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Linderbaum third in shot put

Team 2nd at Maquoketa Valley and team 4th at Pacha Relays
Tyler Linderbaum winds up to heave the shot put Friday, April 27, at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Linderbaum took third in the event with a 57-1 1/2 throw. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys’ track and field team had a busy week on the oval and in the field culminating with Tyler Linderbaum’s third-place showing in the shot put at the Drake Relays.
The week’s competitions started on Monday, April 23, at Maquoketa Valley, where the team captured second place.
During the Wildcat Invitational in Delhi, Solon put it together, taking the silver position for the meet with 89 team points, only bested by the 103 points turned in by Jesup. The rest of the field included West Delaware (85), host Maquoketa Valley (79), Monticello (72), Alburnett (35), Central City (34), North Linn (31), Clayton Ridge (28), Starmont (21) and Springville (12).
“We were really pleased with our runner-up team finish and how our JV (junior varsity) relays competed,” Coach Mark Sovers said.
The varsity 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Adam Bock, Kendrick Harris, Jackson Pipolo and Brayden Rickertson assembled a 1:41.39 capturing eight team points for their second place finish and in the JV sprint medley relay Seamus Poynton, Lucas Walker, Payton Herdliska and Clay Gerdin ran a 1:48.58 to capture champion honors.
The varsity team of Ethan Kober, Brayton Bair, Brad Yeomans and Tyler Bilskie ran to an eighth-place finish in 9:29.88 in the 4x800-meter relay. In the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay, the Spartans earned two team points for the fifth-place 1:07.25 time turned in by Jackson Ryan, Luke Luu, A.J. Coons and Thomas Brandt. Eddie Richey and Matt Folkerts ran the 100-meter dash in 12.14 and 13.35 for eighth- and 16th-place, respectively.
The Spartan team of Adam Bock, Spencer Wegmann, Jack Bell and Ben Krutzfeldt were first in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay with the time of 3:52.41 and padded the team points by 10.
In the 400-meter dash, Cade Chapman and David Bluder grabbed 12th- and 13th-place respectively with times of 1:03.67 and 1:04.13.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Pipolo, Stahle, Coons and Dillon Hoit collaborated for a 1:38.92 capturing two team points for their fifth-place finish. The JV 4x200-meter combination of Eddie Richey, Brayden Rickertson, Danny Knezevich and Colton Hoffman won their event with a time of 1:42.29.
Luke Ira added 10 team points with his first-place effort in the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 15.03.
Elijah McInnis turned in a 2:21.83 and Noelan Garbes a 2:30.10 in the 800-meter run for eighth- and 15th-place finishes, respectively. In the 200-meter dash, Solon’s Mason Stahle and Brady Stotler recorded seventh- and 11th-place runs in 26.03 and 27.58.
Thomas Brandt snatched fifth place and the associated two team points in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.86.
Kober and Bilskie competed in the 1,600-meter run with Kober in fifth with a time of 5:06.70 finish and Bilskie’s 5:10.95 good for eighth.
The varsity 4x100-meter relay team of Bock, Harris, Wegmann and Ira took first in a time of 45.20, while the JV 4x100 captured second place with 49.39.
In the 4x400-meter varsity relay, a seventh-place finish was mustered by Rickertson, Bell, Hoit and Krutzfeldt in 3:51.33 while the JV combination of Westen Stiegelmeyer, Bo Janssen, Ben DeValk, and Yeomans ran a 4:12.20 for fifth place.
In the field events, the Spartans were equally as impressive. Luke Ira won the long jump with a leap of 20-4 and Payton Herdliska’s bound of 17-11 grabbed the Spartans another team point for sixth place. In the high jump, Colton Hoffman grabbed four team points for his fourth-place jump of 5-6.
Tyler Linderbaum threw 55-11 to grab number one honors for the Spartans in the shot put, followed by Rocky Lensing’s silver performance, a toss of 48-3, and another eight points for the team. In the discus, Linderbaum delivered eight more team points for his 150-1 throw and second-place finish while Coal Flansburg hurled the disc 126-8 for fifth place.
At the Pacha Relays on Thursday, April 26, hosted by Clear Creek Amana, in Tiffin, the Spartans embraced the challenges presented by the absence of the Drake qualifiers. The Spartans finished in fourth place as a team with 68 team points. Clear Creek Amana own its home meet with 146 points, followed by Mount Vernon with 103 and Benton with 100 team points followed by Solon. The rest of the field was completed by Tipton (67), Anamosa (65.5), Williamsburg (53), Regina (47), Assumption (40), Monticello (31.5), Durant (16) and Wilton (3).
“New opportunities are always exciting,” Coach Sovers said of the event. “The throwers were able to take advantage of their opportunities and see their investment in the process payoff. Luke Schaeckenbach was first in the discus and third in the shot, Rocky Lensing was second in the shot put, Hayes Diersen was second in the discus. As coaches, we continue to find joy in watching our young athletes show growth in the distance events from meet to meet. We were very proud of how everyone stepped up in their additional roles at the meet. It was a great opportunity to see a glimpse of our exciting future.”
