DES MOINES — Lisbon’s Payton Bahl got the baton on the anchor leg of the Class 1A boys’ distance medley relay at the state track and field meet Friday at Drake Stadium.
Bahl was in third place at the start of the 800-meter leg, but not for long.
He quickly passed Hudson’s Wyatt Kelly and Council Bluffs St. Albert’s Luke Gronstal. At that point, the challenge became holding onto the lead.
Kelly was in hot pursuit, and at one point in the last 125 meters, he briefly passed Bahl.
But Bahl had a big enough kick left with 50 meters to hold off Kelly. Lisbon won with a time of 3:32.87. Hudson finished in 3:32.95.
“I tried to eat them up early and pass them and hold them off,” Bahl said. “I had a heck of a kick at the end and did everything I could to hold them off.”
Bahl’s teammates weren’t quite sure if he’d have enough at the end.
“I saw Wyatt pass him and I thought, ‘Man, I don’t know if Payton has enough,’” said Bailey Arwine, who ran the 400-meter leg. “But he had a huge kick, he ran 1:54.”
Lisbon defended its title in the boys’ distance medley relay with the win. The team consisted of four seniors, Bryce Hasselman, Austin Krob, Arwine and Bahl.
“(Defending our title) is huge,” Bahl said. “We’re doing it for the community — the name across our chest.”
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Lisbon ended the day in third with 20 points. St. Albert finished the second day in first with 37 points, Hudson is in second with 28 points and North Linn is tied for fourth with 16 points.
All of North Linn’s points have come via Ryan Miller
Miller took first in the long jump on Thursday, but couldn’t duplicate that result on Friday in the 400-meter hurdles.
Miller finished third behind Tyson Vander Linden of Lynnville-Sully and Alex Nation of Tripoli.
Miller was right with Vander Linden on the back stretch, but clipped a hurdle.
“Once you hit those hurdles, you stumble and your muscles get tight — it takes a lot out of you,” Miller said. “I didn’t finish as well as I thought I should’ve to close the gap on Tyson, but it is what it is, you can’t dwell on it. Third place is a great accomplishment.”
Even though he clipped a hurdle, Miller still set a new person record with a time of 54.80. Vander Linden won with a time of 53.07.
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