Prep Track and Field

Cedar Rapids Jefferson boys' sprinters are fast, and motivated

Last year's state-meet mess has fueled the J-Hawks

Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Mitchell Hall (left) takes the baton from Josue Bokoyo during the 800-meter relay during the Mississippi Valley Conference indoor track and field meet March 12 at the UNI-Dome. Bokoyo was responsible for three event wins at the Wilkinson Relays on Thursday at Kingston Stadium. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Mitchell Hall (left) takes the baton from Josue Bokoyo during the 800-meter relay during the Mississippi Valley Conference indoor track and field meet March 12 at the UNI-Dome. Bokoyo was responsible for three event wins at the Wilkinson Relays on Thursday at Kingston Stadium. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Jefferson J-Hawks hoped to do some big things at last year’s state track and field meet.

Then, well, stuff happened.

“Some stuff happened in the hotel (after the first day in Des Moines), and Coach (Chris Buesing) sent us home as a lesson,” senior Josue Bokoyo said. “We’re using that as motivation.”

It’s really, really early, but this much is clear: Jefferson’s sprinters stack up well with anybody.

Bokoyo and James Baugh went 1-2 in the 100 meters, then teamed up on winning the 800- and 400-meter relays at the Wilkinson Relays Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.

The J-Hawks lowered their state-leading effort in the 800 relay, running in 1:31.73. Bokoyo led it off, then it was Mitch Hall, Ezeki Leggins and Baugh. And they did it on a breezy, 45-degree night.

“It’s coming along really well,” Bokoyo said. “We put a lot of work in during the preseason.”

That included shoveling off the Kingston track so they could train.

Bill Calloway, former head coach of the Jefferson girls’ team, is somewhat of a sprint-relay guru, and his fingerprints are on the boys’ program now.

“He knows what he’s doing, that’s for sure,” Bokoyo said.

Bokoyo ran 11.02 in the 100, and Baugh followed him home in 11.12.

“We push each other every day to get better,” said Baugh, who had to sit out last season due to the transfer rule; he was formerly at Cedar Rapids Washington. “To have him as a training partner, it helps us both.”

Baugh, Bokoyo, Braxton Bolden and Hall ruled the 400 relay in 44.12.

Teamwise, Iowa City West was the class of the 13-team field, winning nine events and racking up 143 points. Linn-Mar was second with 106, followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy (75).

Austin West was a triple-winner for West. He captured the long jump (21-5) and the 400-meter hurdles (a state-leading 54.36), then anchored the Trojans’ winning 1,600-meter relay, which was clocked in 3:35.80.

Linn-Mar won four events, including a 167-foot, 9-inch effort by Riley Higgins in the discus, which moved him into the state lead. Higgins edged Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cam Jones by 4 inches.

Kennedy’s shuttle hurdle relay team of Will Stecker, Brody Lovell, B.J. White and Keeler Dix ran 1:00.78, an effort that ranks No. 2 statewide.

Going forward, the meet will be renamed the Wilkinson-Pinckney Relays in honor of former coach Bill Pinckney, who led the Warriors to Class 4A state championships in 2008 and 2009.

WILKINSON RELAYS

At Kingston Stadium

Teams — 1. Iowa City West 143, 2. Linn-Mar 106, 3. C.R. Kennedy 75, 4. C.R. Prairie 65, 5. C.R. Jefferson 57, 6. (tie) Vinton-Shellsburg and Waterloo West 33, 8. Benton Community 24, 9. (tie) Davenport Central and Waverly-Shell Rock 16, 11. Iowa City High 10, 12. C.R. Washington 6, 13. Iowa City Liberty 5.

High jump — 1. Trey Hutcheson (LM), 6-1; 2. C.J. Rickels (VS), 6-0; 3. Jack Seward (WSR), 5-10; Long jump — 1. Austin West (ICW), 21-5; 2. Deyton Love (WW), 20-5; 3. Blake Bohnsack (VS), 20-0; Shot put — 1. Landon Green (ICW), 50-2; 2. Cole Overton (VS), 48-7; 3. Jonathan Gannon (ICW), 47-5; Discus — 1. Riley Higgins (LM), 167-9; 2. Cam Jones (CRK), 167-5; 3. Kaden Schilling (CRP), 163-5.

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Sprint medley relay — 1. Iowa City West (Steburg, Lockman, White, Caruthers), 1:36.36; 2. Waterloo West, 1:36.47; 3. C.R. Jefferson, 1:37.11; 3,200 — 1. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 9:46.92; 2. Jack Pendergast (CRP), 9:49.48; 3. Jacob Green (CRK), 9:59.22; 3,200 relay — 1. C.R. Prairie (M.Laue, R.Laue, LaGrange, Jasa), 8:21.34; 2. Iowa City West, 8:36.55; 3. Vinton-Shellsburg, 8:38.55; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Stecker, Lovell, White, Dix), 1:00.78; 2. Benton Community, 1:03.51; 3. C.R. Prairie, 1:04.07; 100 — 1. Josue Bokoyo (CRJ), 11.02; 2. James Baugh (CRJ), 11.12; 3. Gabe Caruthers (ICW), 11.21; Distance medley relay — 1. Iowa City West (Bell, White, Abdalla, Salama), 3:56.83; 2. C.R. Prairie, 3:58.08; 3. Linn-Mar, 3:58.50; 400 — 1. Sam Tudor (WW), 53.23; 2. Branden Knight (CRK), 54.45; 3. Mason Sorge (ICW), 54.85; 800 relay — 1. C.R. Jefferson (Bokoyo, Hall, Leggins, Baugh), 1:31.73; 2. Linn-Mar, 1:35.02; 3. Iowa City West, 1:35.48; 110 hurdles — 1. Trent Davis (LM), 14.90; 2. Keeler Dix (CRK), 15.03; 3. Mike Jasa (CRP), 15.20; 800 — 1. Jeff Garbutt (ICW), 2:02.61; 2. Trent Long (LM), 2:03.25; 3. Max Locher (CRW), 2:04.06; 200 — 1. Gabe Caruthers (ICW), 22.56; 2. Josue Boyoko (CRJ), 22.93; 3. Blake Jones (CRK), 23.08; 400 hurdles — 1. Austin West (ICW), 54.36; 2. Will Reenstma (DC), 57.36; 3. Cole Mabry (ICW) 57.96; 1,600 — 1. Dylan Dolezal (LM), 4:45.97; 2. Colin Johnston (LM), 4:47.29; 3. Owen Jones (ICH), 4:51.98; 400 relay — 1. C.R. Jefferson (Baugh, Bokoyo, Bolden, Hall), 44.12; 2. Linn-Mar, 45.39; 3. Waterloo West, 45.66; 1,600 relay — 1. Iowa City West (McAreavy, Sorge, Sims, West), 3:35.80; 2. C.R. Kennedy, 3:42.39; 3. C.R. Prairie, 3:44.29.

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