The Ottumwa Courier


May 21, 2013

Albia 4x400 becomes first boys state track champ; CV's Busch defends 800 title

DES MOINES – It had probably never been said before. Or at least, it hadn’t held up as remaining true to the end.

But as he watched teammate Alex Schultz race down the backstretch of Drake Stadium with a big lead on the rest of the field on the final lap of the 2A boys 4x400 Saturday afternoon, Albia’s Ryan Sarver said out loud what no Blue Demon track athlete before has ever had the opportunity to say before.

“I think we’ve won it, guys,” Sarver said to fellow 4x400 teammates Brett Leshen and brother Luke Sarver.

It would be a state championship, which Schultz would indeed bring home 200 meters later. As he came home at 3:21.21 Saturday shortly before 4 p.m., Schultz did something no Albia boys track athlete has ever done before as he crossed the finish line at the state track meet first to bring home the program’s first ever state championship.

“I heard everybody yelling I was coming down the homestretch. I thought Monticello was right behind me, so I gave it everything I had,” Schultz said. “When I was about 10 meters away, I knew we had it. It’s just a great feeling to know we’re the first ones to win a state title here.”

Schultz was given the opportunity to bring home the championship thanks to the position his teammates gave him as Schultz was handed the baton for the final lap with a nearly 100-meter lead on the field. Most of the lead was gained by Luke Sarver, who took the handoff at the midpoint of a tight race with Monticello from Leshen and ran away from the rest of the pack to give the Blue Demons a huge lead heading into the final 600 meters.

“We knew that it was going to be close through the first two runners. We discussed that with (head) coach (Todd Ratliff) earlier in the day,” Luke Sarver said of his fast 400 meters. “My goal was to get the baton and get as big a lead as I possibly could. We got so close on Friday to winning the first state in the 4x200. To have that first-ever second-place finish motivated us to come back here and get that first state title in this event.”

Text Only
  • 0802 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth photo Ottumwa 14s clear opening MWP regional hurdle BOONVILLE, Mo. — Joey Mitchell came up with not one, but two bases-clearing doubles in his last two at-bats. After snapping a 3-3 tie in the fifth with his first three-run hit, Mitchell gave the Ottumwa 14-year-olds a big insurance hit to drive in th

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0802 OTT Sports Adam Denniston photo Denniston makes Elite World Series OTTUMWA — Adam Denniston overcame the spitefulness of long odds by earning a spot at the 11U USSSA Elite Class World Series. To secure one of the 15 spots on the roster, Adam Denniston, the younger brother of Austin Denniston (a member of the 2012

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0802 OTT Sports Otis Roby Twin Cedars photo Perfect Rematch DES MOINES — They were the last team to beat Twin Cedars on the baseball diamond. Now, Mason City Newman is the last obstacle for the Sabers to clear in 2014 to cap a perfect summer. Call it fitting. Call it symbolic. Call it much-anticipated. Just d

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Mason City Newman celebrates Walk-off win sends Newman Catholic back to 1A finals DES MOINES — Top-seeded Mason City Newman Catholic advanced to the state tournament finals with a walk-off 5-4 win over fourth-seeded Don Bosco in the first of two Class 1A semifinal games Thursday afternoon at Principal Park.Don Bosco scored two run

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports 2A State Baseball photo Fast start powers North Polk back into 2A Final DES MOINES — Top-seeded North Polk beat fifth-seeded and Heart of Iowa Conference rival Roland-Story 6-2 in the first Class 2A semifinal Thursday evening at Principal Park.The Comets scored all six runs in the first two innings, three each inning, en

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Southeast Iowa Fishing Reports Rathbun ReservoirThe current lake level is 905.38 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chicken liver. Target areas in coves and bays. Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been having some success trolling crankbaits ar

    August 1, 2014

  • On Tap Saturday Prep Baseball Class 1A State Finals Twin Cedars vs. Newman Catholic at Des Moines (Principal Park), Noon

    August 1, 2014

  • 0802 OTT Sports IHCC Soccer Coach Doug Seigle mug IHCC Soccer Training Camp date set OTTUMWA– Head coach Doug Seigle has announced the date for players on this year's roster, and those who hope to make the squad, to report for the start of preseason workouts. Seigle says all IHCC women’s and men's soccer players who have signed to pl

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports RAGBRAI photo Native Ottumwa cyclist sets powerful example VACAVILLE, Calif. — Scott Pettengill has a passion for life and an indomitable optimism that refuses to be dimmed. Pettengill, a native Ottumwan who now lives in northern California, just finished riding the [Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bicyc

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports Bryon Peyton photo Former Pekin coaches reunite at state tournament DES MOINES — For 15 years, Bryon Peyton and Jeff Eeling shared the dream of coaching together at the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament. It certainly wasn’t the way they may have imagined it, but almost 30 years later, the dream came true. Pe

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

Sports photo reprints