Iola High’s track team picked the best time for what could be its best performance of the season.
A week before Iola’s Mustangs and Fillies travel to Prairie View for the Class 4A Regional, the teams had a good showing at the Pioneer League Meet Thursday.
The boys placed fourth as a team. Chase Regehr won the Pioneer League championship in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 7 .09 seconds.
“Chase has done a great job all season. He has really worked hard to shave a lot of time off his 800,” Coach Daugharthy said. “Now, he will by vying for a top-four spot in our regional to allow him to get to state.”
Travis Hermstein did a little bit of everything. He placed third in the 800 with a time of 2:16. At the beginning of the season, Hermstein was running the 800 in 2:30. In the pole vault, he finished fourth with a height of feet cleared. During the boys 4×800-meter relay, he ran a personal best 2:13 split.
Daugharthy said he was proud of what Hermstein has accomplished this season.
Speaking of the 4x800m relay team, the Mustangs earned the title of Pioneer League champions. They finished in 9:02.72, lapping the fourth-place team. Regehr, Hermstein, Ethan Holloway and Kohl Endicott comprised the relay team.
This was Endicott’s first race of the season; prior to this, he has been playing baseball.
In Endicott’s second race of the year, the 1600-meter run, he finished in sixth with a time of 5:29. Brice Aiello took fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 57.96. Darius Greenawalt earned fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 37’11 3/4”.
The 4x100m relay team — Aiello, Greenawalt, Regehr and Jonathan Rodewald — placed fourth with a time of 48.41 seconds. The 4x400m relay team — Aiello, Rodewald, Hermstein and Regehr — finished in fourth with a time of 3:59.10.
THE FILLIES also placed fourth as a team.
Emery Driskel earned Pioneer League champion status in both the high and intermediate hurdles. She finished in 15.68 seconds in the 100-meter high hurdles and 48.49 seconds in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
She has been nursing an injury all season. Going forward, she will probably run just the high hurdles to stay as healthy as possible, Daugharthy said.
Olivia Taylor finished in second in the 3200 with a time of 13:52. In the 800, she earned third in 2:39 — a personal best.
“I am very pleased with how she performed last night and excited to see what she can do with fresh legs at regionals,” Daugharthy said.
Carly Cescon took sixth in the 400, finishing in 1:08, a personal best.
Klair Vogel finished in fifth with a javelin throw of 89’2”. She beat her previous best by 11 feet. Her goal was to throw over 80 feet; a mark she hadn’t eclipsed until Thursday.
The 4×100 relay team — Vogel, Madison Carlin, Addy Prather and Brooklyn Storrer — took fourth with a time of 1:02. The 4x400m relay team of Carlin, Prather, Cescon and Jo Lohman also took fourth, with a time of 5:17. The 4x800m relay team of Lohman, Cescon, Taylor and Carlin finished in third in 11:53.
The Mustangs and Fillies head to Prairie View on Friday for the Class 4A Regionals. The top four competitors in each event advance to the state meet in Wichita.