MONDAMIN, Iowa — It had been a good day for Council Bluffs St. Albert senior Max Ross. He wanted to make it a great one.
After winning the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, Ross was passed by Fremont-Mills' Jason Rusten entering the bell lap of the 1,600 medley relay. He didn't panic.
"About that 200 mark, I saw him and I said, 'My teammates are counting on me. You've got to reel him in,''' he said.
Ross anchored the Falcons to the victory for his third gold medal, and St. Albert went on to claim the team title at the state-qualifying meet by a 118-103 margin over runner-up Logan-Magnolia at West Harrison High School.
Logan-Magnolia won the girls championship by a 133-97 count over runner-up Fremont-Mills on a near-perfect night for competition. In 1-A, only the event champions are automatic qualifiers for next week's state meet. The next 12 performances will also advance, but those likely won't be known until Saturday.
The St. Albert boys won six events in all. Jackson Scott-Brown took the discus in a personal-best 157 feet, 4 inches, and Glen Bertelson won the 400 (51.24). AndrewHanafan, Elijah Finn, Luke Gronstal and Bertelson joined to win the 1,600 relay (3:34.65). Bertelson, Hanafan and Gronstal ran the first three legs of the medley, with freshman Gronstal easily running his personal-best split with a 52.5.
"We had several kids run PRs tonight, which was awesome," St. Albert coach James Cairney said. "They came out and they competed. It was nice to be against other schools our size. Going against Harlan and Glenwood all the time, I love doing that because it makes us move faster."
The Logan-Magnolia girls got wins from Caitlyn Casey (3,000), freshman Delaney Ettleman (shot put) and freshman Kaitlin Diggins (discus). Kylan Straight, another freshman, placed second in three individual events.
"We hung up all kinds of stuff in the gym, where they were at and where they sat," Logan-Magnolia coach Gene Esser said. "We just saw a lot of places where we could not necessarily qualify for state, but score a lot of points and maybe win the district."
Kelsey Hurley had an impressive day for Fremont-Mills, winning the high jump, 200 and 400 as well as anchoring the Knights from behind to win the sprint medley relay.