Twenty-Six Records Fall At State Track Meet
By Jeff Linder, The Gazette
DES MOINES — The Cascade girls needed a last-ditch, dramatic rally. The Monticello boys obliterated the field for the second straight year.
Solon's boys and North Linn's girls were somewhere in between.
The Gazette area crowned four team champions at the state track and field meet Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Monticello repeated as Class 2A boys' kings, scoring 92 points and winning by 47 in an outcome extremely similar to last year.
Solon captured the 3A boys' crown behind Connor Ham, who won two events (110 hurdles and 200) Saturday. Center Point-Urbana was second to give the Wamac Conference a 1-2 sweep.
Trailing by 22 points with three events remaining, Cascade got a third-place finish from Becca McDermott in the 1,500, then won the 400 relay and got second in the 1,600 relay to edge Hudson, 49-47, for its second 2A girls' title in three years.
North Linn rode its relay prowess, scoring in all seven of them and winning four on its way to the 1A girls' crown.
Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Kennedy finished second and third behind Waukee in the 4A boys' race while Cedar Rapids Jefferson's girls were fourth.
The curtain fell on Josh Evans' brilliant distance-running career, and he won the 800- and 1,600-meter races, giving the Linn-Mar star four titles for the weekend.
Other team champions were Pleasant Valley (4A girls), Davenport Assumption (3A girls) and Mount Ayr (1A boys).
Twenty-six meet records were broken throughout the three-day event, which was witnessed by more than 35,000 spectators.