State: Lasack is third in shot put; girls' relay sets record


Boys track

     Midland senior Luke Lasack earned a medal and six team points by placing third in the shot put at the State Class 1A Boys Track and Field Meet May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     Lasack needed a throw of 50-foot-1.5 on his third attempt to make the finals, and then topped that with a 51-2.5 throw to move up to third place.

     The shot put for Class 1A boys took place Thursday. Lasack came back on Friday compete in the discus event, and finished 19th with a throw of 126-foot 5. He was ninth in the state in both events a year ago.


Girls track

     Midland set a school record and had other strong performances at the State Class 1A Girls Track and Field Meet May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     The record came from the 4x400 relay team of Emma Dusanek, Ella Rupp, Ari Hacke and Drew Jensen; which finished ninth – one spot away from making the finals – with a time of 4 minutes, 12.69 seconds.

     “This was a very fun race to watch the girls compete in,” Midland coach Ryan Luensman said. “Overall we had solid splits throughout the entire team. They fought hard, but fell short by a very close margin.”

     Midland also had a ninth place finish from Jensen in the 400, in 1:00.66.

     “This was a good but bittersweet race for Drew,” Luensman said. “Drew competed hard and I know she left everything on the track. Top 10 in this event the past three seasons is a great accomplishment.”

     Midland ran in two other relays. The distance medley team of Rupp, Taylor Bahnsen, Dusanek and Kayla Folkers was 21st in 4:35.46; and the sprint medley team of Rupp, Hacke, Dusanek and Jensen was 23rd in 1:59.11.

     Dusanek ran 22nd in the 100 dash in 13.47 seconds.

     “Midland was well-represented, and it was due to this group’s consistent dedication and hard work throughout the year,” Luensman said. “Five years ago we didn’t think about the state meet, and now we are disappointed when we don’t get a state medal. That says a lot about the direction of our program and how far we have come.”


Boys golf

     Midland competed in the Class 1A district tournament May 15 at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, and finished 10th with a score of 413.

     Damon Huston led the Eagles with a 96, Carter Mohr shot 98, Sawyer Hansen had 109, Sebastian Kreel carded a 110, Carsen Rupp scored 111, and Peyton Rupp had a 112.

     The meet ended the season for the Eagles.


Girls golf

     The Midland girls golf season came to an end at the Class 1A regional first round tournament May 13 at Wapsi Oaks in Calamus.

     Midland shot 617 to finish seventh in the meet. Nicole Guenther led the way with a 140, D.J. Uppena shot 152, Kristina Agnitsch had a 154, and Dakota Tracy scored 171.

     Maquoketa Valley won the meet with a 418, and Durant shot 421 to finish second; both advanced to the May 20 regional final.




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