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Solon ties for 10th at Iowa City West

Cam Miller bursts from the blocks to lead off the 800-meter sprint medley relay at the Hollingsworth Relays, held at Iowa City West High School, on Saturday, April 8. Miller, Trey Stebral, Payton Herdliska and Jack Bell ran a 1:51.63 good enough for 17th. (photo by Jeff Hess)

IOWA CITY– The Solon Spartans joined a field of 13 teams competing on Saturday, April 8, as the gray skies plaguing much of the month of March gave way to a radiant, sunny April day thrusting the boys’ track outdoor season into the spring. The teams converged on the track and field at Iowa City’s West High School for the Hollingsworth Relays.
When the dust settled, the Iowa City West High Trojans championed their home meet with 115.5 team points and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (79), Western Dubuque (71) and Linn-Mar (66) rounded out the top three. Pleasant Valley (63), Johnston (61), Cedar Falls (50), Davenport Central (23), Cedar Rapids Washington (17), and Xavier and Solon (which tied for tenth with 14 points apiece), rounded out the top 10. Muscatine finished 12th with 10.5 team points followed by Cedar Rapids Xavier (5).
Coach Mark Sovers was excited with the 10th-place finish.
“We were pleased with the meet, in the fact we found out something new about ourselves,” Sovers said in an email. “Especially against the competition we were going against, we found out we can be very competitive in the field events.”
Four personal bests were set in the long jump (Luke Ira, Ryan Geistkemper, Peyton Stahle and Payton Herdliska) and two in the shot put (Coal Flansburg and Luke Schaeckenbach), he said.
“On the track we found out we can compete at a high level when we concentrate on the qualities that make up Solon Track and Field and live them out,” he said.
Ira and Flansburg were responsible for scoring Solon’s team points.
Ira’s 10 points came courtesy of his second place showing in the 110-meter hurdles (eight points) and his fifth place showing in the long jump (two points).
Flansburg scored four points with his fourth-place finish in the shot put.
“Luke Ira had a very good day, one that will help him reach the level he has set for himself,” Sovers said. “Coal Flansburg had a very good day in the shot put and finished fourth with a throw of 51-5 1/2.”
In a field of 51 competitors making up seven heats, Ira also ran to a 16th-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.01. Also in the field, Adam Bock finished 30th with his 12.42 and Matt Folkerts took 42nd with a 12.89.
In the seven heats of the 200-meter dash, Jack Bell finished 32nd with his time of 25.46, Mason Stahle was 36th with a 25.77, Matt Folkerts was 39th with 26.00 and Brady Stotler was 46th with a 28.62.
Tanner Larkey finished 30th in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.96.
In the 800-meter run, Carl Richey was 29th with a time of 2:21.48 and Dillon Jeworrek was 37th with a 2:30.54.
Ira’s 15.62 grabbed him the silver ranking in the 110-meter hurdles and his eight points.
Eli Mcinnis competed in the 3,200-meter run, finishing in 13:45.09, good for 32nd.
Thomas Brandt raced to 18th place in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:05.63.
In the discus, Schaeckenbach threw his way to 12th place with a toss of 128-10. Hayes Dierson finished 23rd with his throw of 108-10, Rocky Lensing was 34th with 93-10 and Evan Kollar placed 43rd with a 77-8 throw.
Ira’s point-earning fifth-place leap of 20-8 1/4 led the Spartan competitors in the long jump, with Ryan Geistkemper 11th at 19-1, Payton Herdliska 18th with a leap of 18-8 3/4 and Peyton Stahle jumped 18-3 3/4 landing in 25th spot.
Flansburg’s fourth-place, team-point collecting throw of 51-5 1/2 in the shot put led his fellow Spartan competitors. Schaeckenbach nabbed 10th-place honors with a toss of 44-8 3/4, Jake Coons grabbed 13th place following his 44-6 3/4 toss, Rocky Lensing was 20th with a 42-3 throw and Kyle Puettman finished 38th after a throw of 34-6.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Spartan teams finished ninth and 15th. Bo Black, Kendrick Harris, Luke Ira and Jake Coons turned in a 46.27 and the team of Hunter Kula, Dillon Hoit, Jackson Pipolo and Adam Bock finished in 48.04.
Solon’s 4x200-meter teams finished seventh and 13th. Harris, Stahle, Grant Goldsberry and Coons ran a 1:37.50 and Adam Bock, Pipolo and Geistkemper ran a 1:39.82.
A 17th- and a 19th-place finish were all the Spartan 4x400-meter relay teams could muster. Geistkemper, Jack Bell, Hoit and Harris ran a 4:02.29 and Thomas Brandt, Herdliska, Jeworrek and Brayden Bair clocked a 4:15.37.
The 800-meter sprint medley relay teams finished 12th and 17th. Black, Scott, Goldsberry and Geistkemper finished in 1:45.28, while Cam Miller, Stebral, Herdliska and Bell ran a 1:51.63.
The 1,600-meter distance medley relay team of Kula, Scott, Hoit, and Richey finished ninth with a time of 4:04.72. Cam Miller, Stebral, Brandt and Bair finished 17th with a 4:27.12.
“We are looking forward to any chance to go out and compete,” Sovers said of the upcoming schedule. “We are really looking forward to our home meet– The Denny Gruber Relays– on Tuesday, April 18, to show how much we have grown and improved since the beginning of the year. The meet that is always fun to go to and compete in is the junior varsity Marion relays. There are so many opportunities for athletes to run and compete in new things. When you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, then not only do you benefit but so does our team.”
The Spartans compete Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in Davenport at the Brady Street Stadium in the Davenport North Coed. Relays. On Monday, April 17, Marion hosts their JV Relays at Thomas Park, in Marion, with competitions starting at 4:30 p.m. The Spartans make a home stand hosting the Denny Gruber Coed Relays at Spartan Stadium with competitions commencing at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. The week ends with the Spartans traveling to West Liberty, starting at 4:30 p.m., for the Ron Maxson Relays Friday, April 21.