SIOUX CITY, IOWA (KCAU) – A ton of Siouxland athletes contending for State titles, time to see who earns ultimate glory on the track for running finals in all classes.

Starting in the 800 Spring Medley Relay finals. And we had some early fireworks for 1A girls. Lawton-Bronson quartet of Addison Rubendall, Sydney Brouwer, Alice Mahoney, and Jolee Mesz… and it’s Mesz leading the pack into the final stretch… there’s no catching her. Eagles earn gold in 1 minute 51.3 seconds to become the newest 1A 800 Sprint Medley State Champs! Stellar start to the day for a group who holds a strong belief in one another.

“We just trust each other because we all worked so hard together at practice and even in months before. We all just had confidence and faith that we could come here and do our best,” Sydney Brouwer said.

Eagles weren’t done there. Same event in 1A, the defending champ Lawton-Bronson team of Leighton Olesen, Caleb Garnand, Louden Grimsley and Theo Moseman with the lead into the final relay… the 4×200 State champs from yesterday adding another title today! Moseman anchoring it home in blistering time, finishing in 1 minute 31.1 seconds for a new 1A State record and second on the all-time list! Back-to-back 800 Sprint Medley Relay titles for the Eagles… and they knew they’d be quick.

“I knew it was going to be really, really fast today. Without my boys I would not have been able to bring it home. They got me a little bit of a lead and I just carried it and won it for them. Thank the Good Lord,” Moseman mentioned.

In the Girls 2A 800 meter. Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer the 2021 champion, third place last year, she gets back on the podium in 2023! The South Dakota commit clocks in at 2 minutes 13.6 seconds to claim her 2nd State title in 3 years… and Madison didn’t have to look far for motivation.

“Just having that feeling my sophomore year and then junior year was little bit of a struggle. it just really motivated me to just stay strong, get in the weight room, and focus in on my practices,” Madison Brouwer highlighted.

One the boys’ end. Reigning 4A champion Gabe Nash of Sioux City North in a loaded 800 meter field. Nash started at the back but he’d work his way to the front. The future Husker finishes for gold in a season best time of 1 minute 52.3 seconds! 2 years, 2 titles, carrying out the Nash name in the Blue Oval.

“Just carrying on my family’s legacy. My grandpa went to school here actually too so it’s so surreal to just be here in a packed Drake Stadium,” Nash emphaszied.

In the hurdle event, Defending 1A champion Remsen St. Mary’s pushing hard. Claire Schroeder gets them fifth overall in 1:08.5. We had a photo finish in 2A. Sioux Central and Ridge View battling one another down the stretch! A pair of State record times and it’s Preslie Peterson winning it in 1 minute 4.6 seconds for the State crown! Decided by just 0.08 second, the Rebels ran the race of their season.

“We absolutely crushed it. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to it this is perfect. I’m at a loss for words right now. I mean we all ran perfect, we all ran great and this is where we needed it to happen,” Sioux Central senior Brynn Webber said.

Spencer’s Jerra Merchant ran a State record time in the prelims, here she is doing the same in the final! The senior wins it in 14.39 seconds, good for a new PR and a new 3A State record in the final race of her high school career! Also, history in the making for Mia Walker. The senior wins the 1A 100-meter dash in 12.41 seconds, giving Newell-Fonda its first ever State title.

“I would never have imagined myself in this position right now. It didn’t seem fathomable but here I am now,” Walked mentioned.

“I didn’t even know what the record was honestly before coming into the meet but once I got it that first time I was like well might as well do it again. I was working hard at it for so long so I was ready to do it,” Merchant added.

Girls 2A 1500-meter. Remember Madison Brouwer? Well here she is fighting her way into 2nd with one lap to go. The Sibley-Ocheyedan senior all alone in the home stretch and after finishing runner-up last year, Brouwer takes home the title in 4:36.7 seconds. Brouwer a champion in 2 events today. Then in the 4A 200-meter dash, Sioux City East’s Elliana Harris yet to win a final this weekend until today! The junior fending off Southeast Polk… powers through for first in 24.60 seconds! Harris gets her gold, ending her year a State Champion in the 200 meter.

“It’s my favorite race and I think I’m the best at it. I just love competing with these other girls here and I just love the 200 more than any other event. Just get everything I had left and go for the finish line because I knew I was right there,” Harris highlighted.