Girls qualify three entries; boys' Lasack makes State


Girls track

     Midland will be represented by three entries in the State Class 1A Girls Track and Field Meet, thanks to their performances in the State Qualifying Meet held May 10 at Edgewood-Colesburg.

     The 4x400 team of Emma Dusanek, Ella Rupp, Ari Hacke and Drew Jensen not only qualified for State with a time of 4:17.84 it broke a Midland school record that had stood since 1969, or 49 years (4:18.1).

     “This record has stood since the beginning of Midland girls track and field history, so it was a fun accomplishment for the program and the girls,” Midland coach Ryan Luensman said. “This group keeps getting faster each time we run the 4x400.”

     Qualifying individually were Jensen and Dusanek, both in the 400-meter dash. Jensen was the champion at the meet.

     “It was a solid day of running for the girls,” Luensman said. “I thought we could get a few more events in, and we were really close, especially in the 100 and sprint medley. I was proud of the girls and how they competed throughout the night.”

     Luensman noted that the sprint medley’s time would have qualified in Class 2A, but didn’t in 1A.

     “We had many personal bests throughout the night,” the coach added. “Kayla Folkers really started showing her potential at the end of the season.”

     The state meet is May 17-19 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.


Boys track

     Midland junior Luke Lasack qualified for the state meet in both throwing events at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet May 10 at Edgewood-Colesburg.

     Lasack qualified in the shot put, where he will enter the state meet ranked second; and in the discus.

     The state meet will be May 17-19 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     Earlier, Midland scored 18 points and finished 11th as a team in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet May 7 in Central City.

     Lasack accounted for all of the team points. He was conference champion in the shot put with a personal record throw of 48-foot-6, and took second in the discus at 139-0, another PR.

     “Luke came into the night with a sore shoulder, but that didn’t stop him from having one of his best nights of the season,” Midland coach Eric Smith said.

     Eagle 1,600-meter runners Ryan Wariner and Owen Doll also had PRs. Coach Smith also praised the performances of Hunter Rushford in the 200, Kole Michaud in the 100 and Trevor Gudenkauf in the long jump.



     Midland has entered into the postseason for golf, with the Eagle boys competing in the sectional tournament, and the girls playing in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet.

     The boys hosted the Class 1A sectional meet May 11 at Little Bear, and advanced to districts by placing second with a score of 384. Carsen Rupp led Midland with a score of 88, tying for medalist runner-up honors. Peyton Rupp shot 97, Ethan Orr had 99, while Carter Mohr and Sawyer Hansen each shot 100. Sebastian Kreel added a 101.

     Calamus-Wheatland was the sectional champion with 381, Midland was second with 384, and Lisbon took third with 387. All three will play in the district tournament May 17 at Pleasant Valley in Iowa City.

     Midland’s girls competed in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet May 7 at Pin Oak in Manchester.

     The Eagles finished 11th as a team, shooting 532. Leading the team was Nicole Guenther with a 119. Anna Roseland carded a 122, and Shianne Rockwell added a 147.

     Earlier, at Kernoustie in Mount Vernon May 7, Midland competed in a boys’ meet and finished third with 206. Bellevue Marquette won with a 187, and Lisbon took second with 188.

     Carter Mohr and Sawyer Hansen had the top Midland scores, each with a 49. Ethan Orr shot 53, and Carson Rupp had a 55.

     The Eagle boys turned the tables on May 8, winning a home triangular meet at Little Bear. Midland shot 182, Lisbon was second with 186, and Easton Valley totaled 190.

     Leading the Eagles was Mohr, who was meet medalist with a 40. Peyton Rupp shot a 46, Carson Rupp had a 47, and Orr scored 49.

     Midland’s girls finished third in their division with 271, behind Lisbon (216) and Easton Valley (227). Anna Roseland had the low Eagle score with a 53, followed by Nicole Guenther with 66.



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