Western Dubuque's sprinters steal the show at Hollingsworth Relays

Boys' track & field: The Bobcats are led by a guy named G

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IOWA CITY — For the record, his name is Gregory Bennett.

More commonly and more simply, he is known as G.

“I’ve been getting called G all my life,” Bennett said. “It’s easier that Gregory.”

So that’s how he’s listed, in track results, and on Quik Stats: G Bennett. You can look it up yourself, and start at the top.

The leadoff man on two of Western Dubuque’s state-leading sprint relays, Bennett was a triple-winner at the Hollingsworth Relays boys’ track and field meet Saturday at Trojan Field.

Bennett won the 100-meter dash, and ignited the Bobcats in the 400- and 800-meter relays, the latter of which set a meet record in 1 minute, 28.31 seconds — busting the old mark by more than a second.

It’s a new relay role for Bennett, who will play baseball next year at Iowa Western Community College.

“Last year I anchored, but I didn’t do great taking handoffs,” he said. “I get to explode coming out of the blocks.”

A small Class 4A school, Western Dubuque is the state leader in both of the sprint relays.

“We’re leading both of them, but we still want to stay hungry,” Bennett said. “It’s awesome going against 4A competition, seeing what we can do.”

The Bobcats won five events and finished third in the 12-team field. Host Iowa City West won it with 115.5 points, followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy (79) and Western Dubuque (71).

Seven meet records were broken on a breezy 70-degree beauty of a day.

Western Dubuque got two of them — the 800 relay unit of Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard and Brandon Beard, along with William Blaser in the shot put (60 feet, 10 inches).

Kennedy’s Jackson Coker claimed the other throwing record — 177-10 in the discus.

“It wasn’t great (today). I’ve been throwing better,” Coker said. “It just wasn’t there.”

Coker and Blaser both will be attending the University of South Dakota next year. And they join guys like KP-WC’s Nick Phelps and Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs in what will be a stacked Drake Relays throwing field in less than three weeks.

“Drake is going to be ridiculous,” Coker said.

West won its fourth outdoor invitational title of the season. The Trojans haven’t been outscored yet this season.

“We didn’t graduate a lot of our top guys, and over the summer, we did a lot of strength training and a lot of form work,” said Gabe Caruthers, who anchored the winning sprint medley relay quartet, then won the 200 in 22.91 seconds.

“Our morale is up high, and we’re all moving up.”

The Trojans also got titles from Jared Sams-Merriwether in the high jump (6-2) and Austin West in the 400 hurdles (55.67).

Linn-Mar’s Zeal Baker was the 110-meter hurdles champion and ran on the Lions’ winning shuttle hurdle relay.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD: HOLLINGSWORTH RELAYS

At Iowa City West

Teams — 1. Iowa City West 115.5, 2. C.R. Kennedy 79, 3. Western Dubuque 71, 4. Linn-Mar 66, 5. Pleasant Valley 63, 6. Johnston 61, 7. Cedar Falls 50, 8. Davenport Central 23, 9. C.R. Xavier 19, 10. C.R. Washington 17, 11. Solon 14, 12. Muscatine 10.5.

Shot put — 1. William Blaser (WDbq), 60-10*; Jackson Coker (CRK), 59.9 1/2; 3. Cody Snyder (PV), 52-2 1/4; Discus — 1. Jackson Coker (CRK), 177-10*; 2. Cody Snyder (PV), 165-4; 3. Blake Ealy (ICW), 148-5; High jump — 1. Jared Sams-Merriwether (ICW), 6-2; 2. (tie) Malik Haynes (CRK) and Grant Kelchen (WDbq), 6-0; Long jump — 1. Kevin Kurth (DC), 22-0 1/4*; 2. Malik Haynes (CRK), 21-5 1/4; 3. KeShawn Baker (PV), 21-3 3/4.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Iowa City West (Lockman, Roberts, West, Caruthers), 1:35.36*; 2. Cedar Falls, 1:37.12; 3. Linn-Mar, 1:38.80; 3,200 — 1. Sam Schillinger (CF), 9:18.11*; 2. Ryan Murphy (LM), 9:30.84; 3. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 9:37.39; 3,200 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley (Forman, Conway, Huhn, Sommer), 8:10.99; 2. Johnston, 8:12.65; 3. Linn-Mar, 8:17.29; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Baker, House, Clark, Davis), 59.46; 2. Iowa City West, 1:00.77; 3. Cedar Falls, 1:01.99; 100 — 1. G Bennett (WDbq), 11.19; 2. Johnny Pater (John), 11.22; 3. Kevin Kurth (DC), 11.23; Distance medley relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Jones, Baker, Haynes, Price), 3:41.09; 2. Pleasant Valley, 3:48.17; 3. Iowa City West, 3:50.96; 400 — 1. KeShawn Baker (PV), 49.99; 2. Seb Gearhart (CF), 51.28; 3. Will Reetsma (DC), 52.25; 800 relay — 1. Western Dubuque, 1:28.31*; 2. Johnston, 1:30.68; 3. C.R. Xavier, 1:34.57; 110 hurdles — 1. Zeal Baker (LM), 15.24; 2. Luke Ira (Sol), 15.62; 3. Trent Davis (LM), 15.63; 800 — 1. Tyler Olson (Musc), 1:57.04*; 2. Derek Nugent (ICW), 1:57.47; 3. Jeff Garbutt (ICW), 2:01.33; 200 — 1. Gabe Caruthers (ICW), 22.91; 2. Zak Packingham (CRK), 22.99; 3. Blake Jones (CRK), 23.06; 400 hurdles — 1. Austin West (ICW), 55.67; 2. Nick House (LM), 56.51; 3. Blake Bergstrom (John), 57.23; 1,600 — 1. Patrick Bose (John), 4:29.00; 2. Anthony Pena (PV), 4:29.42; 3. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 4:30.80; 400 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Bennett, Steffen, K.Beard, B.Beard), 42.60; 2. Johnston, 43.10; 3. C.R. Washington, 43.85; 1,600 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Kauffman, Fagerlind, K.Beard, B.Beard), 3:25.49; 2. Iowa City West, 3:27.69; 3. Cedar Falls, 3:29.24.

*meet record

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