The Center Point-Urbana High School girls’ and boys’ track team competed at the 2017 Iowa State Track Meet in Des Moines on May 18, 19 and 20. Twenty CPU athletes had strong performances over the course of three thrilling, grueling days at Drake Stadium. The girls team finished in 16th place overall with 14 points and the boys finished in 12th place overall with 24 points. Below are some notes and images recapping the three days in May contributed by Coach Marshall.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: The Shuttle Hurdle Team of Blake Lindsey, CJ Garnett, Jon Stuelke and Devin Smith opened the CPU state competition. While they did not qualify for the finals they finished in a time of 1:03.98.
4x800m Relay: The 4x800m team of Cameron Hasleiet, Maverick Gatrost, Jed Wyse, and Alex Wade ran 8:22.53, finishing 13th overall. The boys each ran personal best splits to combine for a season best time that beat all other conference schools but one, and they improved their seed time.
3000m: Adrianna Katcher finished in 2nd place in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:56.19. Adrianna had a tremendous race setting a personal and CPU school record. She finished in a time that beat the 3A state meet record, but in 2nd place less than 1 second behind the winner, running the 23rd fastest performances all time at the state meet.
400m: Madie Willson competed in the open 400-meter race finishing in a time of 1:05.66 in 23rd place.
400m: JoJo Frost successfully defended his title in class 3A, winning 1st place in a time of 49.07. In defending his title JoJo joined 12 others in the history of the state meet to go back-to-back.
Shot Put: Senior Lauren Willson competed in the shot put finishing 12th overall throwing 35-07.50
Distance Medley Relay: The girls distance medley relay team of Lauren Easton, LaMia Sisk, Katherine Daubs, and Adrianna Katcher ran a great race, finishing 13th overall with a time of 4:21.42.
400 hurdles: Devin Smith and JoJo Frost competed in the 400-meter hurdles. Devin finished 14th overall with a time of 57.01. JoJo initially was declared the winner of the 400 Hurdles but the 1st place title was later removed due to disqualification. CPU Coaches were told by the ISHSAA that he did not legally clear the 7th hurdle in route to a 52.85 1st place finish. Coaches attempted to protest the decision showing video and still pictures that showed that he legally cleared the 7th hurdle but the officials decision was final.
4 x 400 Preliminary: The 4 x 400 relay team of Blake Lindsey, Jon Karteus, Devin Smith, and JoJo Frost had an exciting finish in the preliminary race. They had the second fastest qualifying time coming out of prelims with a time of 3.23.91.
Sprint Medley Relay: The Sprint Medley team of Devin Smith, Blake Lindsey, Jon Karteus, and JoJo Frost finished 3rd in the sprint medley relay with a time of 1.34.98
800m Run: Adrianna Katcher competed in her third event at the state meet, running the 800 meter run, finishing in 10th place with a time of 2:22.28, setting a new school record.
800m Run: Alex Wade competed in his second event in the 800-meter run finishing 20th with a time of 2:05.95
1500m run: Adrianna Katcher competed in her fourth event at the state meet in the 1500m run. Adrianna finished 3rd with a personal and school record time of 4:43.56.
4 x 400: The CPU Boys 4 x 400-meter relay team finished in second place with a time of 3:23.62. Members of the relay were Blake Lindsey, Jon Karteus, Devin Smith, and JoJo Frost. CPU was in 6th place in the 4×400 when JoJo took the baton for the anchor leg.
Alternates: Noah Dierks, Haley Engen, Chloe Neighbor and Mitch Anderson served as alternates for the team. They warmed up for the all the events and were ready to perform in case they were needed.
Congratulations to all our track and field athletes on great gains made over the season. Our combined team roster is now at 70 athletes and continues to grow every year. Many students have learned the value of our program for their other sports, and enjoy competing and improving.
Also, congratulations to those that participated this weekend at the state track and field meet. The meet is a wonderful event. Even with the miserable weather, we saw and participated in amazing performances, some of which rank the best in the nation. CPU is very proud of our girls and boys track members, and especially proud of how our student athletes represented the school and community.
This post was contributed to by CPU Head Boys and Girls Track Coach Amy Marshall. Check out her webpage at https://sites.google.com/a/cpuschools.org/cpu-track-and-field/home or follow her on twitter @CPUTFXC.