Glenwood wins 11 gold medals at Mustang Relays

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Track team victories don’t come more dominating than the Glenwood boy’s at the Mustang Relays in Shenandoah last Tuesday.

Sure the Rams racked up 168 team points, nearly doubling up second place Clarinda’s 87 points, to win the team title. But it was how Glenwood did it that was impressive.

The Rams won all six relays and compiled gold medals in five other events to literally run away with the meet title.

“Both the varsity and the junior varsity teams won the meet fairly easy,” said Glenwood coach Mark Starner, adding this was the fifth varsity team title for the Rams this season.

In both the top division and the lower division, in which the Rams’ junior varsity competed, Glenwood combined to win 11 of the 12 relay events. The sole relay they did not win was the junior varsity shuttle hurdle, in which they did not enter a team.  

The  highlight of the night was James Fuller’s meet record in the 400-meter dash. With a time of 49.04, Fuller clocked his fastest time of his career and broke the schools record previously held by Derek Jones.  

“Multiple athletes contributed to the teams totals,” Starner said. “We had to back off some athletes in this meet due to some injury issues and fortunately for us, other athletes stepped up and filled in and ran well.”   

Winning individual golds were Spencer Smith (100-meters), James Fuller (400-meters), Jared Cook (800-meters), Dane Kruse (110-meter hurdles) and Caleb Peterson (400-meter hurdles).

Glenwood’s 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays all recorded first place runs.

The Rams 4 x 100 relay team of Dane Kruse, Jon Van Scoy, Mavrick Decker and Spencer Smith ran a season’s best, despite being without anchor Josh Lee, who pulled a hamstring during the 100-meter earlier in the meet.

Mustang Relays
Team Results
1. Glenwood, 168. 2. Clarinda, 87. 3. Shenandoah, 81. 4. East Mills, 65. 5. Griswold, 62. 6. Red Oak, 59. 7. Fremont-Mills, 57. 8. Nishnabotna, 42. 9. Sidney, 34. 10. Southwest Valley, 26. 11. South Page, 15.

Top Place Winners
100m dash – first place, Spencer Smith, 11.72.
400m dash – first place, James Fuller, 49.04.
800m run – first place, Jared Cook, 2:09.95.
110m hurdles – first place, Dane Kruse, 15.84.
1600m run – sixth place, Cuentin Gray, 5:08.56.
3200m run – third place, Gray, 10:55.58.
400m hurdles – first place, Caleb Peterson, 1:00.01.
Discus – fourth place, Dru Little, 128’ 6”.
High jump – third place, Smith, 5’ 10”.
Shot put – fifth place, Justin Pachl, 44’ 2”.
4x100m relay – first place, Glenwood, 45.01.
4x200m relay – first place, Glenwood, 1:34.06.
4x400m relay – first place, Glenwood, 3:31.81.
4x800m relay – first place, Glenwood, 8:48.79.
Shuttle hurdle relay – first place, Glenwood, 1:02.40.
Distance medley relay – first place, Glenwood, 3:49.01.