There will be eight different Perry track teams in Des Moines this Thursday when the Bluejays and Jayettes fly west for a weekend of state competitions.
Last Thursday at Denison High School, Perry finished District meets with 12 athletes punching their tickets for a shot at a state title.
Seven Bluejays and five Jayettes combined for a total of four individual events and four team events.
Reece Dunlap, Bluejay junior, held the school’s highest seed of the afternoon when he captured first place in the 200-meter dash at 22.56.
Dunlap along with teammate Adan Medina will compete in the 400-meter dash. Dunlap placed fourth with a 40.40 while Medina was a few steps behind with a 50.95 for fifth overall.
Both runners added an additional two state meets to their workload when the 800-Medley Relay and the 4x400 made qualifying teams.
In the 800 Dunlap, Medina, Mana Martinez, and Brandon Kenyon finished third with a combined time of 1:37.28
The 4x400 of Dunlap, Medina, Kenyon and Rashon Ivory ran to a fourth place finish after running a 3:24.93.
It wasn’t all team events for Kenyon who managed a second place finish in the 800-meter run with a qualifying run of 2:03.08.
Perry’s final boys’ qualify team was the 4x800. Kenyon, Ivory, Zachary Thompson, and Kaleb Olejniczak recorded a third place finish with a time of 8:24.87.
“The boys ran very well last night,” Ben Coy, Bluejays’ head coach said.
Brandon Kenyon qualified in the 800
On the girls side Grace Stewart made her way to a top three finish when she placed second overall in the 3000-meter run with a time of 11:45.60.
She won’t be the lone Jayette state representative as the distance team of Rachel Kinney, Breanna Penenger, Haley Vaughn and Sidney Vancil earned third place with a 10:44.99
Overall eight schools participated. First place points went to the Denison-Schleswig boys (176) and the SB-Luton girls (178).
In second place were both the Glenwood girls (145) and boys (126). The Harlan boys (123) and the Atlantic girls (110) snatched third place.
Harlan’s girls (80) and Carroll’s boys (96) placed fourth. In fifth were the boys of Greene County (70) and the Denison-Schleswig girls (75).
The Carroll girls (58) and Atlantic boys (66) finished sixth. In seventh were the Jayettes (55) and SB-Luton boys (43.)
It was the Bluejays (37) and the Greene County Rams (38) falling to the eighth and final spots. State competition kicks off this Thursday, May 18 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.