Sports

Wed
25
May

Kee girls track team scores points in four of five events to finish in top 20 of Class 1A State Track Meet; Senior Haley Meyer wraps up career with four more medals


400 meter bronze is best of top-six quartet... Kee girls track senior Haley Meyer makes her way toward the finish line in the 400 meter dash at the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 19 in one of her four events she qualified in for the season grand finale as her high school track and field career came to a close. Meyer’s first time competing in that 400 meter dash in that State Meet field proved to be her best finish in all four of those events, as she placed third in a time of 59.61 seconds. In a busy Saturday, May 21 for her, Meyer ran to a pair of new school records in placing fourth in the 800 meter run in 2:21.05 and finishing sixth in the 1500 meter run in 4:54.25. She also joined forces with sophomore Mallory Mohn and the junior pair of Alaina Bakewell and Jaylyn Walleser for another sixth-place finish time of 1:54.11 in the sprint medley to score team points in all four of the events she qualified in for her final high school performance on the big blue oval. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

The Kee girls track and field team continued to not only be represented but also continued to make its presence felt at the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, qualifying for five events for the 2022 season grand finale and ending up on the final team scoreboard for the sixth consecutive season. This year’s efforts also marked the fourth consecutive season that Hawk team scoring ended up among the Class 1A top-20 elite, as the four Kee girls competing in this spring’s State Meet scored points in four their five qualified events, including top-six finishes in all four of those events to compile 17 points and finish tied for 16th as a team in the final Class 1A field of nearly 60 teams scoring points.

Wed
25
May

Kee boys track seniors Tyson Cota and Damon Weber end careers with improvement among 2022 Class 1A State Meet field event elite


Near top half of 1A long jump elite... Kee boys track senior Tyson Cota takes flight in his return in the long jump to the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 19. Cota soared to a 14th-place finish in that Class 1A field of 24 jumpers with a leap of 19’11.25”. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

For the second consecutive season, the Kee boys track and field team was represented where all high school track and field athletes strive to be, as the senior pair of Tyson Cota and Damon Weber each made return trips to the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. With both earning returns in the same events they competed in last spring, the pair of senior leaders both improved on their 2021 showings within yet another strong field of Class 1A elite competitors in their respective field events.

Wed
18
May

Waukon boys track team qualifies in eight events for State Meet


Qualifies in four events for State Meet ... Waukon boys track senior Braxton Stewart soars through the air on his way to one of his four second-place finishes and automatic qualifications for the Class 2A State Meet he earned at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 12. Stewart landed at 21’0.5 for his long jump runner-up finish, cleared 6’4” to finish second in the high jump, and also finished second in the 400 meter hurdles in 57.29 seconds and in the 400 meter dash in 52.82 seconds, earning a full schedule at this year’s season grand finale. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon boys track has extended its 2022 season in eight events following its final team competitions of the year within the past week-plus. Following a fourth-place finish at their Northeast Iowa Conference Meet hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, May 5, the Indians secured a second-place team finish at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 12, despite not winning a single event. The track Tribe secured five automatic State Meet qualifications with runner-up event finishes at that meet, and then had four other third-place finishes earn at-large bids based on Class 2A performances statewide for a total of nine State Meet qualifications in eight different events.

Wed
18
May

Kee girls track team advances five events to State Track Meet; Haley Meyer, Alaina Bakewell earn individual UIC crowns and aid sprint medley to title


Qualifies in four events once again ... Kee girls track senior Haley Meyer will return to the State Track Meet in Des Moines one final time for her high school career in four events after her performances at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 12. Meyer won the 400 meter dash in a time of 1:00.40 to earn automatic qualification for the State Meet, and she also finished second in both the 800 meter run with her time of 2:22.83 and the 1500 meter run with her time of 5:03.16 to earn at-large individual bids. Meyer also joined forces with sophomore Mallory Mohn and the junior pair of Alaina Bakewell and Jaylyn Walleser for a second-place finish time of 1:54.02 in the sprint medley that also earned at-large State Meet qualification.

The final week of the Kee girls track squad’s team competition schedule proved fruitful as the month of May rolled on early, as the Lady Hawks crowned several Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) champions and also had those very same events - and then some - end up qualifying for the Class 1A State Meet. The Kee girls won four UIC titles in finishing fourth as a team at the annual UIC Meet Thursday, May 5 at Postville and then had those same four events, plus one other, qualify for the Class 1A season grand finale in Des Moines, helping the Hawks to a fifth-place team finish in that 14-team State Qualifying field.

