Maquoketa Valley had a successful end to the season as the Wildcats medaled in four events at the Class 1A Co-Ed State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, May 20-22.
Cy Huber, AJ Ambundo, Nolan Ries and Michael Schaul earned a berth in the 4x400-meter relay finals with the fifth-fastest time in Class 1A — 3:30.31. Then, in the finals the quartet improved on their time and seeding. The Wildcats were clocked in at 3:29.01, which was good enough for second place. The race was won by Danville in 3:28.68.
“The Wildcats believed they could be state champions and they performed like it by running a season-best time of 3:29.01. Unfortunately, they came up just short to No. 1 rated-Danville,” Pat Meehan, MV boys’ coach said.
Amaya Hunt raced her way to a seventh-place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:01.41.
In the 4x800 finals, Ethan Doyl, Huber, Nolan Ries and Schaul teamed up for a seventh-place finish in 8:33.31.
Cy Huber earned an eighth-place medal in the 400 in 50.85.
In the 800, Huber was 11th (2:00.76) and Schaul 22nd (2:07.69).
The Wildcats earned a pair of 14th-place finishes: shot put — Erin Knipper (34-3.25); and sprint medley — Lily Huber, Payton Beaman, Ella Mensen and Amaya Hunt (1:56.20).
Leah Ries placed 15th in the 100-hurdles (17.22).
Nolan Ries finished 16th in the 3,200 in 10:32.07.
The Wildcats were 18th in two relays: 4x100 — Huber, Leah Ries, Emma Richter and McKenna Thompson (53.24); and 4x400 — Mensen, Saige Hunt, Beaman and Amaya Hunt (4:22.24).