Xavier’s Lewis the state’s fastest man

May 23, 2009

DES MOINES — Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Patrick Lewis was full of nerves entering the 100-meter dash final at the Class 4A state track meet Saturday.

By the time he ran the 200, those nerves had turned to steel.

Lewis sizzled to wins in both events and earned the state’s fastest times in the process. Lewis won the 100 in 10.62, .08 seconds better than Iowa City West senior Alonzo Markham. He later breezed past the competition to take the 200.

Lewis got out of the block a little slowly in the 100. He caught up with the field about 50 meters into the race and lunged past Markham to the win.

 “Starts have probably been my Achilles’ heel this whole season in the 100,” Lewis said. “I’ve learned how to catch up to everybody, and Alonzo’s the same way. Since we’ve got the longest strides, it’s the hard to get out against all the other shorter people. If we’re ever going to catch up, it’s just one of those things you’ve got to do and then see if I can get up to Alonzo in the end and beat everybody.”

Markham also struggled out of the block but was running stride for stride with Lewis by the end.

“My start could have been a little better,” Markham said. “Everybody beat me out of the blocks except Patrick. We got out pretty slow. Our start could have been better.

“As soon we got up to speed, it felt good. I just opened up my stride and tried to coast in. It was a good race.”

Lewis admitted he was a bit jittery entering the 100. He was loose and smooth in the 200. Lewis had the lead around the first turn and never surrendered it, winning in 21.43. Burlington’s Jamal Simmons finished second in 21.72.

“I think I got all the anxiety out in that first race,” Lewis said. “So I just came in here relaxed and it went good. I just felt good the whole race.”

Simmons nearly caught Lewis at the end of the event’s preliminary round. That stuck with him as he prepared for the finals.

“He came up real hard at the end so I knew I was going to have change something up,” Lewis said. “So the main focus was on this stretch just kind of like picking it up … I ended up going all out the whole race and it ended working out for me.”

Lewis will run track at Iowa State next year. By winning the 100, he’s considered the state’s fastest man. By taking the 200, he solidified it.

“You’ll never hear me say it,” he said. “It’s one of those things where people come up to you and say that you’re the fastest. You’ve just got to stay humble out there and try to run as fast as you can every time.”


Eastern Iowa’s mile markers earn victories

May 23, 2009

DES MOINES — Conner Smock and Cody Beemer talked about buying a pop. Eric Thien was thinking about cake. Brett Egan wanted to try a Wild Cherry Pepsi.

All lived Spartan lifestyles to attain the ultimate goal for a long-distance runner: to win a state championship in the 1,600-meter run. For Smock, Thien and Egan, the goal was achieved. Beemer, who teams with Smock at Lisbon, finished second.

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Egan, a senior at Waukon, stayed with the pack early then broke away late to win the Class 3A title. He finished in 4 minutes, 17.42 seconds, more than eight seconds ahead of runner-up Brogan Austin of Boone.

“I wanted to stay back on the first lap and set the pace,” Egan said. “When I saw it was like a 4:13 on the first 800, so I knew I could handle picking it up a little more.”

Nobody was within 60 meters of Egan when he crossed the finish line. The winning distance was comparable for Thien, who won the 2A crown for Tipton.

Thien, a senior, finished in 4:21.50, more than three seconds ahead of second-place Ryan Krogmann of Northeast Goose Lake. Thien also won the 3,200-meter on Thursday.

Thien set the pace early and maintained it throughout the race. He wasn’t even challenged.

“That was my goal the whole time,” Thien said. “It’s hot out, it’s the same condition for everyone. I knew it was hot, and then I was like you know what, let’s win state.”

Smock, a freshman, took over the 1A race midway through the second lap. He kept his pace and finished in 4:30.65. Beemer rallied down the stretch on the final 50 meters to take second in 4:33.20, .05 earlier than AGWSR’s Parker Drake.

“You say no fear, but I was pretty scared waiting for our race,” said Smock, who also won the 1A 3,200. “But I knew I could run a good enough time to win.”

Smock and Beemer trained together throughout the season and were finish 1-2. They also helped Lisbon finish third in Class 1A with 39 points, one point out of second place.

“I came in and the pace was a little fast, but I wanted to get my adrenaline out there,” Beemer said. ” The 200 meters, I  just said ‘OK,’ and I was able to kick it into second.”

