Monticello's Melchert Repeats In 3200, Yeager Leads CP-U Relay

By Jeff Linder, Rob Gray and Scott Westerberg, Reporters

DES MOINES — Monticello's Michael Melchert smiled, fully understanding the motivational message behind the comment.

One of his coaches simply issued a gentle reminder before Thursday's Class 2A boys' state track meet at Drake Stadium.

History could be made in the 3,200 meter run — by Melchert.

“(He) always teases me because no one's ever doubled up individually at Monticello,” Melchert said. “So it's pretty nice to get that double.”

Nice and important.

Melchert ruled the 3,200 for the second year in a row, breaking a 2A meet record that stood since 1989.

Melchert surged as the crowd rose and cheered during a final lap that finished off a run of 9:17.69 — an effort that eclipsed the old standard of 9:20.42 set by Iowa Valley's Mark Hammons.

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DES MOINES — Josh Yeager can handle it.

Follow a fast 3,200 meters with a down-to-the-wire anchor leg? No problem.

In a back-and-forth duel with Pella ace Jordon Pingel, Yeager had the most down the stretch and led Center Point-Urbana to the Class 3A boys’ 3,200-meter relay championship at the state track meet Thursday afternoon at Drake Stadium.

“I just wanted to do this for my team,” Yeager said. “It’s the greatest feeling ever.”

Adam Millikin and Ryan Wilkin gave the Stormin’ Pointers a chance, then Michael Marshall moved them into contention. That left it up to Yeager.

CPU was clocked in 7:59.20, Pella in 8:02.02.

“I’m not one to celebrate,” said Yeager, who raised his arms in triumph as he crossed the finish line. “But I was happy for this group.”

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