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DES MOINES — Wapello senior Trenton Massner wanted something better than bronze.

He had placed third in the Class 2A open 400 in 49.88 seconds on Thursday and fourth earlier in the day Friday in the high jump with a 6-05 mark at the state track and field meet in Des Moines.

With the help of teammates Trace Howard, Ricky Pforts and Logan Belzer, Massner got a silver medal after the Indians placed second in the distance medley relay in 3 minutes, 34.61 seconds and broke the school record.

"I told these guys beforehand I'm tired of getting these bronzes," Massner said. "Let's get something other than bronze."

Wapello's time was just 3.12 seconds slower than a Pekin team that always seemed to have the Indians' number in the event throughout the season. 

"Previously, Pekin always whoops us, but this time we kept it close to them," Belzer said. "The last 800 meters, I hoped we'd have a shootout between me and (Pekin's Chandler Eckley)."

The race concluded a stretch of three top-four finishes in three events for Massner, who has played a role in all of Wapello's 19 points, which currently have the Indians sixth in the team standings heading into the third and final day of the state meet. 

"It's great because the first two (medals) were just myself," Massner said. "It means way more than the world to do it with these guys because they've worked so hard all year, a lot harder than me half the time, so they deserve it a lot more than I do."

Wapello finished the day with an appearance in the 1,600 relay prelims, sneaking into Saturday's finals with an eighth-place finish in 3:30.07. 

In other Class 2A competition, the West Liberty boys were hit with a big loss during the 800 relay when Michael Hartman pulled up midway through the first leg with a hamstring injury. 

The senior, who also was the second seed in the 400 hurdles and a member of the team's 400 relay, was scratched from both events. 

West Liberty coach Gus Garcia said more information about the injury should be known Saturday. 

Bryce Esmoil recorded West Liberty's best performance on Friday, finishing 12th in the discus with a best toss of 146 feet, 7 inches. 

Senior Tanner Iske will be in action for the Comets on Saturday in the 100 and 200 finals, where he finished first and third, respectively, in prelims of the events on Thursday. 

In girls competition, Wilton's Linsey Ford and Louisa-Muscatine's Hailey Sanders both earned a pair of top-10 performances.

Ford placed 10th in the Class 2A 100 hurdles prelims in 16.12 seconds, while Sanders finished 10th in the Class 2A 400 hurdles in 1:08.91. 

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