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G-R Track By:Coach Andy McQuillen

May 24, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Boys Track Team had a very successful weekend at Drake Stadium for the State Track Meet. Tyler Bovy kicked things off for the Rebels in the 3200M run. Bovy finished 17th overall with a time of 10:50.45. This matched Tyler’s time at the State Qualifying Meet at Grundy Center. Bovy ran a strong, smart race and finished ahead of his seeding. He will look to improve on this performance next year as a senior. The 4x800 team finished 4th in Class 1A with a time of 8:25.81. Chase Clark, Trevor Trunck, Eric Stoakes, and Wyatt Swanson ran their fastest time of the year and put the Rebels near the front of the pack. Clark set the tone for the race from the start. Trunck ran his best time of the season and put the Rebels in the contention. Stoakes put the Rebels in a dead heat for 2nd place at the handoff to Swanson. This was a closely contested event that came down to a narrow finish between the Rebels, North Tama, and North Iowa. Wyatt Swanson held off the Redhawks, and brought home a 4th place medal. Zach Pierce competed in the shot put on Wednesday as well. Each of Zach’s throws were further than his previous throws of the year. His best throw of 47’ 9.5” set the school record for GR. This broke Nolan McCarthy’s record of 47’ 6” that was set in 2006. Zach finished the state meet in 9th place overall and had a great season by throwing more than 5 feet further than his best a year ago. Eric Stoakes competed in the 400M low hurdles on Friday morning. Eric was the only freshman in the field, but held his own against the older competition. Stoakes finished 7th overall in Class 1A with a time of 56.80. This capped off a very successful freshman season for Eric in one of the toughest races in all of track. Wyatt Swanson ended the Rebels campaign at the State Meet with the 800M run on Saturday morning. As always, this was a very competitive, tough race. After finishing 8th a year ago, Wyatt improved his placing to 5th in Class 1A. His time was 2:04.17. While this was not Wyatt’s best time, he put himself with the front of the pack and competed to the bitter end. Swanson had another successful season and will look to compete higher in the pack next year as a senior. As a team, the Rebels finished tied for 21st place in Class 1A with 11 points. The State Track Meet ended a very successful 2013 campaign for the boys team. We want to thank everyone that braved the elements to watch us compete throughout the season. Look for bigger and better things from the Rebels next season on the track!

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Wyatt Swanson in the final leg of the 4x800M relay. The Rebels finished 4th overall in Class 1A.



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