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Boys running strong

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
The 2012 edition of Solon boys’ track is off to an impressive start in the first meets of the outdoor season. This year’s team is one of the largest and youngest in Solon history with 52 members, including 38 freshmen and sophomores.
Field events, particularly the throws, are a team strength. Senior Connor Mebus shattered the school record during the first outdoor meet of the season, throwing the shot put 54’ 6”. At the same meet he won the discus with a toss of 152’. Sophomore Dalton Ferguson has also been impressive with a season best of 47’ 8” in the shot, and 139’ in the discus. Jordan Wymer, who qualified for state in the discus last year as a freshman, has already thrown 150’ this year as well. Freshman Josh Koeppel has been leading the team in the high jump, having placed at all three meets in which he has competed, while sophomore Eli DeWitt and freshman Emilio Villagrana, have been competitive in the long jump.
In running events, senior Andy Klouda has been leading the way in the sprints, with Wymer and juniors Jonah Kuntz, Rory Siddell and Riley Takes running very well, also.
The hurdle events have been competitive with freshman Conner Ham scoring in both the 110 highs and 400 meter lows. Chris McNutt, Jake Morris and Josh Koeppel have joined with Ham to produce a solid shuttle hurdle relay.
The distance events are improving with juniors Paul Pisarik, Kylan Patterson, Cody Henneberry and Connor Fitzpatrick leading the way. Freshmen Trevor Yahr and Ty Appleget have been running varsity events as well.
Junior standout Colton Dall has been battling an injury and is expected to return this week, giving the team more strength in the hurdles and sprints.
The team hopes to qualify several events for the upcoming Drake Relays, which are held the last week of April, and will be looking to peak for the conference and district meets in mid May.

Team scores:
Raider Invitational at Williamsburg
1. Vinton-Shellsburg 140
2. Solon 138
3. Mid-Prairie 114
4. Washington 94
5. Grinnell 88
6. Williamsburg 80

Solon place winners:
3200 meter run: Ty Appleget, seventh, 11:33.
4 X 800 meter relay: Paul Pisarik, Trevor Yahr, Zach Kiehholz, Kylan Patterson, fourth, 9:02.
High jump: Josh Koeppel, third, 5’ 6”.
100 meter dash: Jordan Wymer, first, 11.56.
4 x 200 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Rory Siddell, Jordan Goodwin, Andy Klouda, fourth, 1:39.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Chris McNutt, Conner Ham, Jake Morris, Josh Koeppel, first, 1:03.
400 meter dash: Jonah Kuntz, third, 52.5.
110 meter hurdles: Conner Ham, third, 16.2; Chris McNutt, fourth, 17.9.
Long jump: Emilio Villigrana, fourth, 17’ 9”; Eli DeWitt, fifth, 17’ 05”.
200 meter dash: Andy Klouda, second, 23.06.
1600 meter medley relay: Dan Whitmore, Riley Takes, Tyler Hamann, Paul Pisarik, fourth, 4:01.
Shot put: Connor Mebus, first, 51’ 11”; Dalton Ferguson, second, 47’ 8”.
400 meter hurdles: Conner Ham, third, 1:00; Josh Koeppel, sixth, 1:02.
4 X 100 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Rory Siddell, Jordan Wymer, Andy Klouda, second, 44.65.
Discus: Connor Mebus, first, 143’ 11”; Jordan Wymer, 142’ 11”.
4 x 400 meter relay: Riley Takes, Zach Lawson, Jordan Wymer, Paul Pisarik, second, 3:39.

Team scores:
Viking Invitational at Vinton
Western Dubuque 121.5
Solon 100.5
Dubuque Wahlert 92.5
Vinton-Shellsburg 91
Benton Community 52
Williamsburg 45
Tipton 42
BGM 35
Union 34
HLV 33
Waterloo Columbus 17.5
North Linn 14
Jesup 10
Janesville 7
Denver 7

Solon place winners:
400 meter Hurdles: Colton Dall, third, 58.1.
1600 meter medley relay: Jordan Goodwin, Riley Takes, Paul Pisarik, Cody Henneberry, fourth, 3:57.
800 meter run: Trevor Yahr, seventh, 2:16.
4 X 100 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Jordan Wymer, Rory Siddell, Andy Klouda, third, 46.29.
4 X 400 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Riley Takes, Zach Lawson, Jordan Wymer, third, 3:35.
Shot Put: Jake Morris, fifth, 44’ 6”; Dalton Ferguson, sixth, 44’ 5”.
4 X 880 meter relay: Cody Henneberry, Trevor Yahr, Kylan Patterson, Paul Pisarik, fourth, 9:06.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Chris McNutt, Jake Morris, Conner Ham, Colton Dall, third, 65.2.
100 meter dash: Andy Klouda, fifth, 11.7.
400 meter dash: Jonah Kuntz, second, 52.6.
Discus: Jordan Wymer, first, 150’ 4”; Dalton Ferguson, second, 139’ 7”.
Long Jump: Emilio Villagrana, sixth 18’.25”; Eli DeWitt, eighth, 17’ 9”.
4 X 200 meter relay: Rory Siddell, Colton Dall, Riley Takes, Andy Klouda, third, 1:35.8.
110 meter hurdles: Conner Ham, fifth, 17.4; Chris McNutt, sixth, 18.1.
200 meter dash: Jordan Wymer, fourth, 23.8

Team scores:
Tiger Relays at Tipton
CPU 92
Monticello 77
Solon 72
Benton Community 57
Lisbon 55
Mount Vernon 43
Tipton 38
West Liberty 29
Camanche 25
Durant 20
North Cedar and Wilton 16
Alburnett 14
Springville 4

Solon place winners:
4 X 800 meter relay: Zach Keinholz, Trevor Yahr, Kylan Patterson, Paul Pisarik, sixth, 9:12.
Shuttle hurdle relay: Chris McNutt, Josh Koeppel, Jake Morris, Conner Ham, third, 65.5.
100 meter dash: Andy Klouda, first, 11.75.
400 meter dash: Zach Lawson, fifth, 55.7.
4 X 200 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Jordan Wymer, Riley Takes, Andy Klouda, first, 1:33.3.
200 meter dash: Jonah Kuntz, first, 22.96; Andy Klouda, third, 23.94.
4 X 100 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Jordan Wymer, Rory Siddell, Andy Klouda, first, 45.24.
4 X 400 meter relay: Jonah Kuntz, Riley Takes, Rory Siddell, Jordan Wymer, second, 3:36.
Discus: Connor Mebus, fifth, 147’ 5”; Jordan Wymer, sixth, 144’ 7”.
Shot Put: Connor Mebus, third, 49’ 7”.