For all, the training is over. They can look to their vices this weekend on Memorial Day cookouts. But it might not take that long.

“I think it’s sinking in right now,” said Smock about winning two events at state. “My teammate and I are going to drink a pop right now as soon as track season is over.”

“I’m going to the Pizza Ranch,” Thien said unprompted. “I’m getting some ice cream and some chicken wings.

I gave up my pop my freshman year. I gave up sweets. It’s hard because of graduation weekend. There was a lot of cake and stuff. When I get back, I’m going to have lots of cake.”

He can officially have his cake and it eat it, too.


CR Washington wins Class 4A state meet

May 23, 2009

DES MOINES – Cedar Rapids Washington won the metro area’s first Class 4A state track meet since 1977, scoring 60 points.

Washington topped Mississippi Valley Conference rival Iowa City West, which scored 56. Ames finished third with 50 points. Cedar Rapids Kennedy placed fifth with 42 points and Xavier was seventh with 32.

Washington was the last metro school to win the state meet.

In individual action, Xavier’s Patrick Lewis won the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Kennedy’s Kyle Slaymaker won the 800 in 1 minute, 54.34 seconds. Kennedy’s shuttle hurdle relay team also won.

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Future Hawkeye Drew Clark destroys 3A shot put record

May 22, 2009
Marion senior Drew Clark concentrates as he makes his record-breaking throw of 64 feet, 7 3/4 inches during the 2009 Class 3A state track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Marion senior Drew Clark concentrates as he makes his record-breaking throw of 64 feet, 7 3/4 inches during the 2009 Class 3A state track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Marion senior Drew Clark’s only competition tonight was against himself.

And he still won.

Clark destroyed the shot put field with every throw at the Class 3A state meet. But it was his second toss that vaulted him from state champion to state legend.

Clark heaved the shot 64 feet, 7 3/4 inches, nearly two feet farther than the 32-year-old Class 3A record. It was the fourth-best throw in state history and the 11th-best throw nationally this year.

Defending champion Brandon Scherff of Denison-Schleswig finished second with a throw of 57-3 1/2, more than 7-4 shorter than Clark’s best toss.

“Actually the state title has been elusive to me the last two years,” Clark said. “When I was a sophomore, I had my best throw I had that year, and I ended up getting second. And last year, Brandon Scherff got me on his last throw. I kind of struggled that day — the tensing up got me on that — so I just wanted to stay loose.”

Clark warmed up at West Des Moines Valley High School on Thursday. He stayed loose by singing to himself. He felt good entering Friday’s competition.

“Shoulder separation is like the main thing that gets guys hurt at state, tensing up,” he said. “My first warm-up throw I could tell it was going to be a good day. My forearm was kind of tight and that helps me out a lot. That way you can get the snap off your fingers.”

Clark took a low-key approach to his first throw, and hit 61-6 1/2.

“I knew it was going to be big next because he takes a safe throw his first throw just to make sure he’s in,” said Drew’s father, Chuck, who’s in his 25th season at Marion’s throwing coach. “So I knew big things were coming.”

With a solid throw in early, Clark unleashed his second effort. His approach was intense. He shouted as his released the shot. Event officials conferred and marked the spot twice just to ensure it was a record.

“I think my dad was the first one that knew,” Clark said. “He threw his hands up.

“The first throw I always like to take it easy and get one in. And so I crank it up with the second throw.”

Clark didn’t taper off as the event progressed. He hit 60 feet in each of his three throws in the finals. His last toss of 63-7 would have set the state record by nearly 10 inches.

He impressed his competitors as well. Among the finalists include future Iowa football teammate and roommate Brett Van Sloten of Decorah and future Iowa basketball player Brennan Cougill, who finished fifth.

“Geez, that’s an accomplishment,” said Van Sloten who finished third. “I feel so good for him. If another man can win, I’d love to see him win it. He’s such a nice guy. Sixty-four, that’s incredible.”

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Vinton-Shellsburg’s 4×200 relay team finished third in 1 minute, 30.56 seconds, just .04 seconds out of second place. Anchor runner Trevor  Walker started the final 200 in third place.

“After the corner, we were first,” said Walker, a senior. “Then it was just tight as possible at the end.”