In the field events, Cade Chapman took 10th place in the high jump with a leap of 5-0; Spencer Wegmann and Colton Hoffman captured 12th and 14th place respectively in the long jump with leaps of 19-2 1/2 and 18-5 1/2. Lensing took second in the shot put with a toss of 48-3 1/2, Schaeckenbach was third with a throw of 47-5 and Cade Tucker finished 10th, hurling the shot 43-2. Schaeckenbach won the discuss with a toss of 137-2 and Hayes Dierson was second with his 134-0 throw, while Grant Kolar threw a 106-9 for a 12th-place finish.
In the running events, Ethan Kober ran an 11:21.63 in the 3,200-meter run; in the 100-meter dash, Spencer Wegmann was third with a 11.56 run, Folkerts finished in 19th place with his time of 13.50. In the 400-meter run, Solon’s Brayden Rickertson ran a 55.13 finishing fourth overall and Cade Chapman ran to a 14th-place finish with his 1:05.30. Elijah McInnis ran a 2:57.19 in the 800-meter run, finishing 32nd.
Bell grabbed seventh for the Spartans in the 200-meter dash with his time of 24.47 and Brady Stotler ran a 28.14 for 18th place. Brandt ran a 1:05.32 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish in 12th place. Bilskie and DeValk ran the 1,600-meter run to an 18th- and 23rd-place finish in 5:16.77 and 5:33.41, respectively.
In the relays, the 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Kendrick Harris, Jackson Pipollo, Jack Bell and Ben Krutzfeldt ran a 1:41.26 to sixth-place overall. In the 4x800-meter relay, the Solon A team of Tyler Bilskie, Brayton Bair, Brad Yeomans and Clay Gerdin took 12th place with a time of 9:35.09 and the Solon B team comprised of Ben DeValk, Westen Stiegelmeyer, Noelan Garbes and Bo Janssen finished 16th with a time of 10:12.38. The shuttle hurdle relay combination of A.J. Coons, Jackson Ryan, Luke Luu and Thomas Brandt was fourth in 1:07.33. Pipolo, Mason Stahle, Dillon Hoit and Krutzfeldt turned in a 3:55.54 for fifth in the 1,600-meter distance medley relay. The 4x200-meter team of Seamus Poynton, Coons, Brandt and Bell ran a 1:39.10 to finish ninth, while the combination of Eddie Richie, Ryan, Danny Knezevich and Colton Hoffman ran to a 13th-place finish with a time of 1:42.33.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Solon A team of Pipolo, Hoit, Stahle and Coons combined for seventh place in 47.78 and the Solon B team of Seamus Poynton, Miles Fuller, Lucas Walker and Payton Herdliska finished 18th with a 51.93. Brayden Rickertson, Eddie Richie, Yeomans and Colton Hoffman teamed for the 4x400-meter relay finishing in seventh place with a time of 3:55.25.
“We are always looking for people to find out something new about who they are,” Coach Sovers said about the Maquoketa performances. “The exciting thing is to see them find success in different events, which allows them to appreciate more the talents they have and how they contribute to team success. We were extremely pleased with our fourth-place team finish because it took everyone contributing,”
At Drake, the performances led by the third-place, 57-1 1/2 throw by senior Tyler Linderbaum in the shot put. Senior Luke Ira finished seventh overall in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.12 in the finals after qualifying seventh in the first heat of the prelims. In the 4x100-meter relay, Kendrick Harris, Adam Bock, Spencer Wegmann and Luke Ira qualified 43rd after running a 44.73 in heat seven. Junior Coal Flansburg participated but did not finish due to a foul in the discus.
“We were pleased with the way we competed at the Drake Relays. The most exciting part of the weekend was seeing their goals come to life and the athletes taking charge of their own success,” Sovers said. “When you do the things you have to do throughout the process, you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them. You also believe when you compete against the best in the state of Iowa it will bring out the best in who you are. You have the opportunity for competition to bring out your very best.”
Sovers said he was extremely proud to be a Spartan this weekend.
“The way our athletes took charge of their success and the way they represented Solon was extremely satisfying,” he noted. “A very important piece of this weekend was our response. We took notice of how the very best prepared for competition and their event. We are always willing to grow and add to the best version of who we are to come closer to our goals.”
Coach Sovers was also appreciative of the teamwork provided by the coaching staff with the many events taking place in the week time span. “We do what we need to do to help provide people with opportunities,” he said. “Coach Wymer is always willing to help others and provide opportunities for people. The sacrifices he makes from practices to going up to the Drake Relays early is very much appreciated.”
The Spartan track and field team hosts the WaMaC Coed Supermeet at Spartan Stadium Thursday, May 3, starting at 4:30 p.m. and then the JV boys WaMaC meet is Monday, May 7, at 4:30p.m., in Van Horne at Benton Community High School. The Spartans host the regional boys/girls track meet at Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m.The state track meet takes place Thursday, May 17, through Saturday, May 19, for those who qualify.
“The goal is to have championship season be centered around joy and the excitement of knowing you have done the work,” Sovers said. “Your performance will match and sometimes even go beyond what you set for a goal if you respect the journey and are willing to invest in each other. As a team, we know our response matters. Both our individual response and helping each other respond in a positive way during championship season.”
Coach Sovers hinted at hoping for the home field advantage during the championship season. “We are looking forward to the championship season part of our schedule and enjoying the moment.
Hosting both the conference and district meets provides an incredible opportunities for success, he added.
“When you can share your success with others it makes things even more special and something to really look forward to,” Sovers said.