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Area prep boys compete in ISU indoor meet

At right, Newton sophomore Gavin Urias clears a hurdle. On Tuesday he competed at the Iowa State High School Classic in Ames along with 35 other Jasper County athletes.
At right, Newton sophomore Gavin Urias clears a hurdle. On Tuesday he competed at the Iowa State High School Classic in Ames along with 35 other Jasper County athletes.

AMES — Thirty-six athletes from four boys’ track teams represented Jasper County well at Tuesday’s 26th annual Iowa State High School Classic indoor meet in Ames.

Newton High’s Cardinals had 20 athletes competing in 10 events while Colfax-Mingo had 13 athletes in nine events. Two runners from Lynnville-Sully and one runner competed from Baxter.

Lynnville-Sully seniors Tyson Vander Linden and Gage Vander Leest were both in the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash. Baxter senior Ian Thomson ran in the 3,200 race on the indoor track at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Athletic Facility.

Vander Linden logged two top-10 finishes, taking eighth in the hurdles in 8.72 seconds and ninth in the 60-meter dash in 7.32 seconds. Vander Leest was 47th in the 60 meters in 7.64 seconds.

In the hurdles, Newton sophomore Gavin Urias ran a 10.66-second time for 77th with Colfax-Mingo freshman Justin Myers in 91st at 11.73 seconds and junior Tim Carroll in 93rd at 11.90. Vander Leest and Newton junior Nicholas Millbrooks had trail leg violations during the race.

Newton senior Mason Lee placed 60th in the 60 meters in 7.73 seconds with classmates MaKenna Davis taking 120th in 8.19 seconds. Colfax-Mingo freshman Seth Johnson was 12th in 8.46 seconds and junior Trystin Ross was 130th in 8.95.

Tigerhawk senior Zarek Hill made a personal-best leap of 19 feet, 4.50 inches for 17th. Newton junior John Neal was 71st in the event at 16-3.

Tying with 10 others for 17th in the high jump was Colfax-Mingo junior Brady Berkey, clearing the bar at 5-8. Colfax-Mingo sophomore AJ Gibson went a personal-best 5-6 tying for 28th. Newton’s Urias finished tied for 44th at 5-2.

Freshman Brennan Amos turned in the best finish for the Cardinals. Amos was 25th in the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 54.64 seconds. Sophomore Zach Steenhoek of Colfax-Mingo was 86th in 5:39.73 and freshman Coleman Craig was 92nd in 5:49.70.

Representing the Baxter Bolts, Thomson placed 33rd in the 3,200 in 10:57.13. Newton freshman Jackson Mace finished 70th in 12:16.25 followed by Craig in 83rd at 12:55.02 and Tigerhawk teammate Avery Lees, a sophomore, in 95th at 13:27.70.

Newton senior Ben Peterson threw 40-9 for 46th in the shot put with Lee in 58th at 40 feet. Colfax-Mingo junior Andres Villegas was 61st at 39-10.75 and senior Deklan Lewis was 112th at 24-9.

Newton’s 4x800 relay team of freshmen Emmanuel Roy, Derek Beiner and Amos and junior Chayton Lambertus-Hamm was 38th in 9:30.64.

In the 1,600 sprint medley relay race, the Cardinal foursome of junior Dalton Altemeier, freshmen Cole Conner and Nathaniel Maki and junior Dylan Farver placed 56th in 4:15.22. The Tigerhawk team of Johnson, Myers, Ross and Lees took 66th in 4:57.70.

Colfax-Mingo’s 4x400 relay team of Berkey, senior Holister Koening, Gibson and Hill posted a time of 3:48.38 for 37th. Newton’s team of freshmen Reese Hammons, Cole Swank and Conner and sophomore Allistar Holdefer placed 60th in 4:10.81.

Newton and Baxter will compete in Thursday’s Colfax-Mingo Coed Invitational to wrap up the indoor track season. Thursday’s meet begins at 4:30 p.m. at Grinnell College in Grinnell.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or

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