After success in 2013, TV boys track team has goal of returning to state
Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:35 AM
After tasting what it’s like to compete at the state meet, the Turkey Valley boys track team is hungry to see its hard work pay off.
Returning letter winners for the Trojans are, from left, front row - Blake Busta, Nathan Herold, Eric Drilling, Nathan Suell, Justin Hackman, Ryan Izer, Jacob Kuhn. Back row - Nick Meirick, Jordan Denk, Riley Busta, Triston Mohlis, Steven Landa. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Trojans worked hard during the offseason to see their times improve during the 2014 season.
Encouraging the Trojans to do their best this season is Head Coach Mark Scott, who has led the red, black and white for 16 seasons.
What a finish
The Trojans were full of letter winners last year, with 16 athletes back with experience and 21 total people on the squad.
They continued to improve all season, with the pieces coming together in May. The journey to state started with the Upper Iowa Conference meet. The Trojans came in fifth place with 67 points. Ryan Izer took second in the 3,200-meter run while Nathan Suell was the silver medalist in the 400-meter run. The 4x100 and 4x800 both came in third overall.
Things couldn’t have come together better than they did at the state qualifying meet. The Trojans claimed first place for the second straight year, this time with 105 points and scoring in 16-of-18 events. In total, the boys qualified seven events for state – four individuals and three relays.
The Trojans had a great outing at the state meet, scoring 11 points to finish 21st in Class 1A. Izer finished fifth in the 3,200 while Jordan Denk, Dalton Hackman, Suell and Brian Schmitt combined in the 4x100 to place fifth in the finals. They were fourth in the prelims. Other results include Izer, Nick Meirick, Steven Landa and Suell, 4x800, 18th; Izer, 1,600, 16th; Suell, 400-meter, sixth; Schmitt, Eric Drilling, Izer, Suell, 4x400, 22nd; Meirick, 800-meter, 18th.
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