STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 4A boys' state track and field: Damon Jaeger takes his turn to leap the railing

His high-jump title leads Western Dubuque into second place

Western Dubuque's Damon Jaeger (left) and Zack Butcher  (right) celebrate with their coach after the 4A long jump at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Jaeger won with a jump of 22' 07.75
Western Dubuque's Damon Jaeger (left) and Zack Butcher (right) celebrate with their coach after the 4A long jump at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Jaeger won with a jump of 22' 07.75". (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — In terms of enrollment, Western Dubuque is the smallest Class 4A school in track and field.

“People think we’re this little school that won’t do much,” Damon Jaeger said.

People would be wrong.

Jaeger won the 4A boys’ long jump, and the Bobcats scored points from multiple angles at the state track and field meet Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium.

As a result, they enter the final day with legitimate hopes of a top-three trophy.

No. 48 in enrollment, Western Dubuque is No. 2 in the 4A boys’ team race. West Des Moines Valley leads it with 48 points, then it’s the Bobcats (38), Ames (30) and Cedar Falls (29).

Like teammate Grant Kelchen did after winning the high jump Thursday, Jaeger leaped the Drake Stadium railing and into the arms of Coach Tom Jasper after claiming victory.

“That railing is pretty high,” he said. “But winning makes it feel 10 times better.”

Jaeger led from early in the competition. And with victory secure, he was able to let it rip on the final attempt — 22 feet, 7 3/4 inches.

“I wanted to see what I could do,” Jaeger said. “It felt amazing.”

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Western Dubuque ran second to Valley in the 800-meter relay. Valley’s effort of 1:26.17 was an all-time Iowa best; the Bobcats finished in 1:27.89.

The final heat of the 400-meter dash was postponed Thursday night due to rain, and the wait was worth it. Bettendorf’s Darien Porter set an all-time Iowa best: 46.99 seconds. Iowa City West’s Gabe Caruthers finished in 47.38, which ranks No. 6 all-time.

“Whoo, I’m proud of that,” Caruthers said. “My first step slipped out of the blocks, but I didn’t let it get to my head. Darien’s a hell of an athlete.

“I knew I just had to stay in my head. I couldn’t overthink it. I ran my race.”

Linn-Mar’s Trent Davis (53.29 seconds) was second to Thai Thompson of West Des Moines Dowling (53.05) in the 400-meter hurdles.

Davis was toward the back of the pack with 100 meters to go, then he began picking off competitors.

“I’m a natural competitor,” he said. “Something in me won’t let me lose, and it takes over my whole body.”

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 4A BOYS

Friday’s Finals, At Des Moines (Drake Stadium)

Top-10 teams (through 10 events) — 1. West Des Moines Valley 48, 2. Western Dubuque 38, 3. Ames 30, 4. Cedar Falls 29, 5. Waukee 28, 6. West Des Moines Dowling 22, 7. Lewis Central 21.5, 8. Southeast Polk 18, 9. Linn-Mar 16, 10. Dubuque Hempstead 15.

Long jump — 1. Damon Jaeger (Western Dubuque), 22-7 3/4; 2. Tre Fugate (West Des Moines Valley), 22-2 1/2; 3. Tamin Lipsey (Ames), 22-0 1/4; 4. Kaleba Jack (Iowa City High), 21-10 1/2; 5. Zack Butcher (Western Dubuque), 21-9 3/4.

Shot put — 1. Logan Jones (Lewis Central), 60-2; 2. Jake Remsburg (West Des Moines Valley), 59-7; 3. Jackson Leistikow (Cedar Falls), 55-4; 7. Ben DeSollar (Western Dubuque), 52-9 1/2; 8. Jason Simon-Ressler (Western Dubuque), 52-4 1/2.

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400 — 1. Darien Porter (Bettendorf), 46.99 (all-time Iowa best); 2. Gabe Caruthers (Iowa City West), 47.38; 3. Sam Yeaway (Waukee), 48.03.

800 relay — 1. West Des Moines Valley (Shaner, Mahoney, Neu, Mitchell), 1:26.17 (all-time Iowa best); 2. Western Dubuque, 1:27.89; 3. Sioux City East, 1:28.77; 7. Cedar Rapids Washington, 1:29.25.

400 hurdles — 1. Thai Thompson (West Des Moines Dowling), 53.05; 2. Trent Davis (Linn-Mar), 53.29; 3. Dylan DeAngela (Ankeny Centennial), 53.35; 6. Will Burds (Western Dubuque), 53.82.

Distance medley relay — 1. Johnston (Abbey, Moorer, Kliegl, Schaefer), 3:27.19; 2. Waukee, 3:28.66; 3. Cedar Falls, 3:31.04; 6. Iowa City High, 3:32.11.

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