DES MOINES — The Albia boys 4x400 relay team closed out the 2013 Iowa High School State Track and Field meet in thrilling fashion on Saturday, bringing home the first championship in program history by winning the 2A state relay race. The team of brothers Ryan and Luke Sarver along with Brett Leshen and Alex Schultz brought home the championship in the third to last race of the season, winning the title over Dyersville Beckman in a time of 3:21.21.
Ryan Sarver put Albia into position early, handing Leshen the baton after putting the Blue Demons in fourth after the opening lap. Leshen quickly bolted to the lead in the first 100 meters and held a slim lead before handing off to Luke Sarver for the third leg. Sarver pulled away to a huge advantage before handing off to Schultz, who held on to a comfortable margin to hold off a late charge from Beckman to earn the first state track title for Albia's program.
The victory brought to a close a day in which three area state track champs were crowned. Centerville senior Payton Busch closed out his career in style by defending his 3A boys state 800 meter run championship in a time 1:55.43 one day after anchoring the Big Reds to a defense of their Distance Medley relay title. North Mahaska senior Beau Freeborn also won the 800 meter title in the boys 1A race in a time of 1:55.68, beating out a field that included a fourth place finish from Sigourney senior David Wehr in 2:00.25.
The Davis County girls finished seventh as a team in their bid for a state team title on Saturday. The Mustangs scored points from all three of their girls that competed on Saturday as sophomore Addie McKee finished fifth in the 2A girls 800 run in 2:20.42 while junior teammate Ally McClure was eighth in the same race in 2:22.49. Senior Kassidy Sharp capped the Mustangs state meet run with a third-place run that included a personal-best run of 15.76 in the 2A girls 100 meter finals.
Fairfield senior Sydney Howard fell short in her bid to cap her career with back-to-back state championship defenses on Saturday. The defending girls 3A 100 and 200 meter champ was edged out by Davenport Assumption's Rose Ripslinger by .06 seconds in the 100 meter dash, then finished fourth in the 200 in a time of 28.12 seconds.
Keep checking ottumwa.com for more on a full recap of the Iowa High School State Track and Field meet, which will also be found in Tuesday's edition of the Ottumwa Courier.
SATURDAY'S STATE TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS
Girls Sprint Medley Finals
2A - EBF (Sadie Baugher, McKinley Moore, Tasha Alexander, Karlie Taylor) (Finished seventh in a time of 1:53.37).
3A - Fairfield (McKenzie McClure, Erin Thompson, Cierra Bielinski, Jessica Lamb) (Finished 22nd in a time of 1:57.46).
Girls 800 Meter Run Finals
1A - Gwynne Wright (FR) Pekin (Finished 10th in a time of 2:25.52).
2A - Addie McKee (SO) Davis County (Finished fifth in a time of 2:20.42).
2A - Ally McClure (JR) Davis County (Finished eighth in a time of 2:22.49).
2A - Kim Teno (SR) Albia (Finished 22nd in a time of 2:31.03).
3A - Tori Palmer (FR) Oskaloosa (Finished 21st in a time of 2:28.43).
3A - Jessica Lamb (SR) Fairfield (Finished 22nd in a time of 2:28.86).
Boys 800 Meter Run Finals
1A - Beau Freeborn (SR) North Mahaska (Won State Championship in a time of 1:55.68).
1A - David Wehr (SR) Sigourney (Fininshed fourth in a time of 2:00.25).
3A - Payton Busch (SR) Centerville (Won State Championship in a time of 1:55.43).
Girls Shuttle Hurdle Relay Final
3A - Oskaloosa (Allie Christenson, Kelsie Tomlin, Kenzie Gunter, Taylor Richardson) (Finished fourth in a time of 1:07.28).
Girls 100 Meter Dash Final
3A - Sydney Howard (SR) Fairfield (Finished second in a time of 12.66).
Girls 100 Meter Hurdle Final
1A - Hanna Haynes (SR) Van Buren (Finished sixth in a time of 16.13).
2A - Kassidy Sharp (SR) Davis County (Finished third in a time of 15.76).
Boys 110 Meter Hurdle Final
3A - Jonny Swanson (SR) Fairfield (Finished third in a time of 14.88).
Girls 200 Meter Dash Final
3A - Sydney Howard (SR) Fairfield (Finished fourth in a time of 28.12).
Boys 1600 Meter Run Final
1A - Trent Wanders (SO) North Mahaska (Finished 21st in a time of 4:56.28)
3A - Ben Grothe (SR) Centerville (Finished 24th in a time of 4:58.39).
Girls 1500 Meter Run Final, 2:15 p.m.
1A - Gwynne Wright (FR) Pekin (Finished 12th in a time of 5:12.12).
1A - Unity Daugherty (JR) Van Buren (Finished 18th in a time of 5:18.94).
1A - Maleaha Earnest (SR) Pekin (Finished 19th in a time of 5:20.02).
3A - Bailey Blythe (FR) Oskaloosa (Finished 10th in a time of 5:04.54).
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay Final, 3:20 p.m.
2A - Albia (Ryan Sarver, Brett Leshen, Luke Sarver, Alex Schultz) (Finished seventh in a time of 45.06).
3A - Oskaloosa (Jared Pace, KiJana DeJong, Tyce Sarver, Drew Richmond) (Finished sixth in a time of 44.51).
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Final, 4:05 p.m.
2A - Albia (Ryan Sarver, Brett Leshen, Luke Sarver, Alex Schultz).