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Area high schools earn six automatic berths for state

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:33 a.m. CDT

VAN METER — At least 12 area female athletes are headed to the 2A girls state track meet next weekend.

Seven Collins-Maxwell/Baxter girls and five Colfax-Mingo girls placed first or second in their events Thursday night at the class 2A-District 8 regional meet at Van Meter High School. The top two placers in each event at regional meets earned an automatic berth in the state tournament field.

CMB claimed both automatic bids in the discus as Abbie Haupert recorded the longest throw at the regional meet with a mark of 115 feet, three inches. Teammate Mikayla Eslinger placed second with a throw of 110’11”.

CMB will send another athlete to state in the throws events thanks to Payge Jurgens’ second-place finish in the shot put (35’ 3 1/4”).

On the track, CMB’s 4x100-meter relay team of Maddy Poage, Toni Spencer, Bridget Hurley and Mackenzie Schmitz finished with an automatic state-qualifying time of 53.08 seconds.

Jessica Albright, Brianna Cooper, McKinzie Tjaden and Dakota Hostetter grabbed an automatic state berth in the distance medley for Colfax-Mingo, finishing first in 4:25.62.

They will be joined at state by at least one more teammate, first-year longer-jumper Aranda Woods, who also placed first in her event with a mark of 15’6 3/4”.

The girls state track meet is scheduled to begin May 22 at Drake Stadium.