Kevin Kurth is not focused on a Drake Relays flag or a state championship medal.

“It has been such a distraction in the past,” the Davenport Central senior admitted. “I’ve looked at my priorities and I don’t need a state title or a Drake flag. I need PRs.”

Kurth pocketed two personal bests Thursday night in earning two victories at the 82nd Jesse Day Invitational.

Headed to West Point next fall to compete for Army’s track and field program, Kurth jumped a state-best 23 feet, 4 3/4 inches in the long jump and followed with a 11.01 clocking in the 100 meters at Brady Street Stadium.

Kurth never has qualified for the state meet in the long jump. In fact, he scratched on all three attempts at the district meet last year. Instead, he’s narrowed his focused.

“I just need to prove to my coaches what I can do at this level right now,” he said. “If that’s what comes at state or Drake, that’s what comes. It is not my focus.”

Pleasant Valley won five events to accumulate 172 points to out-distance Bettendorf for the team title by 34 points. It was the Spartans' sixth Jesse Day title in the last eight runnings.

The Spartans dominated the distance races. They went 1-2 in the 3,200 and 1,600 along with a 2-3 finish in the 800 and victories in the distance medley and 3,200 relays.

“If one guy is struggling, we can bring another guy in,” sprinter CJ Carter said. “We’re deep when it comes to distance, sprint and now we have some throwers stepping up.

“We’re a deep team regardless of the event.”

Carter, who has been fighting a knee injury, won the 200 in 22.97 seconds.

“I was very pleased,” he said. “It was a decent time given the circumstances. It should hopefully help me to do well the rest of the season.”

Konnor Sommer ran a season-best 9:38.41 to claim the 3,200. Mark Conway was triumphant in the 1,600 in 4:32.68 while the distance medley relay positioned themselves well for the Drake Relays with a season-best time of 3:34.89.

“PV always seems to fall back on its distance crew,” coach Chris Bryant said. “We count on those guys to get those points.

“We gave up some points there, pulled a couple guys out at the end, blew a handoff on the 4 by 1. We were kind of worried there and counting the points. Bettendorf has come on strong.”

The Bulldogs, who won last week’s Dunsworth Invitational, had a meet-high six wins. Cole Webster set season bests in winning the discus (169-1) and shot put (54-0 1/2).

Carter Bell took the high jump while Suni Lane earned a victory in the 110 hurdles. The Bulldogs closed the meet with a win in the 1,600 relay in 3:25.73.

Davenport North dominated the 400 and 800 relays. The Wildcats ran the state’s best time in the 400 relay in 42.45 seconds and posted a season-best 1:29.1 in the 800 relay, currently second in the state.

“We definitely didn’t expect to drop two seconds in the 4 by 2,” senior Collin Glazek said. “This definitely builds our confidence a little bit, but we’re the type of group that doesn’t let it get to our heads. If we start doing that, something bad will always happen. We know we can still improve.”

That said, North could make a run at Drake Relays and state titles in those events the next few weeks.

“Ever since my freshman season, I’ve wanted to put North on the map,” Glazek said. “We want to get rid of that stigma that North is bad in everything.”

Davenport West’s Tyler Williams took the 400 hurdles (57.65) and ran on the Falcons’ victorious shuttle hurdle relay.

Jesse Day Invitational

at Brady Street Stadium

Team scores — 1. Pleasant Valley 172; 2. Bettendorf 138; 3. Clinton 82; 4. Davenport West 66.5; 5. Davenport North 51.5; 6. Central DeWitt 49; 7. Davenport Central 48; 8. North Scott 47.5; 9. Solon 34; 10. Muscatine 30.5; 11. Assumption 22

Discus — 1. Cole Webster (Bett) 169-1; 2. Cody Snyder (PV) 167-5; 3. Sam Hanna (PV) 137-3; 4. Brett Spencer (Bett) 135-6; 5. Tyler Glover (North) 134-11

Shot put — 1. Cole Webster (Bett) 54-0 1/2; 2. Cody Snyder (PV) 52-10 1/2; 3. Coal Flansburg (Solon) 49-2; 4. Brett Spencer (Bett) 44-0 1/2; 5. Gage Harris (Clinton) 43-10

