Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ and girls’ track and field had a large presence at the co-ed state meet May 19-21. The boys earned a ninth-place finish overall, and the girls finished 22nd in the state.

The 4x400-meter finals were the concluding event at the state meet. The Mustangs ended on a high note.

Anthony Jacobsen, Jackson Rude, Justin Ashley and Callen Bertrand finished with a school record. Their 3:23.45 time was good for a fourth-place finish at state.

"We’re all seniors, so it’s been a privilege," Bertrand said. "It just feels good to get up there on those boards and end strong. It’s awesome. You get adrenaline going, it’s pushing you further than you thought you could."

Rude, who ran the second leg, said the group showed great improvement throughout the season.

"We didn’t get the W, but we got the school record," Rude said. "We ran really well. It’s great running in front of all these people."

Jacobsen was happy with the way it all ended. Everything seemed to go just right during the last race.

"I think we had a real good rhythm going into it," Jacobsen said. "The handoffs were good, they were smooth."

Justin Ashley said it all started with a great run in the preliminaries that carried over to the finals. He said they gave it their all, and it turned out well. Bertrand also said maximum effort was crucial.

"You’re already pushing hard enough, but the crowd just helps you," Bertrand said. "You want to perform to your very best here."

Freshman Rancy Freeman had the second-best time in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash. He recorded a time of 11.30 seconds.

In the 100-meter finals, Freeman ran faster. With a mark of 11.25, he finished sixth in the state. He was the only freshman to qualify for the finals in class 3A. He said competing on a large stage was intimidating.

"I’ve never been here before," Freeman said. "This is scary."

It may have been scary, but Freeman responded well. Coming off a recent ACL tear, he hadn’t had many races under his belt heading into state competition. He said it felt great to win his first heat. Freeman also ran in the 200-meter dash and finished 13th in the preliminaries.

DC-G sent Rude, Seth Ashley, Jared Bravard and Justin Ashley to run in the 4x800-meter relay. The group combined for a time of 8:07.31 and finished third in the state.

Trey Washington and Evan Grimes competed in the long jump. Washington scored a distance of 21 feet, 6.5 inches and finished sixth. Grimes recorded 20-04.00 and placed 16th.

The Fillies featured Abby Weddle, Maci Masching, Rachel Lowary and Tatum Jorgensen in the sprint medley relay. The group finished in 1:49.25 and took home fourth place.

DC-G girls ran the 4x800-meter relay in 9:47.60 and finished 12th. The team was made up of Lexi Smith, Sami Sterbenz, Addie Dannewitz and Jorgensen.

The Fillies qualified for the finals in the shuttle hurdle relay. Abby Ryan, Carsyn Vance, Amber Workman and Masching ran a 1:08.11 in the preliminaries. They finished eighth in the finals, recording a time of 1:08.27.

The Fillies did well in the 4x200-meter relay. They finished fifth with a time of 1:45.82 behind Weddle, Ashley Murrow, Jorgensen and Lowary.

The Mustangs also qualified for the finals in the shuttle hurdle relay. Damon Clapper, Jacob Prohaska, Jeff Spaur and Bertrand earned a fifth-place finish in the finals at state with a time of 1:00.21.

DC-G’s boys took home a fourth-place finish in the distance medley relay. Sean Madsen, Grimes, Justin Ashley and Rude posted a mark of 3:38.60.

The Fillies qualified for the finals in the 4x100-meter relay. Weddle, Masching, Ryan and Workman finished eighth with a time of 51.52.

The Mustangs were represented by Jacobsen in the 400-meter dash. He finished 12th and recorded a time of 51.05.

Jacob Waymire earned a 13th place finish in the 1600-meter run. He ran the event in 4:43.43.

Smith finished 20th in the 3000-meter run for DC-G’s girls with a time of 11:12.90.

Weddle took 16th in the 200-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 27.28.

Dannewitz participated in the 1500-meter run. She came in 22nd with a time of 5:09.51.

Ally Ferguson finished 19th in the 400-meter dash. She completed the race with a mark of 1:04.22.

Murrow ran in the 100-meter dash. She recorded a time of 13.84 and finished 23rd in the preliminaries.

The Fillies raced in the distance medley relay and finished 20th. Ryan, Lauren Ashley, Jenna Borchers and Sterbenz combined for a time of 4:31.17.

Masching took 12th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.32.

The Mustangs finished 13th in the 4x200-meter relay. Backed by Sean Madsen, Austin Kloewer, Keaton Means and Washington, they ran a 1:31.78.

DC-G’s boys were represented by two athletes in the 400-meter hurdles. Bertrand finished 18th, and Garrett Skalnik took 22nd.

Clapper competed in the 110-meter hurdles and finished 20th in preliminaries. His time was 16.38.

Seth Ashley represented DC-G in the 800-meter run. He came in 16th and recorded a time of 2:02.74.

Wyatt Croushore took part in the discus throw for DC-G. He finished 19th with his best distance of 133-06 coming on his second attempt.

It was a busy three days for DC-G at the state meet in Des Moines.