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Spartans 2nd at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The old adage held true, in Iowa you can feel every season in a week.
Teeth were chattering, blankets abounded, stocking caps and mittens were worn and the sun shown brightly as the Spartan boys and Lady Spartans took to the oval at Tiffin’s Clear Creek Amana High School to compete in track and field events Thursday, April 27, as part of the Pacha Relays.
The boys captured second position atop the podium for their 94-point performance, only bested by Clear Creek Amana’s 109. Led by CCA and Solon were Monticello (88), Mount Vernon (88), Tipton (81), Williamsburg (78), Iowa City Regina (70), Assumption (49), Wilton (38) and Durant (13).
The field events set the tone for the Spartans.
A.J. Coons captured first place in the high jump registering 10 team points for his leap of 5-10 and Luke Ira kicked in another eight team points capturing second in the long jump with a leap of 20-10. In the shot put, three of the top ten places were occupied by Spartans. Coal Flansburg added 10 team points with his throw of 54-8 1/2, Jackson Walker added three team points for his sixth-place toss of 46-11 and, albeit unable to score, Luke Schaeckenbach nabbed a seventh-place showing. In the discus, Solon again took three of the top 10 positions, scoring 10 team points on Jackson Walker’s winning toss of 155-2 1/2 and six team points on Jake Coons’ third-place hurl of 135-4 1/2, while Luke Schaeckenbach locked down sixth-place with a throw of 127-4.
When asked about Flansburg’s successes early in the season and of late, Coach Sovers commented,
“Coal is a sophomore and really takes pride in showing everyone our theme, chaining little things together one link at a time,” Sovers said of Flansburg. “Our throwers are definitely a big part of our identity and we look forward to the success they will experience during championship season, and the success they can set our team up for moving forward.”
Absent from the throwers circle at the Pacha Relays was Tyler Linderbaum, who was participating in the Drake Relays. “We are very proud of Tyler representing our team at Drake. He has taken advantage of his opportunities and is a great example of who we are as a team,” Coach Sovers commented.
As the meet turned to the track events, the Spartans began linking things together. The team of Kendrick Harris, Storm Scott, Jake Coons and Austin Kennedy ran a 1:41.98 in the 800-meter sprint medley relay padding the point balance another five team points. The 440-meter shuttle hurdle team of Thomas Brandt, Bo Black, A.J. Coons and Ira contributed six team points to the total with their 1:06.58 third-place finish. Spencer Wegmann was the lone runner scoring team points for Solon, with three team points, in the 100-meter dash with his 11.85 sixth-place finish.
Sixth place in the 1,600-meter distance medley relay by the team of Storm Scott, Jack Bell, Trevor McGill and Thomas Brandt in 4:08.99 yielded another three team points while Ryan Geistkemper pocketed two team points for the Spartans with his 57.08 performance in the 400-meter dash, good enough for seventh place. In the 4x200-meter relay, Spencer Wegmann, Austin Kennedy, Bo Black and Jake Coons reeled in eight team points for their second-place effort of 1:35.98. Ira won the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.21, garnering 10 more team points.
Ira’s performances have been a benchmark for the Spartans all season.
“We our very proud of Luke and the consistency he has shown in the middle of our season,” Coach Sovers remarked. “He is a very good example of following the process and doing the things you know are good for you… chaining little things together one link at a time and Luke provides great leadership for our team through all of his choices and actions on and off the track. We look for leadership from everyone our team. No matter (where) you are or what your role is, you look for people who invest in others.”
Jack Bell grabbed two more team points for Solon in the 200-meter dash for his seventh-place finish of 24.84, while Thomas Brandt finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles, increasing Solon’s team score by one. In the 4x100-meter relay, Black, Wegmann, Jake Coons and Ira combined for 45.89, finishing fourth. And, the evening came to a close for the boys when McGill, Kennedy, Geistkemper and Harris combined for a 3:50.41 in the 4x400-meter relay, increasing the team point total by two.
The rest of the season for the Spartans included the Indian Relays on Monday, May 1, at Thomas Park in Marion; the Spartans travel to Western Dubuque (302 5th Ave. SW in Epworth), on Thursday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. to compete in the WaMac Coed Super Meet; the junior varsity competitors return to Thomas Park in Marion on Monday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. for he JV WaMac Confernece Coed Meet; then the team travels to the 3A district coed meet, once again at Thomas Park (335 Marion Blvd. in Marion), on Thursday, May 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. All of this with the hopes of the athletes making their way to compete on the blue oval at Drake Stadium in Des Moines for the state coed meet starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, and running through Saturday, May 20.
“We look forward to our opportunities ahead. When you compete in the WaMaC conference and (with) the 3A schools in our area, you know it will bring out the best in who you are,” Sovers said. “We are excited for championship season and have the goal of experiencing the moment we want to experience when we want to experience it. Success is about good people and relationships and we can’t wait to have these two things come though in our performance.”

Boys track and field results for the Pacha Relays, provided by Kauder Racing, LLC., from Thursday, April 27:
High jump: 1. AJ Coons 5-10.
Long jump: 2. Luke Ira 20-10, 10. Ryan Geistkemper 17-9, 11. Payton Herdliska 17-5.
Shot put: 1. Coal Flansburg 54-8 1/2, 6. Jackson Walker 46-11, 7. Luke Schaeckenhach 45-3.
Discus: 1. Jackson Walker 155-2 1/2, 3. Jake Coons 135-4 1/2, 6. Luke Schaeckenbach 127-4.
Sprint medley: 4. Kendrick Harris, Storm Scott, Jake Coons, Austin Kennedy 1:43.02.
3,200m: 10. Carl Richey 11:49.93, 13. Tanner Larkey 11:58.72.
Shuttle hurdle: 3. Thomas Brandt, Bo Black, AJ Coons, Luke Ira 1:06.58.
100m: 6. Spencer Wegmann 11.85, 11. Matt Folkerts 12.47.
Distance Medley: 6. Storm Scott, Jack Bell, Trevor McGill, Thomas Brandt 4:08.99.
400m: 7. Ryan Geistkemper 57.08
4x200: 2. Spencer Wegmann, Austin Kennedy, Bo Black, Jake Coons 1:35.98, 10. Jackson Pipolo, Dillon Hoit, Mason Stahle, Adam Bock 1:42.48.
110m hurdles: 1. Luke Ira 15.21.
800m: 17. Carl Richey 2:21.61, 26. Elijah McInnis 2:42.72.
200m: 7. Jack Bell 24.84, 13. Matt Folkerts 25.96.
400m hurdles: 8. Thomas Brandt 1:04.10.
4x100 relay: 4. Bo Black, Spencer Wegmann, Jake Coons, Luke Ira 45.89, 9. Jackson Pipolo, Mason Stahle, Dillon Hoit, Adam Bock 48.57.
4x400m relay: 7. Trevor McGill, Austin Kennedy, Ryan Geistkemper, Kendrick Harris 3:50.41.