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Prairie Boys Track

Prairie - Boys Track

Coaches pick All-Metro boys track

Here is the 2014 All-Metro boys track team, as selected by the Metro coaches.



Dallas Jacobus (Kennedy)

Michael Lamparek (Prairie)



Drew Heitland (Kennedy)

Michael Lamparek (Prairie)



Curtis McCrary (Linn-Mar)

Derek Jacobus (Kennedy)

Famiek Cook (Kennedy)

Nick Stark (Xavier)



Willie Rhoads (Kennedy)

Shaun Beyer (Kennedy)



Josh Evans (Linn-Mar)

Mitch Pritts (Prairie)

Daniel Murphy (Linn-Mar)



Quinn Cannoy (Marion)

Shaun Beyer (Kennedy)

Joah Wallace (Prairie)



Nick Stark (Xavier)

Nate Karlan (Jefferson)

Trevor Northrup (Prairie)


4x800 RELAY

Prairie (Mitch Pritts, Matt Lorenz, Ross Adams, Tysen VanDraska)

Linn-Mar (Tanner Rathje, Daniel Murphy, Greyson Dolezal, Bryan Fogerty)



Nate Karlan (Jefferson)

Landen Akers (Washington)



Josh Evans (Linn-Mar)

Mitch Pritts (Prairie)


4x200 RELAY

Kennedy (Jacob Shannon, Derek Jacobus, Marcus Perkins, Famiek Cook)

Linn-Mar (Austin Flieder, Tristan Freese, Tim Wolfe, Daniel Gorsich)

Jefferson (Jacob Beaton, Nate Karlan, Dan Larson, Dylan Chittick)



Landon Akers (Washington)

Jalen Rima (Prairie)



Marcus Perkins (Kennedy)

Keagan Pinter (Prairie)



Linn-Mar (Austin Flieder, Tim Wolfe, Duggan Trenary, Josh Evans)

Prairie (Trevor Northrup, Joah Wallace, Jalen Rima, Tysen VanDraska)



Josh Evans (Linn-Mar)

Tysen VanDraska (Prairie)


4x100 RELAY

Kennedy (Jacob Shannon, Marcus Perkins, Famiek Cook, Derek Jacobus)

Linn-Mar (Austin Flieder, Tristan Freese, Tim Wolfe, Daniel Gorsich)

Jefferson (Alphonso Soko, Jacob Beaton, Dylan Chittick, Nate Karlan)


4x400 RELAY

Jefferson (Dan Larson, Dylan Chittick, Tayvian May, Alphonso Soko)

Linn-Mar (Dalton Gosch, Duggan Trenary, Joe A'Hearn, Bryce Miller)



Kennedy (Famiek Cook, Derek Jacobus, Marcus Perkins, Shaun Beyer)

Linn-Mar (Zeal Baker, Daniel Gorsich, Tristan Freese, Nick House)





Shuttle hurdle relay (Savaun Bounds, Mason Furnish, Dakota Tomkins,

Michael Moncivais)

Jared Eivins (shot put)



4x400 relay (Mark Schulz, Nick Duehr, Mitch Gaffey, Zach Tinkey)

Jackson Coker (discus)



Isaiah Vlasek (3200)

Matt Hilligas (shot put)



4x100 relay (Reid Snitker, Landen Akers, Mason Taylor, Alex Herzog)

Carlos Nelson (long jump)



4x100 relay (Chris Ball, Nick Stark, Sean Murphy, Miles Sullivan)

Jacob Schmitt (3200)



Kyle Hayek (shot put)

Tanner Rathje (800)



Trevor Hardman (400)

Colton Forster (3200)


COACHES OF THE YEAR: Ken Hopkins (Linn-Mar), Brian White (Kennedy)

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2014 17:26

Prairie - Boys Track

Evans called 'The Greatest' with 4 golds

DES MOINES - Josh Evans sat in the stands at the state track meet as a scrawny freshman in 2011 and loved seeing the crowd rise to its feet as Shelby Houlihan of Sioux City East set a batch of records in the girls distance races.

