CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Class 4A boys' team title favorite Cedar Falls passed their first test sending at least 16 qualifiers to next week's state meet.
The Tigers dominated the team race in Cedar Rapids, partially behind the Drake Relays Boys' Most Outstanding performer T.J. Tomlyanovich. Tomlyanovch, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, won 400 meters by more than a second and a half.
Teammate Jack Jorgensen, however, handed the senior his first second-place finish this season. Tomlyanovich, racing just minutes after his 400 win, finished just behind Jorgensen as both advanced to Des Moines next week.
"We always joke about that in workouts. I'm kind of considered the wind blocker for them, so kind of what I was doing today," Jorgensen joked afterward, "We've kept pushing each other every day in practice, kept pushing each other, making each other better."
The Tigers added 12 qualifiers on the girls' side. Maddy McFarland pulled the double in the hurdles, first anchoring the Tigers to a shuttle hurdle win before also winning the 100 meter hurdles.
Waterloo East grabbed a pair of titles as sophomore Nyla Norman anchored them to wins in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meters as they have big plans for Des Moines.
"I know for the 4 x 100, we're looking to place one or two going in to that," said Norman, "and then our 4 x 200, I think we're looking good now to place higher than Drake."
The Trojans earned four automatic qualifiers on Thursday night.