IKM-M boys win 1A state qualifying meet title
GRISWOLD (May 10) -- The IKM-Manning boys earned a championship banner and the AHSTW girls placed second at Friday’s Class 1A State Qualifying Track Meet in Griswold.
Together, the two area schools combined to qualify 27 entries for the State Track and Field Championships in Des Moines later this week (May 16-18).
IKM-M ran away with the boys team title, scoring 145 points and qualifying for state in 10 events. The AHSTW boys came in seventh with 55 points and qualified four events (six entries) for state while Exira-EHK was ninth with 35 points but had zero state qualifiers.
The girls team race was a tight one and saw Nodaway Valley outscore AHSTW 112-105 for the banner. IKM-Manning was fourth with 66 and Exira-EHK was 12th with 18 points. Girls state qualifiers included seven events for the Lady Vikes - five of them ranked in the top 10 of 1A - and four events for the Wolves.
The Wolves earned six automatic state bids Friday night by winning the sprint medley, distance medley, 4x800 and 4x400 relays, as well gold medals for Grant Stracke in the discus and Parker Behrens in the 800.
IKM-M also qualified four events at-large for state, led by second-place efforts from Quentin Dreyer in the 3,200 and 1,600 and Lingle in the 400. Colten Brandt’s fourth-place time in the 110-meter hurdles also punched a state meet ticket.
Viking seniors Drake Partridge and Korbin Martin will both compete in four events at state following Friday’s performances.
Partridge won the 200-meter dash in 22.97 and placed second in the 100 (11.29) - both times ranking in the top six of 1A. Martin qualified the same events by placing second in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
The Viking quartet of Joey Cunningham, JJ Madsen, Martin and Partridge also qualified for state in both the 4x200 and 4x100 relays by winning both events. Martin and Partridge were both members of last year’s 2A champion 4x200.
The Lady Vikes secured four automatic state berths by winning the discus (Kinsey Scheffler), 800 (Ryann Portch), 400 hurdles (Holly Hoepner) and 4x400 relay (Hoepner, Talia Welsh, Kelsi Cornejo, Portch). Hoepner’s 400 hurdles time (1:06.38) was the top qualifier in 1A and Portch’s 800 time (2:25.43) ranks fourth.
Three second-place events also qualified for state: Portch in the 400 dash (59.76, fourth in 1A); Hoepner in the 100 hurdles (16.28, fifth); and the sprint medley relay (1:53.72, seventh).
Sophomore Alexa Ahrenholtz will compete in three events at state for the IKM-M girls, including the 100 dash (first place Friday) and the high jump (second place). Ahrenholtz also joined forces with Jodi Opperman, Lexi Branning and Gabrielle Cadwell to win the 4x200 relay in 1:52.34.
The Wolves’ 4x800 relay also qualified for state as Bianca Cadwell, Macie Doyel, McKenna Mullen and Emma Beermann placed second.
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