Prep Track and Field

State track disappointment, then exultation for Terrell Jordan Jr.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy contestant follows false start with long-jump title

Iowa City West's Austin West clears a hurdle as he races for the finish during the class 4A 400-meter hurdles at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. West won in 52.23. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa City West's Austin West clears a hurdle as he races for the finish during the class 4A 400-meter hurdles at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. West won in 52.23. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — For Terrell Jordan Jr., the highest of highs trumped the lowest of lows.

“Most definitely,” he said.

A senior at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Jordan bounced back from a gut punch — a false start in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles — to win the Class 4A boys’ long jump at the state track and field meet Friday morning at Drake Stadium.

Jordan and Iowa City West’s Austin West both sailed 22 feet, 5 inches. The tie-breaker in that case is who has the second-best jump, and that was Jordan, who went 22-2 3/4 on his last attempt.

“I needed a big jump, and I had to prepare myself mentally,” Jordan said.

That required getting past the vast disappointment of the hurdles disqualification; he entered the meet seeded No. 2 in that event.

The hurdles prelims occurred simultaneously with the long jump competition.

“My teammates were behind me,” Jordan said. “I walked around the stadium a little bit and got pumped back up. The competition here was really great.”

The top four long jumpers finished within 1 1/2 inches of each other.

Shortly after the long jump, West circled the track in 52.23 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles championship. The future University of Iowa athlete held off Nolan Roethler of Waukee (52.73).

“My time could have been better, but I wasn’t focused enough going into the race,” West said. “My step pattern was pretty good, but I bunny-hopped some of the hurdles that I shouldn’t.”

West has two titles (he won the open 400 Thursday) to go along with the long-jump runner-up finish. That, plus a shot put title by Landon Green, has West in front of the team standings.

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The Trojans have compiled 51 points through 10 events. Defending-champion West Des Moines Valley is second with 32 points, followed by Waukee (31), Ames (28) and Kennedy (23).

The final nine events are Saturday.

Green posted a career best of 58 feet, 5 inches. That gave West a sweep of the throws; Johnathan Gannon captured the discus Thursday.

“Our weight program is pretty good,” Green said. “And I had a lot of adrenaline today.”

Drake Relays champion Cedar Rapids Jefferson dropped the baton in the 800-meter relay and did not finish. The J-Hawks advanced to the 400-meter relay final.

STATE TRACK & FIELD: 4A BOYS

Teams (top 10, through 10 events) — 1. Iowa City West 51, 2. West Des Moines Valley 32, 3. Waukee 31, 4. Ames 28, 5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 23, 6. Urbandale 20, 7. West Des Moines Dowling 19, 8. Lewis Central 18, 9. Johnston 17, 10. Pleasant Valley 16.

Long jump — 1. Terrell Jordan Jr. (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 22-5; 2. Austin West (Iowa City West), 22-5; 3. Tre Fugate (West Des Moines Valley), 22-4; 4. D.J. Mosley (Davenport West), 22-3 1/2; 5. Tariq Brown (West Des Moines Valley), 21-11; 6. Cole Graham (North Scott), 21-10; 7. Deyton Love (Waterloo West), 21-6 1/4; 8. Japannah Kellogg (Ames), 21-1 1/2.

Shot put — 1. Landon Green (Iowa City West), 58-5; 2. Logan Jones (Lewis Central), 57-2 3/4; 3. Dane Theobald (Lewis Central), 55-9 1/2; 4. Isaac Erbes (Urbandale), 55-4 1/2; 5. Kaseam Domond (Ames), 53-0; 6. Jason Simon-Ressler (Western Dubuque), 52-10 1/2; 7. Kendell Jackson (Des Moines Roosevelt), 52-6 1/2; 8. Aiden DeWitt (Dubuque Hempstead), 52-1.

800 relay — 1. Ankeny Centennial (Van Baale, Gates, Hoy, Moss), 1:27.99; 2. West Des Moines Valley, 1:28.39; 3. Southeast Polk, 1:28.49; 4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 1:28.55; 5. Ames, 1:28.72; 6. West Des Moines Dowling, 1:29.26; 7. Dubuque Senior, 1:29.65; 8. Waukee, 1:29.67.

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400 hurdles — 1. Austin West (Iowa City West), 52.23; 2. Nolan Roethler (Waukee), 52.73; 3. Demari Nicholson (Bettendorf), 52.79; 4. Angelo Romagna (Dubuque Senior), 53.13; 5. Will Reemtsma (Davenport Central), 53.63; 6. Jeron Sampson (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson), 54.31; 7. Will Krapfl (Ames), 54.62; 8. Trent Davis (Linn-Mar), 54.67.

Distance medley relay — 1. Urbandale (Miller, Dabney, Marcotte, Daumueller), 3:27.91; 2. Cedar Falls, 3:28.55; 3. Dubuque Senior, 3:29.95; 4. Ames, 3:30.35; 5. Johnston, 3:31.98; 6. Ankeny Centennial, 3:32.38; 7. Iowa City High, 3:32.40; 8. Waukee, 3:32.44.

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