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Iowa boys’ track and field 2023: Gazette area watch list of top teams and individuals
Iowa City High was the Class 4A runner-up last year, and returns 49 points for another bid toward title contention
The boys’ track and field area teams and individuals to watch for the 2023 season:
Cedar Rapids Washington — 7th in Class 4A last season, 35 points (31 return)
Iowa City High — Class 4A runner-up last season, 63.5 points (49 return)
Linn-Mar — 4th in Class 4A last season, 51 points (25.75 return)
Marion — 5th in Class 3A last season, 38 points (19 return)
Washington (Iowa) — 4th in Class 3A last season, 44 points (22 return)
Williamsburg — 3rd in Class 2A last season, 37 points (37 return)
(with 2022 state-meet accomplishments)
Michael Blank, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington — Placed fourth in the Class 4A 200 meters. Second in the 400- and 800-meter relays.
Clay Bohlmann, soph., Tipton — Ran on the Tigers’ Class 2A championship 3,200-meter relay. Placed third in the 1,600 meters.
Luke Czarnecki, sr., Lisbon — The Class 1A runner-up in the high jump.
Owen Douglas, sr., Williamsburg — Ran on the Raiders’ Class 2A state-champion 400- and 800-meter relays. Fifth in the 100.
Nicholas Gorsich, sr., Linn-Mar — Fifth individually in the Class 4A 400-meter hurdles. Second in the shuttle hurlde relay, third in the 1,600 relay.
William Grant, sr., Linn-Mar — Ran on the Lions’ Class 4A second-place shuttle hurdle relay and third-place 1,600-meter relay.
Isaac Guerrero, jr., Linn-Mar — Placed third in the Class 4A long jump.
Brayden Hartman, sr., Washington (Iowa) — The Class 3A discus runner-up. Eighth in the shot put.
Grayson Hartman, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier — The Class 3A 110-meter hurdles runner-up. Ran on the championship 400-meter relay, fifth in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Aidan Jacobsen, jr., Iowa City West — Placed third in the Class 4A 400-meter hurdles. Second in the distance medley relay.
Eric Lucas, sr., Iowa City Liberty — Won the Class 4A championship in the 110-meter hurdles.
Elijah Morris, sr., Washington (Iowa) — The Class 3A state champion in the 400 meters. Second in the distance medley relay, third in the sprint medley.
Alex Mota, sr., Marion — The Class 3A champion in the 100-meter dash. Fourth in the distance medley relay, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the sprint medley.
Matt Schaeckenbach, sr., Iowa City High — Placed third in the Class 4A 110-meter hurdles, fourth in both the high jump and 400 hurdles.
Ammon Smith, sr., Iowa City High — Ran on the Little Hawks’ Class 4A champion distance medley relay. Fourth in the 3,200 relay.
Clayten Steckly, sr., Williamsburg — Ran on the Raiders’ Class 2A state-champion 400- and 800-meter relays. Sixth in the 100.
Miles Thompson, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington — Class 4A runner-up in four events: 100, 200, 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay.
Ford Washburn, sr., Iowa City High — Class 4A 3,200-meter state champion. Also finished second in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200-meter relay.
Sam Watts, jr., Linn-Mar — Placed third in the Class 4A shot put.
Derek Weisskopf, jr., Williamsburg — The Class 3A champion in the high jump.