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DES MOINES — Linn County, county of champions.
Five Class 3A boys’ events were contested at the opening day of the state track and field meet Thursday at Drake Stadium. Marion and Mount Vernon won two apiece, Center Point-Urbana one.
The only drama surrounding Tristan Wirfs’ path to the discus title was whether he would throw at all. The Mount Vernon senior and future Iowa Hawkeye sprained his right ankle during last week’s district meet.
“I rolled it pretty bad,” Wirfs said.
That happened during the discus competition. Then he taped it up and sucked it up before throwing the shot.
After that, it was a lot of ice and a couple trips for physical therapy. By Tuesday, he was “throwing light,” and Thursday, he was a champion again, with a fling of 190 feet, 10 inches — more than 22 feet better than he closest competitor.
“I can’t be upset with 190,” he said, “Two hundred was my beginning-of-the-year goal, but I’m glad to win again.”
Five events are complete, and Marion (26 points) and Mount Vernon (23) have separated themselves from the pack.
Marion got a title from Blair Brooks (he cleared 6-7 in the high jump) and a 1-3 finish from Myles Bach and Jeremy Fopma in the 3,200.
“I wanted this really bad,” Brooks said. “The state meet, a state championship ... it’s a great accomplishment. I was definitely feeling it today.”
Brooks was one of two jumpers to clear 6-7; Cameron Cantrall of Spencer was the other. But Brooks didn’t miss through 6-7, and Cantrall had four misses. Neither cleared 6-8.
Bach and Fopma were back in the pack for the front half of the 3,200, then moved their way up gradually. Bach outdistanced Logan Murray of Mount Pleasant, finishing in 9:28.56 for his second straight 3,200 title (he also won the 1,600 last year).
“It feels amazing,” he said. “I had a tough winter, a lot of personal stuff. Thinking of this, that got me through all that. This was the result I was praying for.”
Mount Vernon’s 3,200 relay unit of Zach Krogmann, Nick Leopold, Jack Young and Jeremy Krogmann raced away from the competition; the Mustangs’ final time of 7:58.92 topped the field by nearly 10 seconds.
“We were trying to go for the (3A) record (7:49.07), but that’s all right,” Jeremy Krogmann said. “We’re kind of used to running by ourselves. Like I told the guys, we just need to go do our thing.”
Center Point-Urbana’s JoJo Frost made it a Linn County (and Wamac Conference) sweep, edging a competitive field in the 400 in 49.07 seconds.
“We all expected it to be tight,” Frost said. “The last curve, I tried to slingshot myself through the curve. I run the (400) lows, so that helps a lot.”
STATE TRACK & FIELD: 3A BOYS
Teams (through 5 events) — 1. Marion 26, 2. Mount Vernon 23, 3. Mount Pleasant 14, 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12, 5. Gilbert 11, 6. (tie) Carlisle and Center Point-Urbana 10, 8. (tie) Spencer, Glenwood and Boone 8.
Results (top 3 plus other area placewinners)
High jump — 1. Blair Brooks (Marion), 6-7; 2. Cameron Cantrall (Spencer), 6-7; 3. Noah Feldman (West Liberty), 6-6; 5. Keith Keahna (South Tama), 6-4; 7. Shawn Shindelar (Decorah), 6-2.
Discus — 1. Tristan Wirfs (Mount Vernon), 190-10; 2. Colbey Wadsworth (Boone), 168-9; 3. Spencer Cuvelier (Crestwood), 166-9; 6. Matt Vislisel (Mount Vernon), 158-3; 7. Jackson Walker (Solon), 154-5; 8. Adam Hovden (Decorah), 149-5.
3,200 — 1. Myles Bach (Marion), 9:28.56; 2. Logan Murray (Mount Pleasant), 9:31.69; 3. Jeremy Fopma (Marion), 9:40.26.
3,200 relay — 1. Mount Vernon (Z.Krogmann, Leopold, Young, J.Krogmann), 7:58.92; 2. Gilbert, 8:08.58; 3. Spirit Lake, 8:09.36; 5. Cedar Rapids Xavier, 8:12.85.
400 — 1. JoJo Frost (Center Point-Urbana), 49.07; 2. Nate Kennedy (Glenwood), 49.33; 3. Ty Boekelman (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 49.92; 6. Tyler Bartz (Vinton-Shellsburg), 50.12.