Iowa DB signee Riley Moss discusses 110 hurdles win at state track, capping a dominant senior season. Matthew Bain, email@example.com
Riley Moss didn’t think he’d make Saturday’s final in the Class 4A 110-meter hurdles.
He entered the state meet as the unquestioned favorite in that event. His 13.85 time from April’s Kansas Relays is an all-time best in Iowa. No other hurdler in the state had dipped below 14 seconds this year.
After tripping over his first hurdle in Friday’s preliminary heat, Moss worried his time couldn’t make the final.
But it was enough — fourth-best.
And, running from lane No. 7, Moss capped a dominant senior season with a state title in the 4A 110-meter hurdles Saturday, crossing the finish line in 14.02.
"It’s always fun breaking that goal — making one harder to achieve and breaking that," the Ankeny Centennial standout said. "If you would have told me in the beginning of the year I was going to run what I’m running now, I would have told you you were crazy."
Moss finished second in this event last year with a time of 14.62. He’s been top dog in the 110 hurdles all this spring, though, running the fastest time in the state by nearly .4 seconds and winning the Drake Relays crown at 14.04.
He has thrived with a target on his back. That didn’t change Saturday, as Moss pulled ahead early and finished four-tenths of a seconds ahead of second-place Trent Davis of Linn-Mar.
"I come into every meet thinking the dude next to me is going to be able to beat me, and that keeps my energy and my competitiveness up so I can run my best race each time," Moss said. "But there’s a lot of pressure, winning and having (guys) come at you."
Moss also helped Centennial place second in the 4×100-meter relay.
And, thus, ends his high school track career. Moss was also a standout defensive back for the Jaguars, and he earned All-Iowa Elite Team honors. He is a blue-shirt signee for Iowa (essentially a walk-on until he’s put on scholarship in January).
He’ll join the Hawkeyes on June 9.
"It was a fun last track meet, fun last time on the hurdles," Moss said. "It was a blast."
Tanner Iske still on top
The fastest sprinter in Iowa is now the fastest kid to ever run at the 1A state meet.
West Liberty’s Tanner Iske, the Drake Relays 100-meter champion, won the Class 2A 100-meter title with a time of 10.58 seconds — an all-time best for the 1A Iowa state track meet.
"It feels amazing," Iske said. "I knew I was tight with (AHSTW’s Gage) Clay pulling into the finals so I was a little worried about that. But I put in what I preach, and it just feels amazing to end on (this) note and have a state meet record."
Tanner Iske of West Liberty wins the boys 2A 100 meter dash at Iowa State Track & Field Championship Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Like Moss, Iske has been "the guy" in his event all year and has taken everybody’s best shot. He convincingly fended off those shots in his last high school meet, beating second-place Noah Anderson of PCM Monroe by 0.35 seconds.
"I just had to stay motivated," Iske said. "I couldn’t let any outside distractions come in. I just had to live in the middle of my lane and the finish line, and that’s all I thought about."
Southeast Polk’s Gavin Williams finished sixth in Class 4A at 10.9. Dowling Catholic’s Jayson Murray placed eighth at 11.04.
Ames junior the king of Class 4A
Ames junior Bernard Bell Jr. won both the 4A 100-meter and 200-meter with times of 10.60 and 21.64, respectively.
Ankeny products finish 1-2 in 1,600
The city of Ankeny was represented well in the 4A 1,600-meter run.
Centennials’s Camden Cox won the event with a time of 4:18.36. He overcame Ankeny’s Tim Sindt, who led most of the final lap and finished second with a time of 4:18.70.
Back and forth between two distance stars
For the past couple years, Gable Sieperda and Riley Bauer have been the class of distance running in Iowa.
They put on a show in their final state track meet.
Sieperda, an Iowa State recruit, claimed his first 1A 1,600-meter state title Saturday, blowing away the field with a time of 4:13.78. Bauer placed second at 4:23.74.
Hours earlier, Bauer, a South Dakota State recruit, turned on his jets in the final 100 of the 800-meter to pull ahead of Sieperda for gold with a time of 1:52.10. Sieperda finished second at 1:53.58.
Riley Bauer of North Union wins the second section of the boys 1A 800 meter at Iowa State Track & Field Championship Saturday, May 19, 2018.
On Thursday, Sieperda won his second straight 3,200-meter title with a time of 9:09.60. Bauer came in third at 9:33.72.
Darien Porter wins in a loaded 200-meter field
One of the day’s most star-studded events was the 200-meter dash, which featured three standout football prospects in TCU quarterback recruit Max Duggan, Iowa State receiver recruit Darien Porter and Gavin Williams, a four-star 2020 running back.
Porter finished third at 21.93; Duggan finished fourth at 22.02; Williams finished eighth at 22.64.
Star on the rise in Waukee
A local freshman made his name known at the Blue Oval.
Waukee freshman Evan Correll won both the 100-meter and 200-meter wheelchair runs with times of 18.23 and 36.53, respectively.
Evan Correll of Waukee, center, wins the boys 100 meter wheel chair at Iowa State Track & Field Championship Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.