Western Dubuque won the Class 3A boys’ shuttle hurdle relay, May 22, to lead the Bobcats to an eighth-place team finish at the Class 3A Track and Field State Championships, in Des Moines.
“Our young men competed their hearts out all weekend,” said coach Tom Jasper. “Our shuttle team has worked so hard and earned their state championship and state record.”
The Bobcat foursome of Mitchell Ashline, Tanner Nauman, Devin Neuhaus and Logan Brosius finished in 59.47 seconds to nip second-place Pella at 59.5 in a photo finish on the big blue oval at Drake Stadium.
“It feels great. It’s something we’ve been working on for four years now,” said Brosius of the win. “To be able to end it with a state title is a surreal feeling. It hasn’t really sunk in yet for any of us.
“It was pretty close. Everyone did a good job. I told my teammates to just do the race — to run our own race, not press it and to give me a chance at the end. We all had PRs and ran a clean race for the most part.”
Brosius followed up his anchor leg of the shuttle hurdle relay with a second-place finish in the 110 high hurdles, finishing in 15.15 seconds as North Polk’s Hunter Manock took gold in 15.07.
“I hit the first couple hurdles really hard. It really threw me off my rhythm,” Brosius said. “Normally after that, you can’t really recover, but I was able to lock back in and make it somewhat close. It was disappointing to be so close and not get the gold in that.”
Pella was the 3A team champion with 80.5 points, with ADM-Adel second at 75. Western Dubuque scored in three relays and two individual events to finish with 27 points on the weekend.
Dakota Hoffman was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 51-10. Sawyer Nauman’s effort of 48-10.75 was good for 16th. Hoffman was 10th in the discus throw at 145-9.
Tommy DeSollar’s leap of 5-11 placed ninth in the high jump, and Marcus Walker cleared 5-9 to earn 16th in the event.
Cade Messer had a solid meet, finishing 10th in the 1,600 (4:30.97) and 11th in the 3200 (9:54.35). Tanner Nauman raced to a 12th-place finish in the 400 hurdles in a time of 57.64.
In the relays, Dylan Schroeder, Nathan Williams, Ryan Digmann and Eli Nauman took fifth in the 4x800, finishing in 8:10.85, while Carson Burger, Ashline, DeSollar and Brosius were sixth in the 4x100 with a time of 43.8.
The 4x400 unit of Williams, Ian Fagan, Schroeder and Naumann was 10th in 3:29.74, and the 4x200 team of Jacob Butcher, Fagan, DeSollar and Brosius was 12th in 1:32.1.
“We couldn’t have asked for more in terms of the team striving to get better — elevating to some very good competition,” Jasper said. “Our seniors will be greatly missed because of their teamwork and leadership.”