He remembers the Public Address announcer kept everyone informed that day as one record after another fell by the wayside.

"I remember thinking, that would be so cool if I could get that some day," Evans said Saturday afternoon. "It's really a dream come true that this happened."

Evans got his share of standing ovations Saturday as he completed one of the most remarkable performances in state meet history with four gold medals, three meet records and an all-time Iowa best in the 1600.

Mike Jay, the Public Address announcer, told the sun-splashed crowd of 8,744 that it was "The best distance performance in Iowa state meet history."

Evans wasn't sure about that, praising some of the other record-setting performances at this year's state meet, but he was the Star of Stars in the distance races with four golds.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 May 2014 19:54



Prairie - Boys Track

McCrary soars away from trouble to state crown

DES MOINES - Curtis McCrary grew up on the mean streets of Detroit, where trouble was a constant and evil companion.

Compared to what he knew, Iowa is paradise for the Linn-Mar senior and new state champion.

McCrary sailed 23 feet, 1 inch to claim the state title in the Class 4A long jump Friday in his first and only year of competition in high school track.

"It feels great," he said. "First time here, last time here for high school. So it feels pretty good."

McCrary, 19, moved to Marion several years ago to live with an uncle and his uncle's wife. He left his mother and problems behind in Detroit for a better life in Iowa.

"I love it," he said. "I love it.

"Good school systems. And it pretty much keeps me out of trouble."

McCrary helped Linn-Mar climb into a tie for first place in the Class 4A team standings after Day 2 of the three-day meet with 42 points. Waukee also has 42, with eight events left Saturday.

Kennedy is sitting in third place with 35.5 points. Prairie is sixth with 22 points. Washington is 20th and Jefferson 23rd.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 16:01



Prairie - Boys Track

Evans, Hawks, Cougars shine at state meet

DES MOINES - Josh Evans made a mad dash for immortality Thursday, but he fell just a tad short of cracking 9 minutes in the 3200 meter run at the Class 4A state track meet.

Unhappy? Sad?


Evans clocked the second-fastest time in state history in the 3200 in 9:00.97, successfully defending his state title and breaking the meet record of 9:05.25 set by Kevin Lewis of Ottumwa in 2011.

Evans ran a 9:01.55 at the Drake Relays last month in his first bid for a sub-9 minute performance, but he had to play second fiddle that day when Albert Meier of Boone won in 8:58.46 to become the first Iowa prep under the magic mark.

Meier is competing at the Class 3A state meet, leaving Evans to dominate the 4A competition from wire to wire Thursday. He led a 1-2-3 showing by Metro runners with Mitch Pritts of Prairie second in 9:12:07 and Daniel Murphy of Linn-Mar third in 9:12.46.



Prairie - Boys Track

Kennedy boys share track title

DUBUQUE - The Kennedy Cougars tied Iowa City West for first place at the Class 4A boys state track qualifier in Dubuque Thursday.

The Cougars and Trojans both finished with 107 points in the incredibly tight standings. Prairie placed third with 105.5 points and Dubuque Senior was fourth at 104.

Derek Jacobus (long jump), Willie Rhoads (high jump) and Marcus Perkins (400 hurdles) won titles for Kennedy. The Cougars also claimed the shuttle hurdle relay in a swift 57.42 seconds and won the 4x200 relay.

Tysen VanDraska captured the 800 meter run for Prairie. The Washington Warriors won the 4x100 relay.

The Washington girls won three events at the coed meet. Amarri Waller claimed the 100 meter dash. The Warriors also won the distance medley and 4x100 relay.

Kenzie Soeken of Prairie won the high jump.

Boys Team Standings

1. (tie) Kennedy 107, Iowa City West 107, 3. Prairie 105.5, 4. Dubuque Senior 104, 5. Clinton 81, 6. Hempstead 67.5, 7. Washington 67, 8. Iowa City High 62.

Girls Team Standings

1. Iowa City West 148, 2. Iowa City High 147, 3. Kennedy 91, 4. Prairie 89, 5. Hempstead 77, 6. Dubuque Senior 71, 7. Washington 68, 8. Clinton 48.






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