Following a weather postponement, the Wayne Falcons and Lady Falcons traveled to Leon May 10 to give their all in a battle at districts to advance to the Iowa High School Co-Ed State Track and Field Meet. At the end of the night they knew six of their own had secured a qualifying spot to compete on the blue oval this upcoming week.
The first qualifying event was the 800m-sprint medley relay where teammates Shayden Arnold, Dayton Jacobsen, Hunter Cobb and Chasen Kiefer went into the evening with the 3rd best time in the district. The boys kicked it in high gear and crossed the finish line in 1st place with a new personal best time of 1:38:73 just edging out Moravia at the finish line.
Jacobsen celebrated with teammates before making his way to the long jump where he entered the evening’s event sitting in the top spot after a back and forth battle all season long with an opponent from Central Decatur. Jacobsen proved why that number 1 spot belonged to him after leaping a new personal best of 21’7 for the top spot and a guaranteed entry to state.
Next up in competition would be Reese Brown in the 100m dash. Brown entered in the number 2 spot just behind a Lamoni competitor. Following two separate runners being disqualified at the beginning of the race, Brown ran her heart out straight to the number 1 spot to earn her first trip to state with a time of 13.25.
In the discus event, Emily Jones was the one to beat as she sat at the top of the list in the district. Jones held her own and secured her trip to state with her 1st place throw of 107’8.
In the boys 4x200m relay, the lineup of Arnold, Jacobsen, Cobb and Kiefer proved the sweet taste of victory left them wanting more. Entering the district meet in 2nd place just behind a team from Lamoni, the boys left it all on the track edging out their competition to take 1st. With a time of 1:34:52, they qualified for state in their 2nd relay of the evening.
During district meets, every 1st place winner earns the guaranteed trip to state. The next top 14 times and distances recorded around the state in Class 1A district action will also advance.
Once all results were recorded, the announcement came in Saturday morning Brown would be competing in 2 additional events at state. Placing 2nd in the long jump Friday evening with a jump of 16’1 and 2nd in the 200m dash with a time of 27.74, Brown will be busy at state competing in 3 events.
The state meet kicks off on Thursday, May 16 with Jacobsen in the long jump at 2 p.m. and Brown in the 200m dash preliminaries scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m. Brown will move to the long jump event at 4:30 p.m. and finish out the evening at 6:30 p.m. in the 100m dash preliminaries.
Jones will compete in the discus at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The 4x200m relay team of Arnold, Jacobsen, Cobb and Kiefer will be competing on Friday at 4 p.m. with their 800m-sprint medley team running at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.
All Iowa High School Co-Ed State Track and Field events will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.