Prep Track and Field

Linn-Mar's shuttle hurdle crew joins the sub-60 club at home meet

Trent Davis follows that with titles in the 110 highs, 400 lows

Linn-Mar's Trent Davis competes in the boys' shuttle hurdle relay during the Clark Weaver Invitational track and field meet Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium on Saturday. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)
Linn-Mar's Trent Davis competes in the boys' shuttle hurdle relay during the Clark Weaver Invitational track and field meet Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium on Saturday. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)
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MARION — Three inches doesn’t sound like much.

But take those 3 inches, times 10 hurdles, times four relay members. It adds up.

That equation has made an impact on boys’ shuttle hurdle relay teams this spring. Last year, 32 of them broke the 60-second barrier at some point in the season.

This year, none, until Saturday.

Linn-Mar’s foursome of Carson Reilly, Abass Kemokai, Jaxon Thompson and Trent Davis finished in 59.94 seconds at the Clark Weaver Invitational track and field meet Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium.

“That was our first goal in mind,” Reilly said. “Now that we’ve gotten there, we definitely want to go a lot lower than that.”

The hurdles for the boys’ shuttle event had stood at 33 inches before this season. Now they’re at 36.

“I don’t think it makes a huge impact for us, but you look across the state and where the times are out, and you can tell a difference,” Davis said.

Linn-Mar’s boys and girls combined to win 15 events on their home track, and the Lions won the girls’ team title.

Led by five winning relays, Linn-Mar’s girls tallied 120 points. Solon was second with 92, followed by Iowa City Liberty (71).

Bettendorf captured the boys’ title, outscoring Linn-Mar, 143-129.

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Davis followed the shuttle win by claiming the 110-meter highs in 14.60 seconds and the 400 lows in 56.73.

Three races, three different hurdle heights for Davis — 36 inches in the shuttle, 39 in the highs, 30 in the lows.

“Yeah, and the highs will be 42 next year (in college),” said Davis, who will be at North Dakota State University. “That will be another adjustment.”

So will life without his shuttle buddies.

“I love these guys,” Davis said. “Every day we’re the last four to leave practice. We’ve become super cohesive.”

Linn-Mar’s girls were led by Dimia Burrell, who set a school record in the long jump at 18 feet, 1 inch on her first run-through.

“I had some really good warm-ups, and my first approach was perfect,” Burrell said. “I was perfect on the board. There wasn’t any more room.”

Three days after committing to the University of Northern Iowa, Solon’s Erin Kerkhoff won the 400 (a career-best 58.19 seconds) and the 200 (26.67).

“It was really motivating coming in here with all the big schools to push us,” Kerkhoff said. “We came in here as an underdog, and we wanted to see what we could do.

“I’m happy ... really, really happy.”

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD: CLARK WEAVER INVITATIONAL

At Linn-Mar Stadium

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Teams — 1. Linn-Mar 120, 2. Solon 92, 3. Iowa City Liberty 71, 4. Pleasant Valley 67, 5. Bettendorf 62, 6. Iowa City West 49, 7. Dubuque Wahlert 42, 8. Western Dubuque 26, 9. Anamosa 23, 10. Davenport Assumption 16, 11. Iowa City Regina 11, 12. Davenport West 6, 13. Davenport Central 3, 14. Marion 1.

Shot put — 1. Salima Omari (ICW), 40-2; 2. Jeany Toingar (LM), 37-6; 3. Arionnah Sonli (ICW), 36-8; Discus — 1. Miranda Jones (ICL), 119-0; 2. Alexie Little (ICW), 119-0; 3. Ava Conrad (Sol), 105-1; High jump — 1. Sara Hoskins (PV), 5-4; 2. Jaedynn Evans (ICR), 5-0; 3. Claudia Johnson (Bett), 5-0; Long jump — 1. Dimia Burrell (LM), 18-1; 2. Aliyah Carter (DbqW), 17-11; 3. Katie Severt (ICW), 17-6.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Northrup, Juergens, Bennett, Haars), 1:50.34; 2. Iowa City Liberty, 1:52.84; 3. Bettendorf, 1:53.22; 3,000 — 1. Cami Mac (ICL), 10:31.75; 2. Micah Poellet (LM), 10:32.26; 3. Maddy Minard (PV), 11:03.10; 3,200 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Geelan, Skidmore, Murphy, Poellet), 9:57.16; 2. Bettendorf, 10:04.85; 3. Iowa City Liberty, 10:15.52; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Solon (Bullard, Nelson, Lindemann, Sands), 1:08.34; 2. Iowa City Liberty, 1:10.27; 3. Bettendorf, 1:11.73; 100 — 1. Libby Wedewer (DbqW), 12.67; 2. Erin Kerkhoff (Sol), 12.88; 3. Carli Spelhaug (PV), 13.10; Distance medley relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Hanna, Gorsich, Schmidt, Kelley), 4:32.27; 2. Western Dubuque, 4:32.54; 3. Iowa City Liberty, 4:35.41; 400 — 1. Erin Kerkhoff (Sol), 58.19; 2. Lily Haars (LM), 59.71; 3. Audrey Biermann (WDbq), 59.93; 800 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Bennett, Juergens, Huggins, Gorsich), 1:45.99; 2. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:46.94; 3. Bettendorf, 1:47.56; 100 hurdles — 1. Peyton Steva (ICW), 14.71; 2. Taylor Cannon (ICL), 15.01; 3. Chana Northrup (LM), 15.47; 800 — 1. Ashlyn Keeney (ICL), 2:15.50; 2. Emma Bock (Sol), 2:22.97; 3. Laney Fitzpatrick (DavA), 2:25.03; 200 — 1. Erin Kerkhoff (Sol), 26.67; 2. Olivia Nebergall (Ana), 26.84; 3. Emily Wood (PV), 27.20; 400 hurdles — 1. Gabbi Bullard (Sol), 1:07.95; 2. Maggie McQuillen (Ana), 1:10.39; 3. Clara Basala (PV), 1:10.85; 1,500 — 1. Micah Poellet (LM), 5:03.15; 2. Chloe Skidmore (LM), 5:06.30; 3. Mallory Lafever (PV), 5:08.52; 400 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley (Spelhaug, Ramirez, Arthofer, Creasy), 49.40; 2. Bettendorf, 50.20; 3. Dubuque Wahlert, 50.41; 1,600 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Burrell, Bennett, Schmidt, Haars), 4:04.66; 2. Solon, 4:06.82; 3. Western Dubuque, 4:10.48. 

