Six individuals to watch
Bryce Bemer, sr., North Cedar: Sprinter placed fifth at 2A state meet in 200 (22.45) and eighth in the 100 (11.39). He broke his fibula during football season, but did compete in the conference indoor meet recently.
Kevin Kurth, sr., Davenport Central: Headed to West Point after this season, Kurth recorded a long jump of 21-9 in the first outdoor meet — a distance that should be good enough to qualify him for the Drake Relays.
Cole Moeller, sr., Calamus-Wheatland: Iowa recruit looks to become just the fourth Iowa athlete to claim three consecutive state titles in high jump. He leaped 6 feet, 10 inches last year and already has posted 6-8 this spring.
Cody Snyder, sr., Pleasant Valley: He missed most of last season but returned late in the year to place seventh at state in discus (159-8) and qualify in the shot put. He threw 51-7 in the shot put at the Dickinson Relays.
Alphonso Soko, sr., Muscatine: Despite battling hamstring injuries most of last season, the Northern Iowa football recruit placed sixth at 4A state meet in 100 (11.30) and seventh in 200 (22.50).
Andrew Wright, jr., Davenport West: A returning state qualifier in the 1,600, Wright won three events in last week's outdoor opener at North Scott. He ran a 4:36 in the 1,600 and a 9:55 in the 3,200 during indoor season.
Three teams to watch
Bettendorf: The Bulldogs should be formidable in field events with Northern Illinois football recruit Cole Webster (second at state last year in discus, sixth in shot put), defending high jump champion Suni Lane and sophomore Carter Bell in the long jump. Darien Porter was a state qualifier in 400 last year as a freshman. Bettendorf is coming off a ninth-place finish at state meet.
Northeast: Nick Kennicker and Will Hasken have graduated, but Northeast has big-point capabilities in its lineup. Sophomore Braeden Hoyer already has cleared 6-8 and teammate Axel Dondiego 6-7 in the high jump this spring. Wyatt Schmidt and Ben Lange return off a state third place 3,200 relay, and Schmidt nearly medaled in the 1,600.
West Liberty: The Comets tallied only six points at last year's 2A state meet, but should thrive in the sprint relays with Tanner Iske, Michael Hartman, Noah Feldman and Joe Kelly. Iske was seventh in the 100 at state last May in 11.32. State wrestling champion Bryce Esmoil was sixth in the discus last spring. His status is unknown this spring because of a lingering knee injury.
April 6 — Ira Dunsworth Relays at Brady Street Stadium
April 13 — Jesse Day Relays at Brady Street Stadium
April 27-29 — Drake Relays at Des Moines
May 4 — MAC meet at Burlington
May 11 — Coed state qualifying meets
May 18-20 — Coed state meet at Des Moines
— Matt Coss