DES MOINES — Williamsburg’s Kaden Wetjen lost the Class 2A 200-meter dash Saturday at Drake Stadium by 4 hundredths of a second.
His time was 22.45. Spirit Lake’s Joe Stein won in 22.41.
That narrow loss motivated Wetjen for the 400-meter relay at the state track and field meet.
Wetjen was just behind Bellvue’s Ben Parker when he got the baton for the anchor leg.
“We were a little bit behind in the last leg,” Wetjen said. “I got the stick and ran like hell. I caught the guy and I wasn’t losing to him after that 200-meter race earlier.
“After that, I was motivated to win this. I’m glad I got it done.”
Willimsburg had a loaded team of Gage Hazen-Fabor on the lead leg, who finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40, Drake Powell who was a part of Friday’s winning 800-meter relay team, Mathyan Powell, who was on Williamsburg’s seventh-place distance medley team, and Wetjen.
“He’s an animal,” Drake said of Wetjen. “(Hazen-Fabor and Wetjen) went No. 2 and No. 3 in the 100-meter sprint. We have the dudes.
“We knew we were going to win this coming in. We have that mindset every race — we don’t care where we’re seeded. We know we’re the fastest.”
Williamsburg placed second in the team race with 51 points. Dike-New Hartford won with 60 points and South Central Calhoun was third with 47.
North Fayette Valley won the sprint medley relay with the team of Gunner Rodgers, Mac Whelan, Adrian Wurtz and Zach Massman. The quartet of seniors finished with a time of 1:35.23.
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“We got second by a step in the sprint medley two years ago,” Massman said. “That motivated us.”
Monticello’s Avery Martensen won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.07, edging out Dike-New Hartford’s Seth Eden by 6 hundredths of a second.
“It feels great. All the work I put in during the offseason paid off. Last year, I relied on talent. But this year, I made sure to put the work in. Good things happen when you put the work in.”
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