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Boys track & field 2018: Teams to watch

Marion, Lisbon are defending state champions

Lisbon’s Bailey Arwine (right) takes the baton during the 1,600-meter relay at the state meet last year. Lisbon is the defending Class 1A boys’ state champion. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Lisbon’s Bailey Arwine (right) takes the baton during the 1,600-meter relay at the state meet last year. Lisbon is the defending Class 1A boys’ state champion. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Area boys’ track and field teams to watch for the 2018 season:

BGM

Coach: Andy Albers

2017 state meet: 9th in Class 1A, 25 points (20.5 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Keegan James, sr. (1st, 400 relay; 2nd, sprint medley relay; 5th, 200; 6th, 100)

Devon Maxfield, jr. (1st, 400 relay; 2nd, sprint medley relay)

Dawson Owens, soph. (1st, 400 relay; 2nd, sprint medley relay)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Coach: Curt Pakkebier

2017 state meet: 10th in Class 4A, 32 points (6.75 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Marco Shanklin, sr. (3rd, sprint medley relay; 4th, 800 relay; 6th, 400 relay)

Blake Jones, sr. (4th, 800 relay)

Tim Kelly, soph. (4th, 800 relay)

Zak Packingham, sr. (6th, 400 relay)

Dyersville Beckman

Coaches: Todd Troutman & Ryan Meissner

2017 state meet: 4th in Class 2A, 34 points (34 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Mark Brown, sr. (1st, 400 hurdles; 2nd, 800 relay; 2nd, 400 relay; 3rd, 1,600 relay)

Riley Fangman, soph. (2nd, 800 relay; 2nd, 400 relay)

Joel Vaske, sr. (2nd, 800 relay; 2nd, 400 relay; 3rd, 1,600 relay)

Evan Wulfekuhle, soph. (2nd, 800 relay; 2nd, 400 relay; 3rd, 1,600 relay)

Luke Hageman, sr. (3rd, 1,600 relay)

Jackson Bennett, sr. (7th, high jump)

Iowa City West

Coach: T.J. Craig

2017 state meet: 9th in Class 4A, 35 points (26 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Austin West, sr. (2nd, 400 hurdles; 6th, sprint medley relay; 6th, 1,600 relay)

Kolby Greiner, jr. (3rd, 3,200; 7th, 1,600)

Jared Sams-Merriwether (jr., 4th, high jump)

Gabe Caruthers, jr. (6th, sprint medley relay; 6th, 1,600 relay)

Kimball Henstrom, jr. (6th, sprint medley relay)

Trumell Roberts, sr. (6th, sprint medley relay)

Cole Mabry, jr. (6th, shuttle hurdle relay)

Caden Fedeler, sr. (6th, shuttle hurdle relay)

Lisbon

Coach: Casey Baxa

2017 state meet: Class 1A champion, 89 points (32 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Bailey Arwine (sr., 1st, 800 relay; 1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 1,600 relay)

Bryce Hasselmann, sr. (1st, 800 relay; 1st, sprint medley relay)

Payton Bahl, sr. (1st, distance medley relay; 1st, 1,600 relay; 3rd, 3,200 relay; 6th, 800)

Brett Givens, sr. (1st, sprint medley relay; 7th, long jump)

Cooper Siebrecht, sr. (3rd, 3,200 relay)

Thatcher Krob, sr. (5th, 1,600)

Marion

Coach: Chad Zrudsky

2017 state meet: Class 3A champion, 69 points (44 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Blair Brooks, sr. (1st, high jump; 1st, long jump; 3rd, 800 relay; 3rd, 110 hurdles)

Chris Mohwinkle, sr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 3rd, 800 relay; 6th, 400 relay)

Grant Meth, sr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 3rd, 800 relay)

Dawson Kirk, sr. (2nd, sprint medley relay; 6th, 400 relay)

Jeremy Fopma, sr. (3rd, 3,200)

Mount Vernon

Coach: Ryan Whitman

2017 state meet: Class 3A runner-up, 58 points (10.5 return)

Returning state placewinners:

Nick Leopold, sr. (1st, 3,200 relay)

Cale Snedden, sr. (2nd, distance medley relay; 5th, 1,600 relay)

Coy Martin, sr. (2nd, distance medley relay)

Matt Vislisel, jr. (6th, discus)

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