Big Wolverine group heads to state track

Alexis Jensen (left) and Taylor Kvale will represent Dike-New Hartford girls track and field in the 400-meter dash later this week in Des Moines. (Scott Bierle/Mid-America Publishing)

STATE CENTER –  Dike-New Hartford track and field will compete in a total of 18 events based on performances at the co-ed state-qualifying track and field meet at West Marshall High School last Friday.


The D-NH girls qualified in eight events, automatically qualifying as top-two finishers in State Center in seven of them.


On the boys' side, D-NH heads to state in 10 events with eight automatic qualifiers and good seed times to threaten for a top-3 trophy at the end of the week.


"The level of competition as we enter this part of the season keeps getting better and better," D-NH head coach Will Reingardt said. "More and more teams put things together, so we have to keep rising to the occasion."


D-NH boys qualifiers

High jump: Dane Fuller

400 hurdles: Grant Bixby

Long jump: Parker Kiewiet

110 high hurdles: Seth Eden

4x200: Cade Fuller, Bixby, Ryan Moore, Kiewiet

4x400: R. Moore, Derek Kinney, Bixby, Kiewiet

4x800: Conlee Lyons, Nathan Moore, Sawyer Loger, Kinney

Distance medley: D. Fuller, Drew Sonnenberg, Kinney, R. Moore

Shuttle hurdle: C. Fuller, Bixby, Ely Sohn, Eden

Sprint medley: Cade Bennett, C. Fuller, R. Moore, Kiewiet


TIME FOR BUSINESS: The D-NH girls are looking to score some points at the state meet, and they've got the times to make it happen.


Alexis Jensen won a district title in the 400-meter dash, Taylor Kvale won the 800-meter run and the 4x400 and sprint medley relays automatically qualified as district champs. Kvale added second-place finishes in the 400 and 400-meter hurdles and Eden Barrett was second in the 200, with the 4x200 relay also taking second. The 4x100 relay earned an at-large bid after finishing third in Friday's race in 53.02.


Jensen is seeded sixth in the 400-meter dash. Kvale is seeded seventh in the 800-meter run and third in the 400-meter hurdles. The 4x400 team heads into state with the third-best seed time in 2A.


Calmer weather opened the door for the girls to have an opportunity to lower times more, D-NH girls coach Rachael Cheeseman said.


"This group of girls have bought into the training program, trusted the process," Cheeseman said. "While a few may have been frustrated with their times at points this season, at this time of the season, times are dropping through their commitment."


D-NH girls qualifiers


200-meter dash: Eden Barrett

400: Alexis Jensen, Taylor Kvale

400 hurdles: Kvale

800: Kvale

4x100: Jensen, Jadyn Bennett, Alana Barrett, E. Barrett

4x200: A. Barrett, Margaret Nielsen, Bennett, E. Barrett

4x400: Addy Sohn, Bennett, Jensen, Kvale

Sprint medley: A. Barrett, Bennett, E. Barrett, Jensen


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