In other 3A events, Washington senior Casey Negrete finished third in the 400 hurdles in 55.06 seconds. Waukon’s distance medley relay team finished fourth in 3:36.03.


Mid-Prairie’s Miller wins 400 hurdles in photo finish

May 22, 2009

DES MOINES — Mid-Prairie junior Tanner Miller crossed the finish line concurrently with competitor Matt Finn of Hudson on Friday afternoon in the Class 2A 400-meter hurdles finals.

Each were timed at 53.07. Both stopped for about 30 seconds before it was announced Miller had won the race by five one-thousandths of a second to claim the state title at Drake Stadium. It was mentioned to Miller following the race that few people have seen a race that tight.

“I’ve never been a part of one, either,” he said. “I just tried to hold him off. Me being taller than he was, that lean was probably what got him.”

Miller started inside on the first lane, while Finn was in the second. Miller gradually made up the stagger as the race progressed.

“By the time I got to that eighth hurdle, I tried to start my kick,” he said. “It turned out to be just enough.

“That was crazy.”

After the race, Miller was winded and walking away from the track, about an hour from competing in the 110 high hurdles preliminaries. He tried to rest between breaths and words. 

“If this was any other meet, I’d probably be dead and puking right now,” Miller said. “But being at the state meet, I actually feel pretty good.” 

In Class 1A, Postville junior Austin Hangartner finished fourth in the discus Friday morning.

Hangartner qualified for the finals with a launch of 149 feet, 1 inch, fourth-best entering the finals. The throw held up to keep him in fourth.

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“That was one of my farthest this year,” Hangartner said. “It wasn’t quite my personal best, but it was still a good throw. I’m happy with how I did.”

Hangartner also qualified for state in the shot put. He finished 16th on Thursday and did not make the finals.

“I just wanted to get to the (discus) finals,” Hangartner said. “I’m glad I had a good day here. It made up for that.”

Olin sophomore Jordan Cress posted the area’s best boys finish in Class 1A Friday morning. Cress cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, tying for third place. Five jumpers hit 6-2 overall.

East Buchanan senior Trevor Franck finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.07 seconds. Lisbon’s distance medley relay team finished sixth in 3:40.45. Freshman Conner Smock, who won the Class 1A 3,200 state title on Thursday, anchored the event for Lisbon.

“Our team did pretty solid,” Smock said. “We got team points, and we’re hoping to get the team championship.”


Future Hawkeye Keenan Davis helps CR Washington take Class 4A lead

May 22, 2009
Cedar Rapids Washington's Alex Carr approaches the finish line in front of West Des Moines Valley's  Isaac Lintz and Kennedy's Kyle Slaymaker during the 4A Boys 4x200 Meter Relay during the 2009 State Track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Washington won the race in 1:27.64. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Alex Carr approaches the finish line in front of West Des Moines Valley's Isaac Lintz and Kennedy's Kyle Slaymaker during the 4A Boys 4x200 Meter Relay during the 2009 State Track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Washington won the race in 1:27.64. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Chest bumps and high-fives are nothing new for Cedar Rapids Washington’s relay teams this year.

But this morning’s 4×200-meter relay brought poses and multiple jumps from Washington’s foursome. The Warriors scorched their competitors to win the event in 1 minutes, 27.64 seconds, the 11th-best time in state history.

Washington stayed in tight competition with West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Rapids Kennedy throughout the race. Then anchor Alex Carr sizzled down the stretch in the final 100 meters to give Washington its second consecutive state crown in the event.

Cedar Rapids Washington's Ronnie Henderson chest bumps teammate Keenan Davis after their relay team won the 4A boys 4x200 meter relay during the 2009 Class 4A state track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.  (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Ronnie Henderson chest bumps teammate Keenan Davis after their relay team won the 4A boys 4x200 meter relay during the 2009 Class 4A state track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

“We knew it was the seniors’ last run,” said Carr, talking about lead-off runner Larry Johnson and second leg runner Keenan Davis. “We were talking , trying to get the record. We didn’t get it, but we still ran hard, and (we’ve) given these seniors another 4×200 championship, like we did at Drake.”

The win helped push Washington to the Class 4A team lead with 29 points. Iowa City West is second with 27, one point more than West Des Moines Dowling. Cedar Rapids Kennedy is fifth with 18 points.

