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Varsity boys 2nd, JV boys 3rd at WaMaC East coed meet

Spartan Coal Flansburg begins his approach as he competes in the varsity discus throw on Monday, May 7, at Spartan Stadium during the coed varsity WaMaC divisional championships. Flansburg won the varsity discus event with a throw of 169-03, earning the Spartans 10 team points.  (photo by Jeff Hess)

SOLON– The Solon Spartan boys track and field teams, junior varsity (JV) and varsity, both flourished at the WaMaC East Divisional Championship meet, finishing third and second, respectively on Monday, May 7, postponed from Thursday, May 3, due to inclement weather, at Spartan Stadium.
The Solon JV boys’ 101 team points fell in third behind Western Dubuque with 176 and Anamosa’s 115. The rest of the JV field was comprised of Central DeWitt (90.5), Mount Vernon (85.5), West Delaware (54), Beckman (49) and Maquoketa (27). The varsity Spartans’ 107 placed them runner-up in the WaMaC East conference behind Western Dubuque’s 181. The rest of the varsity standings included Anamosa (102), Central DeWitt (91), Mount Vernon (80), West Delaware (76), Beckman (57.5) and Maquoketa (32.5).
“This time of year is really in the hands of the athletes. They know exactly what they need to be ready and practices are targeted towards their needs. We embraced the fact the meet was postponed until Monday, it allowed us to have two more opportunities to practice and continue to grow physically and mentally,” Coach Mark Sovers commented. “Practices are shorter and the focus moves to developing the confidence it takes to compete at our best.”
In the JV high jump, Solon’s Cade Chapman tied for second-place with a leap of 5-2 and scored the Spartans’ JV team seven team points. Lucas Walker grabbed two team points for the JV with a long jump leap of 16-5 ½, good enough for seventh place and Payton Herdliska came in 11th with his jump of 14-8. The team total for the JV team was increased by 12 points, eight coming from Rocky Lensing’s 48-6 1/2 shot put for second place and Kyle Puettmann’s 38-8 fifth-place performance yielded four team points. Rounding out the field events for the JV team, Solon’s Hayes Diersen won the discus with 139-3 and earned 10 team points, while Luke Schaeckenbach reiterated the Spartans’ field dominance with a second-place toss of 132-10 for eight more team points.
In the JV track events, the 100-meter dash saw Seamus Poynton run to a third-place finsih in 12.37 for six more team points and Miles Fuller turned in an 11th-place 13.41. In the 200-meter JV dash, Colton Hoffman grabbed the champion share of 10 team points for his 25.10, first-place finish and Brady Stotler finished 10th posting a 27.62. Noelan Garbes and Westen Stiegelmeyer finished in 10th- and 12th-place, respectively, with times of 1:01.45 and 1:03.11 in the 400-meter JV dash. In the 800-meter JV run, Stiegelmeyer coraled two team points with his seventh-place, 2:24.44 finish and Bo Janssen’s ninth-place, 2:33.54 was just shy of scoring team points. The 1,600-meter JV run saw Ben DeValk capture ninth-place and a team point with his 5:24.22 performance. Luke Luu finished third in the 110-meter JV hurdles with a time of 21.21 garnering six team points and in the 400-meter JV hurdles, Colton Hoffman won the race with 1:00.88 snatching the 10 team points for the Spartans.
In the JV relays, the team of Jackson Ryan, Carson Shive, Danny Knesevich and Chapman ran a 50.29, finishing sixth and collecting three team points for the Spartans in the 4x100-meter JV relay. The 4x200-meter JV relay team of Poynton, Miles Fuller, Lucas Walker and Jack Bell ran a 1:45.44 grabbing five team points for their fourth-place finish. Hoffman, Brayton Bair, Brad Yeomans and Bell ran a 3:55.84 capturing fifth-place in the 4x400-meter JV relay. A third-place finish and six team points were the result of the 1:46.67 effort of Poynton, Walker, Mason Stahle and Dillon Hoit in the 800-meter JV sprint medley relay. Jackson Ryan, Knezevich, Janssen and DeValk collaborated on the distance medley relay to post a time of 4:21.76 to capture fourth-place and five team points.
