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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
Highlights of the meet included first place finishes by Jonah Kuntz in the 100-meter dash (11.27); Connor Ham in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.49), Streeter McIlravy in the high jump (6’4”) and the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay squads.
Competing without several key members who traveled to Des Moines in preparation for the Drake Relays, the team showed tremendous depth in winning a meet at Vinton on Thursday, April 25. Team scores were as follows:
1. Solon 110
2. West Delaware 103.5
3. Vinton 96.5
4. Dubuque Wahlert 93
5. Marion 78
6. Belle Plaine 65
7. Benton 50
8. North Linn 50
9. Columbus 20
10. Janesville 19
11. Union 11
Highlights included Chris McNutt taking first place in 400-meter low hurdles (1:00:36), Emilio Vlllagrana with first place in the long jump (19’ 04), McIlravy first in the high jump (6’2) and Matt Quinn taking second place in the shot put (45’2).

Drake Relay Results
The highlight of the weekend was a second place finish by Connor Ham in the 110-meter high hurdles. Connor won his preliminary heat and qualified for the finals with the third-fastest time. In the final, he was edged by last year’s 4A state champion, placing second overall, and defeating the defending class 3A champion in the process.
Junior shot putter Dalton Ferguson had a good day as well, throwing his personal best at 53’10, placing seventh in that event.
The 4x100 relay (Jacob Black, Jordan Wymer, Ham, Jonah Kuntz) and 4x200 ( Black, Wymer, Riley Takes, Kuntz) also ran well, but failed to place.
This week the team will tune up for Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to be held at Marion with an earlier meet, also held at Marion, on Monday.