2024 Iowa High School COED State Track & Field Championships
Thru 3pm May 16 • Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa

Weather: 9 am 64 degrees, winds from northwest at 6 mph.Temperature reached high of 74 degrees at 2 pm with wind from northwest @ 9mph

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first report for Thursday's opening session of the Iowa High School COED State Track & Field Championships from Drake Stadium—courtesy of Chuck Schoffner.

Team scoring is complete through five events for Class 2A & 3A....the session for Class 1A & 4A began at 2 pm and won't be completed until 8:30 pm

Girls Class 2A team scoring

  1. Tipton 17
  2. Van Meter 15
  3. Estherville-LC  14
    Albia  14
  4. Aplington -Parkersburg 10
    Hinton 10
    West Lyon,Inwood 10
    Pella Christian  10
  5. Manson, Northwest Webster 9
    Emmetsburg  9

Girls Class 3A  Team Scoring
1.Mount Vernon 20
2. Gilbert 18
3. Pella  16
4. ADM, Adel 13
5. Charles City  12
6. Clear Lake  11
7. Hampton-Dumont 10
8. Knoxville  8
     Dubuque Wahlert  8
     Sioux Center 8

Girls Class 3A team scoring

Class 3A 100 – 12.07,  Jessica Kyne, Des Moines Hoover (prelims). Old record 12.08, Keaton Kester, ADM, 2017.

Noelle Steines, Tipton, won the Class 2A 3000 after winning two straight titles in Class 1A.

Charlee Morton, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, won the Class 3A discus for the second straight year.

Jana Ter Wee, West Lyon, won the Class 2A shot put for the second straight year.

Van Meter won the Class 2A 4x800 relay for the fourth straight year.

Gilbert won the Class 3A 4x800 relay for the second straight year.

London Warmuth, ADM, won the Class 3A high jump for the second straight year.

Reese Brownlee, Clear Lake, won the Class 3A 400 for the second straight year.

Steines Stymies Hostetler Run
The Hostetler reign in the Class 2A 3000 is over. Tipton’s Noelle Steines, the Class 1A champion at Calamus-Wheatland the last two years, raced to the front early and pulled away over the final three laps to win in 10:08.85, ending a run of six straight titles by the Hostetler sisters of Mid-Prairie. The last of those sisters, Danielle, had been seeking her fourth title in the event but dropped back at the end and finished sixth. Anna Hostetler won the race in 2016 and ’17 and Marie followed suit in 2018 and ’19 before Danielle started her run as a freshman in 2021. There was no state meet in 2020. Alyssa Richman of Manson-Northwest Webster finished second in today’s race in 10:20.05 and Albia’s McKenna Montgomery took third in 10:21.17.

Pella Runner Leads Young Trio At The Finish
Youth prevailed at the front in the Class 3A 3000. Sophomore Marissa Ferebee of Pella led all the way and won handily in 9:54.27, just the second athlete from her school to win a running event. Pella’s Emily Vos won the 3A 200 in 2018. Freshman Emee Dani of Gilbertedged Maquoketa sophomore Isabelle Hardin for third, Dani running 10:11.51 and Hardin 10:11.94.

Morton Continues to Salt Away Championships
Charlee Morton of Hampton-Dumont/CAL
 continued her domination in the Class 3A throws. Morton threw 140-9 to win the 3A discus for the second straight year and will defend her shot put title on Friday. Morton has won both events at the Drake Relays each of the past two years.

The Heaters From Van Meter
No matter the runners, Van Meter is hard to beat in the 4x800 relay. The Bulldogs won the event for the fourth straight year, taking control of the race during the second leg and finishing in 9:30.22. Leadoff runner Brooklyn Fryar, a senior, has run on the last three championship quartets. She was followed by freshman Laura Streck, who finished fourth in the 3000 an hour earlier; sophomore Lizzy McCann and junior Emma McCoy, who ran on last year’s team. Unity Christian finished second in 9:34.88 and Tipton was third in 9:39.01.

Can’t Hold These Tigers
With all four runners back from last year’s championship team, you’d think Gilbert could repeat its title in the Class 3A 4x800 relay. The Tigers did just that, running 9:19.36 to win the event for the fifth time overall. Sioux Center anchor Kolby Oldenkamp challenged Gilbert’s Sarah Feddersen for the first 200 meters of their carry before Feddersen pulled away. Sioux Center finished second in 9:23.98 and Pella, with 3000 champion Marissa Ferebee on the anchor, got third in 9:31.84. Clare Stahr led off for Gilbert and was followed by Sophia Bleich, Keira Andersen and Feddersen.

A Victory For Vos In the 400
Pella Christian sophomore Bailey Voss
 moved up from last year’s second-place finish to win the Class 2A 400. Vos ran 57.08 to become the first athlete from her school to win a running event since Lana VandeKamp captured titles in the 800 and 1500 in 1980.  Jaselyn Anderson of Estherville-Lincoln Central was second in 57.84 and Jacy Johnston of Osage took third in 58.03.

Brownlee Does It Again In The 400
Make it another gold for Reese Brownlee. The Clear Lake junior won the Class 3A 400 for the second straight year after winning the 400 hurdles and long jump at the Drake Relays last month. Brownlee ran 55.56 to easily hold off Wahlert Catholic’s Rylee Steffen. That puts Brownlee at No. 20 on the state’s all-time list. Steffen ran 56.52 to medal in the event for the fourth time and for the 13th time in as many events at state. Brownlee also won the long jump in 2022. She’ll go for her second title in that event on Friday.