Three area athletes earned individual state track championships at the 2014 Iowa High School Track and Field Championship Meet in May in Des Moines. Those three athletes were named to the Iowa Association of Track Coaches’ All-Elite track teams.
Newton junior Sarah Kalkhoff set a school record in winning the Class 4A discus state championship. She won the event with a throw of 140 feet, 11 inches. Kalkhoff earned the All-Elite honors and first-team Class 4A state honors.
Collins-Maxwell/Baxter senior Zach Samson defended his Class 2A title in the shot put with a winning throw of 56 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Samson was named to the boys’ All-Elite track team and garnered Class 2A state honors.
Lynnville-Sully senior Meliek Meyer captured the Class 1A 100-meter dash championship in 11.13 seconds on the blue track of Drake University. Meyer was named to the IATC boys’ All-Elite track team for 2014. Meyer earned Class 1A state honors in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash in which he was second (22.56).
Meyer along with seniors Bailee Samson and Caden Doll and sophomore Sage Ehresman received Class 1A all-state honors in the 4x100-meter relay. The foursome won the race in 43.92 seconds, a school record.
Meyer and Samson combined with seniors Brandon Dunsbergen and Payton Haack to take second in the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute, 32.0 seconds, which was a school record. The four seniors earned All-Class 1A state honors.
Meyer and Samson competed for Team Iowa in the 16th annual Midwest Senior Spotlight Meet, June 14, at St. Francis University in Joliet, Ill.
In Class 2A, CMB junior Bryce Kemp earned all-state honors in the 110-meter high hurdles. Kemp placed second in the event in 14.72 seconds.
Lynnville-Sully’s Mike Parkinson was named the boys’ Class 1A state meet coach of the year by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. CMB boys’ head coach Neil Seales earned IATC Class 2A at-large coaching honors.