Juan Uribe was a part of the UIC winning 4x800 relay for SW. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With their eyes on the prize of an Upper Iowa Conference title, the South Winn and Turkey Valley girls and boys track teams took to the oval at North Fayette Monday night.
When the dust had settled, the South Winn boys track team came home with big smiles, capturing their second straight conference title. The Warriors secured first place with 131 points. North Fayete was just four points behind, good for second. Turkey Valley came in fifth with 67 points.
For the girls, North Fayette came out on top with 146 points. Turkey Valley, who last year came in fifth, jumped all the way up to third with 95 points. South Winn secured 83 points, good for fourth.
For the third time in four years, the South Winn boys won the UIC title, this year by the power of four, first place finishes.
The only individual title came from Devin Franzen in the 1,600-meter run. Franzen took the title with a time of 4:47.22. He was second a year ago.
The 4x100 repeated as conference champs. Jared Schroeder, Jordan Rommes, Alex Shatek and Colton Hageman posted a time of 44.91 seconds to get the win. The 4x400 came up victorious in the final event of the night. Garrett Bohach, Franzen, Ben Meyer and Chris Brincks broke the tape in 3:34.00. Posting a time of 8:34.88 was the 4x800 relay quartet of Franzen, Juan Uribe, Nathan Meyer and Alex Stammeyer.
Four events took second. They were Stammeyer in the 800-meter run, Rommes in the high jump, the 4x200 of Schroeder, Rommes, Shatek and Treyton Jacobsen and the distance medley of Mitch Herold, Jacobsen, Bohach and Stammeyer.
"We had a very good meet. The guys competed hard for every point we got and had some big season and lifetime best performances from guys that made the difference in the end," said Coach Scott Conway. "Winning the conference title in the last race of the night is always exciting. This was a real team effort as we scored in every event but one."
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