Area boys go up against the best

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Jace Hanson of Southeast Valley competes in the 400 hurdles on Friday at state track in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengrernews.net

DES MOINES — Matt Condon’s season ended with the Manson Northwest Webster junior securing two more medals to bring home from the state track and field championships.

However, they weren’t quite what he was hoping for on Friday.

Condon finished eighth in both the Class 2A 400-meter hurdles and high jump after also taking eighth on Thursday in the long jump.

“I didn’t have the results I was hoping for in the long jump or high jump,” Condon said. “I had a tough week of preparation dealing with a poor-timed case of tonsilitis, and I think it affected me more than I realized.

“I did end up medaling in both and for that I’m really grateful.”

Condon clocked a personal record time of 55.46 in the hurdles and cleared 6-foot-1 before coming up just short of 6-3 in the high jump.

“In the 400 hurdles, I ran a personal best so I’m happy with my performance in that race,” Condon said. “I’m hoping to take the motivation from all of my events into next season and build on what I did this year.

“I want to thank my coaches for all their support this season. I’m looking forward to cheering my teammate, Alyssa Richman, on to a great finish Saturday so we could go 6-for-6 on the week as a team (with medals).”

Richman, who was second in the 3,000 on Thursday, runs in the 1,500. Kyla Egli claimed eighth earlier this week in the long jump.

Reigning champion Jaden Damiano of Iowa Falls-Alden defended his gold in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.03 while Ryan Little of Albia would claim the high jump title after clearing 6-9.


Elliot Carlson made the most of his chance to compete at Drake Stadium, as the Wildcat set new personal record with a leap of 21-1.5 in the 3A long jump.

The junior finished ninth overall, just missing out by a half-inch of claiming a medal.

The Humboldt distance medley relay of Keegan Groat, Carlson, Jackson Dodd and Mason Van Pelt finished 19th in 3:41.93, while the quartet of Dodd, Carlson, Mason Brown and Van Pelt also placed 19th in 3:30.43 in the 4×400.

Dodd, Carlson, Brown and Van Pelt set a new season best, as Brown was also 23rd in the 400 hurdles with a mark of 58.10.

Southeast Valley

Jace Hanson moved up five spots from a year ago in the 2A 400 hurdles, as the Jaguar senior placed ninth.

Hanson, who was 14th last season, clocked a time of 55.72 to set a new personal record in the event.

He also ran in the 110 hurdle prelims, finishing 23rd in 16.74.

Southeast Valley’s 4×100 relay of Dreyvon Steadman, Logan Jaeschke, Kayden Showers and Hanson clocked a season’s best of 44.30 for 17th.

Webster City

Jaxon Cherry finished off his incredible prep career with a 10th-place effort in the 3A shot put.

Cherry, a senior, had a throw of 52-2 on his first attempt after placing sixth in the discus on Thursday.

Webster City’s distance medley relay of Jayden Weinzetl, Keegan Histler, Luke Estlund and Justin Callahan was 21st in 3:44.78.

South Central Calhoun

After not bringing a qualifier to state last year, the Titan boys scored a medal on Friday.

Andrew Anderson placed sixth in the high jump, as the junior cleared 6-3 for a new personal record.

Zakiah Pettigrew was 21st in the 110 hurdle prelims at 16.16.


For the second straight day, Max Nevitt finished in the Top-15 in a 3A throwing event at state.

Nevitt was 12th in the shot put with a new PR throw of 51-5. On Thursday, he placed 14th in the discus.

The Bulldog 4×100 relay of William Weichert, Jack Limbaugh, Levi Walker and Evan Allie turned in a season-best time of 43.27 to finish 12th in the prelims, as the distance medley of Weichert, Ashton Moreno, Allie and Gavin Weber was 14th in 3:37.45.


For the second straight year, Byron Maina picked up a fourth place medal in the 2A high jump.

Maina cleared 6-3 for a season’s best, equaling his PR after easily going over at 5-11 and 6-1. Last year, he was fourth after clearing 6-1.

The 4×100 relay of Cameron Madden, Owen Householder, Tyce Jenness and Bronson Dietrich had a new season-best time of 44.15 to finish 14th.

Madden was 15th in the 110 hurdle prelims in 15.72, while the 4×200 relay of Householder, Bradyen Yates, Jenness and Dietrich finished 22nd in 1:33.28.

Greene County

Isaac Carman used a throw of 149-3 to finish out his junior season 10th in the 2A discus event for the Rams.

The 4×100 relay of Trey Schilling, Nathan Behne, Broc Stream and Nick Madsen had a seasons best time of 44.30 to place 18th in the prelims, while Schilling, Stream, Madsen and Drew Wolterman took 22nd in the distance medley in 3:42.49.


Mason Allen made another appearance at state, this time placing 13th in the 2A discus.

Allen, who had a best throw of 144-6, was sixth in the same event last year as a junior.

Bishop Garrigan

Amaury Thomas turned in a 14th place showing in the 1A discus with a throw of 140-10 for the Golden Bears.

Caden Roethler, Owen Murphy, Andrew Lichter and Justin Bauer were 14th in the 4×400 prelims in 3:33.10.

The 4×200 relay of Sam Plathe, Trayton Cink, Nick Leerar and Murphy went a season-best 1:35.24 in the prelims to finish 23rd overall.


Eli Roberts broke into the Top-20 in the 1A high jump, clearing 5-9. Teammate Max Carlson was 21st in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.29.

The 4×200 relay of Alex Peters, Ty Tauber, Roberts and Carlson finished 22nd in 1:34.51, which was their best of the year.

Peters, Tauber, Roberts and Carlson were 23rd in 46.12 for the 4×100.


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