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Clasen clears 6-foot-8 for district title

IOWA CITY - This has turned out to be an outstanding year for prep high jumpers in Iowa.

Now you can add Alec Clasen of Xavier to the list.

Clasen cleared 6-foot-8 in the high jump Thursday to capture top honors at the Class 4A district meet in Iowa City and automatically qualify for the state meet next week.

Clasen eclipsed his personal best by two full inches.

"I was feeling pretty good," he said. "The weather was a lot nicer than it has been in my other meets. I'm excited about it."

Cedar Rapids Washington won the district title by a comfortable margin with 133 points on a hot day, serving notice that the Warriors plan to make a serious run at their third state title in a row in Des Moines May 19-21.

Cedar Rapids Prairie and Cedar Rapids Kennedy also had impressive performances and will be well-represented at the state meet at Drake Stadium.


Gimpy Dunn wins 1 district title

DUBUQUE – After four grueling events, Kyle Dunn sprawled out on the Field Turf at the Rock Bowl.

You couldn’t blame the Linn-Mar standout for needing a breather.

Dunn, an Arkansas signee, had to battle through pain and exhaustion to claim one individual title Thursday at the Class 4A district track meet at Loras College.

The Lions scored 134 points to finish second in the team race. Cedar Falls won the meet with 164 points.

Individual and relay winners are guaranteed a spot in the Class 4A field. The remaining qualifiers will be decided Friday.

Dunn has been wearing a walking boot for about a week after bruising the ball of his left foot. He couldn’t stand on the foot over the weekend, but the swelling finally subsided around mid-week.

The injury changed Dunn’s outlook about districts. Instead of trying to dominate, Dunn was simply looking to qualify and buy extra time.

“Hopefully, I can bust out a few good times at state,” Dunn said.


Galbraith edged by his buddy in district finals

Riley Galbraith and Kyle Appel have become good friends on the summer tennis circuit, so good they play doubles together despite being rivals during the high school season.

They had to put their friendship aside Thursday when they met in the finals of the Class 2A district meet at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Center in Cedar Rapids.

Appel trimmed Galbraith for the district title, 7-6, 6-4.

Appel, a sophomore from Iowa City West, and Galbraith, a junior from Kennedy, were seeded 1-2 for the district meet, so it was no surprise when they advanced to the finals from opposite ends of the bracket.

They shook hands and came out swinging.

"We both understand that we're both trying to win," Galbraith said before the match. "There's really no love lost when we go out there. We're going to be friends no matter what."


West hands Warrior girls 1st MVC loss

The fifth-ranked Washington girls soccer team dropped a heart breaker to No. 4 Iowa City West on Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.

After 100 minutes couldn’t separate the two teams, the Women of Troy (10-1, 8-1 MVC) prevailed in penalty kicks 4-2 to take the 1-0 victory.

It is the first time this season that Washington (9-2) lost in overtime, going 3-0 in penalty kicks going into Thursday night's game. Luck finally caught up to them.

“We got really lucky is what it comes down to,” Morgan Bjornsen said of the previous PK victories. “When it is a PK shootout it is 50-50 for both teams. We just got really lucky and this game we didn’t.”

But despite the poor outcome for the Warriors, the team is still pleased with the way they played through regulation and overtime.

“We can’t feel too bad,” Washington Coach Sean McCoy said. "We sat in and defended and we knew that was going to be the way it went. We were going to coincide possession, let them have it for 75 percent of the game and be okay with it as long as we were organized and I thought we were really organized.”


Gabe Christianson earns Iowa Gatorade honor

CHICAGO -- Kennedy junior Gabe Christianson has been chosen the 2011 Gatorade Iowa Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Christianson is the third Metro prep to earn a Gatorade award this school year. Linn-Mar's Kiah Stokes was the girls basketball player of the year and Jefferson's Jarrod Uthoff the boys basketball player of the year.

Christianson is the second straight Kennedy player to win the award. Erik Boyer won last year. He is the fourth Cougar to win it. Adam Zenor won in 2001 and Jake Settle in 2003.

Winning the award makes Christianson eligible for the National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award, to be announced later this month.


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