Cherokee, Ridge View qualify State events
Ridge View's Vance Kreutz leads Alta-Aurelia's Jorge McDonald, Estherville-LC's Tyler Swanson, and Cherokee's Tyler McLaughlin during the 4x800 relay at Thursday's 2A District Track & Field in Cherokee. Photo by Dan Whitney
Cherokee's Marc Husman and Brock Dagel placed second in their specialties at Thursday night's weather-interrupted Boys Class 2A District Track & Field action in Cherokee to clinch a berth in the Iowa State Co-ed Track & Field Championships in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday.
Husman was second in the 400 meters in a time of 51.01, and Dagel second in the shot put with a throw of 50-4 1/2.
Also for Cherokee, Sam Hinkhouse was fourth in the 100 meters in 11.85, and the Braves distance medley relay was fourth in 3:45 with Hinkhouse, Jakob Hummel, Kristian Freed, and Husman aboard.
Cherokee sprinters and pals Marc Husman, left, and Kevin Fajardo competed in the 400 meters at Thursday's 2A Track & Field Districts, with Husman second and Fajardo 13th. Photo by Paul Struck
Ridge View notched a couple first-place finishes and several top finishes, including winning the 4x200 relay in 1:31 with Seth Johnson, Tyler Kenny, Dru Kenny, and Colby Stephens running; winning the 4x100 in 45.58 with Johnson, Tyler Kenny, Austin Graf, and Stephens aboard; and placing second in the 4x400 in a time of 3:33 with Trevor Irwin, Stephens, Dru Kenny, and Tyler Kenny featured.
Other top finishes for the Raptors were Dru Kenny third in the 200 meters in 22.86, Seth Johnson fourth in the 200 meters in 23.75, and Irwin fourth in the 400 meters in 52.99.
Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central won the boys team title with 117 points, followed by Okoboji 93, Orange City Unity Christian 89, Sioux Center 73.5, Ridge View 68, Hull Western Christian 58, Sheldon 46, Sioux Central 41, Cherokee 40, Estherville-LC 38, Sibley-Ocheyedan 26, and Alta-Aurelia 12.5.
In determining State qualifiers for both boys and girls, a preliminary qualifier list is created consisting of the top four District place winners in Class 4A, the top three in Class 3A and 2A, and the top two in 1A.
Cherokee distance runner Ben Sampson gave it his all during a relay race at Thursday's 2A Track & Field Districts in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
After the preliminary list is complete, the 12th place performance on the list will become the standard (time or distance) for the event. All place-winning performances equal or better than that standard will move to the final State qualifier list. District champions are automatic State qualifiers and if there are ties, the highest District place winner will be the qualifier. If the tie still remains, the school name as printed in the IHSAA (or IGHSAU) Directory is the tiebreaker, with the first school named alphabetically becoming the qualifier.
There will be no more than 24 State qualifiers in any event.
Cherokee's Brock Dagel lets the shot put fly as his Dad Bruce - an event official - watches for a possible scratch at the 2A Track & Field Districts in Cherokee Thursday. Photo by Paul Struck