Boys Track Competes at Drake, Districts Prepares for State Meet


Photo by Kristi Lee

Senior Cooper Silvius hurdles at Creston meet.

Gordon Tuomikoski, Contributor

The boys track team is going on to state despite the annoyances of having no home track for practice or meets. At the District meet last Friday, the Rams had 15 athletes qualify in seven events for state.

“As a whole we’ve really improved and that is evident in our team performances and placings at meets through the season,” said Coach Mark Starner. “Times have improved which is what we expected to happen this time of year.”

Prior to Districts, the Rams competed at the Drake Relays. Senior sprinter Cooper Silvius was one of the Glenwood runners who qualified for Drake in the 4×100 meter relay.

“Running at Drake University is a surreal experience for me,” Silvius said. “It is super exciting to know that you and your teammates worked hard enough to qualify as part of the best group of runners in the state. To be in the same stadium and running on the same track as some of the premier athletes in the world is hard to wrap your mind around. Drake is definitely one of my favorite experiences throughout my athletic career here at Glenwood.”

Silvius and his relay team will be looking to improve their times at the state meet this weekend.

“I feel like I have been getting better at every meet this year,” said Silvius. “It’s hard to perfect all of our handoffs in relays and hurdle work without a track, but I think we have been performing well anyway,” said Senior Cooper Silvius who primarily runs sprints. “We have been dropping time in our 4×100 every meet, and it’s very exciting.

The 4×100 team is made up of Seniors Silvius,  Jon Lee, Christian Stanislav and Zach Vondra. Along with those four, other athletes competing will include Jack Hughes, Parson Covington, Brett Mower, Mason Parks, Sam McIntyre and Silas Bales. McIntyre is a junior and Bales is a sophomore.

Of those 10 athletes, all but McIntyre and Bales are seniors, which is a testament to the experience the Rams have on their squad.

“Our seniors have done a tremendous job down the stretch,” said Starner. “We rely on them heavily.”

As for the state meet, Starner hopes to see his team put on their best performance of the season.

“We hope that we’re able to bring home some medals from the State Meet as we qualified 7 events for this coming weekend,” Starner said.

State will be held from May 16-18 at Drake University in Des Moines.