Rams open outdoor season with sweep at Carroll

Glenwood’s Anothny Driscoll-Lee leaps into the air during the boys long jump event of the Carroll Early Bird meet held March 24. Driscoll-Lee finished second with a jump of 20-feet-2.5-inches.

The Glenwood girls and boys track teams swept the team titles at its first outdoor meet of the season at the Early Bird Meet in Carroll Friday.

The Ram girls won eight events and tallied 189 points to easily out-pace runner-up Carroll’s 115.5. points. The boys had seven gold medals and finished with 164 points to Harlan’s 110 points.

Glenwood girls coach Jordan Bueltel felt his team had a “great night.”  

“Lots of great performances from the girls,” he said.  “We had several girls set new PRs (personal records) and several others that are really close to where they finished last season, which is really exciting.”

Of the many performances that impressed Bueltel, two that stood out: Joely Vanecek and Danika Arnold.  Vanacek set a new PR by over two feet in the shot to finish seventh in the shot and Arnold won the 200-meters.

“It was huge for us because we lost both of our varsity shot putters from last season, and Dan just keeps getting faster,” Bueltel said. “She set a new PR in both the 100 and 200 and anchored the heck out of two different relays.  All in all, it was a great night, and we are happy with where we are, but the most exciting thing is we have plenty of things we can clean up and get better at, so hopefully we can keep improving and be at our best in May.”

The Rams’ Jaylynn Floyd (high jump), Allison Koontz (100-meter dash), Carlie Clemmer (100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles), Danika Arnold (200-meter dash) and Madelyn Berglund (1,500-meter run) all won gold medals at Carroll.

Glenwood also had a strong day in the relays, winning the shuttle hurdle and 4x100-meters and placing second in the sprint medley and distance medley.

With the meet rescheduling to Friday from Thursday due to weather, Glenwood boys coach Mark Starner said he lost some athletes that weren’t able to compete due to previously scheduled events. But the athletes that were there, performed well, the coach said.

“For the most part we did really well,” Starner said. “Some of our strengths are in the (long) distance and middle distance, throwing and hurdles, and we scored a lot of points in those events.”    

The Rams had four athletes pick up individual gold medals. Reagan Skarnulas won the shot put with a top throw of 46 feet, 5 inches, Anthony Driscoll-Lee won the 110-meter hurdles (16.36), Andrew Smith with the 800-meters (2:014.14) and Bryant Keller won the 1,600-meters (4:35.83).

Driscoll-Lee helped the shuttle hurdle relay to a first-place finish. He also added a second-place finish in the long jump.  Smith contributed to the winning 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays.

The Rams added a gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay.

“The nice thing about the meet was that we were able to get a lot of athletes some experience in some varsity events,” Starner said. “It was nice to get a meet under their belt as we continue to progress throughout the season.  We will have to rely on a lot of athletes that are short of varsity experience, the more time they can get on the track, the better off we’ll be down the road.”

Carroll Early Bird Meet
Girls Team Results

1. Glenwood, 189. 2. Carroll, 115.5. 3. Harlan, 95.5. 4. Boone, 89. 5. Kuemper Catholic, 39. 6. Saydel, 27. 7. Creston.

Glenwood Girls Place Winners
High jump: first place, Jaylynn Floyd, 5’.
Discus: second place, Abi Hiller, 114’ 1”.
Shot put: seventh place, Joely Vanecek, 28’ 2”.
Long jump: second place, Jenna Hopp, 16’ 10.75”.
Sprint medley: second place, Glenwood (Hopp, Floyd, Allison Koontz and Danika Arnold), 1:53.81.
3000m run: second place, Madeyln Berglund, 11:21.70.
4x800m relay: fourth place, Glenwood (Maya Schau, Audrina Johansen, Emma Johnson and Emerson Griffin), 11:54.20.
Shuttle hurdle relay: first place, Glenwood (Courtney Crawford, Breckyn Petersen, Kayden Kahl and Carlie Clemmer), 1:14.70.
100m dash: first place, Koontz, 12.87.
Distance medley relay: second place, Glenwood (Hopp, Floyd, Brooklyn Schultz and Petersen), 4:34.17.
400m dash: third place, Berglund, 1:06.84.
4x200m relay: sixth place, Glenwood (Addison Fichter, Rossalyne Johansen, Crawford and Ella Richards), 2:01.02.
100m hurdles: first place, Clemmer, 16.66.
800m run: third place, Neyla Nanfito, 2:36.87.
200m dash: first place, Arnold, 26.97.
400m hurdles: first place, Clemmer, 1:12.28.
1500m run: first place, Berglund, 5:22.74.
4x100m relay: first place, Glenwood (Hopp, Koontz, Floyd and Arnold), 51.60.
4x400m relay: fourth place, Glenwood (Schultz, Nanfito, Schau and Richards), 4:31.42.

Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 164. 2. Harlan, 110. 3. Carroll. 75. 4. Kuemper Catholic, 73. 5. Boone, 69. 6. Creston, 46. 7. Des Moines north, 31. 8. Saydel, 17.

Glenwood Boys Place Winners
Discus: second place, Logyn Eckheart, 138’ 5”.
Shot put: first place, Reagan Skarnulis, 46’ 5”.
Long jump: second place, Anthony Driscoll-Lee, 20’ 2.5”.
Sprint medley relay: third place, Glenwood (Jackson Mulkins, Keaton German, Tristan Meier and Victor Cruz), 1:42.89.
4x800m relay: first place, Glenwood (Bryant Keller, Jake Shannon, Preston Slayman and Andrew Smith), 8:29.33.
Shuttle hurdle relay: first place, Glenwood (Aaron McPherson, Pauley Simonetti, Tristan Lundwig and Driscoll-Lee), 1:10.17.
100m dash: third place, Payton Longmeyer, 11.67.
Distance medley relay: third place, Glenwood (German, Aaden Lopez, Bryce Keller and Maverick Mixan), 4:09.86.
4x200m relay: third place, Glenwood (Mulkins, Meyer, Victor Cruz and Longmeyer), 1:36.13.
110m hurdles: first place, Driscoll-Lee, 16.36.
800m run: first place, Andrew Smith, 2:04.14.
200m dash: third place, Longmeyer, 24.12.
400m hurdles: fourth place, Mixan, 1:03.65.
1600m run: first place, Bryant Keller, 4:35.83.
4x100m relay: second place, Glenwood (Mulkins, Driscoll-Lee, Meier and Longmeyer), 45.81.
4x400m relay: first place, Glenwood (Cruz, Smith, Dalton Pierce and Shannon), 3:42.10.


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