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DES MOINES — Noah Sams couldn’t help but peek.
The videoboard in the northeast corner of Drake Stadium told him just how much breathing room he had. That space was dwindling every few steps though.
Anamosa’s distance medley relay had a sizable lead heading into the last leg and Sams would be left to run his 800 alone. Then he saw Alec Still of KP-WC start to make a push.
Sams’ thoughts became singular. It helped propel the Raiders to a Class 2A boys DMR title in 3:33.00 Friday afternoon at the state track and field meet.
“I was just thinking, ‘We could be state champs’ the whole way,” Sams said. With 100 to go he pulled up next to me and I just started going faster. I wanted it so bad.”
Anamosa, which finished 10th in the event last year, was again anchored by Sams, who ran 1:55 for 800 meters. Junior Joe Fish, the third leg, said the relay laid a foundation during the regular season and set it up for redemption at state.
“My legs were kind of giving out, and I was scared that was going to happen,” Sams said. “Just being state champs with my teammates, the city, town, everything. It all goes through my mind.”
Dyersville Beckman’s Mark Brown dethroned the defending state champion, Treynor’s Brett Daley, in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 54.32 edged Daley, who clipped the second-to-last hurdle, by three hundredths of a second.
Daley led through the first 300 meters before Brown surged around the corner. Brown said he tried to narrow his focus down the homestretch and pull even within the last few hurdles.
“I was really nervous,” Brown said. “I never ran that kind of time against him.”
The Blazers also got a second-place finish from their 800-meter relay, clocking in at 1:31.491 and edging Anamosa by three thousandths of a second. Jesup’s Tyler Lienau was third in the discus, tossing 170-03.
STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 2A BOYS
Teams (through 10 events) — 1. KP-WC, 36; 2. Madrid, 27; 3. Dyersville Beckman, 20; 4. Albia, 20; 5. Kuemper Catholic, 20; 6. Anamosa, 19; 7. Mid-Prairie, 17; 8. Dike-New Hartford, 17; 9. Treynor, 16; 10. Northeast, 14
Results (top 3, plus area)
Discus — 1. Nick Phelps (KP-WC), 183-06; 2. Coy Kirkpatrick (Madrid), 172-10; 3. Tyler Lienau (Jesup), 170-03; 8. Levi Duwa (Mid-Prairie), 158-11
High jump — 1. Miles Rupiper (Kuemper Catholic), 6-06.00; 2. Grant Brouwer (Sibley-Ocheyedan), 6-04.00; 3. Caleb Cowles (Davis County, Bloomfield), J6-04.00; 7. Jackson Bennett (Dyersville Beckman), J6-02.00
DMR — 1. Anamosa (Cabrera, Martensen, Fish, Sams), 3:33.00; 2. KP-WC, 3:33.40; 3. East Sac County, 3:35.54; 7. Cascade, 3:39.76; 8. Mid-Prairie, 3:39.92
800 relay — 1. Albia (Leshen, Stringfellow, Sinnott, Clouse), 1:28.14; 2. Dyersville Beckman, 1:31.491; 3. Anamosa, 1:31.494; 8. North Cedar, 1:33.42
400 hurdles — 1. Mark Brown (Dyersville Beckman), 54.32; 2. Brett Daley (Treynor), 54.35; 3. Eli Barrett (Denver), 54.77; 5. Peyton Miller (Mid-Prairie), 55.77; 6. Mitchell Snitker (Waukon), 55.88
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