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Mid-Prairie was able to put points on the board in 16 of 19 events to capture the River Valley Conference track title in West Liberty last Friday.
The Golden Hawks scored 123 points as a team to edge West Liberty and Northeast, who tied with 103 points each. Mid-Prairie had four athletes reach double digit points and were led by Floyd Evans 22.5 points with his wins in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run and as the anchor leg of the first place distance medley. Cary Schaefer was right behind him with a 22-point night, grabbing a win in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.89 and placing second in in the 800 meter run. Schaefer also added points in the sprint medley and the 4x400 meter relay.
One area Mid-Prairie gained point compared to their usual meets was the return of Terrhyn Jacoby to the sprint events. After an injury earlier this season, Jacoby was back in multiple events for the first time since the Golden Hawks first outdoor meet. He added points in with a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 200 meter dash.
Micah Gugel and Jack Baker both had new personal bests in the discus to place seventh and eighth to score in that event. Kyle Miller added points in two other field events, with a fourth place 6-foot high jump and a 19-foot 3.5-inch long jump for third place.
The Mid-Prairie distance medley of Elmir Ganibegovic, Aidan Rath, Grant Boyse and Evans took home first place with a season best 3:40.75.
With the Golden Hawks capturing the conference title, that will give them some momentum and confidence heading into this week’s district meet at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. They won’t face any River Valley Conference opponents at their qualifying meet.
At the Class 2A state-qualifying meet, the top two in each event will qualify, plus the eight fastest remaining times statewide.
With a look at how the site will be seeded, Mid-Prairie should be the favorite to qualify in seven events, with many more just on the cusp as the third or fourth seed.
Some of those close include Terrhyn Jacoby just .04 seconds off the second seed in the 100 meter dash, Kyle Miller 0.25 inches away from the second seed in the high jump and a 0.18 second deficit behind the second seed in the sprint medley relay.
The other teams at their site include Albia, Centerville, Central Lee, Columbus, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Mediapolis, PCM, Pekin, Pella Christian and Van Buren.
District meets are scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m.
100 meter dash — 3, Terryhn Jacoby, 10.97. 13, Josh Wallington, 12.54.
200 meter dash — 4, Terrhyn Jacoby, 24.14. 22, Samson Kimani, 26.75.
400 meter dash — 1, Cary Schaefer, 50.89. 6, Quinn Schmidt, 54.08.
800 meter run — 2, Cary Schaefer, 2:00.37. 4, Marshal Teets, 2:04.35.
1600 meter run — 1, Floyd Evans, 4:33.71. 5, Zach Pettit, 4:49.80.
3200 meter run — 1, Floyd Evans, 10:00.55. 9, David Fleming, 11:13.78.
400 meter hurdles — 5, Peyton Miller, 59.55. 7, Miles Burrows, 59.65.
4x100 meter relay — 7, Mid-Prairie (Josh Slaubaugh, Aidan Rath, Josh Wallington, Kyle Miller), 47.27.
4x200 meter relay — 3, Mid-Prairie (Peyton Miller, Terrhyn Jacoby, Elmir Ganibegovic, Grant Boyse), 1:36.12.
4x400 meter relay — 2, Mid-Prairie (Grant Boyse, Cary Schaefer, Quinn Schmidt, Peyton Miller), 3:29.93.
4x800 meter relay — 2, Mid-Prairie (Zach Pettit, Peyton Miller, Marshal Teets, Quinn Schmidt), 8:16.40.
800 sprint medley — 2, Mid-Prairie (Grant Boyse, Terrhyn Jacoby, Elmir Ganibegovic, Cary Schaefer), 1:37.09.
1600 distance medley — 1, Mid-Prairie (Elmir Ganibegovic, Aidan Rath, Grant Boyse, Floyd Evans), 3:40.75.
Shuttle hurdle — 9, Mid-Prairie (Kyle Miller, Luke Albright, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Nonnenmann), 1:16.45.
High jump — 4, Kyle Miller, 6-00.
Long jump — 3, Kyle Miller, 19-03.50.
Shot put — 13, Micah Gugel, 40-01.50. 17, Jack Baker, 38-09.50.
Discus — 7, Micah Gugel, 123-04. 8, Jack Baker, 120-09.