drake and it feels good here. Now I want to set a state record.”

Holmes wasn’t done there.

Later in the day he anchored a 4x200-meter team that took second in the Class 4A field with a time of 1:29.54.

Joining Holmes were Jake Mangler, David Johnson and Scott DeAngelis. Mangler was a late addition after Everett Williams was injured earlier in the day.

“I wasn’t supposed to run this,” Mangler said. “Everett had medical problems and they told earlier today that I was going to run. I knew during the race that we were doing well, but I didn’t think that we would get second.”

DeAngelis and Johnson were pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

“I’m a little surprised,” DeAngelis said. “I didn’t think we would place this high. Jake did a good job stepping in for Everett and so did the other guys.”

“We ran a great time,” Johnson said. “I didn’t think we would place that high.”

Holmes then qualified for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with a preliminary clocking of 14.99, good for third in the field.

The River Kings then qualified for the finals of the 4x400 as the team of Chris Teney, Johnson, DeAngelis and Holmes ran a preliminary time of 3:21.59.

Jaryd Prince finished 11th in the shot put with a toss of 47-7 _.

Clinton head coach Tony Smith thought his team did well on the day.

“I thought the boys ran well in all five events and Jaryd in the shot put,” Smith said. “With Ethan we kind of expected the title, but the 4x200 moved up a lot. The time they ran didn’t surprise me, but the place did. It surprised me that that time got second. Tomorrow we are looking for the 4x400 and Ethan in the 110-hurdles to hold their seeds (second and third) so we can have a nice team showing out here.”

In girls action, Sarah Wenzel gave the River Queens their top finish of the meet with a fifth place finish in the long jump. The Clinton junior jumped 16-11 _ after being seeded fourth with a regional qualifying jump of 17-7 _.

“This is not what I wanted to jump,” Wenzel said. “I had to run the 4x200 and then go jump right away. I was kind of tired and I was not getting enough speed on the runway.”

Fellow jumper and relay member Cortni Kooi agreed with her teammate.

“The long jump didn’t quite as well as I would have hoped.” Said Kooi who finished 15th with a jump of 15-10 _. “I scratched on my first jump, so then I was slowing down at the board just to land a jump and I wasn’t getting the lift I wanted. Then with running the 4x200 I was kind of tired.”

Clinton’s Ashley Loerzel took 11th in the shot put with abest throw of 35-10.

“It went good,” Loerzel said of her second state track experience. “It went better than last year. Last year everything was new since it was my first year at state. I though I threw pretty consistent this year, besides one scratch I had that would have been in the high 38’s. That would have put at fifth or sixth overall.”

Senior Whitney Miller was 11th in the 400-meter hurdles with a clocking of 1:08.34.

Clinton head coach June Wilden was pleased with her squads day two performance overall.

“We ran well, Ashley did well throwing, as did Sarah and Cortni in the long jump,” Wilden said. “We had a couple relays end up 13th, but when you run your seasons best at state, we’re happy.”


At Drake Stadium


Winners and Clinton results

Distance medley relay-1, Pleasant Valley 3:26.51.

400 hurdles-1, Ethan Holmes (Clinton) 53.03

4x200-1, Cedar Rapids Washington 1:28.86; 2, Clinton (Jake Mangler, David Johnson, Scott DeAngelis, Holmes) 1:29.54.

110 hurdles prelims-1, Terrance Roberts (Waterloo West) 14.59; 3, Holmes (Clinton) 14.99; 20, Jake Mangler (Clinton) 16.44.

4x100 prelims-1, Burlington 42.68.

4x400 prelims-1, Cedar Falls 3:20.25; 2, Clinton (Chris Teney, Johnson, DeAngelis, Holmes) 3:21.59.

Long jump-1, Derek Williams (Marshalltown) 21-10.

Shot put-1, Thomas Reynolds (Iowa City West) 57-0; 11, Jaryd Prince (Clinton) 47-7.


Winners and Clinton others

Distance medley relay-1, Waukee 4:01.13.

400 hurdles-1, AG Bradford (Davenport North) 1:00.82; 11, Whitney Miller (Clinton) 1:08.34.

4x200-1, Cedar Falls 1:44.29; 16, Clinton (Kiera Williams, Sarah Wenzel, Cortni Kooi, Larissa Wilden) 1:46.92.

100 hurdles prelims-1, AG Bradford (Davenport North) 14.12.

4x100 prelims-1, Waukee 48.87; 13, Clinton (Wenzel, Williams, Kooi, Wilden) 50.62.

4x400 prelims-1, Waukee 3:54.55.

Long jump-1, Alexis Mitchell (Davenport Central) 18-4; 5, Sarah Wenzel (Clinton) 16-11; 15, Cortni Kooi (Clinton) 15-10.

Shot put-1, Danielle Frere (Muscatine) 46-11; 11, Ashley Loerzel (Clinton) 35-10.