Emily McMartin

Pella's Emily McMartin

PELLA — It was a beautiful night for a track meet at Pella Monday as both Pella teams cruised to victory on the home oval and in the field. It was a laid back type of meet as the state qualifying meets are Thursday. So in most cases it was a brisk workout with top line performers running two or less events.

This meet provided some of the second line of athletes to rise to the top and shine in their final meet of the season. Team depth became more evident in this meet and the Dutch teams were able to take advantage of that depth.

The Lady Dutch racked up 168 points to outdistance Oskaloosa with 143 and Grinnell with 103. Pella Christian picked up 56 points to finish sixth and Knoxville was seventh with 41. On the boy’s side of the ledger, the Little Dutch piled up 175 points to fight off a strong challenge by Norwalk with 158 points. Pella Christian ran well and took fourth place with 86 points while Oskaloosa was fifth with 58.5 and Knoxville was eighth with 44 points.

The story of the meet was a mammoth discus throw by Pella’s Kody Huisman. That throw sailed out to 186 feet, eight inches which beat the Pella school record by over eight feet. Huisman also captured the shot put title with a heave of 58 feet, 10 inches. Huisman will continue his quest to rewrite the Pella throwing record book Thursday night at the state qualifying meet on his home turf and next week at the State Meet at Drake.

There was other noise from the throwing rings also. The Oskaloosa tandem of Sophia Dykstra and Faith DeRonde went one-two in both the shot put and the discus. DeRonde won the shot with her best throw to date of 41-07.5 and Dykstra was right behind as she pushed the iron ball out to 38-00.5. The two flip-flopped the order at the discus ring. Dykstra won the event when she sailed the platter 150-02, which is just short of her school record established a couple of weeks ago. DeRonde was second this time with a throw of 132 feet and Pella Christian’s Allison Van Gorp was third at 129-09.

When the teams got on the track, it was the half lap or the 200 meters that supplied the sizzle to this meet. The boy’s race was a stirring duel between Pella Christian’s Levi Schelhaas and Knoxville’s Kieren Nichols. Schelhaas edged Nichols with a blistering time of 22.58 while Nichols clocked 22.76. Knoxville’s T.J. DeJong was right in the mix with a third place time of 23.42.

“It was a great race,” Schelhaas said. “Nichols is a great runner and a great guy. I always enjoy competing with him. This is probably the last time we will run together as we are in different classes for the qualifying meets.”

The girl’s 200 also had some spice as Pella’s Calla Kerndt and Emily McMartin finished one-twp. Kerndt inched closer to the 25 second barrier with a blazing 26.14 time while McMartin was on her shoulder with a time of 26.42.

The Lady Dutch won four individual events and three relays on their way to the meet title. But the real story was the depth that allowed them to score twice in six individual events.

“This team has worked very hard,” Pella Coach Dak Rasmussen said. “We were trying to rest some people, but yet stay sharp. This will be the last meet for some of the athletes and they all performed well tonight. We are ready and excited to host the qualifying meet.”

It should also be mentioned that the Lady Dutch sprinters showed their stuff in this meet. The 4x100 unit of Delanie Reynolds, Roselande Vanderhoff, Marrisa Hackman and McMartin smoked the track in 49.96 seconds for the win and Reynolds won the 100 in 12.93. Jacie Trine just missed a sub-60 400 meters with an excellent time of 1:00.16 and Sophia Boonstra took the gold in the 3,000. The Dutch also got relay wins from the 4x800 team of Faith Diers, Abbey Bogaards, Macy Schroeder and Ashley Blommers and the Shuttle Hurdle quartet if Andrea Van Heukelom, Aailyah Riddick, Tristan Gordon and Meridith Rowe.

Oskaloosa had a super night in the field and they had 48 points coming out of the field events. Maleah Walker picked up a field win when she soared 17 feet, two inches to win the long jump.

The Indians were one-two in the 400 Hurdles and Jordan Czerwinski turned in a very impressive 1:08.99 time while teammate Sage Adam followed with a 1:12.87 clocking. Osky also swept the Medley events as the Sprint Medley foursome of Addison Beane, DeRonde, Macie Krier and Czerewinski came home in 1:57.66 and the Distance Medley crew of Krier, DeRonde, Czerwinski and S. Adam posted a winning time of 4:32.94.

Pella Christian found the High Jump area to their liking and grabbed a pair of wins. In the girl’s class, it was Cara Veenstra clearing the bar at 5-01 for the gold while Drew Geetings skimmed over the bar at 6-02 to claim the title.

The top finishers for Knoxville were Melanie Sullivan in the Long Jump with a leap of 15-10 and Ella Breazeale was third in the 800 Meters with a time of 2:38.95.

The Pella boys were masters of team depth in the meet as they used a large number of athletes to rack up 175 points. The only relay win that the Dutch would claim came in the Shuttle Hurdle relay. The team of Josh Warner, Brandon Winegardner, Reece Thoreson and Izaak LaHue cleared the barriers in 1:02.93 for the gold. But Pella would take second in five other relays to add to their point total.

