Schnurr ready for state shot

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Jamison Heinz of Humboldt will compete in the state long jump.

DES MOINES — TJ Schnurr waited three years to claim a district track title.

The Bishop Garrigan senior secured his first championship last week, setting a school-record with a throw of 55-4.5 in the shot put.

“Qualifying for state my senior year is pretty awesome,” Schnurr said. “And winning districts was cool because Drake (Buscherfeld) finally graduated.”

Buscherfeld and Schnurr both finished in the Top-12 last year at state for the Golden Bears, who have again qualified two in the shot put with Alex Mammen joining Schnurr.

Joining Schnurr and Mammen will be John Meis (1600) and three relays for Bishop Garrigan which includes Brad Capesius, Tristan Ferguson, John Capesius, Sam Vaske and Joseph Meis.

Schnurr, who is headed to Morningside College to play basketball in the fall, is the top-ranked thrower in Class 1A entering Drake Stadium.

“Breaking the school-record was incredible,” Schnurr said. “And it gives me confidence heading into state knowing that I’m throwing my best right now.”

In 2A, South Central Calhoun has sights set on bringing back plenty of medals after qualifying 14 events — and contending for a team trophy.

“We’re really hoping to be in contention for a Top-3 finish, but obviously at the state level, the competition is really good so we’ll have to be at our very best,” SCC head coach Bryan Case said. “We have a great bunch of kids who want to do something special this weekend, but they also know it won’t be easy.

“The guys will have to remain focused and stay healthy for us to have a chance.”

Iowa State University-signee Chase McAlister leads the way, as he’ll run in the 800 and on three relays. Spencer Moon is qualified in the 800, 1600 and 3200 with Josh Van Hulzen (110 hurdles), Mason Merkley (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles) and Cole Corey (400 hurdles, high jump) joining them as individuals.

Josh Henkenius, Blake McAlister, Jared Birks and Ayden Toms are part of the relays that qualified along with the others.

“We’ve had a really good year,” Case said. “Winning the (Twin Lakes) Conference and district titles speaks for itself, but the work put in behind the scenes is what impresses me the most. The kids have bought in to the program and the process for which success occurs and they have worked for everything they have received.

“It’s been fun to see the growth and if we can stay focused, I think this could turn into a special weekend for the Titans.”

Algona’s Sammonte Bawden (100, 200), Wyatt Wegener (100, 200) and Trey Engen (1600, 3200) along with Humboldt’s Jamison Heinz (200, long jump) and Quinton Orr (1600, 3200) are among those qualified in two individual events in 3A.