Kyler Palmer and Jacob Bonnet led off competitions June 24-25at Judson’s D.W. Rutledge Stadium in the two-day decathlon. In the 15-16-year-old division, Kyler placed third and Jacob fourth to qualify for Nationals July 26-27 at Drake University. The grueling multi-event involves gaining points in the 100 M. run, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 M. run, 110 M. hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500 M. run. Kyler pole vaulted a personal best at 10 feet, 4 inches during the decathlon.
In running events, the Top 8 times advance to Nationals. Theresa Bluhm ran a 2:45 in the 800 M. run, placing eighth to qualify, and she will compete July 28 in the 14-year-old girls division. Theresa also ran the 400 M. run and competed in the long jump during the Region 19 Qualifiers Meet.
The Top 5 in field events advance. Jacob also qualified individually in the javelin, earning a third place medal with a throw of 127 feet, 8 inches. The previous week during a practice meet he hit a personal best, throwing javelin over 136 feet. He will compete in it July 28 at the Des Moines National Meet and should contend.
Also medaling, Kinley Liska hit 74, 4 in the 13-year-old girls division of discus to win bronze and advance; she is set to compete in it Aug. 1. Kinley also placed fourth in the javelin to qualify for the July 28 National contest, and she achieved a personal best of 25 feet, 10 inches in shot put to win fifth and earn a slot for the July 30 National competition. Kinley advanced in all three events she participated in.
In the 12-year-old girls division, Anna Bonnet won fourth in turbo-javelin with a throw of just over 49 feet and fifth in discus with a throw of 44,3 to qualify for Nationals. She will compete in turbo-javelin on July 28 and discus July 29. Anna also threw shot at the Regional Qualifiers meet.
Dylan Nichols won fourth in the javelin with throw of 72, 8 to qualify in the 14-year-old boys division. His National competition is July 30. Dylan threw a personal best of 32, 5 in shot put, just one inch shy of tying for fifth place and advancing; he also made the finals in discus, throwing 93,4, at the Regional Qualifiers meet.
Joe Bishop organized and encouraged youth to come out for summer track practices that began May 27. Other participants included Kason Moczygemba, Madylin Moczygemba, Kaslyn Moczygemba, Trenton Janysek, Sydney Janysek, Kiera Robinson, Jaiden Robinson, Brooke Gisler, Kase Clark, Treyton Clark and Reagan Chesser.
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