Eschman, Schulte grab 1st place finishes for Central Lee
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEST BURLINGTON – Fresh off a win at the Roth Relays Friday night, the Fort Madison Bloodhounds boys track team racked up another win at the Falcon Relays in West Burlington Monday night.
The Hounds tied Mt. Pleasant for the win in the “A” division with a win in the final event of the day, the 4×400 meter relay.
Coach Chad Hannum, said Fort Madison’s Andrew Schaefer had “a great first leg” and handed to Garrett Hannum who passed two runners on the back half of his lap before handing to Dayton Davis who extended the lead before Landes Williams finished off the win.
The Hounds scored 10 points in the event a full 5.5 seconds ahead of Mt. Pleasant and the rest of the field to secure the tie for 1st place.
Prior that run, junior Tate Johnson caught up with West Burlington’s speedy Anthony Hofffman on the last leg of the 4×100 and edged Hoffman at the line by .03 seconds in front of the Falcon stands to give the Hounds a win in that event as well.
Johnson, who’s been explosive so far for the Hounds in sprint events, anchored the 4×200 to a first place and won the 100-meter dash with a 12.12 time in a stiff breeze out of the south.
Johnson said he’s been surprised by his performances this year. He posted the third fastest time at Case Field at 11.53 winning the B Division 100 meters. The best time of the day was Iowa City High’s Isaac Rohert’s 11.12. Iowa City West’s Mason Applegate had a 11.28.
“I didn’t know I would be able to put up these time this year. We didn’t have track last year, but my times weren’t even close to this,” he said. “I just hit the gym hard with (FMHS Athletic Enhancement Coordinator Derek) Doherty, working out, eating well, and maturing more as a person and an athlete.”
Johnson said he’d like to get off the blocks a little quicker and cut some time down, but he’s happy where he’s at this early in the season
“My start wasn’t good and I’m not happy with that. I’ve never really been quick off the start, but I can pick up speed as I run. Hopefully by the time districts come around I’ll be good,” he said.
Macaden Rhoer won the 400 Hurdles with a personal best 1:02.81, and Jakob McGowan, had a personal best winning the Long Jump with a leap of 19-4.5.
The 4 x 200 team of Mikey DiPrima, McGowan, Schaefer, and Johnson motored around the track in 1:35.17. The 4 x 100 team of Gavin Wiseman, McGowan, Joey Dodson, and Johnson claimed the title in 45.49.
Ethan Deacon had a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 46-11 taking second place and Dayton Davis also had a personal best in the high jump clearing the bar at 5’10” also good enough for 2nd place.
“These two continue to get better every week,” Hannum said.
“Our Shuttle Hurdle Relay team led by Kane Williams, Hayden Segoviano, Teague Smith, and Henry Wiseman hurdled their way to a 2nd-place finish. The quartet bettered their last time by 1.5 seconds. Segoviano rounded out our 2nd place finishes in the 400 hurdles with a personal best time 1:05.66.”
William Gager competed in the 1,600 and took third place in a personal best time of 5:20.61. Rhoer placed 3rd in the 110 high hurdles at 18.52. The 4×800 team ran a time of 9:59.91 to place 3rd. Rounding out Hounds 3rd-place finishes was the Distance Medley team of Calem MacLearn, Seth Mendez, DiPrima, and George Hantzeas(4:22.88).
Garrett Hannum finished 4th in the 400 and Davis finished 5th in the 200. The Sprint medley team of Chay Smith, Henry Morris, Kane Williams, and Landes Williams took 5th. Ethan Deacon again set a personal best in the discus with a 139-3 spin. Hayden Wolfe took 5th place in the 3,200 after losing a shoe.
Central Lee took first place in the shuttle hurdle relay in the B Division. The team of Derrick Denning, Wyatt Schulte, Logan Kearns and Thomas Eschman ran a time of 1:18.97, 3.4 seconds ahead of the field. Schulte also nabbed a 1st place for the Hawks with a 1:06.86 in the 400 hurdles. Eschman got the other first place finish for Central Lee with a 19-9.5 leap on the long jump, the longest jump of the day.
Chance Hocker took second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.99, just .16 seconds back of Mediapolis’ Anthony Isley. Kearns was 4th with a time of 57.79. Eschman took second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 18.20, just .18 off the pace of Dane Sweezer of Winfield-Mt. Union.
Grant Myhre scored a third place in the high jump clearing 5-6.