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Ira, McGill, four throwers to state

Spartans sixth at 3A state qualifier track meet May 11
Luke Ira leaves the blocks at the start of the anchor leg of the 440-meter shuttle hurdle relay on Thursday, May 11, at the Class 3A district track and field championships in Marion. Ira won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.88, and will compete the at the state track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (photo by Jeff Hess)

MARION– Coach Mark Sovers penned a note to the Spartan Track and Field team copied to the back of the team roster and distributed prior to the 3A District 2 state qualifying meet on Thursday, May 11, at Thomas Park in Marion.
It was titled “Becoming the Best Version of You” and the first paragraph read, “The day has arrived. We have waited for this golden opportunity since the day we started our incredible journey this year. I don’t really know where to start to express how proud I am of you. When looking back on the track season take time to reflect on the journey you all have been on and the relationships that have developed. Week by week we have continued to grow and chain moments together. You have sacrificed so much for each other and have never missed an opportunity to show people what you stand for as you have been driven towards a common goal.”
Solon finished sixth in the team standings and qualified six individuals for the state coed track meet this week in Des Moines.
Dubuque Wahlert narrowly took the top podium spot with 139 points, followed by host Marion (137) and Mount Vernon (128). Central DeWitt (87), Cedar Rapids Xavier (84), Solon with 77 points, West Delaware (60) and Maquoketa (27) completed the district performances.
Sovers’ letter to the athletes offered the competitors some advice: “As we ascend towards the top, take time to enjoy the journey. Before you walk on the track today, take a moment to look around and savor the opportunity you have been given. So many times you hear, ‘Worry about things you have control over.’ Easily said, not so easy to do, turn on that “Green Light: and do the things that other teams are unwilling to do to separate yourself from the other teams in the meet.”
The Spartans heeded that message as they offered encouragement to one another, urging their teammates on when not competing, sharing in the victories, and congratulating personal records. Support and affirmation abounded among teammates as the meet progressed.
The anchor of the Spartans all season was the throwing events. Jackson Walker, Tyler Linderbaum, Coal Flansburg and Jake Coons will perform at Drake Stadium as an affirmation of the Spartans’ ability to chain successes together.
Walker took second in the discus with a throw of 156-11, while Jake Coons took fourth with his toss of 154-10, and Tyler Linderbaum and Coal Flansburg took second (55-10) and third (53-8 1/2) respectively in the shot put.
Throwing coach Brad Wymer said he was very pleased with the performance of the throwers, satisfied with how they took the opportunity to invest in one another. “This is an incredible individual accomplishment for each of them and even more rewarding since all four of them will be competing at the state track meet together,” Coach Wymer commented.
It is also no surprise either, considering their history of performances, that Luke Ira and Trevor McGill will also make the trek to Des Moines.
Ira won the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 14.88 and McGill raced to second place in the 400-meter dash with a 53.82.
“The athletes did not let the trials or circumstances we were faced with define who they were or what they stood for,” Coach Sovers stated. “We were very proud to go out and show people what we really stood for as a program and take the opportunity to grow and find out something new about ourselves. Every experience is a good experience when you have the Green Light shining bright.”

3A District 2 State Qualifying Meet results, as reported by Kauder Racing, from Thursday, May 11, at Thomas Park in Marion:
Sprint medley relay: 5. Bo Black, Kendrick Harris, Spencer Wegmann, Trevor McGill 1:40.75.
3,200m: 8. Carl Richey 11:10.39.
4x800: 8. Tanner Larkey, Brayton Bair, Dillon Jeworrek, Dillon Hoit 9:38.86.
Shuttle hurdle: 7. Thomas Brandt, Bo Black, AJ Coons, Luke Ira 1:04.88
100m: 7. Hunter Kula 11.89, 14. Matt Folkerts 12.28.
DMR: 6. Jackson Pipolo, Peyton Stahle, Ryan Geistkemper, Thomas Brandt 4:04.11
400m: 2. Trevor McGill 53.82, 7. Jack Bell 55.74.
4x200: 7. Spencer Wegmann, Adam Bock, Peyton Stahle, Jake Coons 1:37.38.
110-hurdles: 1. Luke Ira 14.88.
800m: 15. Tanner Larkey 2:27.80, 16. Elijah McInnis 2:47.61.
200m: 6. Jake Coons 24.20, 16. Mason Stahle 25.94.
400-hurdles: 12. Thomas Brandt 1:04.13.
1,600m: 12. Carl Richey 5:13.50.
4x100: 5. Kendrick Harris, Spencer Wegmann, Bo Black, Luke Ira 45.18.
4x400: 7. Trevor McGill, Ryan Geistkemper, Dillon Hoit, Jack Bell 3:54.86.
High jump: 7. AJ Coons 5-8.
Long jump: 5. Luke Ira 19-11, 10. Ryan Geistkemper 17-8 ½.
Discus: 2. Jackson Walker 156-11, 4. Jake Coons 154-10.
Shot put: 2. Tyler Linderbaum 55-10, 3. Coal Flansburg 53-8 ½.

Solon Spartans competing in the 2017 Iowa State 3A Track and Field Championships in Des Moines at Drake Stadium, according to the IAHSSA website:
• Trevor McGill competes Thursday May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the 400-meter dash.
• Luke Ira competes Friday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the 110-meter hurdles prelims.
• Jake Coons and Jackson Walker compete Thursday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the discus.
• Coal Flansburg and Tyler Linderbaum compete Friday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the shot put.