DES MOINES - Nick Pittmon felt good.
His legs were loose. The conditions were perfect. His head was clear and in the moment.
The East Mills junior took that perfect storm of preparedness to a gold medal in the 100-meters on Saturday at the Iowa State Track Meet.
“I feel amazing,” Pittmon said after the race, still catching his breath. “This felt like the best race of my life.”
It’s hard to argue with that. Pittmon got a great start, held off runner-up Meliek Meyer of Lynville-Sully and led the whole way for the school’s first state title in any sport.
“I knew I had to push myself today because my other time wasn’t good enough,” said Pittmon, who ran a 11.16 in the preliminaries. “There’s a lot of fast kids here and I felt like I had to get out of the block fast.
“I just felt like I needed to get the job done today and I’m really happy I did.”
Two weeks ago at the Corner Conference meet, Pittmon broke a nearly 50 year old conference record with a 10.72 100-meter time. While Pittmon admits the time is a little wind-aided, just the fact he could do a 10.72, spurred him on for state.
“To get the 10.7, that showed me I could do it and I had a chance to be a state champion. I’m just happy I could do it. “It’s a big honor. East Mills has a lot of really good athletes and to be its first state champion, I’m just really happy.”
The Wolverines finished with 22 teams points to place 10th as a team. Manson Northwest Webster was the team champion with 53 points, edging runner up Earlham by 12 points.
The 10th place finish is the Wolverines best ever at state.
Pittmon had a hand in all of the Wolverines points after his second place showing showing in the 200-meters Saturday afternoon and his anchor leg of the 4x200-meter relay. Pittmon finished second to Pekin’s Bryce Sines in the 200-meter dash finals.
The Wolverines got a fifth place finish from it’s 4x200-meter relay team of Travis Tupper, Ethan Stephens, Pierre Bassich and Pittmon.
The Fremont-Mills boys got a pair of medals from A.J. Scarborough and Dallas Franks in the discus. Scarborough placed with a top throw of 158 feet, 5 inches and Franks was right behind in sixth place with a top toss of 155’ 9”.
Clayton Wilson added a 13th place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles for the Knights. Wilson teamed with Scarborough, Josh Larsen and Nate Meier on the Knights’ shuttle hurdle relay that placed ninth.
In the 1A girls competition, Fremont-Mills’ Kelsey Hurley cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump to earn sixth place. The freshman added a 11th place finish in the 200-meters.
Class 1A Boys Team Results
1. Mason Northwest Webster, 53. 2. Earlham, 41. 3. Lisbon, 39. 4. Riverside, 34. 5. Madrid, 31. 6. Pekin, 29. 7. CB St. Albert, 27. 8. Treynor, 25. 9. Tripoli, 23. 10. East Mills, 22. 30. Fremont Mills, 7.
East Mills Boys
State Place Winners
100m dash – first place, Nick Pittmon, 11.38.
200m dash – second place, Pittmon, 22.81.
110m hurdles – 21st place, Daniel Duysen, 17.01.
4x100m relay – 11th place, East Mills (Travis Tupper, Luke Schafer, Duysen, Pittmon), 44.92.
4x200m relay – 5th place, East Mills (Tupper, Ethan Stephens, Pierre Bassich, Pittmon), 1:33.48.
4x400m relay – 23rd place, East Mills (Charlie Ruff, Stephens, Schafer, Caleb Barney), 3:40.25.
State Place Winners
110m hurdles – 13th place, Wilson, 16.01.
Long jump – 12th place, Larsen, 20’3.5”.
High jump – 19th place, Kevin Herrick, 5’10”.
Shot put – 23rd place, Dallas Franks, 43’2”.
Discus – 5th place, Scarborough, 158’5”. 6th place, Franks, 155’09”.
400m hurdles – 20th place, Herrick, 1:00.03.
Shuttle hurdle relay – 9th place, Fremont Mills (A.J. Scarborough, Josh Larsen, Nate Meier, Clayton Wilson), 1:01.79.
4x800m relay – 15th place, Fremont Mills (Nick Williams, Herrick, Dylan Collins, Curtis Beem), 8:37.44.
Class 1A Girls Team Results
1. Griswold, 51. 2. West Hancock, 41. 3. North Linn, 34. 4. Clayton Ridge, 33. 5. Manson Northwest Webster, 31. 6. (tie) Earlham, Belle Plain, 29. 8. Woodward-Granger, 27. 9. NUH, 26. 10. Treynor, 24. 46. Fremont Mills, 3.
State Place Winners
High jump – 6th place, Kelsey Hurley, 5’2”.
200m dash – 11th place, Hurley, 27.38.