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The 4×200 title appeared almost flawless for Washington. That’s not the case behind the scenes. Junior Ronnie Henderson, who runs the third leg, said he struggled with handoffs during Thursday’s practices in West Des Moines.

“Either I left too early, or I left too late,” Henderson said. “So that was a big thing. So this time, I was hoping to get the handoffs and take care of my leg. I just wanted to run my leg right.”

Davis, who will play wide receiver this fall for the Iowa football team, said the team tries to stay loose before events by singing songs.

“Our coaches tell us to have fun,”  Davis said. “When we have fun, everybody wants to run on our team. We try to be goofy a little bit. We’re a goofy group, but when we get together (before a race), that’s when we get serious.”

After the race, Henderson, Carr and Davis embraced at the finish line. They jogged toward midfield, and Carr began yelling for Johnson. Finally, 10 seconds (but what felt like 10 minutes to Carr) later, Johnson emerged. The two jumped up and chest bumped each other. Moments later, the duo re-enacted the chest bump after a request from a local television reporter so he could air it on the station’s Friday night telecast. Then all four runners embraced.

“It feels so good,” Carr said. “I’ll never forget this. I love you guys.”

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s distance medley team broke out to an early led and blew out the competition to win that event by more than three seconds. Khiry Hopkins started fast  in the 200-meter portion to get the Cougars in the lead. Junior Josh Simmons maintained it throughout his 200. Sophomore Anthony Crawley extended the lead in the 400 with a 49.1 split. Once Crawley handed off to senior Kyle Slaymaker, it was over.

“Khiry, being a senior, he shot out fast and the whole goal was just breaking stagger (the staggered field),” Simmons said. “He busted it.

“Our goal was coming around and give it to our 400 runner (Crawley) in first and then let Slay do his job after that.” 

He’s a sophomore, Anthony Crawley, he’s been working with me all winter and all this spring. I knew he’d step up.”

Cedar Falls, which had posted the season’s best time entering the race, finished second. Cedar Rapids Washington placed fourth.

“We knew coming into  the third heat whoever wins this race, wins this one,” Slaymaker said. “It was just a race to first.”

Linn-Mar sophomore Kyle Dunn had no illusions of grandeur entering the 400 hurdles. He didn’t think he’d win and wasn’t sure he could compete for a title until the race nearly was over.

“I didn’t think I was in the lead until I went down the stretch and I heard the announcer say ‘Dunn and Holmes,’” Dunn said. “That just pushed me forward and gave me the confidence and the extra oomph to get to the finish line.”

“I was just hoping to get a top-four finish. I came out here and ran the race my coaches told me to, and turned it out well for me.”

Linn-Mar's Kyle Dunn hits the last hurdle on his way to winning the Class 4A boys 400-meter hurdles during the 2009 State Track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.  (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Linn-Mar's Kyle Dunn hits the last hurdle on his way to winning the Class 4A boys 400-meter hurdles during the 2009 State Track meet Friday, May 22, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Dunn edged Clinton’s Ethan Holmes by the slimmest of margins. Dunn finished the race in 52.70, while Holmes placed second at 52.71.

“I thought I lost it by a couple tenths of a second,” Dunn said. “I guess I got him.”

A photo finish at the end kept the runners waiting for nearly a minute. The wrong name originally went to the top of the leaderboard before Dunn’s name was announced as the winner.

Dunn led down the back stretch and even hit the final hurdle before recovering for the victory.

“It didn’t slow me down too much,” Dunn said. “I’m used to hitting that last hurdle.

“The second half of the race was all guts. That’s what the 400 hurdles are all about.”

Iowa City West senior Gavin Smith finished second in the long jump at 21 feet, 5 inches.


Catching up with future Hawkeye Brennan Cougill

May 22, 2009

DES MOINES — Iowa basketball recruit Brennan Cougill will compete in the shot put at today’s Class 3A state track meet. Then it’s all basketball, all the time.

The 6-foot-9 post from Sioux City Heelan is working on getting stronger and his outside shooting skills just weeks from moving to the Iowa City area. Cougill, Iowa’s Mr. Basketball this year, will compete in the Prime Time League in North Liberty this summer.

“It’s pretty exciting to be coming in,” Cougill said. “I’ve got to come in, and I’ve just got to work hard and put my work ethic out there and just give it 100 percent all the time.”

