SIGOURNEY - Confidence is vital in elite athletes.
At Friday’s Class 1A district meet, only event winners are guaranteed an entry into the state meet Thursday-Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Keota’s Justin Moeller unleashed his best long jump of the season by almost 2 inches and finished second. He ran his best 800-meter time of the year and finished second.
“Even though I finished second in the long jump, I feel I should qualify pretty easy, but you never know,” Moeller said. “I haven’t run the open 800 since BGM and I ran a 2:08 there but if I run a 2:06 I will be OK. I’m hoping it gets me qualified.”
Moeller jumped 20 feet, 7.5 inches. Cardinal’s Trev Albert won at 20-9.5. Cardinal’s Landon Becker won the 800 in 2:06.94 while Moeller’s time was 2:07.09. His 800 time is 21st of the 24 to run at state. His jump distance is ninth.
He made sure his teammates (JD Stout, Sam Sieren, Wyatt Sieren) and he quailified in the distance medley with a victory in that race.
“Wyatt was our 400 leg and he started out behind but he caught up, so it was a tight race between me and New London,” Moeller said. “I knew we both had similar times. Because of that I knew I had to run as fast as I could and leave it all out on the track. I ran as hard as I could the whole race. The first lap I still felt great, but the second lap really pushed me to my limit. I had to give it everything I had. I finished as strong as I could.”
He must’ve really kicked it in because he left the New London runner in the dust, finishing nearly three seconds ahead.
“At the end of the day, I somehow came out on top,” Moeller said.
The 3 minutes, 42.89 seconds was the second-fastest qualifying time in Class 1A, so the Eagles have an excellent chance to come out on top yet again.
“I feel like I am peaking at the right time of year,” Moeller said. “My coach has been telling me not to peak too early. It was all the adrenaline that kicks in when I knew I had to give it everything.”
There were no other winners from the area in the meet but there were some qualifiers.
WACO’s Colton Horak was second in the 400 hurdles at 57.64. That time is 13th of the 24 state qualifiers.
Horak, Drew Kissell, Nik Coble and Elijah McGowan placed third in the shuttle hurdle relay at 1:04.96, which is 19th of qualifiers.
At the 1A district in Central City, Highland’s Trey Lasek won the 400 with a time of 51.18 to break the Huskies’ previous record was 52.77 set by Jake Tate in 2012. Lasek has the seventh-best state-qualifying time.
Madison Thomann also broke a school record when she ran a 5:20.98 in the 1500 to place fourth. The previous record was 5:23.03 set by Chelsey Lampe in 2012. Thomann has the 21st-best qualifying time.
Emily Yahnke won the long jump at 17-2.25 and that is second in qualifying. Aly Stokes leaped 16-3.5 to place third in the meet and qualify ninth for state. Yahnke’s third-place 100 time of 13.03 qualified her eighth.
Highland’s 4x100 meter relay team won with a time of 52.11, which is third overall. The 4x2 placed second and qualified 16th with a time of 1:51.39. Yahnke, Stokes, Kristy Thomann and Sarah Schneider were the runners on both relays.
Iowa Mennonite’s Suzanna Yoder qualified for state in the 100, 200 and 400. Her 400 time of 1:01.02 was second and qualified seventh. She was sixth in the 100 at 13.29, which qualified her 18th. Placing fourth in the 200 at 27.47 qualified her 16th.
IMS also has Leah Bontrager at state with the 23rd-best qualifying time of 2:34.8 when she was fourth in the 800.