Tri-County Times Sports Round-Up: Ballard, C-M Qualify for State Track in Eight Events

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Ballard's Mason Gatchel drives the ball from rough onto the 8th hole in the class 2A boys Sectional golf at Ballard Golf & Country Club Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Huxley, Iowa.

The PENDLETON — The track and field season for this year is coming to an end for schools in the Tri-County area. Earlier this year multiple athletes qualified for state in their respective events. On Friday, May 10, both the Central Pendleton and Ballard High School boys and girls track teams competed at the OSAA Class 5A State Track Meet.

Summing up the Season’s Successes

The boys team successfully brought home three state medals from Friday’s meet, with a gold medal in the 4×100-meter relay and two bronzes in the 4×200-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay. Meanwhile, the Ballard girls’ track team had a great day on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs earned a total of eight state medals, with four silver medals and four bronze medals.

Looking Ahead to Next Season

The Central Pendleton and Ballard High School boys and girls track teams each were able to qualify for the state meet in eight events. This season, the Ballard girls team had four runners make it to state in their individual events. The Central Pendleton boy’s team had two runners make it to state. In the relay events, both teams qualified for one state event each: * Central Pendleton 4×800 Relay (Brayden Summers, Tyler Shaw, Zachary Turner, Ethan Smith) * Ballard 4×400 Relay (Jenna Slattery, Makayla Phillips-Ngurekechiya, Alexis Melton, Kamiyah West)

Tri-County Athletes Qualifying for State in Eight Events

Central Pendleton and Ballard High School athletes qualified for state in eight events. This is a remarkable accomplishment for the two schools, especially when you consider that Central Pendleton’s boys team had nine total athletes participating and Ballard’s girls team had 12 total participants. At the state meet, junior Brianna Coggins took second place in the long jump event with a leap of 19 feet 2 inches. Senior Bailey Tatum took third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.02 seconds. Freshman Nathan Palmer took first place in the 300-meter hurdles event with a time of 38.97 seconds. Ballard’s boys’ track team enjoyed great success at the May 10 meet as well. The team qualified for state in four events: 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, and 1600-meter run. Sophomore Jameson Cox finished fourth in the 800-meters event with a time of 2:01 minutes and 55 seconds; sophomore Dylan Tucker finished fourth in the 1600 meters event with a time of 5:36 minutes and 17 seconds In addition to these individual successes, both Ballard’s boys’ and girls’ teams were able to qualify for state as well. Ballard’s boys’ team took third place overall at regionals while their girls’ team placed seventh overall at regionals this season.”

C-M Wrestling Qualifies for State

Central Pendleton and Ballard both qualified for state in eight of their respective events. Central Pendleton qualified for state in the following events: -100 meters (Miles Pritchard) -110 hurdles (Ryan Mullin) -400 meters (Bryce Craig) -400 meter hurdles (Ryan Mullin) -110 Hurdles (Dylan Smith) -800 meters (Trevor Webb) -1,600 meter relay (Trevor Webb, Bryce Craig, Dylan Smith, Miles Pritchard) -3200 meter relay (Ryan Mullin, Trevor Webb, Miles Pritchard, Ryan Mullin).

All-District Performers for 2017-18 Season

Central Pendleton had a strong year in track and field with many all-district performers. Dallin Anderson, Elijah Barr, Daniel Barnes, Connor Maupin, and Kylee Smith all qualified for state and placed in their events. “It is always exciting to watch the kids at State,” Central Pendleton head track coach Derrick Campbell said. “I am most excited about being able to see both of our boys relay teams make it this year.” The Titans boasted the fastest time in Class 5A during the 4×100 meter relay. Ballard’s Ashley Williams finished third place in the 100 meter hurdles final while teammate Alexis Vallejo took eighth place. In addition, Ballard’s Cierra Adkins advanced to state in the 200 meters after finishing first place in the district race. The PENDLETON — The track and field season for this year is coming to an end for schools in the Tri-County area. Earlier this year multiple athletes qualified for state in their respective events. On Friday, May 10, both the Central Pendleton and Ballard High School boys and girls track teams competed at the OSAA Class 5A State Track Meet.

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