In the individual events the Little Dutch received gold medal efforts from Jacob Byers in the 100 (11.54), Jackson Rozenboom in the 400 (50.87), Gage Huyser in the 400 Hurdles (56.79) and they went one-two in the 800 with a pair of sub-2:00 times. Tony Schmitz grabbed the gold with a time of 1:57.26 and Chase Lauman was second in 1:59.57.

I addition to the wins by Geetings and Schelhaas, the Eagles got a win in the 1600 Meters by Ryan Natelborg and a second in the 100 Meters by Isaac Kacmarynski (11.64).

Pella Christian Coach Keith Anderson was pleased with his team.

“We did what we needed to do tonight,” Anderson said. “And the best thing is that we had no injuries. We saw some things tonight that will help us make improvements and we are excited and ready for the qualifying meet.”

DeJong added to the Knoxville total with a winning long jump of 20-02 and he joined Nichols, Kaden Curry and Seth Walraven to win the Distance Medley Relay.

Patrick DeRonde led Oskaloosa with a personal best of 2:02.11 timing in the 800 Meters and the Shuttle Hurdle unit of Reed Brown, Donivan Tighe, Hunter Peterson and Tatum Westercamp took the silver in a time 1:06.22.

All four of our area teams will be in action Thursday night to battle for a ticket to the Blue Oval.

Girl’s Team Scoring:

1. Pella 168, 2. Oskaloosa 143, 3. Grinnell 103, 4. Newton 87, 5. PCM 78, 6. Pella Christian 56, 7. Knoxville 41, 8. Pella White 27, 9. Colfax-Mingo 5

Pella Girl’s Results:

100 – 1. Delanie Reynolds 12.93, 3. Mollie Renaud 13.99

200 – 1 Calla Kerndt 26.14, 2. Emily McMartin 26.42

400 – 1. Jacie Trine 1:00.16, 5. Giovy Eekhoff 1:07.95

800 – 2. Abby Cutler 2:32.73, 5. Autumn Blink 2:39.96

1500 – 2. Abby Teagarden 5:27.29

3000 – 1. Sophia Boonstra 12:52.13, 2. Norma Spiker 13:18.83

100 Hurdles – 3. Andrea Van Heukelom 17.43, 4. Meridith Rowe 17.81

400 Hurdles – 3. Maggie Schmitz 1:13.80

High Jump – 3. Jasmine Namminga 5-0

Shot Put – 6. Madison Naig 34-06

4 X 100 – 1. (Reynolds, Roselande Vanderhoff, Marissa Hackman, McMartin) 49.96

4 X 200 – 3. (Nora Rasmussen, Hackman, Kerndt, Cailee Dix) 1:53.89

4 X 400 – 3. (Rasmussen, Eekhoff, Lydia Vos, Lily Wisse) 4:43.24

4 X 800 – 1. (Faith Diers, Abbey Bogaards, Macy Schroeder, Ashley Blommers) 10:55.40

Sprint Medley – 2. (Katie Pollock, Kylie Tauke, Trine, Mia Warner) 1:58.77

Distance Medley – 4. (Anna DeNooy, Thea Wisse, L. Wisse, Vos) 5:03.28

Shuttle Hurdle – 1. (Van Heukelom, Aaliyah Riddick, Tristan Gordon, Rowe) 1:12.22

Oskaloosa Girl’s Results:

100 – 2. Aby Thompson 13.75

200 – 6. Lydia Van Veldhuizen 30.86

400 – 2. Maleah Walker 1:00.86

800 – 4. Evelyn Adam 2:39.58

3000 – Morgan Drost 14:14.67

400 Hurdles – 1. Jordan Czerwinski 1:08.99, 2. Sage Adam 1:12.89

High Jump – 5. Hannah Quang 4-08

Long Jump 1. Walker 17-02

Shot Put – 1. Faith DeRonde 41-07.50, 2. Sophia Dykstra 38-00.50

Discus – 1. Dykstra 150-02, 2. DeRonde 132-00

4 X 100 – 6. (Maddy Moorman, Van Veldhuizen, Addison Beane, Thompson) 55.77

4 X 200 – 4. (Moorman, Quang, Beane, Thompson) 1:56.75

4 X 400 – 5. (Addison Carter, E. Adam, Abby Lumsden, Hailey Harbour) 5:10.36

4 X 800 – 2. (E. Adam, Lily Bonnett, Sarah Phillips, Carter) 11:24.38

Sprint Medley – 1. (Beane, DeRonde, Macie Krier, Czerwinski)1:57.66

Distance Medley – 1. (Krier, DeRonde, Czerwinski, S. Adam) 4:32.94

Shuttle Hurdle – 4. (Quang, Van Veldhizen, Hayley Van Arkel, Avery Rockhold) 1:16.25

Pella Christian Girl’s Results:

