The Glenwood boys track team won the Cardinal Relays on Friday in a rather unlikely way: by trying not to win.
Well, at least, that wasn't their main goal.
Glenwood coach Mark Starner took his track team to Clarinda with the intention of using the meet as a spring board for his team to qualify in an as many events as possible for the upcoming Drake Relays.
“We changed gears from trying to win the meet to trying to qualify specific events for the Drake Relays with goal to finish in the top three team in the meet,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “It was a wild night to say the least.”
After meet officials awarded the team title to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson Glenwood appeared to be the runner up. But, later that night, Starner received a call from Yellowjacket coach before Yellowjacket coach Bob Nielson, stating that his team was inadvertently awarded eight team points which gave Thomas Jefferson actually a team total of 103 points, tying them with Harlan for second place and giving Glenwood the Class 3A team title.
“Coach Nielson is a class act and I'm not surprised by his actions,” said Starner. “He's pretty straight forward. He and his coaching staff do a great job and their athletes have performed well. What I was surprised with, was the information as a whole. We had come to the realization that we were already runner up. We had thought that they (Thomas Jefferson) had scored a large amount of points within a few races, but couldn't verify team point totals at the time. TJ has scored a lot of points in our track meets. So we didn't too much about it.”
Strange endings aside, Starner's change up in meet philosophy seemed to work throughout the meet. Glenwood took home golds in the high jump (Ian Eflin), the 1,600-meters (Mark Abrams), the 110-meter hurdles (Eflin), the 800-meters (Johnny Fuller), and the 4x800, shuttle hurdle and sprint medley relays.
Meet rules did not allow teams to cross over junior varsity runners to varsity events so several events were left open by Glenwood. As a result Starner left some of his JV runners, who could have filled spots in the varsity portion of the meet, to run in the JV meet to allow more of kids to run. Despite early windy conditions, the Rams improved its 4 x 800 relay time by four seconds on the season, running a an 8:18.
“We will need to run around 8:16 to qualify for Drake, but it was a gutsy effort by the relay under tough windy conditions,” said Starner.
The Rams' shuttle hurdle relay improved its overall time by a second, but like the 4 x 800, Glenwood still looks a short of qualifying for Drake, said Starner.
“We've have to run close to 1:00.0 in order to qualify. We've got one more shot at the Mustang Relays to see if we can get it done,” said Starner.
1. Glenwood, 104. 2. (tie) Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Harlan, 103. 4. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 99. 5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 64. 6. Atlantic, 50. 7. Creston, 20. 8. Red Oak, 13.
Glenwood Top Medal Winners
High Jump: first place, Ian Eflin, 6' 2".
Long Jump: sixth place, Mitch Bowden, 18'.
3200m Run: second place, Jordan Krug, 10:28.14.
1600m Run: first place, Mark Abrams, 4:40.84.
110m High Hurdles: Eflin, 15.45.
400m Hurdles: third place, Derek Jones, 59.87.
800m Run: first place, Johnny Fuller, 2:01.61.
4 x 800: first place, Glenwood (Eliot Lincoln, Abrams, Krug, Kyle Wheeler), 8:18.61.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: first place, Glenwood (M. Bowden, Cole Darrow, Michael Lawler, Eflin), 1:01.64.
4x200m Relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Williams, Trent Jameson, Rhett Turner, Jones), 1:39.32.
4x100m Relay: sixth place, Glenwood (Williams, Turner, Bowden, Jameson), 46.54.
4x400m Relay: second place, Glenwood (Lincoln, Abrams, Fuller, Wheeler), 3:34.85.
Glenwood wins own Ram Relays
The Glenwood boys track team placed first in five events and second in three more to edge Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson at the 49th Annual Ram Relays held in Glenwood last Tuesday.
The Rams compiled 104 points at its first home meet of the season to easily out-distance second place Abraham Lincoln's 92.5 and Thomas Jefferson's 92 points.
“Its always great to win your home meet and that was the goal for this meet,” said Starner. “We ran some things well on the evening but left a lot of points on the track. It wasn't our best showing overall, but it was enough to get the job done.”
The Rams got a gold medal sweep from Johnny Fuller in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters. Fuller's time of 4:28 in the 1,600 was a personal best and should land the junior a spot at the Drake Relays, April 22-24.
“It was pretty windy on the evening and we tried to better some times for the Drake Relays,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “Johnny did that in the 1600 m. run (setting a Glenwood Junior Record). He's sitting solid at or near the top in both of those events for Drake.”
Junior Ian Eflin added a gold in the 110-meter hurdles and anchored the Rams' first place shuttle hurdle relay team which set a new school record with a time of 1:02.55.
Kyle Wheeler also won a gold with a 1:59.54 in the 800-meters. The junior also ran the final legs of the Rams' 4x800-meter relay (second place) and 4x400-meter relays (second place).
1. Glenwood, 104. 2. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 92.5. 3. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 92. 4. Harlan, 81. 5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 80. 6. Council Bluffs St. Albert, 48.5. 7. Atlantic, 29. 8. Red Oak, 22. 9. Creston, 8. 10. Clarinda, 1.
Glenwood Top Place Winners
High Jump: second place, Cole Darrow, 5' 8”.
Long Jump: fifth place, Darrow, 19' 3.5”.
Discus: third place, Clayton Giesting, 118' 8”.
3200m Run: first place, Johnny Fuller, 9:28.9.
4x800m Relay: second place, Glenwood (Taylor Williams, Mark Abrams, Jordan Krug, Kyle Wheeler), 8:22.83.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: first place, Glenwood (Mitch Bowden, Michael Lawler, Cole Darrow, Ian Eflin), 1:02.55.
400m Dash: third place, Eliot Lincoln, 52.60.
4x200m Relay: sixth place, Glenwood (Williams, Trent Jameson, Rhett Turner, Derek Jones), 1:39.41.
110m Hurdles: first place, Eflin, 15.37.
1600m Run: first place, Fuller, 4:28.76.
400m Hurdles: third place, Jones, 1:00.68.
Distance Medley Relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Williams, Jameson, Mark Abrams, Jordan Krug), 4:06.98.
800m Run: first place, Wheeler, 1:59.54.
4x400m Relay: second place, Glenwood (Lincoln, Fuller, Abrams, Wheeler), 3:36.91.