Western Iowa athletes in the 2019 season have added nine girls and nine boys track and field performances to the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Time Charts.
For decades, the World-Herald has kept leaders charts to chronicle the top 10 performances in each event. Keep in mind those athletes listed were part of the newspaper’s southwest Iowa or western Iowa coverage area when they competed. The circulation area has changed through the years.
Senior Janette Schraft of Glenwood and junior Amber Aesoph of Sioux City Heelan are responsible for six of the nine additions to the girls chart.
Schraft, an Iowa State recruit, now ranks fourth all-time in the 800 (2:11.55), fourth in the 1,500 (4:41.53) and sixth in the 3,000 (10:09.49). Aesoph ranks fifth in the 1,500 (4:42.45) and sixth in the 800 (2:12.41), and anchored the Crusader distance medley relay team that ranks second (4:04.86). In that relay, Hope Sokolowski and Hannah Hutchinson ran the 200-meter legs, and Madison Jochum ran the 400.
The other girls additions are from Abraham Lincoln’s Darby Thomas in the 100 hurdles (tied for fifth in 14.23), Sioux City West’s Holly Duax in the 200 (eighth in 24.75) and Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Madison Harms in the high jump (tied her mark of 5 feet, 7 inches from last year that was tied for 10th).
Junior Logan Jones of Lewis Central, an Iowa football recruit, is the lone western Iowa boy responsible for two additions in individual events. He now ranks fifth in the discus (185-10) and seventh in the shot put (60-2).
However, 10 other boys have a hand in two additions each this season. From Sergeant Bluff-Luton, junior Jorma Schwedler ranks fourth in the 400 (48.39) and was a member of the 1,600 relay team that ranks 10th (3:21.47). Schwedler’s teammate, Easton Ritz, contributed to that 1,600 relay along with his team’s 3,200 relay (7:58.68), which is seventh.
Sioux City East and Atlantic each had four runners who contributed to a pair of marks that made the all-time charts.
East ran a western Iowa all-time best 42.06 in the 400 relay at the state meet. That time placed third in the Class 4-A final. Juniors Kayden Jones and Gabe Wagner, and seniors Ray Ray Douglas and Ardell Inlay comprised the relay. They also combined for a 1:28.77 in the 800 relay, which ranks sixth.
Atlantic sophomore Colin Mullenix, junior Tyler Moen and seniors Zade Niklasen and Chase Mullenix combined for times of 3:31.13 in the distance medley relay (third on the all-time chart) and 3:21.11 in the 1,600 relay (ninth). In the distance medley, Moen ran the 400 and Chase Mullenix the 800.