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Joe Wilkinson

Pack taking shape as cross country hits midseason

Girls fourth, boys ninth at Solon invite

SOLON– Packs can be good in cross country. “It’s a sport where you are out there, running by yourself for 20-some minutes. You want to get up with someone you know; to push each other… to keep going. Then, it’s all about the team,” explained Solon Head Coach Emy Williams.

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Girls fourth, boys ninth at Bob Brown Invitational

Nicol, Smith pace Solon cross country teams

IOWA CITY– Mild weather and a mostly flat course made for good meet conditions Sept. 1, and Solon cross country runners responded with better times, and better contact with teammates while on the run, at the Bob Brown Invitational at Kicker’s Soccer Park, in Iowa City.
Solon’s boys finished ninth in their 12 team field. The girls were fourth, with nine full teams fielded.

Solon boys and girls take ninth at soggy Prairie Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Season opener… and overnight rain had stopped in time for hundreds of runners to stay dry– for the most part. The squish of saturated soil at low points along the rolling course on the College Community campus still guaranteed mud-soaked shoes and ankles at the finish line of the Aug. 27 Prairie Invitational.
The cross country meet featured over 20 schools, in two divisions. Entries came from Waukee and Pella to the west… and as far away as Davenport, Fort Madison and Maquoketa to the east.

Girls 2nd at WaMaC; state qualifier May 12

TIFFIN– Just a handful of points separated conference champ Western Dubuque and runner-up Solon in the 16-team Girls’ WaMaC Super Meet. As the May 5 meet ended, though, the focus immediately turned to Thursday’s state qualifying meet push through to the state May 19-21 in Des Moines. Most of the WaMaC schools– including Solon– fall into Class 3A, so there will be plenty of familiar faces.

Spartans on The Blue Oval for Drake Relays

DES MOINES– A sure sign of spring in Iowa is a weekend of rain for the Drake Relays.
Rain fell on all three days of major activity on The Blue Oval at Drake University for the 107th edition of America’s Athletic Classic. However, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 4,485 high school, college and elite class performers on and around the track, including 17 Olympic medalists, gearing up for the 2016 Rio Games in 10 weeks.

Girls break meet records on way to title

Senior Tanner Wymer remembered at Denny Gruber Coed Relays

SOLON– On an evening steeped with bittersweet memories, Solon’s track teams built some happier moments with twin wins in the 2016 Denny Gruber Co-Ed Relays Tuesday, April 19, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
From the girls, it was– again– strong field event showings and balance through the running events to build a 126-106 margin over Mount Vernon. Running third was Marion (88), with North Cedar (79), Davenport Assumption (75), Vinton-Shellsburg (65.33), Dyersville Beckman (27) and Iowa City Regina (19) following.

Balance helps Solon girls to 5th place

Misel 2nd in discus, shot put; Solon places in all 7 relays

DAVENPORT– In their annual battle against the big schools, Solon’s girls had scoring from all seven relays on the track and another great showing from the field to finish fifth in the Jesse Day Relays April 14 at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.

Track season hits the great outdoors

Girls finish fourth at the Mount Vernon Relays

MOUNT VERNON– The move outdoors brings a new look to the 2016 track season. Solon’s girls could see how they do on the full-size 400 meter track, while adding events like the shuttle hurdle relay, discus… even the 3,000, which are difficult– or impossible­– to accommodate in early season indoor meets.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”

Cross country peaks with state qualifyer Oct. 22

INDEPENDENCE– The competition doesn’t get easier as Solon’s cross country teams head toward season’s end. But will it conclude this week, at the state qualifier? Or next weekend, at the state meet? Coming out of Oct. 15’s WaMaC Super Conference run, both boys and girls need to move up the pack to continue their seasons.

Girls 6th at WaMaC; Three All-Conference runners

Home stretch ahead

Boys finish 11th, girls 10th at North Linn

TROY MILLS– The stakes go up in the final days of the 2015 cross country season. Solon’s boys and girls go from Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to the state qualifier next week, and hopefully on to state, Oct. 31.

Solon second at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– The power of a point.
Solon’s and Williamsburg’s girls could not have been much closer in the point spread Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Williamsburg’s seven-team cross country invitational. As the fifth and final scoring runners cleared the finish line, though, it was the Raiders 34-35 over the Spartans for the meet win.
Solon’s boys also grabbed the runner-up plaque; again with Williamsburg taking first, with a 32-43 margin.

Girls down to the wire