STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 3A boys' state track: Xavier's Nathan Skala runs to third in the 800

Pair of fifths Saturday sends Marion to 16th

Xavier’s Nathan Skala jockeys for position at the start of the 3A 800-meter run during the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Xavier’s Nathan Skala jockeys for position at the start of the 3A 800-meter run during the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Say this about Nathan Skala, the kid ran to win.

“That was my goal,” said the senior from Cedar Rapids Xavier. “I might have kicked a little too early, but at that point, that’s what I thought I needed to do to win.”

Skala ran to the lead with 200 meters to go, but Chase Mullenix of Atlantic — then Billy Rankin of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley — had a little more down the stretch at the state track and field meet Saturday at Drake Stadium.

Rankin was the winner at 1 minute, 55.12 seconds. Mullenix was clocked at 1:55.56, Skala in a career-best 1:56.89.

“It’s a (personal best), so I’ll take it,” said Skala, who will run at Mount Mercy University next year. “You can’t be too upset if you run the best you’ve ever run.”

Skala put himself in good position immediately, and was running with Mullenix at the front with 300 meters left. He surged to the lead coming around the backstretch before Mullenix, then Rankin, went past.

Skala’s third-place effort was the best by an area 3A boys’ competitor Saturday.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton rolled to the team championship, accumulating 86 points. Dubuque Wahlert was the runner-up, with 52. Atlantic (48) earned the third-place trophy.

The champion in 2017 and 2018, Marion settled for 16th this year with 19 points. The Indians got a fifth-place finish in the sprint medley relay Saturday, and Harrison Vanderlinden was fifth in the 1,600.

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 3A BOYS

Saturday, At Des Moines (Drake Stadium)

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Top-10 teams — 1. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 86, 2. Dubuque Wahlert 52, 3. Atlantic 48, 4. Algona 39, 5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 37, 6. (tie) Pella and Mount Pleasant 36, 8. (tie) Humboldt and Norwalk 26, 10. Nevada 24.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Shultz, DeMoss, Stangel, Schwedler), 1:31.77; 2. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:31.97; 3. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 1:33.07; 5. Marion, 1:34.21; 7. Benton Community, 1:34.45.

800 — 1. Billy Rankin (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley), 1:55.12; 2. Chase Mullenix (Atlantic), 1:55.56; 3. Nathan Skala (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 1:56.89.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Hansen, Verros, Murphy, Freiberg), 59.63; 2. Carlisle, 59.64; 3. Pella, 59.86; 6. Cedar Rapids Xavier, 1:01.75.

100 — 1. Jorma Schwedler (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 11.20; 2. Jax Lamm (West Burlington-Notre Dame), 11.26; 3. Samonte Bawden (Algona), 11.49.

110 hurdles — 1. Max Murphy (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 14.70; 2. Matt Benshoof (Winterset), 14.86; 3. Chase McKinney (Norwalk), 14.96; 8. Andrew Magner (Decorah), 15.74.

200 — 1. Jorma Schwedler (Sergeant Blutt-Luton), 22.16; 2. Alden Kuntz (Dubuque Wahlert), 22.40; 3. Samonte Bawden (Algona), 22.54; 7. Blake Osborn (Benton Community), 22.99.

1,600 — 1. Trey Engen (Algona), 4:24.83; 2. Nate Mueller (Adel ADM), 4:28.27; 3. Sam Kepford (Waverly-Shell Rock), 4:28.65; 5. Harrison Vanderlinden (Marion), 4:28.90; 6. Nick O’Connor (Clear Creek Amana), 4:29.54.

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400 relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert (McDermott, Brosius, Weber, Kuntz), 43.27; 2. Winterset, 43.50; 3. Sioux City Heelan, 43.51.

1,600 relay — 1. Atlantic (Moen, Colin Mullenix, Niklasen, Chase Mullenix), 3:21.11; 2. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 3:22.22; 3. Oskaloosa, 3:22.40.

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