DES MOINES — Drake Partridge of AHSTW crossed the finish line and immediately sought out the group cheeringly wildly in mint-colored T-shirts.

The Partridge family. No one had to tell them to come on and get happy.

“I had to get some lovin’ from them,’’ he said. “I just saw them all waiting for me, so I had to go run to them.’’

Partridge followed his victory in the 100 (11.32) with another in the 200 (22.34), highlighting area Class 1-A boys action on Saturday as the Iowa state track meet wrapped up at Drake Stadium.

In the team chase, Council Bluffs St. Albert fell just short of a repeat. However, the Falcons’ fourth-place finish in the final event, the 1,600 relay, allowed them to bring home the runner-up trophy with 42 points. George-Little Rock took home top honors with 52.

AHSTW’s Partridge said he wanted to share the moment with parents Trent and Melissa, older brother Tyson and grandparents Delmar and Cindy Greis.

“My entire life they’ve shown me so much support and love,’’ he said. “It’s just amazing that I could do it for them.’’

In the 100, Partridge edged Western Iowa Conference rival Val Andrusyshyn of Riverside, who placed second in 11.37.

“He’s a great runner,’’ Partridge said. “Me and him have helped each other along this entire path.’’

In the 200 Partridge had a bit more cushion, as Winfield-Mount Union’s Brandon Snowden was second in 22.51.

For St. Albert, it was coach James Cairney’s swan song. After five years at the helm, he’s accepted a teaching position at his alma mater, Harlan Community.

“I was talking to the guys and I broke down a little bit, for this being my last year here,’’ he said. “I think one thing that shined through from my first year on was the work ethic of these kids. That’s why they’re successful.’’

The Falcons turned in two runner-up performances on Saturday: Ethan Bernard in the 110 high hurdles (14.80), and the sprint medley relay team of Dillon White, Bernard, Luke Blaha and Sam Rallis (1:35.93).

“I think it shows hard we worked, from starting where we did and ending up here and what we did this weekend,’’ Bernard said.

The Falcons needed at least a fourth in the final event, the 1,600 relay, to clinch sole position of second in the team standings, and they finished fourth with Bernard, Connor Cerny, Ryan Hughes and Rallis (3:26.65). Hughes also finished seventh in the 800 (2:01.36), and Blaha was fifth in the 200 (22.77).

“We obviously have high expectations for ourselves,’’ said Hughes, a junior. “I think we’ll be able to look back on it and be proud of what we accomplished. We’re going to be hungry for next year.’’

Other top-five boys performances from western Iowa in 1-A on Saturday included Joshua Baudler of Nodaway Valley, third in the 1,600 (4:37.02); Noah Jorgenson of Sidney, fourth in the 800 (2:00.22), and Woodbine’s Wyatt Pryor, Layne Pryor, Brock Leaders and Tyler Coberly, fifth in the 1,600 relay (3:27.67).

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Lucas adds two more golds to Thursday count

DES MOINES — It was a strong day for Class 1-A western Iowa distance runners as the state track and field meet came to a close on Saturday.

Bedford senior Emma Lucas won her first 800-meter title in 2 minutes, 18.55 seconds and added the 1,500 title later in the day to compliment the 3,000 title she claimed on Thursday. Lucas made her move in the 800 with 200 meters left and held off AHSTW’s Ryann Portch, who was the runner-up in 2:20.57.

“I am stronger in the longer distances, but I knew if I pushed it I could get a good time,” said Lucas, a Kansas State recruit who was the runner-up in the event last year. “It was really fast with a lot of good competition. It was exciting to be honest, but (Glenwood transfer) Janette (Schraft) isn’t in 1-A anymore. If she was in 1-A today, she would have smoked all of us.”

Portch was pleased with her effort in a field that both drives and motivates her.

“I really think that is how I was supposed to run that, and with God’s help I really ran that intelligently,” she said. “It wasn’t my PR, but it was a great way to end the season.

“It was great to run against Emma Lucas because we motivate each other and it is just pushing each other and getting better. We push each other in a good way. We are friends and not enemies, but we are still competitors.”

Portch has already turned her eyes to next season as she looks to build on what she accomplished over the weekend.

“I think I have a lot of room for development, but I think it really gave me a good feeling and a good idea of what I should be running, what I should be look for in the future,” said Portch, who ran the anchor leg of her team’s seventh-place 1,600 relay.

Lucas won the 1,500 by more than six seconds.

Nodaway Valley got a runner-up finish from Lexi Shike in the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.65, just ahead of Logan-Magnolia’s Olivia Diggins’ 15.93. The Wolverines’ sprint medley relay finished as the runner-up in 1:52.66 behind Alburnett’s time of 1:51.79. They also took fourth in the shuttle hurdle relay and the 400 relay with marks of 1:09.37 and 51.44, respectively.

Kevin is The World-Herald's lead western Iowa sportswriter, covering about 60 high schools. He's also in charge of the sports department at The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs.

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