Waukee boys capture team state championship
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The Waukee girls’ track team didn’t repeat their state championship, but the Warrior boys are back on top as they took home the state track team title after the state track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, which ran from May 22, to May 24. The Warrior boys scored 80 team points, outscoring second-place Linn-Mar by 12.
The Warrior girls, who dominated nearly every meet they competed in this season scored 48 points and didn’t have anyone win an individual or relay team state title.
The Warrior boys’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Josh Brdicko, Kalen Renshaw, Scott Stanley and Jared Brdicko, who won the Drake Relays, not only won the state championship, and not only set the all-time record in that race, but also achieved their goal of running the race in under 56 seconds as they finished with a time of 55.78 seconds.
“We’ve been shooting for a 55 all year and they (Josh and Jared Brdicko) have for the last two or three years,” Renshaw said. “It’s just great to finally get it.”
Renshaw joined this shuttle hurdle team at the Drake Relays when they needed a substitute for an injured teammate and he has stuck with them since.
The Warriors 4x100 team and 4x200 team, both consisting of Nihad Ejubovic, Trevor Allen, AJ Allen and Corbin Lowe, both won state titles at the state meet as well. In the 4x100 meter relay, they finished in 42.03 seconds and in the 4x200 meter relay, they finished in 1:27.26, both new school records.
“It was great,” Lowe said after winning the 4x200 meter relay state title. “Just watching them on the video board was a good feeling.”
Lowe anchored the 4x200 meter relay team and said he knew they would be fine when he got the baton on the last 200 meters.
“We do this every race and we always pick it up again, but it was a team effort,” Lowe said. “We all ran well.”
In addition to the three state titles for the boys, Ross Reynolds, the three-time state qualifier, set a new school record in the shot put and took second overall at the state meet. Reynolds had a throw of 56-06, just ten inches behind the winner, Jacob Barents of Lewis Central.
Robert Primrose took fifth place in the long jump while the 4x800 meter relay team got fourth place. Noah Larrison also got fourth place in the 400 meter hurdles.
The distance medley relay team got fifth place and Jared Brdicko got fourth in the 110 meter hurdles.
On the girls’ side of the meet, Erin Bramble took fourth place in the shot put while Caroline Slaughter took fifth in the discus. Talia Buss, a sophomore this season took fourth place in the 100 meter dash and sixth place in the 200 meter dash.
Mallory Smith of Waukee took fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles while Erika Lewis took third place in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 64.42 seconds. The 4x100 meter relay team took fourth place at the state meet.
The 4x200 meter relay team of Gabi Gaines, Taylor Gates, Shaye Witte and Buss took third place while the 4x800 meter relay team of Kayla Sabotin, Maggie Laird, Sydney Slagter and Lewis took third place.