Dodgers show progress at state

DES MOINES – Both the Fort Dodge boys and girls track teams were able to find silver linings in their performances Friday at the Class 4A state meet.

Senior Jake Porter placed 16th in the boys shot put with a throw of 48-4.5, while classmate Riley Prescott (47-8) settled for 20th in that same event. Lewis Central’s Jacob Barents (57-4) was the winner. Porter entered seeded 19th, and Prescott was 12th.

“We had some good and bad (Friday). I know Riley and Jake were both disappointed they weren’t able to hit 50 feet, but it was nice to see them finish up down (in Des Moines) after not qualifying last year,” FDSH head coach John McBride said.

Fort Dodge’s 4×100 relay quartet of junior J.T. Wigley, senior Zach Anderson, sophomore Sam Cook and junior Cray Washington also checked in 14th (43.77) in the prelims. Waukee (42.37) advanced with the fastest clocking.

“Our 4×1 ran the fastest time ever since I’ve been the coach (in seven years),” said McBride. “When you convert the school record to a handheld time it’s 43.74. I thought all four of our guys ran well.”

The Dodger 4×100, which competed at the Drake Relays last month, was making its second consecutive state appearance.

On the girls side, Fort Dodge’s 4×100 narrowly missed out on a finals bid with a ninth-place mark of 49.52. Running for the Dodgers were freshman Shariah Smith, freshman Car’Maiya Mosley, senior Lexi Astor and senior Tiana Mericle.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson (48.17) prevailed. Iowa City High (49.51) edged Fort Dodge for eighth.

“I’m upset we didn’t get into the finals, but we still broke the school record,” FDSH head coach Todd Constable said. “If you look back the last four or five years, we normally would’ve made it. The times were just exceptionally fast (yesterday). I’m not sure we could’ve run any faster.”

At the Drake Relays earlier this year, the Dodger girls 4×100 was seventh after setting a new school record in the prelims.

Wrapping up state action, the Fort Dodge girls sprint medley will participate at around 9 a.m. this morning.