VAN METER — Bryce Kemp earned a chance to repeat as a state champion Thursday night.
The Collins-Maxwell/Baxter junior placed first in the 110 hurdles Thursday night at the class 2A-District 8 regional meet at Van Meter High School. His time of 14.53 seconds earned him an automatic bid in next weekend’s state meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Kemp was one of several Raider athletes earning an automatic state meet berths by placing first or second at the regional meet Thursday night. CMB claimed automatic qualifying bids in seven events for the state meet, five via first-place finishes.
Kemp also joined teamamtes Jordan Coughenour, Joey Nissen and Austin Moorman in taking first place in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:00.29.
Coughenour joined Kemp and Zach Samson in automatically qualifying for multiple events at state. Coughenour finished first in the 400-meter hurdles, doing so in 56.74.
Samson placed first in the shot put with a mark of 54 feet, nine inches and second in the discus with a throw of 141’1”. Teammate Patrick Girard is also headed to state in the shot put thanks to a second-place throw that traveled 50’7 1/2”.
CMB also finished 1-2 in the high jump. Kemp posted the best jump at 22’ 7 3/4” and Zach Huffaker was second with a jump of 21’9”.
The Raiders’ Mark Deutsch also qualified for state automatically, doing so in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:14.73. Deutsch placed second.