STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 4A boys' state track: Emotions flow for Trent Davis after 100-meter hurdles title

Ascents of Bowman Woods hill send Linn-Mar senior to the top

Linn-Mar's Trent Davis clears a hurdle on his way to winning the 4A 100-meter hurdles at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar's Trent Davis clears a hurdle on his way to winning the 4A 100-meter hurdles at 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 — The hill next to Bowman Woods Elementary School is one of Cedar Rapids’ best sledding venues.

It’s also where Trent Davis labored to become a champion.

“The last four years, I’d put on a 20-pound weight vest, and I’d run up that hill 15 times,” said Davis, a senior at Linn-Mar High School. “I’d wake up at 5 in the morning and hurdle in the rain, because you never know when it will rain at state.”

Surprisingly, it didn’t rain at Drake Stadium during the final day of competition at the state track and field meet Saturday.

Rain, sun, whatever ... Davis was ready.

He roared through the 110-meter hurdles in 14.52 seconds to win the 4A boys’ title convincingly.

“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Davis said. “Everything I’ve done, every decision I’ve made, it’s all been about getting me to this point right here.

“I wanted to leave no doubt; it was that important to me.”

West Des Moines Valley won its third consecutive 4A boys’ title with 89 points, leading an all-CIML top three (Ames scored 63 points, Waukee 60).

Western Dubuque was the top area finisher, placing fifth with 44 points. Linn-Mar was 10th with 32.

Davis, who will compete at North Dakota State University next year, won the high-hurdles title here three weeks ago at the Drake Relays. He said Saturday’s triumph was more important.

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“It means more,” he said, after an emotional embrace with his parents, Ron and Amy Davis, in the southwest corner of the stadium.

“They’ve supported me every step of the way,” he said, tearfully. “For them to be there at the finish line, it means the world to me.”

Other than Davis, it was a relatively quiet day for the Metro.

Davis anchored the Lions to a third-place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay, in 57.83. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was fourth in 58.40. Valley won it in 57.18.

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 4A BOYS

Saturday, At Des Moines (Drake Stadium)

Top-10 teams — 1. West Des Moines Valley 89, 2. Ames 63, 3. Waukee 60, 4. Bettendorf 45, 5. Western Dubuque 44, 6. Ankeny 39, 7. Southeast Polk 38, 8. West Des Moines Dowling 37, 9. Cedar Falls 35, 10. Linn-Mar 32.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Bettendorf (Kalar, Bell, Desequeira, Porter), 1:30.92 (all-time Iowa best); 2. Waukee, 1:31.45; 3. Urbandale, 1:32.20; 6. Iowa City West, 1:33.71.

800 — 1. Joe Schaefer (Johnston), 1:52.96; 2. Aniey Akok (Ames), 1:54.68; 3. Kevin Conner (West Des Moines Dowling), 1:54.99.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. West Des Moines Valley (Marschel, Gbarjolo, Thornton, Williams), 57.18 (all-time Iowa best); 2. Ankeny, 57.36; 3. Linn-Mar, 57.83; 4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 58.40; 8. Western Dubuque, 1:01.65.

100 — 1. Bernard Bell (Ames), 10.92; 2. Darien Porter (Bettendorf), 10.97; 3. Ardell Inlay (Sioux City East), 10.99; 6. Gabe Caruthers (Iowa City West), 11.21; 7. Cairron Hendred (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 11.25.

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110 hurdles — 1. Trent Davis (Linn-Mar), 14.52; 2. Deyton Love (Waterloo West), 14.96; 3. Trevor Foley (Des Moines East), 15.06; 5. Oisin Leopold (Iowa City High), 15.12.

200 — 1. Darien Porter (Bettendorf), 21.76; 2. Ardell Inlay (Sioux City East), 21.91; 3. Bernard Bell Jr. (Ames), 21.91; 6. Gabe Caruthers (Iowa City West), 22.50.

1,600 — 1. Tim Sindt (Ankeny), 4:20.95; 2. Ben Hermiston (Dubuque Hempstead), 4:23.58; 3. Travis Loecke (Waukee), 4:24.72; 7. Jack Pendergast (Cedar Rapids Prairie), 4:28.79.

400 relay — 1. West Des Moines Valley (Mitchell, Mahoney, Neu, Shaner), 41.68; 2. Southeast Polk, 41.83; 3. Sioux City East, 42.06; 6. Western Dubuque, 42.63.

1,600 relay — 1. Waukee (Yeaway, Hicks-Jumper, Eaton, Smith), 3:14.81; 2. West Des Moines Valley, 3:15.25; 3. Ankeny Centennial, 3:19.59; 7. Western Dubuque, 3:22.85.

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