Mount Vernon girls, Western Dubuque boys rule the Wamac

Track and field: Wirfs throws shot 67 feet; Brooks, Frost win 3 events apiece

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EPWORTH — Maggie Davis called her team a “nickel-and-dime” operation, but there was nothing small-change about the Mount Vernon Mustangs’ fortunes.

Mount Vernon won just three events, but out-depthed the girls’ field at the Wamac Conference track and field meet Thursday at Buchman Field.

“We nickel-and-dimed our way. That’s how we roll,” Davis said. “To win this meet is really special.”

The Mustangs accumulated 109 points and claimed their first Wamac title since 2014. Solon was second with 95 points, followed by Benton Community (78).

Western Dubuque’s boys followed a similar blueprint in winning their first Wamac champonship.

The Bobcats won three events and displayed superior depth in scoring 134.5 points. Mount Vernon (104) and Marion (96) were second and third.

No surprise, the sprint crew carried Western Dubuque, which set a meet record in the 400 relay (42.59). Kenny and Brandon Beard were on that quartet, and also went 1-2 in the 200, with Kenny establishing a Wamac standard of 22.09 seconds.

Marion’s Blair Brooks and Center Point-Urbana’s JoJo Frost each were triple-winners, splitting the hurdles events.

Brooks prevailed in the 110-meter highs; Frost reigned in the 400 lows.

“First time I’ve ever beaten him,” Brooks said. “He’s a great competitor. It seems I’ve seen him at every event since my freshman year. It’s good to get him once.”

Brooks also won the long jump in a meet-record 22-8 1/2, and cleared 6-4 in the high jump.

“I had a little wind behind me, and I was able to pop one off,” Brooks said about the long jump. “I almost got 6-7 in the high jump. I tried to use my adrenaline.”

Frost ran a 49.1-second anchor to bring CPU from behind in the sprint medley relay, and won the 400 in 50.01 seconds.

It was another big night for the boys’ throwers. Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs improved on the No. 2 Iowa all-time shot put effort at 67 feet even; Western Dubuque’s William Blaser moved up to No. 3 at 66-2.

Wirfs is No. 4 in the nation this spring; Blaser is No. 8.

For the Mount Vernon’ girls, their “star” event is the shuttle hurdle relay, which placed third at Drake last week. The Mustangs won that Thursday, along with the 3,200 relay and long jump (freshman Ella Wischmeyer).

“A lot of girls outran their seeds,” Davis said.

CPU’s Adrianna Katcher won the 3,000 and 1,500, and Grace Martensen and the Masten sisters ignited Benton Community’s sprints.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD: WAMAC CONFERENCE

At Epworth

Teams — 1. Western Dubuque 134.5, 2. Mount Vernon 104, 3. Marion 96, 4. Vinton-Shellsburg 65, 5. DeWitt Central 64, 6. Anamosa 55, 7. Center Point-Urbana 52, 8. Williamsburg 37, 9. Benton Community 35.5, 10. Clear Creek Amana 24, 11. Solon 22, 12. Dyersville Beckman 20.5, 13. West Delaware 18.5, 14. South Tama 8, 15. Independence 5, 16. Maquoketa 0.

Shot put — 1. Tristan Wirfs (MtV), 67-0*; 2. William Blaser (WDbq), 66-2; 3. Tyler Linderbaum (Sol), 53-6; Discus — 1. Tristan Wirfs (MtV), 179-0*; 2. Harrison Goebel (WDel), 158-9; 3. Jackson Walker (Sol), 155-0; High jump — 1. Blair Brooks (Mar), 6-4; 2. Keith Keahna (STC), 6-2; 3. Coy Martin (MtV), 6-0; Long jump — 1. Blair Brooks (Mar), 22-8 1/2*; 2. Damon Jaeger (WDbq), 22-1 1/2; 3. Tyler Bartz (V-S), 21-3.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Center Point-Urbana (Smith, Lindsey, Karteus, Frost), 1:34.60*; 2. Anamosa, 1:34.65; 3. Western Dubuque, 1:36.65; 3,200 — 1. Myles Bach (Mar), 9:42.50; 2. Jeremy Fopma (Mar), 9:49.35; 3. Liam Conroy (MtV), 10:00.88; 3,200 relay — 1. Mount Vernon (Z.Krogmann, Leopold, Booth, J.Krogmann), 8:21.01; 2. Anamosa, 8:30.46; 3. Williamsburg, 8:41.55; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Recker, Hosch, Jaeger, Kauffmann), 58.89; 2. Benton, 1:02.39; 3. Clear Creek Amana, 1:02.50; 100 — 1. Terry Harris (DeWC), 10.88*; 2. G Bennett (WDbq), 10.92; 3. Max Steffen (WDbq), 10.94; Distance medley relay — 1. Anamosa (Cabrera, Martensen, Fish, Sams), 3:40.04; 2. DeWitt Central, 3:40.58; 3. Mount Vernon, 3:42.16; 400 — 1. JoJo Frost (CPU), 50.01; 2. Tyler Bartz (V-S), 50.23; 3. Kenny Beard (WDbq), 50.89; 800 relay — 1. Anamosa (Cabrera, Martensen, McLean, Fish), 1:31.28; 2. Marion, 1:31.81; 3. Western Dubuque, 1:31.84; 110 hurdles — 1. Blair Brooks (Mar), 14.75; 2. JoJo Frost (CPU), 14.82; 3. Danny Recker (WDbq), 15.17; 800 — 1. Jeremy Krogmann (MtV), 1:59.02; 2. Will DeHaan (DeWC), 2:00.50; 3. Nick Leopold (MtV), 2:04.13; 200 — 1. Kenny Beard (WDbq), 22.09*; 2. Brandon Beard (WDbq), 22.32; 3. Terry Harris (DeWC), 22.47; 400 hurdles — 1. JoJo Frost (CPU), 54.14; 2. Alex Kauffmann (WDbq), 54.50; 3. Mark Brown (Beck), 56.46; 1,600 — 1. Jeremy Fopma (Mar), 4:35.27; 2. Jack Young (MtV), 4:35.63; 3. Will DeHaan (DeWC), 4:39.70; 400 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Bennett, Steffen, K.Beard, B.Beard), 42.59*; 2. DeWitt Central, 44.02; 3. Beckman, 44.32; 1,600 relay — 1. Mount Vernon (Snedden, Z.Krogmann, J.Krogmann, Cochrane), 3:36.99; 2. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3:28.08; 3. Anamosa, 3:28.23.

