Shelly, Schreier strong
Gael junior fourth in 400; Dodger sprinter reaches 100 finals
DES MOINES — Charlie Shelly grabbed his second medal in the 400 here Thursday night right before the state meet was called due to weather.
Shelly, a St. Edmond junior, finished fourth in a time of 50.09 to better his fifth place performance from a season ago.
Both Fort Dodge’s Tyler Schreier and Gael Kase Baker advanced to the finals of the Class 4A 100-meter dash and 1A 200-meter dash.
The meet was delayed following inclement weather with the 4A 400 and 1A and 4A girls shuttle hurdle relay prelims to go.
Shelly ran in the third and final heat, crossing the line behind the Top-3 finishers including champion Tyson Vander Linden of Lynnville-Sully.
“I was actually grateful that I was one of the races before the delay,” Shelly said. “Coming into the meet, I am just blessed to get to run at Drake another year. I was really looking forward to this race after placing last year and I wanted to see what I could do.
“I was just planning on putting my best self out there and I’m happy with what I did. But above all, I am truly blessed to get to run at Drake and represent my school.”
Baker clocked a time of 23.08 for the seventh-fastest 200 time in 1A. He was third in the final heat behind Grundy Center’s Will Grames and Calamus-Wheatland’s Raymond Venditti, who had the top times.
“It means a lot to make the finals as a sophomore,” Baker said. “I hope I can just keep working hard to get my time down. It’s really cool to make it down here and run on the blue oval.
“It’s been a blast already and it’s only the beginning.”
Abby Landwehr began her senior state track meet by placing 11th in the 3000 (11:52.59) and came right back shortly after to help the SEHS 4×800 finish 10th in 10:27.44.
Caroline Shelly, Emma Alstott and Aubrey Bemrich completed the relay for the Gaels. Shelly and Alstott are both freshmen, while Bemrich is a sophomore who ran at state last year.
“We’ve got a lot of young girls on the team who will only get better as the years go on,” Landwehr said. “I just hope if there’s one thing I can teach them it would be to put your absolute all into whatever you’re doing day in and day out. Do what others aren’t doing even on days it’s tough.
“To be great at something is uncommon, so in order to become great, you have to do the uncommon.”
Schreier posted the sixth-fastest 100 time at 10.99, placing third in the second heat. That session included Urbandale’s Harrison Waylee, who had the quickest time at 10.75.
“It’s kind of crazy,” Schreier said. “I wasn’t expecting to make it to the finals. It’s awesome, though, because not only did I qualify, I broke 11 seconds and that’s what I was aiming for all season.
“It was a great race. I got out well and I maintained my speed the whole race.”
Fort Dodge’s shuttle hurdle relay finished 12th in prelims, placing second in its heat in 1:01.87. Trey Kasperbauer, Anthony Wagner, Asle Thorson and Lucas Williamson comprised the quartet.