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Spartans finish runner-up at WaMaC track meet

Solon hurdler Audrey Lester three-steps through the shuttle hurdle relay at the WaMaC Super Meet in Van Horne.

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;
100-meter dash: Jordan Wymer, fourth, 12.13;
400-meter dash: Jordan Wymer, fourth, 51.8;
800-meter run: Zach Keinholz, eighth, 2:13;
Shuttle hurdle relay: Jacob Gibbs, Colton Hansel, Keegan Hess, Nate Christensen, seventh, 1:06.2;
4x200 relay: Brandon Childs, Nate Christensen, Jaden Durr, Emilio Villagrana, fourth, 1:35.26;
4x100 relay: Jordan Wymer, Nate Christensen, Brandon Childs, Conner Ham, second, 44.03;
4x400: Trevor Yahr, Jake Schaekenbach, Payton Nicol, Jordan Wymer, fifth, 3:32.67.
Team scores were as follows:
1. Center Point-Urbana 136
2. Solon 91.5
3. Central Clinton DeWitt 61
4. West Delaware 56
5. Williamsburg 54
6. Vinton-Shellsburg 52
7. Mount Vernon 48
8. Marion 47.5
9. Western Dubuque 47
10. Beckman 43
11. CCA 23
12. Maquoketa 18
13. Anamosa 16
14. Benton 5
15. Independence 4
The Spartans will compete at Marion on Thursday in the district meet to determine which events will qualify for next week’s state meet.
“I was very pleased with the way the kids competed,” head coach Mark Sovers said of the WaMaC meet and the upcoming district competition. “When you can go out and have some success in a conference like the WaMaC, then you know that there are some big opportunities ahead of you heading into districts and the state meet. That is what a championship season is all about, trusting the process and taking advantage of the opportunities that come your way.”