Boys Track & Field Power Index Newsletter — May 18, 2021
The final set of track and field rankings, powered by the Varsity Bound Power Index, is live. Several teams put together their best performances at the state qualifying meets last week. All these meets took place on May 13, 2021.
*Article and rankings reflect results through May 15, 2021.
All ten teams from last week’s Class 4A rankings stayed the same this week. Cedar Falls remains No. 1 heading into the state meet. Dowling Catholic moved from No. 6 to No. 2 for its performance at its state qualifying meet. The Maroons won the meet with 166 points. Mikey McClain won both the 100-meter dash (11.06) and 200-meter dash (21.67). Joseph Reed won the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.93, and Will Bussey won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.54. Koah Thompson (14.97) and Adam Wright (15.08) placed first and second, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles. Thompson also placed third in the high jump (6-00) as fellow Maroon Owen Conn tied for first (6-01). Jackson Heidesch won the 1600-meter run (4:24.19) and placed second in the 3200-meter run (9:37.54). Russell Pearson picked up second in both the shot put (49-09) and discus (149-06). Dowling Catholic won the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay (58.98) and placed second in five other relays — 4x100 (43.03), 4x200 (1:30.74), 4x800 (8:21.01), 800 medley (1:36.83), 1600 medley (3:41.73). The only other movement in Class 4A this week is Iowa City Liberty went from No. 10 to No. 9.
Pella posted its best meet of the year at its state qualifying meet to hold onto the top spot this week. The Dutch won the meet with 154 points. The two teams that moved up this week are No. 2 ADM and No. 5 Dallas Center-Grimes. Both teams competed at the same state qualifying meet. ADM’s Nate Mueller won the 800-meter run (1:58.40), 1600-meter run (4:28.07) and 3200-meter run (9:56.12). Fellow Tiger Nathan Royer placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.26. Royer and Mueller were also the final two legs of the 4x800-meter relay that placed first with a time of 8:20.10. Brevin Doll won the 200-meter dash (22.41), and Tate Stine-Smith won the high jump (6-00). ADM also won the 4x400-meter relay (3:28.12), 800 medley relay (1:34.04) and 1600 medley relay (3:36.49). Dallas Center Grimes’ Zach Brand won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.36. Aidan Ramsey finished second in both the 1600-meter run (4:40.22) and 3200-meter run (9:59.50). The Mustangs took first and second in both throwing events. Blake Willey (50-01) and Grant Waymire (49-02) took first and second, respectively, in the shot put. Brody Burgher (139-07) won the discus with fellow Mustang Gavin Rupp (137-06) placing second. Dallas Center-Grimes placed second in five relays — 4x100 (42.83), 4x200 (1:30.21), 4x800 (8:32.56), 1600 medley (3:36.52) and 4x110 shuttle hurdle (1:02.20).
Nine teams from last week remain ranked, including top-ranked Dike-New Hartford. The Wolverines’ conference meet still stands as their best of the season, but they won their state qualifying meet last week with 152 points. The only new team to this week’s rankings is No. 7 Spirit Lake. The Indians won their state qualifying meet with 106 points. Dillon Fine (11.76) and Ethan Backhaus (11.82) placed first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Qai Hussey placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.51 as fellow Indian Vance Katzfey placed second with a time of 23.62. Hussey (49.18) also placed second in the 400-meter dash, and Katzfey (51.00) placed third. Jack Latham won the 110-meter hurdles (15.02) and anchored the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:03.30) to a win.
Like last week, Madrid holds onto its top spot in the rankings this week putting together its best meet during its state qualifier, winning with 195.50 points. Lisbon moves up from No. 3 to No. 2 this week after is state qualifier. The Lions won the meet with 140.50 points. The Earlham Cardinals jump from unranked to No. 4 after winning their state qualifying meet with 130 points. Jayden Dickson (2:01.52) and Dominic Braet (2:01.62) placed first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run. Braet (4:40.42) also placed second in the 1600-meter run behind fellow Cardinal Zach Dixson (4:32.89). Dixson also won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:07.03. Earlham picked up wins in the 4x400-meter relay (3:32.94), the 4x800-meter relay (8:12.77) and the 1600 medley relay (3:43.01).