Four silvers for area athletes

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Riley Bauer of North Union compete during class 1A boys 3200 meter run on Thursday at Drake Stadium

DES MOINES — Eleven Messenger-area athletes left Drake Stadium and the first day of state track with medals around their necks, including four with silvers.

Pocahontas Area’s Kenzie Sullivan was the Class 2A runner-up in the shot put, while Humboldt’s Kelsey Peters placed second in the 3A discus. Riley Bauer of North Union was the 1A silver medalist in the 3200 and Megan Durbin from Greene County earned second in the 3A high jump.

Sullivan, a Drake Relays runner-up earlier this year, had a throw of 39-9 on her second attempt to take the early lead. In the very next round, though, North Fayette Valley’s Marin Ehler had a toss of 42-4.25 to go on top and remain there.

“My best throw was my second and I knew it was going to be a good one as soon as I let go,” Sullivan said. “It’s so great to have a day like this and I am ready for the discus on Friday.”

For Sullivan, the event began with just a single idea on her mind — and it didn’t revolve around what color medal she would be receiving. The senior is headed to NCAA Div. II Wayne State College in the fall to continue her throwing career after qualifying for both the shot put and discus each of her four seasons with the Indians.

“I thought that the shot went extremely well,” Sullivan said. “My goal was to just make the finals, so I was pumped to be able to actually place that high.”

Peters vaulted herself up the final standings with a toss of 128-10 in her sixth and final attempt. Only Harlan’s Gillian Streit topped the Wildcat senior, as she had a throw of 137-3 on her first attempt of the meet.

Bauer, who captured state cross country gold in Fort Dodge this past fall, was unable to add the 3200 to his resume, finishing in a time of 9:26.85. The North Union junior was fifth in this event as a freshman and third a year ago.

Gable Sieperda of Central Lyon was the winner, setting a new state meet record with a blistering time of 9:15.30.

Durbin, a junior for Greene County, cleared 5-7, but North Polk’s Maria Gorham bested her by going over 5-8 for gold and a new state meet record in the process. Durbin was a state champion last year for the Rams.

In the 1A shot put, Caitlin Thilges of Bishop Garrigan finished fourth with a throw of 39-6.5, while Manson Northwest Webster’s Becca Krueger was fifth (39-2). Lawton-Bronson’s Jadin Wagner won the event (40-11.5).

Bryce Gidel, a freshman, picked up a fifth place medal in the 3A 3000-meter run for Humboldt, finishing in 10:29.30. Davenport Assumption’s Joy Ripslinger was the winner in 9:55.37, which also set a new meet record.

Southeast Valley senior Spencer Warehime claimed sixth place honors in the 2A 3200, clocking a time of 9:38.57. Ogden’s Andrew Stumbo was the winner in 9:28.37.

Jarika Eisentrager from Eagle Grove had a jump of 16-4.25 to place her seventh in the 2A long jump. Jaylynn Sharp of Davis County was the winner at 17-3.

Pocahontas Area’s Jill Vonnahme, a top finisher at state cross country this past fall, was eighth in the 2A 3000 (10:40.02). Both Anna Hostetler and Marie Hostetler of Mid-Prairie set new meet records, with Anna Hostetler winning in 9:47.52.

Shelby Loomis gave Emmetsburg a medal, placing eighth in the 2A 400-meter run. Loomis had a time of 1:00.32, as Lily Peterson from Alta/Aurelia won gold in 57.74.

Earning spots in the finals from the area were Samonte Bawden of Algona in the 200-meter dash, the South Central Calhoun boys in the shuttle hurdle relay and Allison Birks from SCC in the 200-meter dash.

The attendance for the day was announced at 13,442.