Dawson Stoll

Carie Kuehn/Clinton Herald

Northeast senior Dawson Stoll

The Northeast track team is fast ... really. 

Just look at the district meet coming up on Thursday. Northeast is sitting in the top two in six different relays and two open events. They also have one of the state's best high jumpers, Braeden Hoyer. 

Then you add long jumper Dawson Stoll, who has gone to state in that event the last two years, and it's just a recipe for success.

The senior long jumper has one goal this year, keeping things pretty simple:

"I want to run better times and jump farther."

Currently, he's sitting at third in the district in the long jump with his season best of 20-07.25. That leaves plenty of room for him to stretch his way to the Blue Oval for one last leap. 

It's something he's been working towards since he realized he could be one of the state's best jumpers. He started in middle school after realizing he had 'some bounce' and went from there. 

"My freshman year at districts I jumped my best jump, and almost qualified for state that year," Stoll said.  "I kind of realized that I could do a lot better. The next year I jumped nearly a whole foot better."

He's always in the zone when working at the long jump pit. His approach is speedy, and his form in the air can only be described as graceful. Still photos of his jumps see him reaching towards the sky and stretching for those better marks. 

"I just do my own thing usually," Stoll said.  "I work on my steps, I create my own energy out there I guess."

He's working towards a jump near 21-00, something he hasn't hit since his sophomore campaign. That would help put him over the edge and give him another trip to Des Moines. 

Not that he's in any danger of not making it to Drake Stadium. Stoll is one of the Rebels' premier sprinters as well, something that goes hand-in-hand with his long jump efforts. 

"Sprinting and jumping, the faster you go the farther you go," Stoll said.  "Once you get in there, your momentum is going to take you."

He runs the third leg in the impressive 4x200 team (Chad Williams, Braeden Hoyer, Stoll, Conner Petersen) and runs with the 4x100 team that made an appearance at the Drake Relays just a couple of weeks ago. 

"I have to go fast in both of them if I want to succeed," Stoll said. 

The Rebels just recently took the runner-up spot at the River Valley Conference Championship, and now turn their attention towards Thursday. They have high hopes to not only qualify in a number of events, but then score points out at Drake Stadium. 

Stoll, as a senior, wants to see that happen. 

"I want this team to place at state, so I'm hoping a lot of people qualify," Stoll said. "Coach [Mike] Mattis and my teammates, they all deserve it."