High jump — 1. Carter Bell (Bett) 5-10; 2. Max Cremer (PV) 5-10; 3. AJ Coons (Solon) 5-10; 4. Jared Simpson (Clinton) 5-10; T5. Trey Sampson (West) 5-8; T5. T.J. Yates (NS) 5-8

Long jump — 1. Kevin Kurth (Central) 23-4 3/4; 2. Keshaun Baker (PV) 22-0 1/4; 3. Jaelen Boysen (Clinton) 21-8; 4. CJ Carter (PV) 21-4 1/2; 5. Carter Bell (Bett) 21-0 1/4

Sprint medley relay — 1. Bettendorf, 1:35.85; 2 Clinton, 1:36.69; 3. Pleasant Valley, 1:37.57; 4. Central DeWitt, 1:38.66; 5. North Scott, 1:39.24

3,200 — 1. Konnor Sommer (PV) 9:38.41; 2. Anthony Pena (PV) 9:48.34; 3. Andrew Wright (West) 9:53.75; 4. Alex Bautista (Musc.) 10:20.18; 5. James Baker (Bett) 10:24.48

3,200 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley, 8:20.69; 2. North Scott, 8:33.32; 3. Davenport Central, 8:51.94; 4. Bettendorf, 8:59.18; 5. Davenport West, 9:12.37

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Davenport West, 1:00.79; 2. Clinton, 1:00.80; 3. Bettendorf, 1:02.34; 4. Pleasant Valley, 1:02.78; 5. Central DeWitt, 1:03.33

100 — 1. Kevin Kurth (Central) 11.01; 2. Alphonso Soko (Musc.) 11.03; 3. Leo Desequeira (Bett) 11.13; 4. Barrion Collins (Clinton) 11.27; 5. Collin Ankton (PV) 11.39

Distance medley relay — 1. Pleasant Valley, 3:34.89; 2. Bettendorf, 3:37.35; 3. Central DeWitt, 3:39.74; 4. Muscatine, 3:48.87; 5. Davenport North, 3:52.49

400 — 1. Keaton Comstock (Clinton) 52.55; 2. Ben Royer (PV) 53.34; 3. Austin McNeal (North) 54.08; 4. Tony Wells (PV) 54.10; 5. Collin Flynn (NS) 54.70

800 relay — 1. Davenport North, 1:29.10; 2. Bettendorf, 1:31.14; 3. Davenport Central, 1:32.34; 4. Central DeWitt, 1:32.59; 5. Clinton, 1:34.03

110 hurdles — 1. Suni Lane (Bett) 15.03; 2. Luke Ira (Solon) 15.52; 3. Tyler Williams (West) 15.60; 4. Gage Harris (Clinton) 16.14; 5. Macao Jackson (North) 16.26

800 — 1. Will DeHaan (Central DeWitt) 2:01.26; 2. Anthony Pena (PV) 2:01.86; 3. Konnor Sommer (PV) 2:03.29; 4. Ben Curry (Bett) 2:05.59; 5. Alex Bautista (Musc.) 2:05.95

200 — 1. CJ Carter (PV) 22.97; 2. Jake Coons (Solon) 23.59; 3. DJ Mosley (West) 23.62; 4. Austin Kalar (Bett) 24.03; 5. Grant Simpson (Assum) 24.09

400 hurdles — 1. Tyler Williams (West) 57.65; 2. Ty McGruder (Clinton) 58.19; 3. Max Cremer (PV) 59.26; 4. Demari Nicholson (Bett) 1:00.15; 5. Spencer Thomas (NS) 1:00.30

1,600 — 1. Mark Conway (PV) 4:32.68; 2. Parker Huhn (PV) 4:38.53; 3. Will DeHaan (Central DeWitt) 4:40.88; 4. Andrew Wright (West) 4:42.37; 5. Chris Guise (Assum) 4:46.74

400 relay — 1. Davenport North, 42.45; 2. Central DeWitt, 43.91; 3. Bettendorf, 44.06; 4. Davenport Central, 44.70; 5. Davenport West, 44.75

1,600 relay — 1. Bettendorf, 3:25.73; 2. Pleasant Valley, 3:27.45; 3. Clinton, 3:29.68; 4. Muscatine, 3:37.49; 5. Central DeWitt, 3:38.76

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