The Glenwood boys track team braved cold weather and a wet track to win a pair of gold medals at the Sioux City Relays on Saturday.
The Rams' Johnny Fuller had little trouble adjusted to the cold weather winning first place in the 3,200-meters in 9:58.50. Fuller's time was a personal-best and 15 seconds better than the Glenwood sophomore record set in 1976 by Jim Whitcomb.
Glenwood added a first place finish in the distance medley relay. The medley relay team's time of 3:42.89 set a season's best placing first in the Class B division final and finished second among all classes behind Sioux City Heelan's 3:40.78.
Ram sprinter Taylor Williams was sixth in the 100-meters in his Class 3A heat but qualified for the Elite Final where he placed eight among all-classes. Ian Eflin and Bo Darrow, who placed third and fourth respectively in the 110-meter hurdles also qualified for the Elite Finals. Darrow placed fourt against and Eflin was fifth.
Team scores were not tabulated at the meet but Glenwood coach Mark Starner thought his team head up well against the strong competition at the meet and the weather.
“Dealing with the wet weather for the entire day made it challenging for athletes. However, the weather didn't dampen most of our performances,” said Starner. “We had a lot of success on the day stepping on to the award podium seven times.”
Darrow was on the awards podium three times on the day for Glenwood. The senior also set a personal-record in the elite 110-meter hurdle finals.
Sioux City Relays
100m Dash: - sixth place, Taylor Williams, 11.62.
110 hurdles - third place, Ian Eflin, 15.60. Fourth place, Bo Darrow,15.81.
3200m run – first place, Johnny Fuller, 9:58.50.
800m run – sixth place, Kyle Wheeler, 2:05.87.
400m hurdles – seventh place, Tim Schwanke, 1:00.47.
High jump – fourth place, Darrow, 5'10”. Fourth place, Eflin. 5'10”.
4x100m relay – fifth place, Glenwood (Williams, Joey Bryan, Kirk Porter and Riley Nelson), 46.26.
4x400m relay – third place, Glenwood (Eliot Lincoln, Krug, Andrew Nebelsick and Matt Jensen), 3:41.83.
Distance medley relay – first place, Glenwood (Jensen, Porter, Nebelsick, Wheeler), 3:42.89.
Shuttle hurdle relay – third place, Glenwood (Eflin, Andrew Reinert, Schwanke, Darrow), 1:03.11.
Rams win Mustang Relays
Ian Efflin scored 22.5 of the Glenwood boys track team's 145 team points to help the Rams run away from the competition at the Mustang Relays last Tuesday.
The Rams' 145 team points were 40 more than second place Griswold.
Eflin was named the meet's "High Point Athlete of the Meet," edging out Clarinda's Cy Williams with 20 points. Eflin earned a pair of first place medals in the 110-meter hurdles and the high jump and also ran a leg on the Rams' first place shuttle hurdle relay team.
In all four Ram relays team won gold medals and two others placed second.
“A lot of athletes contributed to the 145 team points and I was very pleased with our teams' performances,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “It was nice to be able to run under ideal weather conditions”
The team title was the Rams' fourth in five meets this season. The meet also marked the last Rams last opportunity to qualify for the Drake Relays. Eflin and the Rams' 4 x 100-meter relay team just missed qualifying for the event by .03 and .05 seconds, respectively.
1. Glenwood, 145. 2. Griswold, 105. 3. Clarinda, 45. 4. Fremont-Mills, 43. 5. AHST, 38. 6. Red Oak, 37. 7. Clarinda Academy, 35. 8. Bedford, 25. 9. Sidney, 21. 10. Lenox, 14. 11. Shenandoah, 13. 12. Villisca, 12. 13. Corning, 10. 14. Essex, 8. 15. East Mills, 6.
Shot put – third place, Tyler Fikes, 46'9".
Discus – sixth place, Fikes, 116' 8.5”.
High jump – first place, Ian Eflin, 6' 0”. Third place, Bo Darrow, 5'10”.
3200m run – second place, Johnny Fuller, 10:19.17. Second place, Jakob Rhodes, 11:24.15.
4x800m relay: first place, Glenwood (Jonnie Shoening, Mark Abrams, Jordan Krug, Kyle Wheeler), 8:54.79.
Shuttle hurdle relay – first place, Glenwood (Eflin, Andrew Reinert, Tim Schwanke, Darrow),1:02.34.
100m dash – third place, Taylor Williams, 11.62.
400m dash – second place, Andrew Nebelsick, 52.98.
4x200m relay – first place, Glenwood (Williams, Joey Bryan, Kirk Porter, Matt Jensen),1:35.17.
110m hurdles – first place, Eflin, 15.45. fifth place, Darrow, 16.19.
1600m run – first place, Krug, 4:50.63. Sixth place, Schoening, 5:12.99.
200m dash – third place, Williams, 23.90.
400m hurdles – first place, Schwanke, 1:01.49. Sixth place, Reinert, 1:04.36.
Distance medley relay – first place, Glenwood (Jensen, Porter, Eliot Lincoln, Wheeler), 3:44.51.
800m run: fifth place, Abrams, 2:13.58.
4x100m relay – second place, Glenwood (Williams, Bryan, Porter, Nelson), 45.46.
4x400m relay – second place, Glenwood (Lincoln, Jensen, Fuller, Wheeler), 3:39.26.