Glenwood's Wheeler, sprint medley relay medal at state

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The Glenwood boys track team placed in two events to earn 25th place at the Class 3A portion of the Iowa State Track Meet last week.


Central Clinton-DeWitt was the Class 3A champion, edging runner-up Algona 54-51 in the team points. Sioux City Heelan was third followed by Boone and Atlantic.

Glenwood's 25th place finish was one point behind 24th place Benton-Van Horne.

The Class 3A girls title went to Mount Vernon who easily out distanced Wahlert Dubuque 98.25-78.

“I think point wise we could have scored more points but once you get to the state meet, things are a little different. It's kind of a crap shoot: some things you think you're going to run better in and we did drop times but so did a lot of other teams,” said Glenwood boys coach Mark Starer.

The Rams' points came from the sprint medley relay team's third place finish and Kyle Wheeler's sixth place finish in the 800 meter run.

The sprint medley relay team of Taylor Wiliams, Andrew Nebelsick, Matt Jensen and Wheeler has a shot at a top finish, Starner said, but he's happy with how the team ran. especially considering they broke a school record with a time of 3:36.01.

“It thought they had a shot at 3:34 going in but I was happy with how they ran. A school record is nice,” said Starner.

Starner said he thought Wheeler had a shot at a top three medal in the 800 but even if he has eclipsed her personal best of 1:57 in the event he still wouldn't have cracked the top three times. Chad Rutledge of Algona won the event in a blistering 1:54.31.

“Any time you can come away with medals at state is great. I just thought we had some chances to do a little better and score some more in a few events,” he said.

Glenwood's top distance runner, Johnny Fuller collapsed during his 3,200-meter run on Thursday and never seemed to fully recover his legs. Fuller was in fourth place in the 3,200, 50 meters from the finish line when he lost his balance and tumbled to the ground. Fuller didn't finish the race but did come back to place 19th in the 1,600-meters on Saturday with a time of 4:38.86, his second best time of the year.

Starner said if Fuller had run the time he ran at districts in the 3,200 (9:46.38) he would have placed fifth or about on the pace he was when he was injured.

“It's disappointing for him but he's a sophomore. He'll be back,” he said.

Bo Darrow, who qualified in three events for the Rams, just missed making the final in the 110-meter high hurdles and placed 10th overall.

The Glenwood girls didn't score a point at state but that didn't stop girls coach Brad Rasmussen from being excited about his young team's performance.

“We performed really well,” said Rasmussen. “Everything we ran we ran better than what we did this year. Every time was either our best or second best time of the year. It was a good meet. The girls ran well and competed well.”

The Rams' got season-bests of the year at state from its shuttle hurdle relay team of Mercedes Liparoto, Emily Robinson, Kassie Finn and Abby Brown, Lydia Bienlien in the 400-meters, Jenna Turcotte in the 800 , Lexi Fisher in the 400-meter hurdles and the distance medley, 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams.

“They all did really well,” said Rasmussen. “We were talking on the way home and we figured out we cracked the all-time top 10 in school records eight times this year. I'm not one to talk a lot about individuals but we had a lot of girls run really well and really compete. You always want to come home with medals but the girls worked really hard so that was nice.”

Class 3A Top 20 Team Results

1.Central Clinton-DeWitt, 54. 2. Algona, 51. 3. Bishop Heelan Catholic, 46. 4. Boone, 44. 5. Atlantic, 42.50. 6. Waukon, 34. 7. Iowa Falls-Alden, 29. 8. Centerville, 27. 9. Marion, 26. 10. Dallas Center-Grimes, 21. 10. Pella, 21. 12. Mount Pleasant, 20. 13. Harlan, 20. 14. Denison, 18. 15. (tie) Washington, Ballard, Huxley, 17. 17. (tie) Clear Creek-Amana, Knoxville, 16. 19. (tie) Vinton-Shellsburg, Winterset, 15.

Glenwood Boys Place Winners

100m dash - 23rd place, Riley Nelson, 11.87.

200m dash - 10th place, Andrew Nebelsick, 22.67. 19th place, Taylor Williams, 23.42.

800m dash – sixth place, Taylor Williams, 1:58.87.

1600m run - 19th place, Johnny Fuller, 4:38.86.

3200m run – did not finish, Fuller.

110m hurdles – 10th place, Bo Darrow, 15.73.

High jump - 20th place, Darrow, 5' 10”.

4x200m relay - 13th place, Glenwood (Williams, Nelson, Matt Jensen and Rhett Turner), 1:32.54.

4x100m relay - 24th place, Glenwood (Williams, Joey Bryan, Nelson, Nebelsick), 46.22.

4x400m relay - 11th place, Glenwood (Eliot Lincoln, Jensen, Wheeler, Nebelsick), 8:30.92.

4x800m relay -

Sprint medley relay – third place, Glenwood (Wiliams, Nebelsick, Jensen, Wheeler), 3:36.01.

Shuttle hurdle relay - 14th place, Glenwood (Ian Elfin, Andrew Reinert, Tim Schwanke, Darrow), 1:01.38.

Class 3A Top 20 Team Results

1. Mount Vernon, 98.25. 2. Wahlert, Dubuque, 78. 3. Benton-Van Horne, 42. 4. Grinnell, 36. 5. Pella, 33. 6. Decorah, 31. 7. (tie) Harlan, Atlantic, 30. 9. Waverly-Shell Rock, 27. 10. (tie) Webster City, Storm Lake, Oelwein, 26. 13. Williamsburg, 25. 14. Perry, 21. 15. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 20. 16. Waukon, 19.25. 17. Creston, 18. 18. Charles City, 16. 19. Carlisle, 14.25. 20. Iowa Falls-Alden, 14 .

Glenwood Girls Place Winners

Shuttle hurdle relay - 19th place, Glenwood (Mercedes Liparoto, Emily Robinson, Kassie Finn, Abby Brown), 1:11.16.

Distance medley relay - 17th place, Glenwood (Ciara Clement, Shelby Brewster, Sophie Ringsdorf, Jenna Turcotte), 4:25.54.

400m dash - 11th place, Turcotte, 2:31.19.

400m hurdles - 22nd place, Lexi Fisher, 1:10.62.

4x100m relay - 12th place, Glenwood (Clement, Ringsdorf, Shaniece Nott, Bienlien), 52.89.

4x800m relay - 22nd place, Glenwood (Katie Staiert, Brooke Peckham, Katie Larsen, Turcotte), 10.40.52.

Sprint medley relay - 23rd place, Glenwood (Clement, Nott, Brewster, Bienlien), 2:04.75.

4x400m relay - 17th place, Glenwood (Ringsdorf, Staiert, Turcotte, Bienlien), 1:04.18.