DUBUQUE (KWWL) — Tickets were punched Friday night under sunny skies and perfect conditions.
The Cedar Falls girls took full advantage. MacKenzie Michael anchored their sprint medley home to a victory in the opening event of the night. Michael, the Drake Relays’ 800 meters champion, also won that event as well as the 400 meters to advance to the state meet in all three.
Dubuque Senior’s Claire Edmondson pulled off the distance sweep, winning titles in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Waterloo East senior Kerris Roberts’ ruled the sprints. The Drake Relays 100 meters champ won that race along with the 200. She finished the night by anchoring the Trojans’ 4×100 meter relay to a title. Roberts’ says she has some personal goals as she gets set for her final state meet next week.
“I still want to beat my own personal best,” she said afterward, “I’m not sure what next week will hold, but that’s my goal.”
Cedar Falls’ Bryce Albaugh captured the high jump title. He and Western Dubuque senior Grant Kelchen each jumped 6′ 6″ to advance to state. Albaugh won the title based on previous misses.
Trent Davis and Carson Reilly took the top two spots in the 110 meter hurdles. Davis, the Drake Relays champion, won in 14.51 seconds and also anchored the Lions’ shuttle hurdle relay to a win.
The distance races belonged to the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs. Senior David Holesinger captured both titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Senior teammate Ben Hermiston advanced to state finishing second in both races. After finishing third in the 3,200 at Drake, Holesinger believes he can reach the top next week.
“My goal is obviously to put myself in a position to win a state championship,” he said, “I think after Drake I have the confidence to do that. I think I really did put myself up there with those top guys in the state.”
The state meet opens up next Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.