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Joe Wilkinson

Rare white deer drawing a crowd near Twin View

SOLON– Traffic slowed on the highway. Neighbors out for a walk stuck around for the show, too, In the first days of July, word of the albino deer got around quickly.
For several evenings in a row, and occasionally around dawn, the snow white deer, with pink inner ears and nose, would be grazing in a just-cut hay field four miles west of Solon on County Road F-16, next to Twin View Heights.

Misel breaks school shot put record as girls roll

Lady Spartans double-up the competition at Monticello Invite

Team depth, placing in all 19 events– including wins in eight– had the Lady Spartans doubling up again April 30 at the Monticello Invitational. Solon cashed in with double-place winners in eight of the 12 individual events.
The girls rolled to196 points, more than twice what runner up Anamosa (73) could muster. They, Monticello (72), Mount Vernon (69) and West Branch (59.5) chased each other, battled for second through fifth place. Rounding out the field were Regina (34), North Cedar (32), Dyersville Beckman (29½) and Prince of Peace-Clinton (10).

Drake performances highlight busy week for girls

DES MOINES– Spread across three days, the Drake Relays capped a three-meet week for Solon in track. The Lady Spartans’ efforts were highlighted by a fifth-place finish by Kara Misel in the shot put (40’10) and Lauren Benzing’s eighth-place finish in the 1,500 meters, her 4:45.71 cutting 10 seconds off her qualifying time.

Getting back on the track

Solon boys and girls host Denny Gruber Invitational

Girls win big at home

SOLON– There’s a reason the 4x400-meter relay is the last event in a track meet. Combining sprinter speed, distance runner endurance and a little strategy... it often decides the outcome of the meet. And with finishes like Solon’s girls provided at the Denny Gruber Invitational last week, it gets the crowd on its feet and cheering before the lights go out and everybody heads home.

Solon Lady Spartans tackle indoor meets

A cold, snowy March has made indoor track meets a popular venue. Though events and entries are limited with shorter tracks and limited space, they provide a good look for coaches and athletes ahead of the end-of-March through May outdoor season.
Through three indoor meets, Solon’s girls are providing some of the answers. Still, with spring break taking away a large share of the team… and this week’s first outdoor meet cancelled, there are plenty of questions.