Cougill, who weighs around 260 pounds, said he’s uncertain if he’ll attend summer classes — ” it kind of depends on what the administration wants us to do.”

Cougill said he was concerned after four players transferred from the Iowa men’s basketball team in the offseason and stayed in contact with Iowa assistant coach Chad Walthall.

“Walthall is usually the guy that usually calls me and talks to me,” Cougill said. “Last time I talked to Lick was official visit, maybe.

“I didn’t call that much, but they were willing to talk if we wanted to talk. My mom pretty much got all that information. I was texting Matt (Gatens) and asked what was going on, and he said things were a little hectic but everything was starting to calm down.”

Cougill scored 28 points in the Class 3A state title game, a 77-42 win against Norwalk. He averaged 18.2 points and 13.3 rebounds his senior year and was the 11th player in state history to score 1,500 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds in a career.

The Iowa basketball team, sans newcomers like Cougill, are headed to Italy on Saturday for a four-game exhibition tour.


Class 3A: Future Hawkeye Clark wins discus

May 21, 2009
Marion's Drew Clark makes a toss during the 3A Boys Discus event at the 2009 Class 3A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Clark won the event with a throw of 161 feet, 1 inch. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Marion's Drew Clark makes a toss during the 3A Boys Discus event at the 2009 Class 3A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Clark won the event with a throw of 161 feet, 1 inch. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Marion senior Drew Clark only needed one launch to cement his name forever into the Class 3A record books.

Clark, who will attend Iowa on a football scholarship, won the discus on his first throw, a heave of 161 feet, 1 inch tonight at Drake Stadium. Clark held off several challengers late in the event to claim the state title.

“That’s probably been the most consistent I’ve been, this week and the week before,” Clark said. “I’m hitting around 160 every meet.

“I know there’s a lot of guys out there that can throw farther, and I was hoping to get a new personal record at this meet, but it didn’t happen. But the win feels great.”

Clark competed against future Iowa teammate — and future roommate — Decorah senior Brett Van Sloten in the event. Van Sloten was ill this week and finished 12th in the event. Clark will go for his second state title Friday, this time in the shot put.

Waukon senior Brett Egan trailed Winterset’s Evan Selsor by nearly 10 meters with 300 left in the 3,200. Egan then kicked his stride into overdrive, briefly overtook Selsor with about 100 meters to go before falling short. Selsor won a dead sprint with Egan — and the event — in 9 minutes, 23.22 seconds, .31 faster than Egan.

“I really wanted to go for a state championship in my last year,” said Egan, who will run at Northern Iowa next year. “He’s an amazing runner. I guess if you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best.”

“I was blocking out the pain and just looking at the finish line the whole time.”

Selsor, a sophomore, was sick and didn’t compete for most of the season.

“(Egan) passed me right around the last corner and I was just thinking, ‘I’m going to try to stick with him as long as I can,’” Selsor said. “He doesn’t have a great kick, but he’s got more guts than anyone else in this race. When he hits top speed, he can really move.”

Egan also helped the Waukon to a fourth-place finish in the 4×800 relay.

Anamosa senior Jason Breon finished second in the high jump, leaping 6-4. DeWitt Central’s Weston Ketelsen won the event at 6-6.

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Local runners dominate 3,200 in classes 2A, 1A

May 21, 2009
Lisbon's Conner Smock crosses the finish line to talk the title in the Boys 1A 3,200 during the 2009 Class 1A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.  (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Lisbon's Conner Smock crosses the finish line to talk the title in the Boys 1A 3,200 during the 2009 Class 1A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Lisbon freshman Conner Smock and Tipton senior Eric Thien gave Eastern Iowa a small-school sweep in the 3,200-meter run Thursday at the state track meet.

Smock took the lead on the fifth lap and held on to win the Class 1A title, finishing in 9 minutes, 47.25 seconds. Thien led more than six laps of the eight-lap event to win the Class 2A crown in 9:33.34.

Thien also won the Class 2A state cross-country title last fall, a feat that was on his mind during the race.

“I was like, ‘Senior year, you’re going for the sweep,’” Thien said. “That’s all I was thinking about the last two laps. I got it.

