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A storm of Lightning Bolts to hit state track meet

Liberty qualifies 19 events in Class 4A qualifying meet
Ashlyn Keeney leads Kennedy’s Ella Popenhagen and fellow “Bolt” Camille Mac in the 3,000-meter run Friday, May 10, in a Class 4A state qualifying meet at City High. Keeney, a Drake Relays champion, won the 3,000-, 1,500-, and 800-meter runs to automatically qualify for all three events this week in the state coed meet in Des Moines. Mac finished third in the event and qualified for state on time. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY- Liberty High’s Class 4A track and field state qualifying meet was postponed by one day due to cold and windy conditions. Given the final results, one could say it was worth the wait as the Lighting (AKA: the Bolts) qualified 19 events for the 2019 state coed meet.
Ashlyn Keeney, who already is a Drake Relays champion as a freshman, qualified automatically by winning the 3,000-, 1,500- and 800-meter runs in 10:25.61, 4:50.57 and 2:15.39, and anchored the state-qualifying distance medley with Chaise Lange, Tayshauna McGee, and Carlie Schroeder. The foursome won in 4:13.11. Miranda Jones won the discus with a 119-10 throw.
Cami Mac and Taylor Cannon automatically qualified with their second-place finishes in the 1,500-meter run (Mac) and 100-meter hurdles (Cannon). Liberty’s girls also qualified the 800-meter sprint medley (Lange, McGee, Cannon, Devon Dunson), the shuttle hurdle relay (Elizabeth Davis, Gabbie Schroeder, Jada Murphy, Cannon), Dunson in the 400 dash, Izzy Woody in the 400-meter hurdles, the 4x100 relay (Murphy, McGee, Davis, Cannon), and the 4x400 relay (Dunson, Lange, Luyeye, Carlie Schroeder) based on times.
Drake Woody was an automatic qualifier when he won the 400-meter hurdles in 54.97 seconds. Woody also qualified automatically with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 50.92 seconds and anchored the automatically qualifying 4x400 relay with Kelby Telander, Bo Gryp, and Ben Houselog with a winning time of 3:27.27. Evan Chandler, Tayshaun McGee, Houselog and Gryp qualified by winning the distance medley in 3:39.12.
Other Liberty boys who qualified, on times, include the 800-meter sprint medley (Chandler, Houselog, Telander, Woody) the 4x800 relay (Jack Kinzer, Ethan O’Donnell, Gryp, Tyler Lambert), Telander in the 400 dash, and Jaquel Davis in the long jump. The state meet begins on Thursday, May 16, and runs through Saturday, May 18, at Drake University in Des Moines.

Class 4A State Qualifying Track Meet results for Liberty High School
“Q” indicates State Qualifier
800-meter sprint medley — 4, Liberty (Evan Chandler, Ben Houselog, Kelby Telander, Drake Woody), 1:36.05Q.
3,200-meter run — 9, Peter Woodward, 10:22.61. 11, Caleb Schillinger, 10:31.36.
4x800-meter relay — 6, Liberty (Jack Kinzer, Ethan O’Donnell, Bo Gryp, Tyler Lambert), 8:21.95Q.
4x110-meter shuttle hurdle — 6, Liberty (Daqwan Sanders, Ryan Sartain, DeJuan Smith, Darius Willis-Newell), 1:08.38.
100-meter dash — 12, Kaleb Williams, 11.93. 13, Dominic Ehrman, 12.03.
Distance medley — 1, Liberty (Chandler, Tayshaun McGee, Houselog, Gryp), 3:39.12Q.
400-meter dash — 2, Woody, 50.92Q. 5, Telander, 52.53Q.
4x200-meter relay — 8, Liberty (Jacob Adam, Ehrman, JaQuel Davis, Williams), 1:36.64.
110-meter hurdles — 8, Sartain, 16.33. 11, Sanders, 16.94.
800-meter run — 11, Ryan Nugent, 2:07.34. 13, Tyler Lambert, 2:07.96.
200-meter dash — 5, McGee, 23.46. 8, Davis, 24.00.
400-meter hurdles — 1, Woody, 54.97Q. 10, Smith, 1:01.93.
1,600-meter run — 9, Kinzer, 4:46.04. 10, Dylan Schmidt, 4:46.42.
4x100-meter relay — 5, Liberty (Williams, Davis, McGee, Chandler) 44.84.
4x400-meter relay — 1, Liberty (Telander, Gryp, Houselog, Woody), 3:27.27Q.
Long jump — 3, Davis, 21-02 3/4 Q. 12, Williams, 18-08 1/4.
Discus — 11, Damion Wilson, 119-08. 13, Henry Lucy, 98-10.
Shot put — 9, Sam Nicklaus, 41-05. 10, Harrison Voigt, 41-02 1/2.
800-meter sprint medley — 3, Liberty (Chaise Lange, Tayshauna McGee, Taylor Cannon, Devon Dunson), 1:52.11Q.
3,000-meter run — 1, Ashlyn Keeney, 10:25.61Q. 3, Camille Mac, 10:41.96Q.
4x800-meter relay — 5, Liberty (Anna Reese, Isabelle Woody, McKenzie Logan, Mac), 10:08.08.
4x100-meter shuttle hurdle — 3, Liberty (Elizabeth Davis, Gabbie Schroeder, Jada Murphy, Cannon), 1:06.66Q.
100-meter dash — 10, Dazzia Caston-Gonzalez, 13.98. 11, Sam McPherson, 14.02.
Distance medley — 1, Liberty (Lange, McGee, Carlie Schroeder, Keeney), 4:13.11Q.
400-meter dash — 5, Dunson, 1:01.30Q. 12, Lily Nicknish, 1:07.85.
4x200-meter relay — 6, Liberty (Christella Luyeye, Davis, G. Schroeder, Caston-Gonzalez), 1:53.75.
100-meter hurdles — 2, Cannon, 14.59Q. 7, Murphy, 16.64.
800-meter run — 1, Keeney, 2:15.39Q. 6, Logan, 2:26.76Q.
200-meter dash — 9, McPherson, 29.13. 11, G. Schroeder, 29.79.
400-meter hurdles — 6, Woody, 1:10.16Q. 9, Elizatbeth Jaeger, 1:13.57.
1,500-meter run — 1, Keeney, 4:50.57Q. 2, Mac, 4:52.89Q.
4x100-meter relay — 3, Liberty (Murphy, McGee, Davis, Cannon), 51.34Q.
4x400-meter relay — 4, Liberty (Dunson, Lange, Luyeye, C. Schroeder), 4:13.98Q.
High jump — 5, Jaeger, 4-08.
Long jump — 10, ShuShu Chalkley, 13-11 1/4.
Discus — 1, Miranda Jones, 119-10Q. 5, Darya Acas, 102-06.
Shot put — 8, Neshy Byrd, 30-11 1/4. 10, Acas, 27-10 1/2.