Record day for Ram track

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Glenwood girls, boys track team qualify record numbers for state

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Not even rain could dampen the Glenwood track teams’ performances at districts.


The Glenwood boys qualified a record number 19 athletes in 15 events to win their third straight district title while the girls placed third as a team and qualified a school-record 13 athletes in 11 events before a rain soaked crowd of 400 at Ram Memorial Field on Thursday.

The top two finishers at districts and the top 12 at-large performances from around the state all advance. The Iowa State Track Meet opens Thursday with competition in all four classes and runs through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Glenwood racked up 163 team points to easily out-pace second place Bishop Heelan. The boys had 11 automatic qualifiers and advanced 19 athletes to state in 15 events to break the school-record set in 2011.
“We were very fortunate to win the meet. Coming in I wasn’t sure if we could with the competition that was here, but we ran well and I’m proud of the kids,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner.

Derek Jones qualified for state for the third straight season after winning the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. Jones won both the  400 in 49.97 and the hurdles in 53.73 and ran the anchor leg of the Rams’ gold medal winning 4x400 relay.
The Rams got gold medal performances from Mitch Bowden in the high jump, J.J. Hahn in the shot  and from its shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays.

Grant May returns to state to defend his long jump title while adding the 200-meters and 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays this year.
Glenwood also double qualified in the 400-meter dash, the 110-meter hurdles, the long jump and the discus.

Starner was skeptical, following the meet, his team would get as many events qualified as they ended up getting. But after the smoke cleared for automatic state qualifiers, Glenwood’s 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter and 4x800-meter relay all reached state as one of 12 at-large qualifiers from around the state.

“I wasn’t sure about those getting in but that was big,” Starner said. “Getting those double qualifiers was huge for us. It’s pretty remarkable. To surpass 2011 when we had 14 qualifiers was pretty amazing. This is unbelievable.”

The Glenwood girls placed third in the team standings with just 12.5 points

separating the Rams from first place Bishop Heelan. The Rams qualified 13 athletes in 11 events to set a new school record for state qualifiers.
“We are extremely excited,” said Glenwood girls coach Brad Rasmussen. “The girls have really done a great job all year. To be a part of a team that has the most state qualifiers in Glenwood track history is amazing. These girls set this tone way back at the beginning of the year. We knew we could be top three going in.”

Junior Kecia Caudill led the way qualifying in four events: the 100-meter dash and the 4x100, 4x200 and sprint medley relays.

In all, the Ram girls had five automatic qualifiers after placing in the  top two at districts in the 100-meters (Caudill), the 400-meter hurdles (Molly Dean), the shuttle hurdle relay, the 4x100-meter relay, the 4x200-meter relay and the sprint medley relay .

The Rams had double qualifiers in the 100-meters (Caudill, Courtney Magnussen) and the 400-meter hurdles (Dean, Miranda Ruth).
Class 3A District
Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 163. 2. Bishop Heelan, 136. 3. Harlan, 134. 4. Carroll, 77. 5. Creston, 73. 6. Denison, 49. 7. Atlantic, 33. 8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 32.

Girls Team Results
1. Bishop Heelan, 144.5 2. Harlan, 136. 3. Glenwood, 132. 4. Carroll, 115. 5. Denison, 69. 6. Creston, 57. 7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 45.5. 8. Atlantic, 37.
Glenwood Boys State Qualifiers
200m dash – Grant May.
400m dash – Derek Jones, Brogan Weddum.
800m run – Jared Cook.
110m hurdles – Dane Kruse, Mitch Bowden.
400m hurdles – Jones.
4x100m relay – Glenwood (Kruse, Spencer Smith, May and Sam Jameson).
4x200m relay – Glenwood (James Fuller, Corey Bertini, Jameson and May).
                4x400m relay – Glenwood (Fuller, Weddum, Brady Wheeler and Jones).
                4x800m relay – Glenwood (Fuller, Jeff Reeve, Wheeler, Cook).
                Distance medley relay – Glenwood (Fuller, Jameson, Weddum and Wheeler).
                Shuttle hurdle relay – Glenwood (Kruse, M. Bowden, K. Bowden and Jameson).
                High jump – M. Bowden.
                Long jump – May.
                Discus – Cameron Joy, Connor Fikes.
                Shot put – J.J. Hahn.

