DES MOINES — Williamsburg broke a school record en route to winning its first ever boys’ state 800-meter relay title.
The quartet of Drake Powell, Seth Dellamuth, Gage Hazen-Fabor and Kaden Wetjen set the new school record at 1:29.71. Second-place Bellevue finished almost a second behind in 1:30.70.
The Raiders finished fourth last year at the state meet. They used that as motivation Friday at Drake Stadium.
“This didn’t happen in one year,” Powell said. “When we came in as freshmen, we’ve been building it up since day one. It took three years to get where we got. We kept working harder every year and we got to where we needed to. It’s a good group of guys and we’re hungry this weekend.”
The foursome is all juniors, except senior Hazen-Fabor.
It was Hazen-Fabor’s third leg that propelled Williamsburg into the lead. He got the baton in the middle of the pack and immediately passed three runners.
“I just wanted to finish hard and close out the last 200 meters,” Wetjen said. “I heard guys behind me, so I just started running as fast as I could.”
Wetjen said the win was something they believed they were capable of and it was just a matter of doing it.
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“We knew it was something we had to do and something we were going to do,” Dellamuth said. “We were going in with the right mindset and going after the win we’ve been working to all season.”
Williamsburg’s Clayton Thurm finished third in the discus with a throw of 148 feet, 10 inches. The winning toss came from Iowa football commit Noah Fenske of New Hampton, 152 feet, 11 inches. Fenske also won the shot put Thursday.
In the high jump, Tipton’s Andrew Steward and Dyersville Beckman’s Michael Keegan tied for fourth, topping out at 6 feet, 1 inch. The winning jump came from Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Grant Brouwer, who cleared the bar at 6 feet, 9 inches.
Dike-New Hartford leads the 2A boys with 24 team points, followed closely by Bellevue with 23 points, New Hampton and Northeast have 20 and Williamsburg has 19. The state meet resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday.
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