Prep Track and Field

Iowa City West's Gabe Caruthers flies through a fast 100 and 400

West standout moves up the state leaderboard in both

CEDAR RAPIDS — As Gabe Caruthers caught his breath and stepped off the track, a coach’s voice followed him:

“Just wait until he gets in shape.”

A senior at Iowa City West, Caruthers vaulted up the state leaderboard in the 100- and 400-meter dashes Tuesday, winning both at the John Ask Relays boys’ track and field meet at Kingston Stadium.

He jumped to No. 6 with a 10.98-second clocking in the 100. Just a few minutes later, he returned to the track and circled it in 48.82 seconds. That ranks No. 2 in Iowa this season.

Now, about that coach’s remark. There’s a story there.

Caruthers was enjoying a big junior season before suffering a hamstring injury at the Drake Relays.

“After a lot of recovery and a lot of PT, I was able to run at state,” he said. “Then in the last 100 of the 4-by-400 finals, I felt the same sensation. It was state, so I was going to finish.”

The diagnosis was a second-degree tear. And it set back Caruthers’ summer training.

He looked healthy Tuesday. Fast, obviously. And a Drake announcement has him hungry.

Drake will hold the open 400 this year for the first time. Caruthers will be one of the top challengers to the favorite, Darien Porter of Bettendorf.

“I first heard the news from (teammate) Kolby Greiner that Drake was adding the 400,” said Caruthers, who later ran on West’s winning 1,600-meter relay (3:31.39).

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“My first thought was, ‘Oh, man.’ The second was, ‘Hell, yeah. Let’s tackle this.’”

Led by thrower Cam Jones, Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the team title with 157 points, followed by West (98) and Mount Pleasant (97).

Jones prevailed in a stacked discus competition (the top three throwers went over 160 feet) with an effort of 174 feet, 7 inches, then tacked on a 48-5 1/2 heave in the shot put.

Kennedy won seven events. Brody Lovell anchored the winning shuttle hurdle relay team, then captured the 200-meter dash in 23.05 seconds.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD: JOHN ASK RELAYS

At Kingston Stadium

Teams — 1. C.R. Kennedy 157, 2. Iowa City West 98, 3. Mount Pleasant 97, 4. Benton Community 80, 5. C.R. Washington 65, 6. C.R. Jefferson 58, 7. C.R. Prairie 30.

Shot put — 1. Cam Jones (CRK), 48-5 1/2; 2. Riley McQuiggin (MP), 47-5 1/2; 3. Cooper Pullis (MP), 45-3; Discus — 1. Cam Jones (CRK), 174-7; 2. Zach Beason (MP), 162-11 1/2; 3. Kaden Schilling (CRP), 160-10; Long jump — 1. Rylan Seberg (MP), 21-7; 2. Carter Bell (CRW), 21-1 1/2; 3. Derik Bunten (CRJ), 20-9 1/2; High jump — 1. Sam Beatty (MP), 6-3 1/4; 2. Brody Lovell (CRK), 6-0; 3. Turner Schroeder (BC), 6-0.

Sprint medley relay — C.R. Kennedy (Williams, Lynch, Cory, Harrison), 1:38.29; 2. Benton Community, 1:38.57; 3. C.R. Jefferson, 1:39.40; 3,200 — 1. Cody Mertens (MP), 10:20.09; 2. Hunter Kalous (CRP), 10:33.23; 3. Levi Sullivan (CRK), 10:43.56; 3,200 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Prescott, Y. Salama, Conrad, O. Salama), 8:14.86; 2. C.R. Washington, 8:37.41; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 8:40.41; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Stecker, Bartels, Harris, Lovell), 1:01.34; 2. Benton Community, 1:02.31; 3. Mount Pleasant, 1:04.91; 100 — 1. Gabe Caruthers (ICW), 10.98; 2. Cairron Hendred (CRK), 11.10; 3. (tie) Brayden Wright (CRW) and Fabian Brown (ICW), 11.35; Distance medley relay — 1. C.R. Jefferson (Garsayne, Bunten, Wiseman, French), 3:56.20; 2. C.R. Kennedy, 3:57.99; 3. Benton Community, 4:11.61; 400 — 1. Gabe Caruthers (ICW), 48.82; 2. Blake Osborn (BC), 49.91; 3. Aidan Meyer (CRJ), 51.79; 800 relay — 1. Benton Community (Brecht, Sayers, Michels, Osborn), 1:32.00; 2. C.R. Kennedy, 1:32.46; 3. C.R. Washington, 1:32.59; 110 hurdles — 1. Chase Lamm (MP), 15.22; 2. Cole Mabry (ICW), 15.29; 3. Turner Schroeder (BC), 15.77; 800 — 1. Lewis Kleman (CRW), 2:00.90; 2. Jacob Stukerjurgen (MP), 2:01.52; 3. Aiden Harris (BC), 2:05.87; 200 — 1. Brody Lovell (CRK), 23.05; 2. Drew Sayers (BC), 23.07; 3. Cade Parker (CRK), 23.22; 400 hurdles — 1. Cole Mabry (ICW), 56.87; 2. Divion Ocheltree (CRK), 57.79; 3. Imanuel Rowland (CRW), 58.81; 1,600 — 1. Jacob Green (CRK), 4:30.50; 2. Paul Schneidermann (CRW), 4:32.37; 3. Matt Hand (CRK), 4:53.61; 400 relay — 1. C.R. Kennedy (Graham, Ocheltree, Parker, Hendred), 43.63; 2. Iowa City West, 43.77; 3. C.R. Washington, 44.28; 1,600 relay — 1. Iowa City West (Bell, Caruthers, Goering, Lu), 3:31.39; 2. C.R. Jefferson, 3:31.98; 3. C.R. Kennedy, 3:33.61.

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