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Rams sending 16 to state track

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Glenwood boys qualify in 12 events, girls four at districts

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood girls and boys track teams combined to qualify in 16 events for the Iowa State Track Meet at Friday's Class 3A District Meet in Atlantic.

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The Rams' 16 state qualifiers will begin their quest for state gold on Friday at the Iowa State Track Meet at Des Moines' Drake Stadium.

Jefferson-Scranton won the district team title with 152 points, to edged runner up Harlan and the third place Rams. In the individual standings, the Glenwood boys earned three gold medals on the day and advanced in 12 events.

“We had another good meet and set several personal and season bests,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “Competition was extremely tough with Harlan and Jefferson Scranton. But we battled and competed well and qualified events that we thought we should of and fell short in some that we thought we might have a chance. We are very thrilled to be taking 12 qualifiers to the state meet and seeing if we can compete for a top five finish in the team standings.”

Glenwood got district champions from Ian Eflin in the high hump, Eliot Lincoln in the 400-meter dash and Kyle Wheeler in the 800-meter run. All three equalled or betterers their season best performances in their respective events.

Also qualifiering for state on the boys side from Glenwood was Johnny Fuller in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters. Fuller was the Hawkeye 10 champion in both events earlier in the week. Mark Abrams qualifier in the 800-meters and also ran a leg of the 4x800-meter relay team that also earned a state bid. 2:03.32.

Eflin added to his high jump district title with a state bid in the 110-meter high hurdles and as part of the shuttle hurdle relay team that also made state.

The Rams' distance medley relay team of Taylor Williams, Cole Darrow, Lincoln and Fuller) also punched a ticket to state.

Cole Darrow earned his first state meet bid with a personal-best leap of 20 feet, 11 inches in the long jump to finish second at districts. Heading into the last jump, Darrow had fallen to third over all with three jumpers left. Atlantic freshman Dalton Franken jumped to top of the standings with a leap of 21 feet 2 inces, meaning Darrow would have to follow his jump, but now in fourth place.

Darrow made his way down the runway and jumped his personal best at the most opportune time, leap frogging him into second place with one jumper left.

Freshman Derek Jones redeemed himself after a disastrous fall at the Hawkeye 10 meet on Monday with a personal best that punched his ticket to the state track in the event, finishing second overall, breaking the :58 barrier.

The Glenwood girls placed fifth at the district meet with 78.5 points. Harlan was the district champion with 186 team points.

Shaniece Nott added to her Drake Relays bid with her first state track bid in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.8.

Lexi Fisher earned her first state bid with a third place showing in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:09.23.

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Abby Brown, Devin Jackson, Kassie Finn and Mercedes Liparoto added to their Hawkeye 10 Conference crown four days earlier with a third place showing at districts to qualify for state with a time of 1:10.33.

The Rams' 4x800-meter relay teams of Megan McKern,Emily Blum, Maddie VanScoy and Hannah Ringsdorf placed fourth at districts but qualified as one of eight “at-large” teams from around the state with its time of 1:11.9.

Class 3A District-1 Track Meet

Boys Team Results

1. Jefferson- Scranton, 152. 2. Harlan, 145. 3. Glenwood ,133. 4. Carroll, 74. 5. Denison, 58. 6. Winterset, 47. 7. Atlantic, 45. 8. Creston, 30.

Glenwood Boys State Qualifiers

400m Dash: first place, Eliot Lincoln, 51.72.

800m Run: first place, Kyle Wheeler, 1:58.17; third place, Mark Abrams, 2:03.32.

1,600m Run: second place, Johnny Fuller, 4:23.87.

3,200m Run: second place, Fuller, Glenwood, 10:24.42.

110m High Hurdles: third place, Ian Eflin, 15.92.

400m Low Hurdles: second place, Derek Jones, 58.13.

4x800m Relay: second place, Glenwood (Lincoln, Jordan Krug, Abrams, Wheeler), 8:13.32.