Glenwood Girls State Qualifiers
                100m dash – Kecia Caudill.
                100m hurdles – Miranda Ruth.
                400m hurdles – Molly Dean.
                Shuttle hurdle relay – Glenwood (Ruth, Ashley Konfrst, Halie Darrow and Olivia Scarborough).
                4x100m relay – Glenwood (Courtney Magnussen, Caudill, Sara Salerno and Chelsea Webster).
                4x200m relay – Glenwood (Caudill, Webster, Salerno and Dean).
                4x800m relay – Glenwood (Carlie Cooper, Bailey Starner, Hayley Matthews and Dean).
                Sprint medley relay – Glenwood (Magnussen, Reiny Ostrander, Caudill and Cooper).
                Long jump – Salerno.
                Discus – Starner.
                Shot put – Jacy Embray.

Glenwood boys win third straight conference crown
    The Glenwood boys track team won  10 gold medals and the team crown at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Track Meet in Atlantic last Monday.
    The Rams easily out-paced Harlan 156 to 121 in the boys standings to win their third straight conference title.
    The Glenwood girls racked up four gold medals and placed second in the team standings to repeat champion, Harlan.
    The boys got a pair of individual gold medals from Derek Jones in the 400-meters and the 400-meter hurdles. Grant May added a gold in the 200-meters. In the field events, J.J. Hahn won the shot put and Mitch Bowden the high jump.
    Glenwood nearly swept the relays, winning gold in the 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, shuttle hurdle and distance medley while placing second in the 4x100.
    The second place showing and the 138 points is the best finish ever for the Glenwood girls track team.
Jacy Embray (shot put), Kecia Caudill (100-meter dash), Molly Dean (400-meter hurdles) and the 4 X 100-meter relay team of Reiny Ostrander, Becca Fornoff, Courtney Magnussen and Caudill  all took home gold medals for the Rams. The four gold medals is also an all-time best for Glenwood.

Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet
Boys Team Results
    1. Glenwood, 156. 2. Harlan, 121. 3. Creston, 74. 4. Shenandoah, 51. 5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 50. 6. Atlantic, 31.5. 7. Denison, 29. 8. Kuemper, 23. 9. Clarinda, 11.5. 10. Red Oak, 11.

Glenwood Boys Top Place Winners
    100m dash – fifth place, Spencer Smith, 11.6.
    200m dash – first place, Grant May, 22.63.
    400m dash – first place, Derek Jones, 50.24.
    800m run – second place, Jared Cook, 2:01.62.
    110m hurdles – second place, Mitch Bowden, 15.29.
    1600m run – fifth place, Jeff Reeve, 4:52.42.
    3200m run – fourth place, Reeve, 10:38.71.
    400m hurdles – first place, Jones, 53.00.
    Discus – fourth place, Cameron Joy, 138’ 2”.
    High jump – first place, M. Bowden, 6’ 2”.
    Long jump – second place, May, 20’ 4.5”.
    Shot put – first place, J.J. Hahn, 51’ 8.25”.
    4x100m relay – second place, Glenwood, 43.95.
    4x200m relay – first place, Glenwood, 1:32.49.
    4x400m relay – first place, Glenwood, 3:28.90.
    4x800m relay – first place, Glenwood, 8:20.74.
    Shuttle hurdle relay – first place, Glenwood, 59.08.
    Distance medley relay – first place, Glenwood, 3:47.32.

Girls Team Results
    1. Harlan, 175. 2. Glenwood, 138. 3. Creston, 78. 4. Shenandoah, 49. 5. Denison, 42. 6. Clarinda, 34. 7. Kuemper, 30. 8. Atlantic, 21. 9. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 13. 10. Red Oak, 9.

Glenwood Girls Tops Place Winners
    100m dash – first place, Kecia Caudill, 12.64.
    200m dash – second place, Caudill, 26.79.
    400m dash – second place, Molly Dean, 1:02.07.
    100m hurdles – third place, Miranda Ruth, 16.32.
    1500m run – fifth place, Bailey Starner, 5:21.48.
    3200m run – sixth place, Maddie VanScoy, 13:00.46.
    400m hurdles – first place, Dean, 1:08.13.
    Discus – fourth place, B. Starner, 109’.
    High jump – fifth place, Dean, 4’ 10”.
    Long jump – fourth place, Sarah Salerno, 15’ 6.75”.
    Shot put – first place, Jacy Embray, 37’ 1.5”.
    4x100m relay – first place, Glenwood, 51.24.
    4x200m relay – second place, Glenwood, 1:50.07.
    4x400m relay – second place, Glenwood, 4:13.64.
    4x800m relay – third place, Glenwood, 10:27.12.
    Shuttle hurdle relay – second place, Glenwood, 1:10.14.
    Sprint medley relay – fourth place, Glenwood, 1:59.84.