200 – 3. Amelia Boender 27.90, 4. Anna DeBoef 27.92

400 – 3. Kayla Natelborg 1:04.12

High Jump – 1. Cara Veenstra 5-01

Long Jump – 4. Makayla Nikkel 13-11.25

Shot Put – 4. Allison Van Gorp 36-04.5

Discus – 3. Van Gorp 129-09

4 X 100 – 5. (DeBoef, Nikkel, Boender, Natelborg) 54.07

4 X 200 – 5. (Maria Dahm, Madilyn DeGoey, Veenstra, Nikkel) 2:01.87

Knoxville Girl’s Results:

800 – 3. Ella Breazeale 2:38.95

3000 – 4. Sophie Murphy 14:30.75

Long Jump – 2. Melanie Sullivan 15-10

Shot Put – 5. Ashlyn Finarty 36-01.5

Discus – 5. Ciara Heffron 113-03

4 X 400 – 6. (Breazeale, Destiny Gay, Anna Anderson, Ella Rankin) 5:26.21

4 X 800 – 4. (Natalie Collins, Jalen Nelson, Anderson, Gay) 11:52.51

Boys Team Scoring:

1. Pella 175, 2. Norwalk 158, 3. Grinnell 92.5, 4. Pella Christian 86, 5. Oskaloosa 58.5, 6. Newton 58, 7. PCM 52, 8. Knoxville 44, 9. Pella White 5

Pella Boy’s Results:

100 – 1. Jacob Byers 11.54

200 – 6. Izaak La Hue 24.38

400 – 1. Jackson Rozenboom 50.87, 6. Drew Schulte 54.03

800 – 1. Tony Schmitz 1:57.26, 2. Chase Lauman 1:59.57

1600 – 2. Akira Lopez 4:49.34, 4. Braden Rowe 4:55.49

110 High Hurdles – 4. Luke Fairchild 16.56

400 Hurdles – 1. Gage Huyser 56.79, 5. Ryan Hancock 1:00.13

High Jump – 3. Parker Elder 5-10

Long Jump – 5. Rowe 17-07

Shot Put – 1. Kody Huisman 58-10, 5. Konner VanderWerf 43-07

Discus – 1. Huisman 186-08, 3. Brandon Fischer 148-06

4 X 100 – 5. (Jasper Perez, Schulte, Nick Rus, Blake Meyer) 45.85

4 X 200 – 2. (Nolan Clayberg, Karl Miller, Reece Thoreson, Quinn Gruver) 1:32.54

4 X 400 – 2. (Faikrchild, Kenson Fuller, Jrake Van Hemert, Antonio Leovan) 3:46.72

4 X 800 – 2. (Lopez, Rowe, Zack Neuman, Trey Van Hauen) 9:00.43

Sprint Medley – 1. (Fuller, Gruver, Miller, Rozenboom) 1:36.43

Distance Medley – 2. (Brandon Winegardner, Leovan, Hancock, Nathan VanderWaal) 3:56/15

Shuttle Hurdle – 2. (Josh Warner, Winegardner, Thoreson, La Hue) 1:02.93

Pella Christian Boy’s Results:

100 – 2. Isaac Kacmarynski 11.64, 4. Drew Geetings 11.77

200 – 1. Levi Schelhaas 22.58

1600 – 1. Ryan Natelborg 4:44.99

3200 – 3. Brandt Vander Hart 11:26.23

110 High Hurdles – 3. Carson Breon 16.11

High Jump – 1. Geetings 6-02

Long Jump – 6. Luke Nikkel 17-05

Shot Put – 4. Trevor Veenstra 43-08

Discus – 5. Veenstra 134-11

4 X 100 – 4. (Kaden Van Kooten, Kacmarynski, Peyton Ritzert, Schelhaas) 45.54

4 X 200 – 5. (Van Kooten, Noah Nunnikhoven, Benny Schirz, Micah DeHaan) 1:38.89

4 X 400 – 4. (Zach Pringle, Ethan Milligan, DeHaan, Schirz) 3:51.87

Knoxville Boy’s Results:

200 – 2. Kieren Nichols 22.76, 3. T.J. DeJong 23.42

400 Hurdles – 6. Cole Carter 1:03.5

Long Jump -1. DeJong 20-02

Distance Medley – 1. (DeJong, Nichols, Kaden Curry, Seth Walraven) 3:52.10

Oskaloosa Boy’s Results:

800 – 3. Patrick DeRonde 2:02.11

1600 – 5. William Leonard 5:02.56

3200 – 5. Reed Peterson 11:40.82

110 High Hurdles – 6. Tatum Westercamp 17.15

400 Hurdles – 4. Reed Brown 59.25

4 X 100 – 6. (Brown, Colin Snitker, Cade Kelderman, Christian Cavan) 47.70

4 x 200 – 4. (Donivan Tighe, Snitker, Kelderman, Westercamp) 1:38.53

4 X 400 – 5. (Phillip Abrahamson, Aden Scott, Peterson, Jacob Jones) 4:01.84

Sprint Medley – 6. (Jashaden Baker, Hunter Peterson, Riley Humphrey, DeRonde) 1:44.29

Distance Medley – 5. (Baker, Humphrey, Jones, Abrahamson) 4:16.81

Shuttle Hurdle – 2. (Brown, Tighe, H. Petersonm, Westercamp) 1:06.22

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