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Boys’ 4x800, Gardarsson and Welch are top-5 finishers

West well-represented at Drake

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High track and field programs were well represented last weekend at the 2014 Drake Relays with athletes competing in nearly 20 events between the Trojans and Women of Troy.
The Trojan 4x800-meter relay consisting of Kaleb Greiner, Wynton Karanja, Noah Brase and Daniel Gardarsson brought home fourth-place medals with a 7:57.17 performance. Gardarsson was fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:24.04 while Valerie Welch, a freshman on the West High girls’ track and field team, brought home a fifth-place medal for her 65.57 seconds performance in the 400-meter hurdles.
The boys’ 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle manned by Elliot Young, John Milani, Kane Templeton and Andrew Gilbaugh was fifth in the event’s preliminary heats in 59.67 seconds. However, only the top four teams advanced to the final. Also in preliminary heats, Alexander Baller, Gilbaugh, Xavier Koch and Greiner brought their 4x400-meter relay in for a 16th-place finish in 3:25.84. The top eight teams advanced to the final.
Grace Young, Kristina Bauer, Bailey Bowman and Welch ran the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay in 66.54 seconds in the third preliminary heat, good for sixth place, however the top four teams advanced to the final. Bauer, Alicia Hardin, Tia Saunders and Taleah Smith ran the 4x100-meter relay to an 11th-place finish in the preliminary heats, but again only the top eight teams advanced. The foursome posted a time of 50.15 seconds. Rachel Collins, Miceala Gravelin, Welch and Saunders were 12th in the preliminaries of the girls’ 4x400-meter relay in 4:04.68. Young was 22nd in the preliminaries of the girls’ 100-meter hurdles in 16.36 seconds.

Iowa City West results as posted by Drake University:
Boys’ long jump: 17, Alexander Baller, 20-04.00.
Girls’ 3,000-meter run: 21, Ashlynn Yokom, 10:57.35.
Boys’ 1,600-meter run: 12, Daniel Gardarsson, 4:25.63. 17, Wynton Karanja, 4:28.91.
Boys’ 800-meter run: 16, Kaleb Greiner, 1:59.26.
Girls’ 4x200-meter relay: 8, IC West (Kristina Bauer, Valerie Welch, Tia Saunders, Taleah Smith), 1:44.38.
Boys’ 1,600-meter sprint medley relay: 6, IC West (Jacob Sanderson, Baller, Andrew Gilbaugh, Greiner), 3:32.39.
Girls’ 800-meter sprint medley relay: 10, IC West (Bauer, Alicia Hardin, Smith, Saunders), 1:50.16.
Girls’ discus throw: 9, Abby Brayton, 120-08.
Girls’ long jump: 19, Smith, 15-05.50.
Girls’ 1,500-meter run: 20, Yokom, 4:59.21.
Girls’ 400-meter hurdles: 5, Welch, 65.57.
Boys’ 4x800-meter relay: 4, IC West (Greiner, Karanja, Noah Brase, Gardarsson), 7:57.17.
Boys’ 3,200-meter run: 5, Gardarsson, 9:24.04.
Girls’ 400-meter hurdles: 5, Welch, 65.57.