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Solon 5th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys track and field team rolled into Tiffin on Thursday, April 25, after the cancellation of the Maquoketa Valley meet earlier in the week due to weather, ready to compete at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Even with some team members competing at the Drake Relays for the weekend, the Spartans captured a consistent fifth-place showing.
Clear Creek Amana won its home Pacha Relays with 154 team points, followed by Mount Vernon with 124, Tipton with 65, Benton Community with 64 and Solon with 62 team points. The rest of the field consisted of Monticello (55), a tie between Williamsburg and Durant (45 apiece), Iowa City Regina (41), Anamosa (39), Davenport Assumption (33) and Wilton (11).
It was wet and chilly, but the Spartans found success with Adam Bock winning the 100-meter dash clocking a 11.65 and the 4x100 relay team of Jace Andregg, Jackson Pipolo, A.J. Coons and Bock with a time of 44.57. Colton Hoffman captured second in the high jump with a leap of 5-10 as did the 4x200 relay team of Jace Andregg, Jackson Pipolo, A.J. Coons and Adam Bock with a time of 1:35.78.
With the Drake Relays coinciding with the Pacha Relays, the track in Tiffin typically offers a glimpse of the future along with an opportunity for additional athletes to shine.
“Pacha Relays always provide us with excellent opportunities to continue to grow and take the next step before ‘championship’ season,” said Head Coach Mark Sovers. “Our distance and middle distance continue to improve each time out. They continue to compete, even with a lot of youth. That is a credit to them, staying the course, and coach (Emy) Williams in her positive influence.”
Coach Sovers also pointed to new personal best times posted by freshmen Oliver Burns and Ty Becicka in the mile as examples of team members capitalizing on provided opportunities.
“Sprint relays are beginning to invest in each other and the next level for them is very close as we head into championship season,” continued Coach Sovers. “4x1- Andregg, Pipolo, Coons and Bock- ran their fastest time of the year. The 4x4- Brandt, Janssen, Yeomans, Rickertson- also ran their fastest time of the year. Really like how we responded to the challenge that the weather provided and showed ‘Our response matters.’”
The boys track and field team traveled to Marion on Monday, April 29, and compete Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Varsity WaMaC Conference Meet at Central DeWitt High School. The junior varsity WaMaC meet is Monday, May 6, at Clear Creek Amana High School with events commencing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, the season crescendos with the state qualifier meet at Benton Community High School with events starting at 4 p.m. Those qualifying will compete at Drake Stadium, in Des Moines, Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18.
“We are excited for the rest of the year as we head into ‘championship season,’” Coach Sovers emphasized. “Our goal is always the same- be the best version of who we are when we need to be. The journey through the season is what provides us the opportunity to make our goals come to reality. We are looking forward to the WaMaC Super Meet along with the JV WaMac meet to have a balanced line-up from top to bottom. We look forward to try and score in all phases from field events to distance to hurdles and finally the sprints. This will lead to us enjoying the district track meet and all the opportunities it brings.”

Results for the Spartans at the Pacha Relays, April 25, courtesy of Kauder Racing:
Team scores- 1. Clear Creek-Amana 154, 2. Mount Vernon 124, 3. Tipton 65, 4. Benton Community 64, 5. Solon 62, 6. Monticello 55, 7. (tie) Williamsburg 45, 7. (tie) Durant 45, 9. Iowa City Regina 41, 10. Anamosa 39, 11. Davenport Assumption 33, 12. Wilton 11.
High jump- 2. Colton Hoffman 5-10 (8), 6. Parker Pentico (3).
Long jump- 5. Payton Herdliska 18-8 (4), 7. Lucas Walker 18-4 (2), 8. Eddie Richey 18-3.
Shot put- 14. Nolan Pattison 39-1 1/2, 18. Nash Altman 37-8 1/2, 32. Dade Altman 19-7.
Discus- 12. Carson Shive 100-0, 13. Zach Harp 99-1, 15. Jackson Clevenger 95-2.
Sprint medley- 6. Ryan Geistkemper Colton Hoffman, Jack Bell, Brayden Rickertson 1:45.37 (3).
4x800m- 9. Ben Devalk, Tyler Bliskie, Oliver Burns, Brad Yeomans 9:29.46 (1), 15. Westen Stiegelmeyer, Ty Becicka, Noelan Garbes, Nathan Nemmers 11:09.34.
Shuttle hurdle- 5. Brady Jeworrek, Jackson Ryan, Mason Stahle, Thomas Brandt 1:10.96 (4).
100m- 1. Adam Bock 11.65 (10), 12. Brady Stotler 12.95.
Distance medley- 8. Seamus Poynton, Dillon Hoit, Aidan Dall, Bo Janssen 4:09.56 (1).
400m- 9. Brayton Bair 57.90, 23. Tino Longo 1:11.28.
4x200- 2. Jace Andregg, Jackson Pipolo, AJ Coons, Adam Bock 1:35.78 (8), 14. Lucas Walker, Miles Fuller, Mat Renke, Ryan Geistkemper 1:47.25.
110-hurdles- 9. Thomas Brandt 17.76.
800m- 13. Tyler Bilskie 2:20.48.
200m- 5. Jack Bell 24.64 (4), 10. Seamus Poynton 25.44.
1,600m- 14. Oliver Burns 5:05.55, 17. Ben Devalk 5:10.25, 23, Ty Becicka 5:28.49.
4x100- 1. Jace Andregg, Jackson Pipolo, AJ Coons, Adam Bock 44.57 (10), 13. Caleb Ebert, Parker Pentico, Carson Shive, Trin Eidahl 49.83.
4x400- 5. Thomas Brandt, Bo Janssen, Brad Yeomans, Brayden Rickertson 3:39.94 (4).