55th Anniversary of Record-Breaking Meet

Updated: May 16, 2018

By Bud Legg, IHSAA information director

This week will be the 2018 Iowa High School Co-Ed State Track & Field Meet. Read about the rare occurrence that took place at the 1963 Boys’ and the 2009 Girls’ State Meets.


Record-Setting Individuals at State Meets

While the State Track Meet has boasted numerous record setters and two and three event winners, on May 18, 1963 John Reimer of George High School accomplished something that had not done in any of the previous 57 state meets and has never been repeated.

He scored all 21 of the Mustangs points in winning the Class B Title at Duke Williams Stadium in Des Moines.  He took third in the long jump (20-9) then won the 220-yd. dash (22.4), before setting records in the 120-yd. HH (14.9 in the prelims and 15.2 in the finals) and 180 yd. LH (20.1).

His feat was the only time, the state championship went to a school whose points were scored by one individual.  His record day was accomplished in slightly more than 4 hours. State runner-up in Class B that year was shared by Emmetsburg and Underwood each with 20 points.

Reimer went on to compete for the University of Iowa and is a member of the Hawkeye Athletic Hall of Fame.

The IGHSAU celebrates it 57th Championship Meet this week and they boast a similar feat. In 2009, Sarah Stoakes of North Tama scored all 40 of her school’s points to win the Class 1A state title.

She won the 400 Meter Dash in 56.08; the 800 Meter run in a record time of 2:13.26; the 1,500 Meter Run in 4:44.78; and the 400 Meter Hurdles with a record of 1:02.14. North Iowa was the runner-up with 38 points. She continued her career at Kansas State and is a member of the IGHSAU Track Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to these two athletes for their remarkable and historic feats.