Western Iowa track athletes on Saturday learned if they made the cut for one of the nation’s premier track and field gatherings.
The Drake Relays released its list of prep qualifiers for the 110th running of “America’s Athletic Classic,’’ which begins a three-day run for high school athletes on Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Organizers have put together another star-studded field with numerous Olympians and world champions.
Of the 19 events in a conventional high school track meet, 17 girls and boys events will be contested at Drake. The exceptions are the 200 meters for both, along with the boys sprint medley relay and the girls distance medley relay.
Western Iowa athletes have turned in 18 performances that rank in the top five in their respective events, including 13 on the girls’ side.
Glenwood senior Janette Schraft has four top-five entries. She’s first in the 400 hurdles (1:04.83), third in the 800 (2:14.95) and 1,500 (4:45.81) and fourth in the 3,000 (10:19.74).
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln senior Darby Thomas has three top-five qualifying efforts. She’s second in the 100 (12.03) and 100 hurdles (14.71), and third in the long jump (18-4¼).
Other girls performances ranking third entering the event include Sioux City East’s Laken Gardner in the 100 hurdles, Bedford’s Emma Lucas in the 3,000 and Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Lauren Payne in the shot put.
Sioux City West’s Holly Duax (100) and Glenwood’s sprint medley relay are ranked fourth, while Sioux City Heelan’s Madison Jochum has the fifth-fastest entry in the 400.
Western Iowa boys have the top season-long performances in two events, with Lewis Central junior Logan Jones in the discus (176-7) and Sioux City East senior Ardell Inlay in the 100 (10.74).
Other WI boys top-five entries include Atlantic’s Chase Mullenix (third in the 800), Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Jorma Schwedler (fourth in the 400) and Lewis Central’s Jones (fifth in the shot put).
Here’s the complete list of western Iowa qualifiers:
100: Ardell Inlay, Sioux City East; Amos Rasmussen, IKM-Manning; Josh Heather, West Monona; Jorma Schwedler, Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
400: Chase Mullenix, Atlantic; Brayden Wollan, Underwood; Sam Rallis, CB St. Albert; Jorma Schwedler, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Zade Niklasen, Atlantic.
800: Craig Alan Becker, Atlantic; Chase Mullenix, Atlantic; Dylan Blake, MVAOCOU.
1,600: Jerry Jorgenson, Treynor.
3,200: Jerry Jorgenson, Treynor.
110 high hurdles: Max Murphy, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Ethan Bernard, CB St. Albert.
High jump: Jack Tiarks, Treynor.
Long jump: Kyle Berg, Carroll Kuemper; Ardell Inlay, Sioux City East; Michael Erlmeier, Harlan.
Discus: Logan Jones, CB Lewis Central; Derec Weyer, Harlan.
Shot put: Blake Wiederhold, Sioux City East; Kobe Clayborne, Sioux City Heelan; Logan Jones, CB Lewis Central.
400 relay: Sioux City East; Sioux City Heelan; Sergeant Bluff-Luton; OA-BCIG; Glenwood; CB St. Albert; Sioux City North; West Monona.
800 relay: Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Sioux City East.
1,600 relay: Sergeant Bluff-Luton; CB St. Albert; Harlan; Atlantic.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Distance medley relay: Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Atlantic.
100: Anna Winterrowd, OA-BCIG; Holly Duax, Sioux City West; Darby Thomas, CB Abraham Lincoln; Caitlyn Jones, CB Thomas Jefferson.
400: Madison Jochum, Sioux City Heelan.
800: Amber Aesoph, Sioux City Heelan; Janette Schraft, Glenwood; Kaia Downs, Sioux City East.
1,500: Emma Lucas, Bedford; Amber Aesoph, Sioux City Heelan; Janette Schraft, Glenwood.
3,000: Emma Lucas, Bedford; Janette Schraft, Glenwood.
100 hurdles: Laken Gardner, Sioux City East; Elle Scarborough, Glenwood; Darby Thomas, CB Abraham Lincoln.
400 hurdles: Janette Schraft, Glenwood.
High jump: Sydney Durbin, OA-BCIG; Coryl Matheny, Glenwood.
Long jump: Darby Thomas, CB Abraham Lincoln.
Discus: Elle Scarborough, Glenwood; Nicole Jacobson, Sioux City Heelan; Lauren Payne, CB Lewis Central; Kelsey Fields, Creston; Logan Hughes, Shenandoah; Kelsey Onken, Carroll.
Shot put: Kelsey Fields, Creston; Hope Wagner, Sioux City West; Logan Hughes, Shenandoah; Lauren Payne, CB Lewis Central; Sydney Biermann, Glenwood.
400 relay: Sioux City West; Sioux City East; CB Abraham Lincoln; Treynor; OABCIG; Nodaway Valley; Glenwood; Harlan; CB Lewis Central; CB Thomas Jefferson; Denison-Schleswig; Carroll; Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
800 relay: CB Abraham Lincoln; Glenwood; Sioux City East.
1,600 relay: Treynor; Atlantic; Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Sioux City Heelan.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Glenwood.
Sprint medley relay: Sioux City East; Glenwood.