Prep Track and Field

Beckman's Mark Brown repeats in 2A state track 400 hurdles

Blazers take 2nd in 800 relay

Dyersville Beckman’s Mark Brown clears the last hurdle as he competes against Mid-Prairie’s Peyton Miller during the class 2A 400-meter hurdles at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Dyersville Beckman’s Mark Brown clears the last hurdle as he competes against Mid-Prairie’s Peyton Miller during the class 2A 400-meter hurdles at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Dyersville Beckman’s Mark Brown had an impressive day on the track Friday at Drake Stadium.

He ran the lead leg in the Class 2A boys’ state 800-meter relay and ran in the 400-meter hurdles, where he was the defending champion.

In the 800-meter relay, Beckman and Brown finished second, just behind Avoca AHSTW. Beckman finished in 1:30.43 and AHSTW finished in 1:29.97.

“We knew we were going to have a tight one,” said Joel Vaske, who ran the second leg. “We both had great anchors and AHSTW just nipped us. We were in position the whole race — we had a great anchor leg, but they just nipped us.”

Evan Wulfenkuhle ran the anchor for Beckman.

“I really didn’t think AHSTW was going to come out, I was just worried about the Woodward (Academy) kid in front of me, but then I got passed over there and couldn’t keep up with him,” Wulfenkuhle said.

It was Beckman’s second runner-up finish in a row.

“We got second place last year and we returned our whole quartet,” Vaske said. “We’re disappointed to say the least. But, hell of a race, this is a career best for us. You can’t shake your finger at a PR, but we wanted to win.”

Luckily for Brown, he had another opportunity to get a win on Friday.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Brown won with a time of 54.89. Okoboji’s Ethan Albright finished second with a time of 55.38.

Brown downplayed the accomplishment of winning back-to-back state titles.

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“I ran pretty good,” Brown said. “I didn’t break my PR from last year, but it still feels good.”

Beckman finished the second day in fifth place with 18 points.

Mid-Prairie used its strong first day to remain in third at the finish of the second day with 27 points, but it also picked up points from Peyton Miller for his fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.

Mid-Prairie’s distance medley relay team also netted the Golden Hawks points.

The team of Elmir Ganibegovic, Terrhyn Jacoby, Grant Boyse and Floyd Evans finished in fourth place with a time of 3:37.01. The winner, Pekin, finished in 3:31.49.

Pekin leads the 2A boys’ standings with 34 points.

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