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One-by-one, the announcer at Eddyville called the team standings over the loudspeaker. Starting at the bottom and working his way backward, he read off PCM in third place. Then the Mid-Prairie boys track team got quiet.
The announcer paused before reading off that the Pekin Panthers had placed second with 109.5 points. The Golden Hawks erupted with happiness.
After celebrating for a minute, the boys and girls teams celebrated their win with a combined victory lap.
“It goes to show the hard work that we put in during the off-season and in-season is paying off and coming to fruition,” Zach Pettit said. “We have an amazing team, amazing coaching staff and it’s all paying off here at the end.”
Pettit qualified in in the 1600, alongside Floyd Evans, with an exciting final 800 meters. Pettit sat in fourth place at the halfway point, and he said at that point he knew it was go-time.
“I believe that the third lap is the hardest lap, so I really wanted to cook it during that lap,” Pettit said.
By the time the race was heading into the final 100 meters, Pettit had built a comfortable cushion between second and third place. He ran a season best of 4:41.38.
Evans also qualified in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:26.73, and while that time was the 21st best run at qualifying meets, Evans still holds second fastest Class 2A time of the season at 9:45.49.
Terrhyn Jacoby made his way into the 100 meter dash field with a qualifying time of 11.49. He was the last at-large qualifier in the race.
Cary Schaefer ran fast 400 meter and 800 meter times, but had to wait until Friday to find out for sure. It’s rare that the top two times come from the same district meet, but Schaefer was part of a four-man group that took the top four spots in the 400 meter dash. Schaefer finished fourth with a time of 50.51. He finished third in the 800 meter run at Eddyville and turned in the sixth fastest 800 time in Class 2A.
Peyton Miller said that after a lackluster River Valley Conference performance, he was ready to show his best at the district meet.
“I knew coming over the last two hurdles is what would make the race. Whoever comes off that last hurdle the strongest is going to win the race, so I tried to do and it worked,” Miller said.
Miller had the third fastest qualifying time in Class 2A at 55.97 seconds. He avoided a wipeout from a hurdler in the lane next to him on the last hurdle.
“When you’re better trained and you know what you’re doing, you can ignore that stuff because it’s just going to happen,” Miller said.
Kyle Miller’s state qualifying day started off on the wrong foot. He twisted his ankle earlier that day, but was able to jump 6-feet 1-inch over the high-jump bar to take second place and qualify.
Quinn Schmidt received an at-large bid in the 400 meter dash and Marshal Teets turned in the 10th fastest 800 meter time to qualify.
Mid-Prairie was able to push through the sprint medley relay of Grant Boyse, Jacoby, Aidan Rath and Schaefer; the distance medley of Elmir Ganibegovic, Jacoby, Boyse and Evans; the 4x400 relay of Grant Boyse, Schaefer, Schmidt and Peyton Miller; and the 4x800 meter relay of Pettit, Teets, Schmidt and Miller.
With 14 total entries in the state meet, the Golden Hawks have a championship on the mind. With the potential for wins and top five finishes in many of those events, a good weekend for the Golden Hawks could bring home some hardware.
The boys Class 2A session kicks off at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday.
Team results: Mid-Prairie 121, Pekin 109.5, PCM 91, Mediapolis 80, Albia 73, Pella Christian 69.5, Centerville 67, Davis County 61, Columbus 29, Van Buren 16, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 14, Central Lee 10.
Results (place, name, result):
100 meter dash — 4, Terrhyn Jacoby, 11.49. 13, Josh Wallington, 12.30.
200 meter dash — 16, Jack Schlabaugh, 25.58. 17, Josh Slaubaugh, 25.85.
400 meter dash — 4, Cary Schaefer, 50.51. 5, Quinn Schmidt, 52.85.
800 meter run — 3, Cary Schaefer, 2:01.28. 4, Marshal Teets, 2:02.57.
1600 meter run — 1, Floyd Evans, 4:35.57. 2, Zach Pettit, 4:41.38.
3200 meter run — 1, Floyd Evans, 10:26.73. 8, David Fleming, 11:36.31.
110 meter hurdles — 14, Kyle Miller, 18.37.
400 meter hurdles — 1, Peyton Miller, 55.97. 5, Miles Burrows, 59.44.
4x100 meter relay — 3, Mid-Prairie (Grant Boyse, Terrhyn Jacoby, Aidan Rath, Elmir Ganibegovic), 45.89.
4x200 meter relay — 8, Mid-Prairie (Josh Slaubaugh, Josh Wallington, Caleb Thomas, Kyle Miller), 1:39.31.
4x400 meter relay — 2, Mid-Prairie (Grant Boyse, Cary Schaefer, Quinn Schmidt, Peyton Miller), 3:30.39.
4x800 meter relay — 2, Mid-Prairie (Zach Pettit, Marshal Teets, Quinn Schmidt, Peyton Miller), 8:11.40.
800 sprint medley — 2, Mid-Prairie (Grant Boyse, Terrhyn Jacoby, Aidan Rath, Cary Schaefer), 1:36.34.
1600 distance medley — 2, Mid-Prairie (Elmir Ganibegovic, Terrhyn Jacoby, Grant Boyse, Floyd Evans), 3:40.84.
Shuttle hurdle — 9, Mid-Prairie (Miles Burrows, Luke Albright, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Nonnenmann), 1:14.67.
High jump — 2, Kyle Miller, 6-01.
Long jump — 5, Kyle Miller, 18-08.25.
Shot put — 12, Jack Baker, 38-11.5. 15, Micah Gugel, 38-01.
Discus — 7, Micah Gugel, 127-09. Jack Baker, 119-00.