Seven schools from the KCII listening area were part of the action in Class 1A over the weekend at the Iowa High School Track and Field Championships in Des Moines.

Top area team finish went to the Columbus Wildcats in 21st place with 12 team points. Scoring events for the Wildcats included Triston Miller third in the high jump clearing 6’4″, Kaden Amigon seventh in the long jump and 200. The 4×800 team of Isaac Acosta, Tyler Humiston, Damian and Freddy Vergara also finished seventh. Other Wildcat events included Amigon ninth in the 100, 15th for the 4×100 team of Jeff Hoback, Miller, Jon Miranda and Amigon, Miller 16th in the 110 hurdles, Hoback 21st in the 100 and Acosta 23rd in the 800.

The WACO boys sent seven events to Des Moines and were led by Simeon Reichenbach’s 11th place in the 110 hurdles in 15.53 seconds. Other events for the Warriors included Braden Spain 16th in the 400, Odee Shtefanchuk 16th in the discus, 17th for the shuttle hurdle team of Zach Schmitz, Isaac Oswald, Mason Miller and Reichenbach, 19th for Jonah Clark in the shot put and Spain and Miller competing in the high jump.

The Highland boys sent four events to state with Devin Lovetinsky posting highest finish at 13th in the shot put with a throw of 44’11.5″. Other events included Connor Grinstead 14th in the 200, 15th for the 4×200 team of Logan and Brenton Bonebrake, Tyler Thompson and Grinstead and 20th for the sprint medley team of Thompson, Tyler Hill, Grinstead and Logan Bonebrake.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys had three events at state with top finish for the Wolves coming from Cam Buffington in ninth in the long jump at 20’6.5″. Gabe Hemsworth was 12th in the 400 hurdles and the 4×100 team of Cole Milks, Buffington, Caleb Giese and Brenden Simmons was 22nd.

The Lone Tree boys sent the shuttle hurdle team of Ethan Willoz, Jader Barajas, Andrew Gauley and Cade Patterson who finished 21st.

The Highland girls scored six team points, top total among teams from the listening area, led by Sarah Burton’s third place finish in the long jump at 16’10.5″. Other top Highland events included Burton ninth in the 100, the 4×200 team of Grace Prybil, Burton, Katelyn Waters and Mackenzie McFarland 15th, McFarland 17th in the 100 and Jessica Kraus 18th in the discus.

Lone Tree and Winfield-Mt. Union each sent four events to the blue oval. The Lady Lions were led by Kasey Chown 16th in the high jump at 4’9″, along with Rylee Shield 19th in the 200 and 21st in the 400 and Vivian Zaruba 21st in the 800. For the Lady Wolves Jobey Malone was third in the shot put with a throw of 37’10.5″. Other events for WMU included 15th for the shuttle hurdle team of Morgan Grelk, Kayreanna Sharar, Josie Nelson and Keetyn Townsley, 22nd for the 4×100 team of Annabelle Loveless, Tessa Huston, Townsley and Aurey Meeker and 24th for Townsley in the 100.

The WACO Warriors had three events at state over the weekend with the 4×200 team of McKenzie Vradenburg, Halle Shelman, Amy Moran and Ellah Kissell 22nd in 1:53.60, the same team was 23rd in the 4×100 and Kissell competed in the high jump.

Hillcrest Academy’s Leah Bontrager wrapped up her career at the state meet, running a new school record time of 2:28.97 in the 800 to finish 14th, breaking the previous record set by Melinda Leichty in 1996. For the Sigourney Savages, they sent Reagan Clarahan to Des Moines who finished 24th in the 400 hurdles in 1:15.38.