Tipton's Eric Thien celebrates after winning the 2A Boy's 3200 Meter Run at the 2009 Class 2A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Thien won the race in 9:33.34.  (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Tipton's Eric Thien celebrates after winning the 2A Boy's 3200 Meter Run at the 2009 Class 2A state track meet Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Thien won the race in 9:33.34. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

“I wanted to get out into the lead sooner, but they were just like rabbits. I was like, ‘OK, and I’ll just pass them on the front stretch of the way.’”

Iowa City Regina senior Nick Synan finished fourth in 9:54.55. Thien, who will run at South Dakota, finished third last year in the same event.

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In the 1A race, Smock took the lead on the fifth lap and held on to win his title.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to win or not,” Smock said. “I just wanted to draft off some people and see if I could take it, and see if I could keep it to the end.”

Montezuma senior Mason Tompkins won the Class 1A long jump, leaping 22 feet, 3.75 inches, one inch farther than New London’s Ridge Hobbs. Turkey Valley junior Brad Winter placed third in the long jump (21-1). Alburnett freshman Kollin Burns finished second in the 400 in 50.62.

Central Point-Urbana senior Malcolm Handford-Brown finished third in the Class 2A long jump at 21-1 1/4. Mid-Prairie’s 4×800 relay team finished second in 8:00.54, less than 3 seconds behind winner Fort Dodge St. Edmond. West Liberty junior Ty Nortman finished third in the Class 2A 400 in 49.68.


4A Eastern Iowa rivalries commence at state meet

May 21, 2009

DES MOINES — Eastern Iowa track rivalries extended to Drake Stadium on Thursday.

Iowa City West junior Frank Canady and Cedar Rapids Washington senior Lewi Manirumva have battled through different sports, on different tracks and in multiple conditions. The results always are close, and the Class 4A state 3,200-meter run was no different.

Canady, an Iowa City West junior, edged Manirumva, a Cedar Rapids Washington senior, in a sprint at the end in the race for second place. Canady, who lost to Manirumva last week at the district meet, finished in 9 minutes, 23.34 seconds, almost 1 second more than Manirumva, who stumbled about five meters from the finish line. Des Moines North’s Omet Kak won the race in 9:14.64.

Manirumva and Canady went back-and-forth last fall in cross country. Manirumva won most of the races until district and state, when Canady finished one place higher. Canady edged Manirumva at the Drake Relays before Manirumva won last week.

“I really have a lot of respect for Lewi,” Canady said. “He’s an amazing runner and great guy. He made the race tough for me, and a little fun. I felt a little bad for out-kicking him because I know he’s worked hard his whole career.”

Manirumva led Canady on the final lap before Canady took over on the straightaway. Manirumva said he wasn’t happy with his race. When asked what could have made it better he said. “finish second.”

Canady was thrilled with his performance and finish.

“I was third at state cross country. I was third at Drake,” Canady said. “I decided to go win something or at least get a place higher. That was kind of my goal.”

Cross-town rivals Kevin Dibbern of Iowa City High and Iowa City West’s Alonzo Markham produced a near photo finish in the 400 during last week’s district meet. For more than 300 meters, it appeared the same this week as well.

But Markham struggled down the straightaway, fatigued by running preliminaries in the 100 and 200. Dibbern overcame Markham and Ottumwa’s Alex Kelly to win his second straight 400 title.

Dibbern won the event in 47.77 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in state history. Markham finished third in 48.46.

“I just used Alonzo for the first two, and I kicked it at the 300 mark and just didn’t look back,” Dibbern said. “It was great.”

Dibbern will run track next year at Iowa. Markham plans to attend Iowa Central Community College and compete in either track or football.

“I ran the best I could do after running two events before,” Markham said. “I kind of died at the end, but I think I ran pretty good altogether.

“It was the last 100 that got me. I just didn’t have enough. I should have saved a little but I ran my hardest.”

Manirumva later helped Washington finish second in the 4×800 relay in 8:01.49. Waukee won the event in 7:53.88. 

Linn-Mar’s Nate Hutcheson finished fifth in the boys’ high jump, leaping 6 feet, 4 inches. Indianola’s Noah Kittelson won the event with a jump of 6-8.

“My best was 6-6 and I wanted to get there,” said Hutcheson, who will attend Western Michigan on a basketball scholarship. “It was a fun experience overall.

Hutcheson will starting attending summer classes June 22.

Iowa City West is in third place with 16 points, while Cedar Rapids Washington is sixth with 14 points after the first day.


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