A slowly rising track and field program reached a crescendo over the weekend.
Sparked by an array of events, the West Central Valley Wildcats staked their claim among Iowa’s elite at the annual state track and field meet in Des Moines.
West CentralValley’s Louden Foster was the stand out, claiming a 10th place finish in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10:04.42. while Garner-Hayfield/Ventura’s Reece Smith shattered the state record, capturing victory in 9:11.33. The previous best was set by Monticello’s Michael Melchert back in 2014, running to a time of 9:17.69. West Central Valley’s Cole Arnburg just missed out on the medal stand in the 2A boys’ 200-meter dash, finishing ninth with a time of 23.08. North Linn’s Jake Hilmer ran the eighth fastest preliminary time at 23.08.
West Central Valley’s Jon Kalbach finished 17th in the 2A discus competition with a top throw of 125.
West Central Valley’s sprint medley relay Brice Sechrist, Kade Kunkle, Cole Arnburg and Carson Wadle finished 22nd with a time of 1:38.39.
North Fayette Valley won the state title, capturing victory in an intense battle to the finish, edging Dike-New Hartford by three-thousandths of a second (1:35.23).
West Central Valley’s Suzanne Shoemaker came home with four state medals last weekend, as she snagged a silver medal in the wheelchair shot put with a top throw of 9-05.75, fourth in the wheelchair 200-meter run (1:27.55), fifth in the 100-meter wheelchair run (42.16) and fourth in the 400-meter wheelchair (2:55.73).