Distance Medley Relay: second place, Glenwood (Taylor Williams, Cole Darrow, Lincoln, Fuller), 3:38.15.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay: third place, Glenwood (Darrow, Mitch Bowden, Michael Lawler, Eflin), 1:01.06.

High jump: first, Eflin, Glenwood, 6-2.

Long jump: second place, Darrow, 20-11.

Girls Team Results

1. Harlan, 186. 2. Atlantic, 101.5. 3. Denison, 100. 4. Jefferson-Scranton, 90. 5. Glenwood, 78.5. 6. Carroll, 71. 7. Creston, 70. 8. Winterset, 39

Glenwood Girls State Qualifiers

100m Dash: second place, Shaniece Nott, 12.8

400m Hurdles: third place, Lexi Fisher, 1:09.23.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay: third place, Glenwood (Abby Brown, Devin Jackson, Kassie Finn, Mercedes Liparoto), 1:10.33.

4x800m Relay: fourth place, Glenwood (Megan McKern,Emily Blum, Maddie VanScoy, Hannah Ringsdorf), 1:11.9.

Glenwood boys second, girls seventh at Hawk 10 meet

The Harlan boys and girls track team's depth was too much ss the Cyclones ran away with a sweep of the boys and girls crowns at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet at Council Bluffs Lewis Central last Monday.

The Cyclones edged Glenwood 150-119 in the boys standings thanks to seven gold medals.

Glenwood earned golds on the day in the high jump (Ian Eflin), the 3,200-meters (Johnny Fuller), 1,600-meters (Fuller) and the 800-meters (Kyle Wheeler). Fuller is a double-repeat champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Wheeler has his second straight 800-meter conference title.

“We were trying to make a run at the team title and felt a couple of hiccups along the way,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner. “While the meet was rescheduled for the following day, the weather was clearly better, but still cool.”

Starner was most disapointed in the 400-meter low hurdle race. Glenwood had climbed within two points of Harlan in the team race going into the event which had Harlan as the favorite to win.

“We felt we had a potential chance to double place with (Derek) Jones and (Michael) Lawler,” said Starner. But coming down the home stretch with both Jones and Lawler on personal best pacea when Jones clipped a hurdle that would bring him to the track and Lawler suddenly tightened up with muscles spasms with a hurdle to go.

“We end up scoreless in the event while Harlan doubled placed; taking their team total lead into double digits,” said Starner. “I really felt bad for Jones as he was in third place going into the last hurdle and he just came up short on his approach to the last hurdle. That was his main event and he has been scoring a lot of points for us in that event. Luckily, he's a freshman and he'll bounce back and hopefully improve his time at districts.”

Clearly out of the team title hunt, Starner and his staff decided to “call off our horses” and back off to save them for the district meet. As a result Wheeler would end up runnning the 800, Fuller say out the 800 and neither Wheeler or Mark Abrams in the 4 x 400-meter relay.

“As a staff, we felt that the team title was out of reach and we had to clearly shift gears and not put unwanted stress on our athletes prior to districts,” said Starner.

Eflin added a second place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles and ran the anchor leg of the Rams' shuttle hurdle relay team that finished second.

Abrams doubled up the Rams' points in the distance events, placing third in both the 3,200 and 1,600.

Taylor Williams was a double placewinener for the Rams in the 100-meters (fourth place) and 200-meters (third place). Eliot Lincoln added a second place finish in the 400-meters.

The Cyclone girls dominated the field for their fourth straight conference crownd. In all Harlan, who has not lost a meet this season, won seven of 18 events and easily out paced Atlantic 163 to 97 in team points.

The Glenwood girls placed seventh with 39 points.

The Rams' shuttle hurdle relay team of Mercedes Liparoto, Abby Brown, Devin Jackson and Kassie Finn earned a gold medal with a school-record time of 1:09.0, edging runner up Creston .4 of a second for the gold.

Lexi Fisher improved on her own school-record with a third place showing in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:08.96.

