MOORE GOLDEN FOR WC
DES MOINES — J.J. Moore knew he didn’t have his best on the opening day of the state track and field tournament.
But the Webster City thrower more than made up for it here on Friday.
Moore became the first Lynx athlete to win the Class 3A shot put title since Sam Lambert in 2005 with his throw of 59-05. That personal record came on the first attempt of the final flight.
Thursday, Moore placed 24th in the discus, getting just one of his three attempts in. He didn’t have that problem in the shot put, as all six landed and all six went at least 56 feet.
“I’m super excited, proud is a good word,” Moore said. “(Thursday) wasn’t a great day (in the discus), but I knew (Friday) was going to go a lot better. It happened, I proved it. I exceeded my expectations.
“It’s hard to describe, just knowing that you’re a state champ. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m happy, I’m excited and I want to keep throwing.”
Southeast Valley’s Kaleb Scott put a final stamp on his career, earning a medal in the 2A high jump. Scott, a Drake Relays medalist, finished sixth after clearing 6-foot-4.
Scott, who finished with a state runner-up performance, two appearances at the Drake Relays and two Twin Lakes Conference crowns, had to battle through injuries this year.
“It’s not the outcome that I wanted,” he said. “I jumped on a pulled hamstring this season and had a torn hip labrum last year. Overall, though, my track career has been incredible. I couldn’t have done this without my coaches and I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart, especially Coach (Jeffrey) Kruse, who came back for one more year to coach me and I think that is one of the best things ever.
“I also want to thank my parents because without them, I wouldn’t even be in track. Being a Jaguar the last four years has been one hell of a ride and I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in high jump and see where it will take me.”
Scott will attend Doane University in the fall and compete for the track program.
Southeast Valley’s 4×200 of Carl Berglund, Jace Hanson, Kolson Kruse and Tre Fisher placed 19th.
Emmetsburg’s Byron Maina was 12th in the high jump, Manson Northwest Webster’s Cael Collins was 14th in the 110 hurdle prelims, while Jayden Soard of South Central Calhoun finished 22nd in the discus.
Nevan Foss from Clarion-Goldfield/Dows was ninth in the high jump, while the 4×200 for the Cowboys was 18th and the 4×100 was 23rd. Jacob Ingebritson, Rigo Bobadilla, Foss and Aidan Harrington ran the 4×200, with Bobadilla, Connor State, Foss and Harrington the 4×100.
Pocahontas Area was 17th in the distance medley relay, as Chase Cook, Josiah DeYoung, Brandon Lenz and Jacob Gerdes competed. The 4×400 with the same quartet placed 12th in prelims.
Algona’s Jaxon Woodyard earned a medal, placing seventh in the 3A shot put with a throw of 51-06. Also in 3A, Humboldt’s distance medley relay of Corey Dettmann, Carson Berte, Caden Matson and Trevor Jacobson were 16th, while Ben Kuehnast was 23rd in the shot put.
From the 1A session of the day, Newell-Fonda’s distance medley relay of Wyatt Kreft, Trenton Struss, Jaron Vanderhoff and Bryan Brabec placed sixth in 3:40.93, while the 4×400 of Mason Dicks, Carter Sievers, Vanderhoff and Trey Jungers qualified for the finals in seventh at 3:32.04.
Dicks, Ryan Greenfield, Sievers and Jungers were 10th in the 4×200, and the 4×100 of Struss, Jungers, Greenfield and Kreft placed 11th in prelims.
Bishop Garrigan’s Collin Casey earned a medal in the high jump after clearing 6-0 to place eighth, while the distance medley relay of Cal Birkey, Caden Roethler, Justin Bauer and Quinn Swift was 11th.