The varsity team’s second-place performance was the result of a combined effort, spearheaded by the field events. Colton Hoffman leaped to a 5-10 height in the varsity high jump, good enough for fourth place and five team points. Luke Ira jumped 21-2 3/4 in the long jump to grab eight team points for second place while Eddie Richey netted five team points for his 20-4, fourth-place leap. Tyler Linderbaum championed the shot put with his throw of 55-0 1/2 for 10 team points and Luke Schaeckenbach took the second podium spot earning eight team points for a toss of 51-3. In the discus throw, Coal Flansburg continued his dominance this season with a winning throw of 169-3 while Linderbaum took the bronze with a discus toss of 158-7.
In the varsity running events, Adam Bock ran a 11.76, good for fourth place in the 100-meter dash and five team points, while Matt Folkerts finished in 14th place with a time of 13.33. Jackson Pipolo ran a 24.91 in the varsity 200-meter dash, finishing seventh and earning two team points, while Mason Stahle’s 25.88 was good for 13th place. The varsity 400-meter dash performances of Brayden Rickertson and Eddie Richey earned the Spartans six team points, four for Rickertson’s 54.23, fifth-place finish and two for Richey’s seventh-place, 55.94. Elijah McInnis ran a 2:50.44 in the varsity 800-meter run finishing 13th. Tyler Bilskie ran a 5:12.23 to capture three team points for the Spartans with a sixth-place effort. Ethan Kober earned three team points for his sixth-place, 11:18.06 run in the varsity 3,200-meter.
Luke Ira etched another first-place finish in the varsity 110-meter hurdles with a 15.05. Solon’s Kendrick Harris, Adam Bock, Spencer Wegmann and Ira collaborated to earn five team points for the Spartans’ fourth-place, 44.74 finish in the 4x100-meter varsity relay. The 4x200-meter varsity relay of Pipollo, Harris, Bock and Wegmann garnered the Spartans five team points for their 1:35.27, fourth-place performance. In the 4x400-meter varsity relay, the sixth-place team of Eddie Richey, Ricketerson, Hoit and Ben Krutzfeldt combined for a 3:42.45 and three team points. A sixth-place effort in the varsity 4x800-meter relay by Bilskie, Yeomans, Bair and Clay Gerdin with a time of 9:34.86 gave the Spartans another three team points. The 800-meter varsity sprint medley effort of Bock, Wegmann, Ira and Krutzfeldt set a time of 1:37.06 to grab third place and earn Solon six team points. The distance medley combination of Bell, Harris, Thomas Brandt and Krutzfeldt turned in a time of 3:55.18, grabbing fifth-place and four more team points.
“Championship season is amazing because it allows you to enjoy the moment and to not take anything lightly,” Coach Sovers said. “We reflect a little but most of the energy goes to being present in the moment and enjoy every moment we have to compete together. You want to take notice of what makes your teammate successful and follow their lead. We love the people the seniors are and they have shown everyone what can happen when you allow that to shine through on and off the track.
“We were overjoyed to have the opportunity to compete together, varsity and JV, and try and win a conference title. To have it be at home was even more special and something that allowed our joy to shine through,” he added.
He cited the Spartan performances resonating from the evening: Coal Flansburg was a WaMaC champion and set the school record in the discuss with 169-3; Tyler Linderbaum had a personal record in the discus with 158-7; Luke Schaeckenbach had a personal record in the shot put with 51-3; Luke Ira had a personal record in the long jump with 21-2 3/4; Eddie Richey had a personal record in the long jump with his 20-4; Colton Hoffman had a personal record with 5-10 in the high jump; the sprint medley team of Bock, Wegman, Ira and Krutzfeldt set a personal record and a school record with 1:37.06; the 4x200-meter team of Pipolo, Harris, Bock and Wegmann set a personal record of 1:35.27; and the 4x400-meter combination of Krutzfeldt, Richey, Hoit and Rickertson set a personal record.
The list also included other conference champions, Ira in the 110 high hurdles, Hoffman in the JV 200-meter dash, Brandt in the JV 400-meter hurdles and Diersen in the JV discus.
Coach Sovers did not feel the WaMaC East conference meet and the state qualifying meet, held Thursday, May 10, ending up in the same week created undue stress on the athletes.
“We enjoy them no matter when they are. When they are so close together it allows you to keep moving forward and stay focused on the task at hand, to go out and compete. It is time for the best version of who we are to shine through. Recovery can be a challenge only if you allow it to. We are really intentional about taking care of the things we need to do to be ready,” he said.