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Ferguson doubles up in shot put, discus

Spartans dominate Denny Gruber Invitational

SOLON– Solon hosted its own invitational track meet last week, named in honor of former boy’s track coach and teacher Denny Gruber. He was most likely proud as he watched the Spartan boys outdistance second place Mt. Vernon by 57 points to claim the team title.
Final scores were as follows:
Solon 137
Mt. Vernon 79.5
Regina 76.5
Vinton-Shellsburg 70
CCA 67
Beckman 57
North Cedar 48
Assumption 23
Gruber still coaches the jumpers for Solon and they helped to get the team off to a great start in the field events, scoring two places in both the high and long jump.
High Jump: Jaden Durr; second, 5’08; Matt Roeder, third, 5’08.
Long Jump: Halston Durr, first, 20’ 6 1/4; Zach Nunemaker, third, 19’11.
Coach Brad Wymer’s throwers were equally impressive, placing four times as well.
Shot put: Dalton Ferguson; first, 56’03; Danny Whitmore, fourth, 46’06.
Discus: Dalton Ferguson, second, 148’01; Tanner Wymer, third, 145’11.
Connor Ham continued his assault on the high hurdle and sprint events, winning both the 110-meter high hurdles and 200-meter dash. His clocking of 14.13 in the highs established a new school record in that event, which he had previously held. Jordan Wymer also sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 11.43.
Other place-winners for Solon in individual running events included:
800-meter run: Zach Kienholz, third, 2:07.7;
110-meter high hurdles: Jacob Gibbs, third, 17.16;
3,200-meter run: Patrick McGill, sixth, 11:02.1;
400 meter dash: Zach Kienholz, third, 53.07.
The Spartans also placed well in every relay event:
4x200: Brandon Childs, Nate Christensen, Emilio Villagrana and Jordan Wymer, second, 133.91;
4x400: Trevor Yahr, Payton Nicol, Jacob Gibbs and Jake Coons, fourth, 3:39.6;
4x800: Trevor Yahr, Jake Schaeckenbach, Payton Nicol and Nik Rehnke, fifth, 8:48.4;
Shuttle Hurdle relay: Jacob Gibbs, Josh Prybil, Colton Hansel and Nate Christensen, fourth, 1:06.1;
1,600 Medley: Nate Kennedy, Eli DeWitt, Emilio Villagrana and Jake Schaeckenbach, fourth, 3:53.97;
4x100: Halston Durr, Matt Roeder, Brandon Childs and Nate Christensen, third, 46.05.

Ferguson wins gold at Drake
Senior shot putter Dalton Ferguson established himself as the elite shot putter in the state of Iowa with a toss of 55’4 1/2 Friday afternoon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Ferguson also owns the longest throw in the state this year, regardless of class, with a personal best and school record 59’6, accomplished earlier this season. Dalton also placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 157’, becoming the first male track athlete to place in both throwing events in school history.
Several other Spartans competed at the event including:
Connor Ham in the high hurdles, 4x100, and 4x200-meter relays;
Jordan Wymer, Brandon Childs, and Emilio Villagrana in the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays; and
Zach Nunemaker in the long jump.