STATE CENTER — Colfax-Mingo’s boys’ track and field team scored only 22 points and finished 11th out of 12 teams at a Class 2A state qualifying meet on May 10 at West Marshall High School.
But the Tigerhawks came within an inch of sending four entries to the state meet.
Colfax-Mingo had just two top-three finishes and only four events scored points in all, but the Tigerhawks secured three at-large berths into the state meet.
Zarek Hill will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, Trinity Schroeder advanced to state in the 110 high hurdles and the duo teamed up with Brady Berkey and Colton Hernandez to secure a spot at state in the shuttle hurdle relay.
On the girls’ side, only Abbey McConeghey clinched an automatic berth, which went to the top two finishers of each event at every 2A site.
McConeghey finished second in the 3,000. Her teammate, Braedynn Rawlins, eventually earned an at-large berth in the shot put.
Colfax-Mingo’s 22 points on the boys’ side came from Hill in the 400 hurdles, Schroeder in the 110 high hurdles, the shuttle hurdle relay team and Berkey in the high jump.
Hill was third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.94 seconds. Berkey also took third in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 6 feet, but he was one inch shy of advancing despite being better than an auto qualifier from another site.
Hill, who fought through multiple injuries, will have the 20th best qualifying time for the state meet.
Schroeder was fourth in the 110 high hurdles but goes in as the 22nd best qualifier for state after running a time of 16.04.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Schroeder, Berkey, Hernandez and Hill ran a season-best time of 1 minute, 4.28 seconds. That time is 21st best heading into the state meet.
McConeghey’s automatic bid in the 3,000 came with a season-best time of 11:50.44. She was second in the event, and Ilia Hostetter took fifth in 12:38.44.
McConeghey has the 24th and final qualifying time for the state meet.
Rawlins had one of the toughest districts for girls’ shot put in the state. She was fourth overall but her throw of 38 feet, 5 3/4 inches is 13th best in 2A heading into the state meet.
McConeghey (5:45.65) and Hostetter (season-best 5:48) also were 4-5 in the 1,500.
Freshman Kyra Lester finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 99-1 and freshman Kylie Doty was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-8.
The Tigerhawk girls placed ninth in the12- team race with 46 points. Madrid won the girls’ team title with 108 points, followed by Dike-New Hartford (99) and West Marshall (89).
Roland-Story won the boys title with 118 points. Dike-New Hartford (114) was second followed by Madrid (113) and South Hamilton (91).
The state meet starts at 9 a.m. on May 16 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The rest of the Tigerhawk scoring events are as follows:
200-m: 8. Jordan Atwood, 29.88.
Long jump: 6. Atwood, 14-7 3/4.
4x200-m relay: 5. C-M (Atwood, Colbee Cunningham, Doty, Hostetter), 1:59.40.
4x800-m relay: 8. C-M (Chelsey Temple, Chelsey Atwood, Daytin Chadwick, Maggie Schroeder), 12:34.62.
Distance medley relay: 8. C-M (Jordan Atwood, Cunningham, Riley Carroll, McConeghey), 4:52.18.
Shuttle Hurdle relay: 8. C-M (Melany Vry, Jodine Woods, Lillie McKee, Chadwick), 1:31.40.