Rams opens track season strong

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood boys track team took home four first-place finishes at the Wayne State Indoor Meet in Wayne, Neb. on March 20.

On the day, the Rams claimed meet champions by Ian Eflin in the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump and by their 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams.

Among others placing for Glenwood was Clayton Geisting who set a personal best by almost three feet in the shot put with his fifth place showing. Cole Darrow also added a new personal best with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches in the long jump (one foot further than previous best).

“We had a lot of meet placers and standout performances,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “Several personal bests were attained today, despite competing on the 160-meter track and the indoor facilities.”

Starner seemed most excited about the performances of his 4x400 and the 4x800-meter relays.

“Each relay was a battle with Harlan from start to finish,” said Starner. In the 4x800, junior anchor runner Kyle Wheeler would overtake Harlan's senior anchorman Luke Lansman within the last 10 meters to take the victory by a two-tenths of a second margin.

“Those were really fun races to watch,” said Starner. “Both relays really came out and competed. They really got after it. Some of our times and splits may not sound great, but to run some of these times on a track with tight curves, is just unbelievable.”

Rams’ Fuller

big at ISU Meet

Glenwood long distance runner Johnny Fuller broke the school record in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters at the season opening meet for the Glenwood boys track team at the Iowa State Indoor Track Meet in Ames on March 16.

Fuller opened his record-setting day with a second-place finish in the 3,200, just less than a second behind first place and defending two-mile state champion Evan Selsor of Winterset. Later in the meet, Fuller added a fifth place time in 1,600-meters in a school-record time of 4:32.82.

With the two strong runs, Glenwood track coach Mark Starner hopes Fuller’s performances will be good enough for the Drake Relays on April 22-24.

“His times should be fast enough,” said Starner. But we'll have to wait and see when the deadline comes around.”

Other top performances at Iowa State were turned in by the Rams' 4x800-meter and medley relay teams, both finishing with top 10 times. Standouts in the relays were Eliot Lincoln, running the open leg of the 4x800 and the 400 in the medley, and Kyle Wheeler, who anchoring both relays. Lincoln recorded a 52.7 split in the medley and Wheeler anchored the 4x800 with a 2:03 split.

Jordan Krug ran a strong leg in the 4x800 and senior Taylor Williams started off the medley relay with a good opening leg.

High jumper Ian Eflin tied for fifth with a jump of six feet, two inches.

“It's really early, and not many opportunities to do a lot of work on high jump so at this time to get over 6-foot-2 is pretty impressive,” said Starner. “Hopefully Ian can continue to work on some technical things and possibly qualify for the Drake Relays as well.”