Wildcats have top-half finishes at State

Chance Downs of Maquoketa Valley (front) starts his leg of the 4x400 relay after getting the handoff from Derek Becker May 18 at the state meet in Des Moines. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Samantha Wall gets started in the 200-meter dash finals May 19 at State. The race followed a two-hour storm delay.

Boys track

     Maquoketa Valley runners had several strong performances during the State Class 1A Boys Track and Field Meet May 17-19 at Drake University in Des Moines.

     Four Wildcat entries had finishes in the top half of the field in their events. They were led by Chance Downs, who ran eighth in the 800-meter run on Saturday.

     The boys’ 4x800 of Downs, Derek Becker, Brenden Hogan and Derek Mensen was ninth. Taking 11th place was the boys’ shuttle hurdle team of Brock Hillers, Derek Becker, Tiege Hunt and Chad Neuzil. And Chad Neuzil finished 12th in the 110 hurdle prelims on Friday.

     Other places for MV: Brock Hillers, 110 hurdles, 20th; 4x400 team of Becker, Downs, Hillers and Alex McCusker, 13th; 4x100 relay of Mitch Neuzel, Gianpaolo Pillon, Chad Neuzel and Daniel Hunter, 14th; Brendan Hogan in the 1600, 16th; and the 4x200 relay of Mitch Neuzil, Evan Hoefer, Hunter and Becker, 23rd.


Girls track

     Maquoketa Valley senior Samantha Wall competed in a pair of events at the State Class 1A Girls Track and Field Meet May 14-17 in Des Moines.

     Wall reached the finals in the 200-meter dash by running fifth in Thursday’s preliminaries with a time of 26.12 seconds, and ended up eighth in the finals.

     In the 100 dash prelims in Thursday, Wall finished ninth and missed qualifying for the finals by .01 of a second with her time of 12.91.

     Sophomore Lydia Helle competed in the shot put Thursday, and finished ninth overall with a top throw of 36-foot-3.5.


Girls golf

     Maquoketa Valley finished second and advanced to the regional finals during regional first round girls golf action at Little Bear in Wyoming May 14.

     “It was a great day for our program,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “To come away in second place and to have five girls score in the top 10 individually shows the improvement this team has made.”

     Edgewood-Colesburg was the team champion with a score of 417, and the Wildcats totaled 424.

     Kelly Winter shot 91 to lead the Wildcats, and was runner-up individually. Faith Hunt had a 104, Erika Supple totaled 113, and Chloe Roling finished with 116.



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