DES MOINES - Entering the last day of state action, the Manson Northwest Webster boys track team sits in an enviable position.
In their quest for a second straight Class 1A crown, the Cougars received gold medals from senior Josh Markert (high jump) and the 4x200 of junior Lucas Dolder, classmate Holden Fiedler, Markert and senior Brody Eischeid Friday at Drake Stadium.
Through 10 finals events, MNW paces the 1A field with 46 points. AGWSR (33) is currently second.
Lucas Dolder for Manson Northwest Webster in the 4x200-meter relay.
Bishop Garrigan’s Chelsi Lanus (left) and Aisha Miller compete in the 4x200 relay.
Markert, who repeated as a champion in the long jump here Thursday after becoming the school's first-ever Drake Relays champion last month, prevailed in the high jump with a mark of 6-4. Kevin Anderson (6-2) of Waco settled for a runner-up effort.
"I figured I had a chance of placing, but I didn't really know if I could win it," said Markert, whose previous best leap was 6-2. "Since I wasn't sure what to expect going in, I think the high jump (title) probably feels a little more special (than winning the long jump)."
After claiming a state victory in the 4x200 last spring in 1:31.96, the Cougar 4x200 clocked a 1:29.92 this time around en route to its fourth-ever state triumph in that event. Wapsie Valley (1:31.41) was next in line.
"It felt good to come back down (to Des Moines) and beat last year," said Dolder, who also ran the opening leg at state in 2012. "We knew Wapsie Valley was going to be tough, but Coach (Jeff Anliker) just said to come out and try to run our best, which is what we were able to do."
MNW's distance medley (Dolder, Fiedler, Markert and senior Brady Eischeid) took home bronze (3:41.27) , while the defending champion 4x100 (Moser, Dolder, Markert and Eischeid, 43.72) and 4x400 (Moser, Fiedler, Dolder and Eischeid, 3:25.79) were each first in the prelims.
Junior Hudson Spedding (400 hurdles, 16th, 58.63), freshman Jackson Johnson (high jump, 20th, 5-10) and senior Cole Rowen (400 hurdles, 23rd, 1:00.24) rounded out the Cougar lineup.
South Central Calhoun
Junior Jake Petzenhauser was fourth in the 2A 400 hurdles (54.64) for the Titans. South Hamilton's Triston Twedt (54.02) posted a victory.
Spencer Peterson, a junior, finished seventh for the Cowboys in the 2A 400 hurdles (55.91).
For the Indians, the distance medley of Dominic Johnson, Logan Jepsen. Jake Kopriva and Aaron Youngberg placed seventh (3:42.78) in 1A.
Boys competition starts this morning with the 800 at 10:30 a.m.
The distance medley (Aja Bell, Alanna Hill, Lexie Miller and Tiffany Christensen) was third (4:15.22) for the Eagles in 2A. DM Christian (4:11.53) collected gold.
Finishing fourth in 1A was the Golden Bear 4x200 (Taylor Frideres, Aisha Miller, Chelsi Lanus and Nicole Behr), which clocked a time of 1:49.71. Woodward-Granger (1:47.54) took home top honors.
Junior Jossie Sann was seventh for the Cowgirls in the 2A 400 hurdles (1:07.18), improving on her ninth-place showing from a year ago. Courtney Sowle (1:03.71) of Camanche earned a triumph.
East Sac County
For the Raiders, the distance medley (Jessica Pierce, Morgan Wollesen, Jaylynn Peters and Kathryn Drost) was seventh (4:19.09) in 2A after coming in 15th last spring.
Emma Saddoris, a sophomore, was eighth in the 3A long jump (16-5) for the Rams. Mount Pleasant's Leslie Taylor (18-0) led the way.
The sprint medley relay finals will kick off girls action this morning at 9 a.m.