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD: CLARK WEAVER INVITATIONAL

At Linn-Mar Stadium

Teams — 1. Bettendorf 143, 2. Linn-Mar 129, 3. C.R. Prairie 73.5, 4. C.R. Washington 41, 5. Western Dubuque 40, 6. Iowa City Liberty 39, 7. Waterloo East 31, 8. Marion 26, 9. Davenport West 19, 10. Iowa City Regina 18.5, 11. Davenport Assumption 17, 12. Pleasant Valley 7, 13. Linn-Mar JV 5.

Shot put — 1. Luke Stein (ICR), 50-8; 2. Alex Blizzard (Bett), 48-9; 3. Ben DeSollar (WDbq), 46-8 1/4; Discus — 1. Kaden Schilling (CRP), 155-9; 2. Luke Stein (ICR), 147-4; 3. Justin Kluesner (WDbq), 145-9; High jump — 1. Tynan Numkena (Bett), 6-0; 2. Brian Keene (WE), 5-10; 3. Jacob Dooley (LM), 5-6; Long jump — 1. Jaquel Davis (ICL), 22-7 1/4; 2. Carter Bell (Bett), 22-4 1/4; 3. Kelvin Mukosa (Bett), 22-1 1/2.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Vega, Lamb, Shelby, Aucutt), 1:37.92; 2. Bettendorf, 1:37.96; 3. C.R. Washington, 1:40.04; 3,200 — 1. Kameron Morgan (DavW), 9:59.01; 2. Max Locher (CRW), 1:04.11; 3. James Baker (Bett), 10:10.51; 3,200 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Dolezal, Martin, Long, Harper), 8:08.40; 2. C.R. Prairie, 8:38.66; 3. Bettendorf, 8:44.14; Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Reilly, Kemokai, Thompson, Davis), 59.94; 2. Western Dubuque, 1:01.96; 3. C.R. Prairie, 1:06.54; 100 — 1. Coy Sarsfield (LM), 11.43; 2. Simon Weitz (DavA), 11.50; 3. Isaac Cechota (Mar), 11.51; Distance medley relay — 1. Bettendorf (Kalar, Pate, Porter, Scott), 3:37.59; 2. Western Dubuque, 3:39.87; 3. C.R. Prairie, 3:44.89; 400 — 1. Cole Smith (Bett), 52.48; 2. Carter Weyman (Bett), 52.72; 3. Nick Pearson (CRP), 53.97; 800 relay — 1. Waterloo East (Muhammad, Talbert, Jenkins, Stigler), 1:33.10; 2. Iowa City Liberty, 1:34.36; 3. C.R. Washington, 1:34.72; 110 hurdles — 1. Trent Davis (LM), 14.60; 2. Carson Reilly (LM), 15.15; 3. Ceondae Adams (CRP), 15.65; 800 — 1. Bo Gryp (ICL), 2:03.15; 2. Trent Long (LM), 2:03.82; 3. Aaron Roehr (Bett), 2:05.70; 200 — 1. Austin Kalar (Bett), 23.20; 2. Simon Weitz (DavA), 23.41; 3. Bridger Aucutt (LM), 23.93; 400 hurdles — 1. Trent Davis (LM), 56.73; 2. Ethan Clarke (Bett), 57.15; 3. Ceondae Adams (CRP), 59.46; 1,600 — 1. Dylan Dolezal (LM), 4:34.64; 2. Lewis Kleman (CRW), 4:34.80; 3. Gavin Hiler (Mar), 4:48.02; 400 relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Sarsfield, Hess, Vega, Williams), 44.04; 2. Waterloo East, 44.24; 3. Bettendorf, 44.80; 1,600 relay — 1. Bettendorf (Smith, Scott, Smith-Reed, Porter), 3:23.38; 2. Linn-Mar, 3:29.67; 3. Iowa City Liberty, 3:35.60.

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