Megan McKern placed sixth in the 3,000-meters and fifth in the 1,500-meters.

Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet

Boys Team Results

1. Harlan, 150. 2. Glenwood, 119. 3. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 88. 4. Denison, 53.3. 5. Shenandoah, 39. 6. Atlantic, 36. 7. Red Oak, 28. 8. Clarinda, 15.6. 9. (tie) Creston, Kuemper Catholic, 15.

Glenwood Top Place Winners

Shot Put: sixth place, Clayton Giesting, 42' 1”.

Discus: eighth place, Giesting, 119' 2”.

Long Jump: third place, Cole Darrow, 20' 4 1/4”.

High Jump: first place, Ian Eflin, 6' 2”.

4x800m Relay: third place, Glenwood (Eliot Lincoln, Jordan Krug, Jonah Strand, Kyle Wheeler), 8:37.32.

3200m Run: first place, Johnny Fuller, 9:49.70.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay: second place, Glenwood (Darrow, Michael Lawler, Mitch Bowden, Eflin), 1:01.

100m Dash: fourth place, Taylor Williams, 12.07.

400m Dash: second place, Eliot Lincoln, 52.06.

4x200m Relay: sixth place, Glenwood (Darrow, Rhett Turner, Jared Petersen, Trent Jameson), 1:37.72.

110m High Hurdles: second place, Eflin, 15.60.

1600m Run: first place, Fuller, 4:29.36.

200m Dash: third place, Williams, 24.13.

400m Hurdles: seventh place, Lawler, 1:02.71.

Sprint Medley Relay: second place, Glenwood (Williams, Darrow, Jacob Rhodes, Lincoln), 3:49.03.

800m Run: first place, Wheeler, 2:02.13.

4x100m Relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Williams, Turner, Petersen, Eflin), 46.20.

4x400m Relay: sixth place, Glenwood (Wheeler, Derek Jones, Mark Abrams, Rhett Turner), 3:46.63.

Girls Team Results

1. Harlan, 163. 2. Atlantic, 97. 3. Creston, 64. 4. Denison, 61. 5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 50. 6. Clarinda, 47. 7. Glenwood, 39. 8. (tie) Red Oak, Shenandoah, 28. 9. Kuemper Catholic, 12.

Glenwood Top Place Winners

Shot Put: fifth palce, Cassie Kruse, 33'.

Discus: third place, Rachelle Martin, 106'.

Long Jump: seventh place, Abby Brown, 15' 1 3/4”.

High Jump: seventh place, Lexi Fisher, 4' 6”.

3000m Run: sixth place, Megan McKern, 11:55.04.

4x800m Relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Ashley Grave, Maddie VanScoy, Emily Blum, Brooke Peckham), 10:41.44.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay: first place, Glenwood (Mercedes Liparoto, Abby Brown, Devin Jackson, Kassie Finn), 1:09.0.

100m Dash: fourth place, Shanieve Nott, 13.52.

Distance Medley Relay: fifth place, Glenwood (Fisher, Shelby Brewster, McKenna Henze, Katie Larsen), 4:45.75.

400m Dash: 12th place, Peckham, 1:10.

4x200m Relay: eighth place, Glenwood (Jordan Ruhr, Abby Brown, Hanna Ringsdorf, VanScoy), 1:58.96.

100m Hurdles: eighth place, Liparoto, 17.31.

800m Run: seventh place, Ashley Grave, 2:37.73.

200m dash: 13th place, Kassie Ruhr, 30.80.

400m Hurdles: third place, Fisher, 1:08.96.

Sprint Medley Relay: eighth place, Glenwood (Liparoto, Finn, Brown, Ringsdorf), 2:08.34.

1500m Run: fifth place, McKern, 5:24.30.

4x100m Relay: fourth place, Glenwood (Liparoto, Nott, Henze, Brewster), 53.55.

4x400m Relay: eighth place, Glenwood (Grave, Fisher, Henze, Brewster), 4:26.84.