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Ed Hadenfeldt

Spartans snag win at Denny Gruber Relays

SOLON– The Solon boys track team was crowned team champion this past week at the Denny Gruber Relays meet held in Solon.
Team scores were: Solon (134), Vinton (124), Mount Vernon (114), North Cedar (70), Regina (67), CCA (65), Beckman (60), and Assumption (41).
The team used depth and balance in the field and running events to capture the trophy.
Place winners included:
High jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5-10.
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, first, 21-2 3/4; Halston Durr: second, 21-2 1/4.
Shot put: Kolby Melsha, fifth, 44-1/4.

Boys third at CCA, fourth at Maquoketa Valley

TIFFIN– The Solon boy’s track team competed in two meets this past week in preparation for the all-important and upcoming WaMaC and district meets to be held in the days ahead.
The Spartans placed third overall at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Pacha Relays in Tiffin Thursday, April 30, and were fourth at a Maquoketa Valley meet Monday, April 27.
The Mount Vernon Mustangs won the team title with a 123 points, while Regina (110) and Solon battled for second and third place.

Solon boys third at Marengo, fourth at Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– Solon’s boys notched two solid track and field performances last week, taking third place at the Ruth Ahrens Invitational in Marengo and fourth place at the mixed-school Jesse Day Co-Ed Relays in Davenport.
Tuesday, April 21, the Spartans will host the Denny Gruber Relays, named in honor of longtime head boys track coach and teacher Denny Gruber. On Friday and Saturday, several members of the team (yet to be determined) will participate at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines. WaMaC, district, and state meets will be held in mid-May.

Spartans fifth at Tipton Tiger Relays

TIPTON– The Solon boys track team brought home a fifth-place finish among the 11 teams competing this past week at the Tipton Tiger Relays. Bellevue was the team champion, scoring 91 points, with Camanche and North Cedar finishing runner-up with 75. Center Point, tabbed as one of the pre-season favorites to win the WaMaC conference and compete for the state title in class 3A ,was fourth with 68. The Spartans were close behind, scoring 60 points.
Field event results:

Solon boys ready to defend state track title

SOLON– With a number of key athletes returning, and a promising influx of newcomers, the defending 3A state track and field champion Solon Spartans are expecting big things this season. Head coach Mark Sovers, along with assistant coaches Brad Wymer, Steve Calloway and Riley Takes, welcome back 16 letter-winners including:

Solon Boys take title

Ferguson and Ham best in all classes to help Spartans win state track meet

DES MOINES– The Solon boy’s track team won its second state team title in the past five years under head coach Mark Sovers this weekend on the blue oval of Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Solon’s 50 points was 7.5 better than runner-up Center Point Urbana’s 42.5. Algona was third with 40, in a tightly-packed team race.

Spartans finish runner-up at WaMaC track meet

VAN HORNE– The Solon varsity boys track team won five events en route to a runner-up finish at the 16-team WaMaC conference track meet held this past week.
Senior thrower Dalton Ferguson swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a throw of 56’5 and the discus with a toss of 153 feet. Connor Ham won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.94, the 100-meter dash in 11.49, and the 200-meter dash in 22.58.
Other place winners included :
Discus: Tanner Wymer, fourth, 145’8;
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, third, 20’1.5;
High jump: Matt Roeder, seventh, 5’10;

Spartans take title at CCA relays: Ferguson sets shot put record

VINTON– The Solon boys track team ran twice this past week, looking to prepare for the WaMaC conference meet to be held this Thursday at Benton Community High School in Van Horne.
The team ran to a second-place finish Monday as they competed on a cold and rainy evening in Vinton.
1. Vinton Shellsburg 200
2. Solon 140
3. Janesville 69
4. Waterloo Columbus 63
5. North Linn 57

Ferguson sets school record in discus

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.

Boys second at Jesse Day Relays in Davenport

DAVENPORT– The Solon varsity boys track team had a strong showing in a meet held at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport last week, finishing second in a field of strong 4A and 3A schools.
The team scored well in field events, led by senior thrower Dalton Ferguson, taking first in the shot put with a throw of 56’1, and second in the discuss with a toss of 153’8. The long jump has become a strong event for Solon as well, with Zach Nunemaker finishing second on a leap of 21’1 and Halston Durr close behind in fourth at 20’2.

Spartans compete at WaMaC indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON– The 2014 edition of the Solon boys track team had its first chance to compete at the WaMaC indoor meet, held Saturday, March 22, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. Team scores were not kept, allowing a variety of athletes to compete in various events.
Results for Solon included:
55 meter dash: Grant Goldsberry, 7.41; Dalton Hoit, 7.61.
200 meter dash: Grant Goldsberry, 25.91; Austin Kennedy, 26.54; Colton Hansel, 26.90; Jackson Walker, 28.93.
400 meter dash: Liam Bell, 1:04.14.
800 meter run: Patrick McGill, 2:20.46; Ben Backers, 2:34.62.

1st and 2nd place for Spartans

Connor Ham second at Drake Relays

MAQUOKETA– The Solon boy’s track team took advantage of some decent weather last week, winning one invitational meet, and finishing second at another.
The Spartans finished second at the 17-team Maquoketa Valley Invitational on Monday, with team scores as follows:
1. Monticello 134
2. Solon 96
3. CPU 86
4. Cascade 69
5. Beckman 52
6. West Delaware 38
7. Anamosa 30
8. Jesup 23
9. Springville 22
10. North Linn 10
11. Starmont 10
12. Independence 8
13 Clayton Ridge 5
14. Alburnett 5
15. Maquoketa Valley 1
16. Central City 0