Stellar bevy of athletes expected this afternoon at Demon Relays
The Demon Relays, featuring both the Washington High School boys’ and girls’ track teams, are scheduled for this afternoon. The field events will begin at 4 p.m. and the races are slated to start at 4:30 p.m.
What will be on display for the crowd is a show of athleticism equal to any other event in the state. The event will also be Senior Night for nine Washington athletes.
The three Demon senior girls set to be honored are Stephanie Fishback, Dema Giardino and Grace Redlinger. The six Demon senior boys who will be on the track at Case Field for the last time are Alex Coker, Jacob Green, Noah Lebsack, Chase Litchfield and Mason Quigley.
Schools scheduled to appear besides the host school include the Clear-Creek Amana Clippers (boys), Columbus Community Wildcats (boys and girls), Fairfield Trojans (boys and girls), Lone Tree Lions (girls), Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks (boys) Wapello Indians (girls) and WACO Warriors (boys and girls).
The field of athletes who will be present for the field events is loaded. Michael Fritz of Fairfield leads the field of boys’ discus throwers with a mark of 117 feet. Jordyn Meierotto of Fort Madison will be one of the top competitors in the girls’ high jump with her mark of 5 feet.
For the boys’ long jump, Alex Coker of Washington figures to be one of the favorites as his mark of 21 feet leads the crowd. Tommy Peterson of the Demons also will be a force to be reckoned with in the shot put with a mark of 51-10.
Washington’s girls’ throwers’ relay team of Emma Stout, McKayla Miller, Addie Pacha and Makenna Goodwin have a seeding time of 1:10. On the boys’ side of the throwers’ relay, the Columbus Community team of Tucker Morrisson, Danny Fuentes, Peter Cano and Mark Ramirez will look to contend with their seeding time of 52.3.
In similar fashion, the individual distance races will be very competitive. The Trojans’ Taylor Ferrel has a stellar seeding time of 11 minutes, 15 seconds in the 3,000-meter run. Jared Draper of Mid-Prairie, who has a seeding time of 10:23, will look to best his competition in the 3,200-meter run. Golden Hawk Zeb Schwartz boasts the top seeding time in the 1,600-meter run, that time being 4:55. Kaylee Alvarez of the Bloodhounds will be featured in the 1,500-meter run with her seeding time of 5:19.
To preview the middle-distance runs, it would be remiss to exclude Taylor Hills of the Wildcats and Mid-Prairie’s Ty Feigenspan, who both come in with the lowest marks in their fields. Hills’ seeding time is 2:34 and Feigenspan’s is 2:05.75.
The crowd should be advised to keep their eyes open when the sprints start, or they might miss them. In the girls’ 100-meter dash, spectators should look for the Demon’s Macy Marek, who recently posted a personal best time of 12.88. On the boys’ side of the 100, Washington’s Carl Sivels will look to dazzle the crowd with his time of 11.16. Stephanie Fishback and Marek, both of the Demons, could make the girls’ 200-meter dash exciting as they both come in with seeding times of 27 seconds. Tanner Bandy of Clear-Creek Amana could have his name listed among the field otherwise full of Demons atop the sprinter finishes, as his seeding time of 23.14 in the boys’ 200 is tops.
Washington’s Morgan Kimball is one to watch in the girls’ 400-meter dash, with a seeding time of 1:03. The Demons’ Noah Lebsack could be the star of the boys’ 400 with a seeding time of 53.13.
Marissa Repp of Fairfield will look to be the top contender in the 100-meter hurdles and Dylan Carlson of WACO will try to justify his status as a favorite in the 110-meter hurdles. The girls’ 400-meter hurdles could be won by Jessie Buchholz of Washington, who comes in with a seeding time of 1:16. On the boys’ side of the 400 hurdles, the competitive seeding time of 1:02.9 belongs to the Golden Hawks’ Evan Wild.
Not to be outdone, the relays shouldn’t disappoint either. Mid-Prairie’s boys’ 4x800-meter relay team of Andrew Schwartz, Colin Weber, Z. Schwartz and Feigenspan will make the race tough on their opponents with a seeding time of 8:44.75.
The Trojan team of Mackenzie McClure, Emma Kuehl, Sami Fritz and Ashlyn Elmore come in with a seeding time of 4:32.39 in the girls’ distance medley. In the boys’ 4x200-meter relay, Columbus Community has put together an explosive team of Mauricio Ramirez, Angel Rodriguez, Ricardo Roman and Rickey Rivers, who have a seeding time of 1:35.9.
Strong events for the Demons as far as the relays go include the girls’ 4x200-meter relay, the girls’ 800-meter sprint medley, and both the boys’ and girls’ 4x100-meter relays. The girls’ 200 team of Kelly Wheeler, Dema Giardino, Grace Redlinger and Fishback has a seeding time of 1:54. The girls’ sprint medley team of Wheeler, Giardino, Marek and Kimball has a seeding time of 1:58.18. The girls’ 100 team’s (Marek, Fishback, Giardino and Redlinger) seeding time is 52.41. The boys’ 100 team’s (Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Jack Giardino and Coker) seeding time is 44.2.
The Warriors’ 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Brett Heseltien, Cornell Hulme, Bryce Achen and Carlson has been running well, with a seeding time of 1:03.13. The Wildcat 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle team of Laura Mincks, Shania Boyd, Monaye Matthews and Kelsey Pretz are among the favorites with a seeding time of 1:16.11.
In the boys’ 1,600-meter sprint medley, the Golden Hawk team of Isaiahn Powell, Z. Schwartz, Weber and Draper figure to be the top contender going in as their seeding time is 3:50. In the girls’ 4x400-meter relay field, Fairfield’s team of Brynna Bowman, Kenady Waugh, Ferrel and Repp will try to add a first-place finish to their resume. Their seeding time is 4:29.5. The boys’ side of the 4x400 will feature the Trojan team of Federico Ferretti, Jordan Reid, Narendra Martin and Zach Martin and its seeding time of 3:41.
For the price of admission, the sports spectacle that the 2014 Demon Relays offer is a value that can’t be beat. Full coverage of all the events will be in tomorrow’s edition of The Washington Evening Journal.