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Posted April 16, 2013
Stars shine as Drake draws near

Iowa City West's Jeremy Morgan hits the bar on his second high jump attempt at 6 feet, 6 inches Tuesday at the Hawkins Relays at John Wall Field. Morgan won the event with a clearance of 6-5. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

 

CEDAR RAPIDS — The shuttle hurdle relay is full of potential mishaps.

“There’s 10 hurdles, four starts, four guys,” said Linn-Mar’s Mike Keiser. “It’s definitely my favorite race.”

Linn-Mar moved into the state lead in Keiser’s favorite race Tuesday night. Perrion Scott, Rhys Davis, Tristan Freese and Keiser completed it in 58.99 seconds at Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Hawkins Relays at John Wall Field.

As the deadline drew nearer for the Drake Relays — the clock literally strikes midnight on qualifying hopefuls Thursday — the scramble was on. For some, it was to qualify. For others, it was to improve their standing.

“I kept telling myself, ‘This is for Drake, this is my last chance,’ ” said Prairie’s Isaiah Vlasek, who claimed the 3,200-meter title in 9:40.89, an effort that might get him in (he moved up to No. 17 on the chart, and the top 21 qualify in that event).

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Isaiah Vlasek (left) and Mitch Pritts run ahead of the pack in the 3,200-meter race. Vlasek and Pritts finished 1-2. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

“I’ll be keeping an eye on (quikstatsiowa.com) the next two days. It will be intense. I’ll be hoping for lots of wind and lots of rain the rest of the week.”

Host Prairie paced the six-team field with 116.5 points. Linn-Mar was second with 113, followed by Marion (103), Iowa City West (88), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (82.5) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (55).

But the main priority was Drake, and that led to some elite performances:

* Linn-Mar moved to the top of the state — temporarily, at least — in the shuttle and in the 400-meter relay. Scott, Freese, Brandon Jeffries and Tim Wolfe ran it in 42.68 seconds.

* West ascended to No. 1 in the 800-meter relay; Andrew Gilbaugh, Ahmed Noureldaim, Royce Peterson and Tavian Smith ran in 1:29.02.

* Linn-Mar’s Josh Evans and Jefferson’s Timauntay Jones ran stride for stride through the first 700 meters of the 800-meter run before Evans sprinted away down the stretch. Evans’ effort of 1:56.82 is No. 2 in Iowa this season.

* Nick Steingreaber of Xavier finished the 100 in 10.73 (second in the state) and Marion’s 1,600-meter relay won in 3:26.60 (fourth in the state).

Keiser followed his shuttle anchor with a title in the 110-meter highs. The hurdles in the shuttle are 33 inches; they’re 39 inches in the highs.

“The highs are a lot more tiring,” he said. “You’ve really got to focus.”

West’s Jeremy Morgan likely snagged a Drake berth in the high jump. His leap of 6 feet, 5 inches was three inches better than his previous career best.

“I don’t really jump much in practice,” said the UNI basketball recruit. “It’s more working on steps and getting flexibility as I head over the bar.” 

 

BOYS TRACK: HAWKINS RELAYS

At John Wall Field

Teams – 1. C.R. Prairie 116.5, 2. Linn-Mar 113, 3. Marion 103, 4. Iowa City West 88, 5. C.R. Jefferson 82.5, 6. C.R. Xavier 55.

Shot put — 1. Zach Borens (Mar), 52-4; 2. Josh Williams (CRP), 48-4 1/4; 3. Craig Murtha (CRX), 48-0 1/2; Discus — 1. Craig Murtha (CRX), 153-7; 2. Justin Dolley (Mar), 147-2; 3. Colton Spicer (CRJ), 134-11; High jump — 1. Jeremy Morgan (ICW), 6-5; 2. Isaac Frazier (Mar), 6-4; 3. Matt Hilligas (CRP), 5-8; Long jump — 1. Reid Bonner (ICW), 21-1; 2. Haakon Wilz (CRP), 19-11; 3. Andrew Gilbaugh (ICW), 19-7.

3,200 — 1. Isaiah Vlasek (CRP), 9:40.89; 2. Mitch Pritts (CRP), 9:42.57; 3. Akash Borde (ICW), 10:45.57; 3,200 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Rathje, Trenary, Evans, Grabau), 8:09.99; 2. Iowa City West, 8:21.52; 3. C.R. Prairie, 8:30.64; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Scott, Davis, Freese, Keiser), 58.99; 2. C.R. Jefferson, 1:04.14; 3. Marion, 1:05.11; 100 — 1. Nick Steingreaber (CRX), 10.73; 2. Demetrius Harper (CRP), 10.96; 3. Devin LeBeau (Mar), 11.15; 400 — 1. Timauntay Jones (CRJ), 51.56; 2. Peter Rethwisch (Mar), 51.63; 3. Brandon Gradoville (CRX), 51.86; 800 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Gilbaugh, Noureldaim, Peterson, Smith), 1:29.02; 2. C.R. Jefferson, 1:31.61; 3. Marion, 1:32.43; 110 hurdles — 1. Mike Keiser (LM), 15.07; 2. Haakon Wilz (CRP), 15.21; 3. Savaun Bounds (CRJ), 15.24; 1,600 — 1. Isaac Jensen (ICW), 4:26.01; 2. Wynton Karanja (ICW), 4:34.53; 3. Mitch Pritts (CRP), 4:35.25; 200 — 1. Perrion Scott (LM), 21.92; 2. Dylan Chittick (CRJ), 22.38; 3. Isaac Smith (Mar), 22.50; 400 hurdles — 1. Lucas Vanous (CRJ), 56.65; 2. Keegan Cook (LM), 57.16; 3. Noah Clasen (CRJ), 57.80; 1,600 medley relay — 1. C.R. Prairie (Dellamutgh, Pinter, Castonguay, Moore), 3:46.72; 2. Linn-Mar, 3:49.75; 3. C.R. Jefferson, 3:51.91; 800 — 1. Josh Evans (LM), 1:56.82; 2. Timauntay Jones (CRJ), 1:57.70; 3. Chase Grabau (LM), 2:01.41; 400 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Scott, Freese, Jeffries, Wolfe), 42.68; 2. Marion, 44.31; 3. C.R. Prairie, 44.57; 1,600 relay — 1. Marion (Smith, Rethwisch, Garthwaite, Hardman), 3:26.60; 2. C.R. Prairie, 3:27.63; 3. Iowa City West, 3:27.89.

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