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Tiger Track and Field

By Tyler Peterson
The Lenox Tiger girls track team was in action on Tuesday May 3rd in the Pride of Iowa Track and Field Championships. This year the conference meet was held right here in Lenox. The ladies continue to trend upwards and improve their times when the weather allows. As the forecast looks to be on the rise you can bet the personal bests will ‘heat’ up as well. Five Tiger relay teams and six individuals medaled. Lenox girls finished 6th overall with 49 total team points. Below is a rundown of those medalists from the POI Meet.
200 Meter Dash- Freshman Sadie Cox- 5th Place 27.91
400 Meter Dash- Sadie Cox- 5th Place 1:04.63
High Jump- Junior Cadence Douglas- 2nd Place 5’-2”
Long Jump- Sadie Cox- 2nd Place 14’-10”
4×100 Meter Relay- 4th Place with Season Best time – 55.42 Senior Brooklynn Ecklin, Cadence Douglas, freshman Zoey Reed, and sophomore Gabby Robles
4×400 Meter Relay- 5th Place with Season Best Time – 4:43.07 Zoey Reed, Brooklynn Ecklin, junior Ava Junker, and Gabby Robles
4×800 Meter Relay- 5th Place with Season Best Time – 12:32.64  Ava Junker, freshman Eleah Pantoja, freshman Hazel Pacheco, and sophomore Trenidy Shimer
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay- 4th Place with a Season Best Time – 1:59.82 Gabby Robles, Zoey Reed, Brooklynn Ecklin, and Sadie Cox
1600 Meter Distance Medley Relay- 5th Place 5:02.37 Freshman Bentley Petersen, Cadence Douglas, Zoey Reed, and Ava Junker.
Thursday May the 5th the Tigers won their first meet of the season over at Mt. Ayr. The Tigers scored 112 points as a team, had three individual champions, and three relay events that also placed first. Below is a rundown of the action from Mt. Ayr.
100 Meter Dash- Brooklynn Ecklin – 2nd Place 13.71
200 Meter Dash- Sadie Cox 2nd Place27.60  & Bentley Petersen 6th Place 32.16
400 Meter Dash Sadie Cox-1st Place 1:03.72 & Gabby Robles 3rd 1:08.43
800 Meter Run- Ava Junker 2nd Place 2:49.76
1500 Meter Run- Trenidy Shimer 4th Place 6:46.35
4×100 Meter Relay- 1st Place56.05  Brooklynn Ecklin, Cadence Douglas, Zoey Reed, Gabby Robles
4×200 Meter Relay- 1st Place4;46.85 Zoey Reed, Brooklynn Ecklin, Ava Junker, Gabby Robles
4×800 Meter Relay- 3rd Place 12:42.09 Ava Junker, Eleah Pantoja, Hazel Pacheco, Trenidy Shimer
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay- 1st Place 2:02.84 Gabby Robles, Zoey Reed, Brooklynn Ecklin, Sadie Cox
1600 Distance Medley Relay- 2nd Place 5:13.87 Bentley Petersen, Eleah Pantoja, Cadence Douglas, Ava Junker
Long Jump Sadie Cox- 1st Place 15’-08.75”
High Jump Cadence Douglas- 1st Place 4’-10”
Tuesday last week the boys were also in action at home for the Pride of Iowa Championships. The guys finished in third place overall. Senior Johnathan Weaver was impressive, grabbing two individual gold medals and a relay gold medal as champion of the Shot Put, champion in the 110 Meter High Hurdles, and anchor of the 110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay. Senior Devin Whipple also competed at the highest level and was the Pride of Iowa Champion in the Discus event. Whipple’s best throw of 137’-08” was nearly twenty feet farther than any other competitor. Weaver tossed the shot 42’-2.25” for his first gold, ran the 110 High Hurdles in 15.8 seconds for his second gold, and anchored the Shuttle Hurdle Relay team of freshman Gabe Funk, senior Conner Fitzgerald, and junior Trenton Beck to gold with a time of 1:02.84.
Junior Samson Adams had a big scoring night taking 4th in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 54.99, 2nd in the High Jump with a jump of 5’-10,” and 4th in the Long Jump with a jump of 17’-3.5” as an individual. Gabe Funk got silver in the 400 Meter Low Hurdles with a personal best time of 59.45 seconds, and was also the starter of the 3rd place finishing 4×400 Meter Relay team that ran a 3:46.89. Other members of the 4×400 team were Samson Adams (his fourth medal of the meet), freshman Jordan Martin-Englad, and junior Jake Cox. Conner Fitzgerald got his second medal of the evening with a 3rd place finish, and bronze medal in the 110 High Hurdles. Fitzgerald ran a season best time of 16.82 seconds. In the 4×100 Meter Relay the Tigers placed 3rd with a time of 46.49 seconds. That team consisted of Weaver (his fourth medal of the night), junior Keigan Kitzman, junior Isaac Grundman, and sophomore Donald Bashor. In the 4×200 Meter Relay the Tiger team of Keigan Kitzman, junior Bo Larson, Trenton Beck, and Jake Cox placed 4th with a time of 1:44.04. Finally the 4×800 Meter Relay team of freshman Owen Grundman, freshman Brody Brokaw, sophomore Dalton Kitzman, and junior Leo Wardlow finished 5th overall with a time of 10:07.07 to round out the scoring for the Lenox boys team.
Friday the guys traveled to Corning to compete in the Southwest Valley Timberwolve Relays. The team came home with 3rd place overall with 74.5 points behind Central Decatur and CAM. Weaver was the Tiger’s sole champion in the 110 High Hurdles.
100 Meter Dash- Johnathan Weaver- 2nd Place 11.97
800 Meter Run- Owen Grundman- 5th Place 2:17.27
110 Meter High Hurdles- Johnathan Weaver- Champion 15.97 and Conner Fitzgerald- 3rd 16.5
Long Jump- Isaac Grundman- 6th Place 16’-9.75”
High Jump- Samson Adams- 2nd Place 5’-08”
Shot Put- Johnathan Weaver- 2nd Place 38’-08”
Discus- Devin Whipple- 2nd Place 130’-04”
4×100 Meter Relay- 6th Place 51.14
4×200 Meter Relay- 4th Place 1:41.41
4×400 Meter Relay- 5th Place 3:57.75
4×800 Meter Relay- 2nd Place 9:06
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay- 6th Place 1:47.37
1600 Meter Distance Medley Relay- 5th Place 4:07.58

Senior-Mizel-Gomez-passes-on-the-curve-during-the-3200-meter-run-at-the-POI-conference-meet-last-Tuesday. -He-finished-in-6th-place.-(photo-by-Meg-Barker)


Samson-Adams-easily-clears-5-feet-8-inches-at-the-POI-conference-track-&-field-meet. -He-finished-in-2nd-place-by-clearing-5-feet-10-inches.-(photo-by-Meg-Barker)

Ava Junker, running one leg of the 4x800m relay, helps to push the Tigers to their season best time of 12:32.64.(photo by Colleen Larimer)

Senior Johnathan Weaver anchors the 110m shuttle hurdle relay bringing home the gold in the POI meet last Tuesday in Lenox. (photo by Colleen Larimer)

Leo Wardlow with a strong kick to finish in 7th place after passing a couple of competitors; also setting a personal record of 5:14.96 in the 1600 meter run at the POI conference track and field meet in Lenox.  (photo by Meg Barker)

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