Wed
18
May

Kee boys track team qualifies two events for State Meet; Tyson Cota claims Upper Iowa Conference long jump title

The 2022 track and field season came to a close for all but two of its competitors this past week, as the Hawks competed in their two most important team meets of the season within a week’s time. The Kee boys finished sixth in the nine-team Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) Meet at Postville Thursday, May 5, crowning just one UIC event champion in senior Tyson Cota in the long jump. The Hawks then worked to extend their season as much as possible at their Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 12, doing so for two events on the way to finishing 11th in that 14-team field.

The two events that qualified for this season’s grand finale will both compete on the same day, Thursday morning, May 19, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Details of the Hawks’ State Meet schedule are printed on the Sports pages in the May 18, 2022 edition of The Standard.

Wed
18
May

Waukon track girls qualify five events for State Track Meet


4x800 win earns automatic State Meet berth ... The Waukon girls track team’s 4x800 relay foursome pictured above ran to an event victory at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 12, earning automatic qualification for the Class 2A State Meet with a tape-breaking time of 10:22.41. That crew included (left to right in the above photos) juniors Katerina Kovarik and Jayden Knox, and junior Paige Hansmeier and sophomore Mia Kurth, with all but Kurth making a return trip to the State Meet in the event after also qualifying last spring. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls track team had its overall team season come to a close this past week, but for a handful of team members that season carries on to every high school track and field athlete’s ultimate destination of the State Track Meet. The Lady Indians first placed sixth in their Northeast Iowa Conference Meet hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, May 5 before trying to extend their season as much as possible at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage Thursday, May 12, where the track Tribe finished fifth in that 11-team scoring field and advanced five events on to this spring’s season grand finale.
Those five State Meet events involve nine track and field Indians who will now compete at that season grand finale at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, two of those Lady Indians competing in a pair of events each.

Wed
11
May

Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grant supports MFL Youth Wrestling ...

The MFL/MarMac Youth Wrestling Club received $4,810 in grant funding awarded by the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) to complement additional direct fundraising by the club to make up the balance of the $6,610 total cost of purchasing a set of two digital score clocks (seen in photo above) for use at their events. “The TrackWrestling score clocks are a game changer for our organization’s events,” said Steve Hanson, who volunteers with management of the club. “We cannot thank the UMGC enough for their support.”

Wed
11
May

IHSAA makes changes to postseason tournaments for 2022-2023 wrestling season

The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) wrestling postseason will feature additional qualifiers, a new schedule and updated qualifying after several sport advisory recommendations were approved at the Wednesday, April 27 meeting of the IHSAA Board of Control.​

In a major shake-up to start with the 2022-2023 school year, wrestling will drop Sectional tournaments in Class 2A and Class 1A and move the annual State Dual Team Tournament to that previously occupied date. As a result of those changes, all three classes will now compete solely in District tournaments to determine individual qualifiers for the State Traditional Tournament.

An additional recommendation for 24 qualifiers per weight class at the State Traditional Tournament also received approval at that April 27 meeting.

Wed
11
May

Waukon boys track team finishes fourth at New Hampton

The Waukon boys track team finished in the middle of the pack at the eight-team New Hampton Invitational Monday, May 2. The Indians benefited from a trio each of first- and second-place event finishes to help rack up 82 team points and finish fourth in the meet’s eight-team field consisting of both smaller and larger schools.

The Waukon boys are next slated to compete in their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet scheduled for this Thursday, May 12 at Osage. Further details of that postseason path are included in the May 11, 2022 Sports pages.

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Wed
04
May

Waukon girls golf hosts double-dual, competes at Decorah Invitational


Chipping away ... Waukon girls golf freshman Alyssa Connelly chips a shot toward the green in a Friday, April 29 home competition against South Winneshiek and Charles City. As the lone competitor for this season’s team, Connelly shot a 63 at the home event. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls golf program had a busy end to this past week, with back-to-back days of competition making up the Indian schedule for the week. This season’s lone team member, freshman Alyssa Connelly, first played host to both Charles City and a South Winneshiek team the program tried to host several weeks earlier in a Friday, April 29 home double-dual before competing in an 18-hole tournament at Oneota Golf and Country Club in Decorah Saturday, April 30.

The Indian girls golf program was next scheduled to host New Hampton Monday, May 2, but had that meet canceled so New Hampton could make up a previously postponed double-dual. Waukon will then host the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament Monday, May 9 before preparing for its Friday, May 13 Class 2A Sectional Tournament.

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