*meet record

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD: WAMAC CONFERENCE

At Epworth

Teams — 1. Mount Vernon 109, 2. Solon 95, 3. Benton Community 78, 4. Center Point-Urbana 61, 5. Western Dubuque 57.5, 6. South Tama 50, 7. Marion 44, 8. Vinton-Shellsburg 41, 9. Anamosa 39, 10. DeWitt Central 35, 11. Maquoketa 29, 12. Clear Creek Amana 28.5, 13. Williamsburg 28, 14. Independence 25, 15. West Delaware 13, 16. Dyersville Beckman 8.

Shot put — 1. Oceana Papakee (BC), 40-9; 2. Sabrina Holtz (STC), 39-2 1/2; 3. Ella Norton (MtV), 38-4; Discus — 1. Ainsley Schrock (CCA), 108-8; 2. Mariah Roller (CCA), 108-6; 3. Jaydyn Palmer (CPU), 105-5; High jump — 1. Josie Durr (Sol), 5-4; 2. Olivia Nebergall (Ana), 5-2; 3. Stacey Slaven (STC), 5-2; Long jump — 1. Ella Wischmeyer (MtV), 16-8 1/2; 2. Shae Slaven (STC), 16-3 1/4; 3. Kaylee Hosch (Ind), 16-1 1/2;

Sprint medley relay — 1. Solon (McIlravy, Sands, Hanrahan, Ryan), 1:52.14; 2. Western Dubuque, 1:52.45; 3. Benton, 1:52.76; 3,000 — 1. Adrianna Katcher (CPU), 10:44.38; 2. Hallie Kephart (Mar), 11:15.31; 3. Emma Duncan (Ana), 11:24.38; 3,200 relay — 1. Mount Vernon (Davis, Anton, See, Brase), 10:02.69; 2. Williamsburg, 10:13.43; 3. Anamosa, 10:14.85; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Mount Vernon (Rhomberg, Leopold, Ryan, Yeoman), 1:06.15; 2. Benton, 1:06.26; 3. Maquoketa, 1:07.00; 100 — 1. Ellie Masten (BC), 12.38; 2. Annie Rhomberg (MtV), 12.41; 3. Elizabeth Masten (BC), 12.43; Distance medley relay — 1. DeWitt Central (Burke, Small, Watson, Campbell), 4:24.03; 2. Vinton-Shellsburg, 4:24.52; 3. Western Dubuque, 4:26.63; 400 — 1. Erin Kerkhoff (Sol), 1:01.71; 2. Allison Yuska (STC), 1:02.69; 3. Shelby Hulsebus (BC), 1:02.79; 800 relay — 1. Benton (Martensen, Ellie Masten, Hulsebus, Elizabeth Masten), 1:46.78; 2. Mount Vernon, 1:48.21; 3. Western Dubuque, 1:48.86; 100 hurdles — 1. Grace Martensen (BC), 14.99; 2. Elayna Bahl (WDbq), 15.36; 3. Catherine Yeoman (MtV), 15.36; 800 — 1. Julia Campbell (DeWC), 2:22.72; 2. Adrianna Katcher (CPU), 2:25.89; 3. Grace Horst (V-S), 2:27.56; 200 — 1. Olivia Nebergall (Ana), 26.35; 2. Erin Kerkhoff (Sol), 26.62; 3. Brittni Gilbert (Wmsbg), 27.09; 400 hurdles — 1. Allison Yuska (STC), 1:07.27; 2. Gabbi Bullard (Sol), 1:09.55; 3. Sydney Brase (Mar), 1:10.27; 1,500 — 1. Adrianna Katcher (CPU), 4:57.42; 2. Grace Horst (V-S), 5:10.30; 3. Hallie Kephart (Mar), 5:18.44; 400 relay — 1. Benton (Garman, Ellie Masten, Elizabeth Masten, Martensen), 50.07; 2. Mount Vernon, 50.80; 3. Solon, 51.55; 1,600 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (J.Burds, Hermsen, B.Burds, Pitz), 4:05.97; 2. Mount Vernon, 4:08.83; 3. Independence, 4:09.80.

*meet record

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