Glenwood sweeps team titles at districts, sends 32 to state
The Glenwood boys and girls swept the team titles and combined to qualify for state in 32 events at the Class 3A state qualifying meet in Denison Thursday.
The Ram girls punched tickets to state in 16 events and racked up 176 points for top team honors. On the boys side, Glenwood qualified in 16 events and finished with 186 points for its team title.
The Iowa State Track and Field Meet kicks off in Des Moines Thursday at Drake University and runs through Saturday.
Glenwood girls coach Jordan Bueltel said his team battled through the heat early on at the state qualifier to have a great night. After ending the state qualifier with 10 automatic bids to state, the Rams picked up four more at-large bids when factoring in times from around the state.
Keisi Duran won the high jump, Allison Koontz the 100-meters and Abby Hughes the 400-meter hurdles at the meet to lead a group of six individual qualifiers. Jenna Hopp (long jump), Zoie Carda (100-meters), Danika Arnold (200-meters), Carlie Clemmer (100-meter hurdles) and Charley Hernandez also punched their tickets to state. Hopp’s top leap of 17 feet, 9.75 inches is a new school record and both Duran and Koonz set new personal records. Madelyn
Berglund also qualified in both distance races, earning at-large spots in both the 1,500-meters and 3,000-meters.
“I don’t know if there were any major surprises, just because these girls keep getting better and better so I can’t be too surprised by anything they do anymore,” Bueltel said. We had a lot of great efforts, I think Danika (Arnold) had a really nice day earning a bid in the open 200 (meters) and anchoring the 4x200 (meter relay) and 4x100 (meter relay) to auto bids.”
The Rams also had a particularly strong day in the relays qualifying for state in all but one relay. They won the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays and were the runners-up in the sprint medley and shuttle hurdle relays. They punched at-large tickets in both the 4x200 and 4x800-meter relay when factoring in the fastest non-district champion times from around the state.
The 4x100 team of Zoie Carda, Jaylynn Floyd, Lauren Roenfeldt and Arnold won their relays by more than a full second.
“The whole 4x100 (meter) was impressive dropping almost 1.5 seconds off our season best, which is wild for this time of year,” Bueltel said.
Hughes added to her gold in the 400-meter hurdles by running on three of the Rams’ state qualifying relay teams.
“The list could go on and on,” Bueltel said. “It was a great night and we just hope we can keep improving for one more week and see how it all shakes out.”
For the 10th time in the last 15 track seasons, the Glenwood boys track team won the district state qualifying meet. In all, the Rams crowned five event champions, placed in every event and double placed in every individual event and qualified 16 entries for state.
“Despite the heat and the severe winding conditions, this was our best meet of the season collectively as a team,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “We scored 186 points and recorded 12 season or personal bests in the evening.”
Starner had four athletes punch tickets to state to state in two individual events in Cody Krause (long jump and high jump), Anthony Driscoll-Lee (long jump and 110-meter hurdles), Tyler Boldra (110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles) and Bryant Keller (1,600 and 3,200-meters). Krause and Driscoll-Lee finished first and second in the long jump in Denison with both setting new personal-bests.
Andrew Smith (800-meters) and Brock Smith (100-meters) also notched state bids.
The Ram won just one relay at Denison – the shuttle hurdle relay team of Boldra, Kaden Petersen, Grant VonEssen and Drisoll-Lee edged Council Bluffs Lewis Central in the finals – but they qualified for state in four other relays by either second place finishes or at-large bid.
The 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter and sprint medley relays all had runner up finishes at the state qualifier and 4x800m relay quartet of Smith, Jake Shannon, Nolan Mount and Andrew Williams punched an at-large ticket to state after finishing third at Denison.
3A State Qualifying Meet
Girls Team Results
1. Glenwood, 176. 2. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 117. 3. Carroll, 109. 4. Atlantic, 91. 5. Harlan, 88. 6. Denison, 74. 7. Storm Lake, 33. 8. Creston, 29.
Glenwood Girls State Qualifiers
High jump: Keisi Duran.
Long jump: Jenna Hopp and Charley Hernandez.
100m dash: Allison Koontz and Zoie Carda.
200m dash: Danika Arnold.
100m hurdles: Carlie Clemmer.
400m hurdles: Abby Hughes.
1500m run: Madelyn Berglund.
3200m run: Berglund.
4x100m relay: Zoie Carda, Jaylynn Floyd, Lauren Roenfeldt and Danika Arnold.
4x200m relay: Carda, Floyd, Hopp and Danika Arnold.
4x400m relay: Hopp, Koontz, Arnold and Hughes.
4x800m relay: Lauren Hughes, Brooklyn Schultz, Neyla Nanfito and Breckyn Petersen.
Sprint medley relay: Carda, Floyd, Koontz and Abby Hughes.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Destiny Yales, Abby Hughes, Kennedy Jones and Clemmer.
Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 186. 2. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 173. 3. Atlantic, 101. 4. Denison, 79. 5. Harlan, 78. 6. Carroll, 52. 7. Creston, 35. 8. Storm Lake, 28.
Glenwood Boys State Qualifiers
High jump: Cody Krause and Kord Ostrander.
Long jump: Krause and Anthony Driscoll-Lee.
100m dash: Brock Sell.
800m run: Andrew Smith.
1600m run: Bryant Keller.
3200m run: Keller.
110m hurdles: Tyler Boldra, Driscoll-Lee.
400m hurdles: Boldra.
4x100m relay: Driscoll-Lee, Jackson Mulkins, Colby Frye and Sell.
4x200m relay: Krause, Payton Longmeyer, Frye and Sell.
4x800m relay: Smith, Jake Shannon, Nolan Mount and Andrew Williams.
Sprint medley relay: Frye, Mulkins, Boldra and Cooper DeLashmutt.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Boldra, Kaden Petersen, Grant VonEssen and Driscoll-Lee.